Wolves bow out in Game 5

The season is over for the Ripley Wolves.

The Petrolia Squires eliminated the Wolves with a 6-4 victory in Game 5 of the opening round WOAA Senior AA series at home on Saturday. Petrolia will now take on the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks in a semi-final series. The other semi-final will feature Clinton and Tillsonburg.

In Game 5, Petrolia took a 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. But the Wolves scored three times to take a 3-2 lead to the first intermission. Cody Britton, Dan Nicoloff and Brian Stanley had the Ripley goals. Petrolia took a 4-3 lead with two second period goals. Matt Mah tied the game with a power play goal early in the third period, but the Squires answered shortly after and sealed the game with an empty net goal with 24 seconds remaining.

Bantams burned on the road

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams watched a 2-1 series lead vanish on the weekend.

The bantams were edged out twice in Penetang on the weekend and have been eliminated from the OMHA playdowns. Penetang will move on to the OMHA semi-finals to take on Ennismore.

It was a disappointing finish for the Kinucks. Kincardine appeared to be in control of this series after a dominant 7-3 win in Game 3 in Kincardine last weekend. But Saturday afternoon they lost a 2-1 decision in Penetang, which forced a rubber match Sunday afternoon.

Game 5 was one to forget for the bantams. Kincardine couldn't muster up any offence at all, and came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision.

Ingersoll and Lambeth are playing in the other OMHA bantam B semi-final series.

 Midgets, Elmvale left in the dark

Kincardine holds 2-0 series lead

By Josh Howald

Kincardine thought they would have a chance to sweep away the Elmvale midgets Sunday night at home.

Kyle Hunter buries a first period chance during Game 1 of the OMHA midget quarter-finals aganist Elmvale Friday night at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


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.