Ball hockey tourney April 25

Local minor hockey players have until April 17 to register for the 2009 Ball Hockey Challenge.

The free tournament is being put together by the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association, the Walker House and the Municipality of Kincardine to help celebrate “Hockey Time at the Walker House.”

Each team may have five players, and players under the age of 18 must wear a hockey helmet with a mask and hockey or winter gloves. They are optional for adults.

Wolves finished

Lucknow takes series in five

The WOAA Senior A hockey season is over for the Ripley Wolves.

The Wolves were edged out 3-2 in Ripley Friday night in Game 5 of the WOAA Senior A quarter-finals. After winning Game 1 of the series in Ripley, the Wolves dropped four straight games to the Lucknow Lancers, who will now move on to play Durham in the semi-finals.

Ripley netminder Scott MacSween makes a glove save on Lucknow's Mark Stanley, left,  during the second period of Game 5 Friday night in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)

Brown WWHL goalie of the year

Piper second in league scoring

The Western Women’s Hockey League, the premier women’s hockey league in the world, had some local flavour at its league banquet March 8.

Keely Brown, daughter of Lurgan Beach’s Doug and Bobbie Brown, was named the WWHL’s goaltender of the year. Brown, who suits up for the Edmonton Chimos, went 8-4 with a 3.17 GAA.

Keely Brown with her top netminder award at the WWHL banquet March 7 in Calgary. (submitted photo)

“It’s a nice honour,” she said Friday afternoon. “Guess I’m not getting that old after all.”

Ripley on the ropes

Wolves trail Lucknow 3-1, Game 5 Friday night

The Ripley Wolves are in a 3-1 hole after a pair of losses on the weekend.

The Lucknow Lancers defeated Ripley 6-5 Friday night in Ripley and 4-2 Saturday night in Lucknow to take a two-game lead in the WOAA Senior A quarter-finals. Game 5 is at 8:30 p.m. in Ripley Friday night.

Ripley forward Nick Locking, left, and Ryan Murley battle for a loose puck during second period action in Ripley Friday night. Murley scored twice for the Lancers, including the winner in the final minutes. Locking had a pair of assists in the game. (Josh Howald photo)

Saturday night in Lucknow, Brad Burton scored twice as the Lancers doubled up the Wolves 4-2.

Provincial gold for Young

KDSS swimmer wins OFSAA title

Steve Young swims the Individual Medley faster than any high school student in Ontario.

The Grade 12 Kincardine District Secondary School student set a new personal best en route to a gold medal winning performance Wednesday in Etobicoke.

Young, initially seeded third in the IM,  swam the 100-metre IM in 1:06.24.

Steve Young shows off his OFSAA gold medal Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre pool. (Josh Howald photo)

“As soon as I finished I looked up and saw Lane 4, first place,” said Young Thursday. “Then I started celebrating. I didn’t actually even find out my time until hours later.”

Bulldogs swept by Hanover

Overtime goal in Game 4 ends Kincardine's season

The ‘Dogs are done.

The Kincardine Bulldogs were eliminated in a four-game sweep by the Hanover Barons Friday night.

Hanover Barons Corey Spears and Michael Nigalis dive for the puck as Chris Hopkins searches for it in the crease. Believe it or not, Kincardine did not score on this play. However, Josh Catto did score Kincardine's only goal of Game 3 later in the same shift. (Josh Howald photo)

Hanover’s Kevin Tremble scored at 1:02 of overtime Friday night at the Coliseum to lift the Barons to a 7-6 win in Game 4 of the Western Junior C semi-final series.

Bull Tryhards in Tiverton Saturday

Fundraiser for Tiverton Reunion

The Bull Tryhards hockey team from the radio station 94.5 The Bull will be taking on the organizers of this summer’s Tiverton Old Boys and Girls Reunion.

A full night of entertainment is planned, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiverton Sports Complex.

The Tryhards, anchored by the “Midwestern Madman” Jay Stevens in net, will feature Kincardine Independent reporters Kiel Edge and Josh Howald.

“The Tiverton Reunion was on our radar before we got the call to the big leagues,” said Stevens on the weekend. “This hockey game should just add to the event’s hype.”

Also playing with the Tryhards are some members of the South-Bruce OPP, and a member of the Meaford Tank Range. The Bull team will also unveil the team’s new jerseys.

Wolves, Lancers even

Game 3 Friday night in Ripley

The Ripley Wolves and the Lucknow Lancers split the opening games of a WOAA Senior A quarter-final series.

Each team won at home, with the series returning to Ripley for Game 3 Friday night.

Friday in Game 1 in Ripley, the Wolves eked out a 3-2 win. Travis VanGaver had a pair of goals, including the winner, for the Wolves, while Chad Colling scored once.

Game 2 in Lucknow ended with the Lancers winning 6-5. Kyle Quinn scored for Lucknow with about three minutes remaining to snap a 5-5 draw.

Jason Reid took the loss in goal for Ripley, while Errol Kahraman gets the win for Lucknow.

Barons take 3-0 lead on 'Dogs

Game 4 tonight in Hanover

The Kincardine Bulldogs face elimination tonight in Hanover.

The Hanover Barons took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Junior C semi-final series last night with a 3-1 win at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Game 4 is tonight at the Hanover Coliseum.

Andrew Wilmetts scored in the opening minute of the game, and Hanover never trailed after that. Jim Hutchinson and Rob Hellyer increased the lead to 3-0 with second period goals before Kincardine got on the board late in the period. Josh Catto scored for the 'Dogs, with assists to Tim Dwinnell and Blake Underwood.

Girls win BAA title

KDSS defeats West Hill 6-4

BAA champs.

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team celebrates winning the BAA championship at the Lumley Bayshore Community Centre Wednesday afternoon. The Knights defeated West Hill 6-4. Back row, from left, Kait McDonell, Kayla Crouchman, Sara Gossell, Abby Gibson, Marissa Jolley and Cayly Bellan. Middle row, from left, coach Dianne Pennington, Cathleen Roppel, Morgan Padfield, Kate McCallum, Hayley Stewart, Amanda Lawrence, Brianna Husk, Kelsey Young, Caitlyn Smith and coach Lori Templeton. Front row, from left, Jaquie Fair and Kortney Watson. Missing from the photo is Nicole Roppel. (Josh Howald photo)