Wolves, Crushers even in A final

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves survived a Game 7, and now find themselves even with Shallow Lake after two games of the WOAA Senior A championship series.

Cody Britton works down low against Milverton's A.J. Smith during Game 7 last week in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)


Ripley wins both hoops banners

Ripley-Huron Community School captured both the boys and girls banners from the Southwest Regional Elementary School Basketball Championship tournament, held last Wednesday at Kincardine District Secondary School.

Maddy Gallant, left, and Aysha Machan close in on Slayde Millar of Huron Heights Public Scool during the Southwest Regional Elementary School tournament held last Wednesday at Kincardine District Secondary School. (Barb McKay photo)


The Ravens boys team captured a banner with a 28-21 win over Huron Heights Public School of Kincardine in the final game. The Ravens held a one-point lead on the Lightning Hawks at the half, and stretched that to advance to the Bluewater District Tournament. Ripley had opened with a 27-17 win over Lucknow, thanks to some timely foul shooting and excellent passing.

Peewee girls silver at LLFHL tourney

A shorthanded Kincardine Sobeys peewee girls made an unexpected run to the finals of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League playoff tournament on the weekend.

Not that Kincardine wasn't expected to compete with the bigger centres, but the team travelled to Oshawa for the weekend with a short bench. Kincardine carries just 10 skaters and a goaltender on roster, but were missing two players from the line-up (one with illness and one with a prior engagement).

Despite the short bench, Kincardine didn't allow a goal through the early stages of the tournament, shutting out the North York Storm and the Vaughan Flames to come out of the Northwest brackets. The peewee girls then dumped Orillia in the semi-finals before running out of steam in the finals.

The run ended with a 2-0 loss to the Sarnia Lady Sting.

Kincardine finished the season with an overall record of 36-3-4.

Hornets come back to beat Hawks

By Josh Howald

If you're going to go out, you may as well do it heartbreaking fashion, figured the Walkerton Hawks.

One week ago, the Western Junior C champions held a 3-0 series lead on Alliston in the OHA Tubby Schmalz provincial Junior C quarter-finals. Walkerton had lost seven times to the Hornets in the quarter-finals in the last eight years, and appeared poised to finally shake the monkey off their back.

But the Hornets clearly have Walkerton's number.

Young guns

Wyatt Sheppard carries the puck out of traffic during the senior tyke hockey game that officially opened the 39th annual Kincardine Erie Belle OldStars hockey tournament. The tykes were treated to hot dogs and pop by the OldStars in the hall following the gmae. (Josh Howald photo)

Ingersoll wins OMHA title

Tough end for atoms

A 10-1 loss was a harsh way to end an excellent season for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks.

But that's what the damage was last night in Ingersoll as the Express completed a three-game sweep of Kincardine to win the OMHA All-Ontario atom B championship. In three games, the Kinucks were outscored 28-3.

The win capped off an incredible season for Ingersoll. The team's overall record was 73-7-2. At one point this season, the Express railed of 48 straight wins.

Kincardine captured the WOAA playoff title before sweeping Elmvale and Parry Sound in the OMHA quarters and semis, respectively. But Ingersoll was just too much for Kincardine, who finishes with an impressive overall record of 40-14-3.

Charity game Saturday in Tiverton

Two teams will take the ice for a good cause Saturday night in Tiverton.

The Tiverton Fire Department will take on the Tiverton P'anters Saturday night in a fundraising hockey game in honour of 19-year-old Lindsey Gossell.

Gossell is currently undergoing treatments for cancer.

The doors to the Tiverton Community Complex will open at 7 p.m., with a ceremonial puck drop to start the game at 8 p.m. A silent auction will also be held, as well as a chuck-the-puck between periods of the hockey game.

A large crowd is expected out to show support for Gossell, a Tiverton Minor Sports grad and herself a fine hockey player. 

Wolves win Game 7

Will meet Shallow Lake in finals

When it came to crunch time, the Ripley Wolves stepped up.

Ripley celebrates the game winner late in the second period of Game 7 last night (Tuesday) in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)


The Wolves dumped the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives 5-2 last night in the village to end this back-and-forth WOAA Senior A semi-final series. Ripley faced elimination in Games 6 and 7, but battled back to win both comfortably. Ripley will now face the Shallow Lake Crushers in the WOAA A finals. The Crushers are coming off a five-game series win over Lucknow.

Atoms in tough

Ingersoll could sweep to an OMHA title tomorrow

By Josh Howald

The Ingersoll atom Express will have a chance to sweep to an All-Ontario atom B OMHA championship tomorrow night at home.

Ingersoll holds a 2-0 lead on the Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms, and will host Game 3 of this best-of-five series Thursday at 7 p.m. If the first two games of the finals were an indicator, Kincardine has a heck of a battle in front of them if they want to get back in this series. Ingersoll absolutely pasted the atom Kinucks 9-1 on Friday night in Game 1 in Ingersoll. Game 2 wasn't much better, as Ingersoll skated to a 9-2 win at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

An OMHA title would cap off an amazing season for the Ingersoll atoms. The team's overall record is an incredible 72-7-2, and the only major blemish would be a loss in the International Silver Stick final.


Perrin Dore of Kinloss Twp. lines up the 8-ball at the 20th annual Heart and Stroke pool tournament at the Howard Johnston on the weekend. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)