International Silver Stick Champs!

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are International Silver Stick champions.

The International Silver Stick midget B champions, back row from left: Lyle Brock, Jarrett Johns, Jake Fair, Chase Meurs, Jacob Bishop, Dayn Freiburger, Chris Coady, Brennan Long, Kyle Hunter, Jim Coady, Cory Hamilton, Connor Gibson and Skylar Rutledge. Front row, left, Brad Pickett, Will Graham, Rhys Vollmer, Jamie Brock, Riley Cherrett, Tanner Reid, Ryan Thede and Matt Harrison. Missing from the photo is Blake Alton. (submitted photo)


Three-game weekend on tap for Bulldogs

'Dogs now share third place with Barons

By Josh Howald

The way this weekend plays out will have a huge impact on how the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs finish in the Provincial Junior Hockey League standings.

Bryce McFadden chases Brendan Welsh of the Walkerton Hawks on the forecheck Friday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Major win for Hutchison

Major Curling League wraps up season

For the eighth time, Al Hutchison and his RAM Promotional rink are Major Curling champions.

Hutchison successfully defended the Brokerlink Grey-Bruce league title on Sunday in Hanover with three straight victories.

The rink capped off the season with a 6-2 win over Paisley's Steve Gregg at the Hanover Curling Club.

Wolves at home twice this weekend

After a rare weekend off, the Ripley Wolves will play at home twice this weekend in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

The Wolves will host the Elora Rocks Saturday night. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Mapleton-Minto 81's will be in the village for a 3 p.m. game with the Wolves.

Ripley heads into weekend action with an 8-6-1 record and 17 points, good for eighth place in the WOAA North Division standings.

Bantams fall in final

Liam Colhoun of the Kincardine Timber Mart bantams is drilled by Twin Centre's Dylan Burton as Kyle Kramer keeps an eye on the puck. Burton was called for interference and Colhoun scored on the ensuing power play. Unfortunately, it was Kincardine's only goal in the bantam B Silver Stick final on Friday. Twin Centre took this championship game by a final score of 5-1. For the full story on the 30th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament, don't miss this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs dump Swiss 4-2

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs rose to the occasion last Wednesday night.

Kincardine jumped out to an early lead against the touring Swiss team, EHC Dubendorf/(Josh Howald photo)


In the first international hockey game played in Kincardine since 1998, the Bulldogs defeated Switzerland's EHC Dubendorf 4-2 in a fast-paced, hard hitting exhibition hockey game.

More than 750 filled the Davidson Centre to watch the first game of Dubendorf's six game exhibition tour against Provincial Junior Hockey League teams.

"It was an entertaining game, I thought we gave the crowd a good show," said Kincardine head coach Shawn Burrows.

Bantams lose in Silver Stick final

Peewees ousted in semi-final

By Josh Howald

A couple hundred hockey games later, the 30th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick is in the books.

Things weren't going well for the bantam Kinucks in the Silver Stick final. (Josh Howald photo)


"Everything went great," said convenor Tia Trudeau.

Hockey Knights tie SDSS

By Josh Howald

It would appear the Bluewater Athletic Association's South Division is pretty evenly matched.

KDSS couldn't take advantage of this scoring chance in the second period against Saugeen District. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team closed out 2016 with a 2-2 draw against Saugeen District Secondary School Dec. 23 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Wolves beat Lancers in shootout

Ripley bolsters roster as deadline approaches

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves just hung on to beat the rival Lucknow Lancers Saturday night in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

The Wolves held 3-0 and 4-1 leads on the Lancers, but needed Cody Britton to score in a shootout to collect two points and the victory on home ice.

The Wolves welcomed two impact players to the line-up on Saturday as well. Playing their first games for Ripley were Matthew Mah and Brent Walton. Mah, a defenceman, captained the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs to a Western Junior C League championship last season, while Walton is just wrapping up a lengthy professional career, most of it overseas. He played Junior B in Elmira with Kincardine's Barret Ehgoetz before a four-year NCAA career at Western Michigan. He played in the AHL and the ECHL before heading to Europe.

 Curling semi-finals Sunday

The Brokerlink Grey-Bruce Major Curling League semi-finals are set to be played Sunday, Jan. 8.

Jeff Thomson and Don Bartley advanced directly to the semi-finals based on their 1-2 finish in round one of the playoffs. The opposition will be determined tonight (Wednesday) in Tara. Al Hutchison, Wade Walsh, Steve Gregg and Mike Hamer will meet in quarter-final action tonight in Tara beginning at 8 p.m. Hutchison will take on Hamer, while Walsh will face Gregg's rink.

The winning teams will advance to Sunday's semi-finals in Hanover at 10 a.m.

The championship final will also be held on Sunday in Hanover. The final will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a one-game showdown to determine a 2017 Major Curling League champion.

Two local rinks, Les Shane's BDO Canada team and Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink were both eliminated from the postseason after the first round of the playoffs.