KDSS teams play in finals

The KDSS junior boys advanced to the BAA FInal Four tournament with a win over Sacred Heart last Wednesday. The senior team, meanwhile, also qualfied with an upset win on the road. The Knights showed up prepared to yesterday's tournament and both won semi-final contests. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Barons bounce Bulldogs

Season ends Sunday night in Game 6

By Josh Howald

The season is over for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Curtis Jackson of the Barons drops a Kincardine forward during Game 5 action Saturday night while Hanover goalie Braeden Ellis tracks the puck. (Josh Howald photo)


The Bulldogs were eliminated from the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division playoffs Sunday night at the P&H Centre in Hanover. The Barons knocked Kincardine out with a 5-3 win in Game 6, taking the best-of-seven series 4-2.

"We didn't quit. The players battled right to the end. We just fell short," said rookie head coach Shawn Burrows.

 Atoms off to semi-finals

Three-game sweep of Penetang

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms have swept into the OMHA semi-finals.

Kincardine will now face either Parry Sound or Stirling in a provincial semi-final series.

The atom Kinucks wrapped up a three-game sweep of Penetang Sunday on the road. The Kinucks won the series opener 5-2 way back on Feb. 5 in Tiverton and then closed things out with Game 2 and Game 3 victories on the road. Kincardine won Game 2 3-1 on Saturday afternoon and then eliminated Penetang on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 5-1 victory.

Parry Sound is currently up 2-0 on Stirling and will host Game 3 on Friday night. The other quarter-final series have Mt. Brydges trailing Petrolia 2-1 while Ayr and Ingersoll are all tied up at 2-2.

Wolves now need a series comeback

Ripley facing elimination Friday night

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves will be playing for playoff life Friday night.

That remarkable third period comeback the Wolves pulled off in Game 2 didn't crush the spirits of the Petrolia Squires. The Squires bounced back with a 7-3 win in Game 3 of this WOAA Senior AA quarter-final series on Friday night at home. That win gave them a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 Sunday afternoon in Ripley.

Brent Sauve scored twice in the third period as the Squires defeated Ripley 3-1 in Game 4. That gives Petrolia a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 Friday night in Petrolia.

 Hockey fundraiser on Saturday

Saturday's fundraising hockey event is quickly approaching.

The OPP issued a reminder last week about the event. A three-team tournament featuring the South-Bruce OPP, the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department and Kincardine District Secondary School will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Stanley Cup champions Greg Devries and Boyd Deveraux, along with former NHLer Mark Bell, will be on hand to coach the three teams.

The proceeds from the event will go towards combating youth homelessness in our region. Further information about The Push For Change campaign can be found online at

 Bantams take 2-1 lead to Penetang

By Josh Howald

If you have to drive to Penetang in the winter, you may as well do so with a 2-1 series lead.

Jordan Beisel scored on this second period chance with a shot through the five-hole Saturday during Game 2 of Kincardine's series with Penetang. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine Timber Mart bantam Kinucks will be looking to clinch an OMHA bantam B quarter-final series on Saturday in Game 4 in Penetang. If a fifth game becomes necessary, it too will be played in Penetang. The rubber match is scheduled for Sunday.

 Barfield to headline Kincardine, Goderich camps

Jesse Barfield is coming to Kincardine this summer.

The former Toronto Blue Jay and two-time Golden Glove winner will headline the team of instructors at a two-day baseball camp for youngsters. This year's camp will run in Kincardine on July 12 and 13. The Goderich camp will be July 10 and 11. The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18.

The announcement was made Friday by Member of Parliament Ben Lobb. This will be the fifth year that Lobb has organized a baseball camp in Goderich and the second time for the Kincardine camp. Last year's featured guest was World Series champion Bret Saberhagen.

Girls hockey team keeps rolling

KDSS hammers SHHS 9-1

By Josh Howald

Scoring goals hasn't been a problem for the Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team.

A KDSS player emerges from a crowd of Sacred Heart defenders last week in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights kept a perfect regular season record intact on Wednesday afternoon with a convincing 9-1 win over the visiting Sacred Heart High School Crusaders. The win keeps KDSS alone in first place overall in the Bluewater Athletic Association standings with a 5-0 record.

Comeback in Ripley

Wolves battle back from five-goal hole in the third period of Game 2

By Pauline Kerr

Talk about a comeback!

Ripley celebrates Cody Britton's game-winning goal with four seconds left Saturday night in Ripley. The goal capped off an amazing third period comeback by the Wolves. (Pauline Kerr photo)


The playoff game between the Ripley Wolves and Petrolia Squires Saturday night was one for the history books. Game 1 had been played in Petrolia the previous weekend and had ended in a demoralizing 9-4 loss for the Wolves. It looked as if Game 2 was going the same way. The score was 6-1 at the end of the second period, with Drew Davidson scoring the only goal for the Wolves, Dan Nicoloff and Jordan Turcotte getting the assists.

Silver sticks

Elle Cottrill of the Kincardine Armow Wind peewee AE girls battles it out behind the net wiht a Mount Forest player during Silver Stick action Friday in Tiverton. Mount Forest won this game, and the Silver Stick title. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent, (Josh Howald photo)