Knights off to finals

Boys team in semi-finals today

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team advanced to the Bluewater Athletic Association championship with a 3-2 win over St. Mary's of Owen Sound Wednesday in Walkerton.

Amanda Lawrence,  Kait McDonell and Hayley Stewart each scored for Kincardine in the win over the Mustangs. KDSS, which finished seecond overall,  received a bye to the semi-finals while St. Mary's had to defeat John Diefenbaker Secodary School of Hanover in a quarter-final game earlier in the day.

Kincardine’s Cayly Bellan looks for a loose puck in the OSCVI crease Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. Bellan’s Knights beat the visiting Falcons 7-1 in the last regular season game on the BAA schedule. (Josh Howald photo)

'Dogs prep for playoff action with Pats

The Kincardine Bulldogs kicked off the Western Junior C playoffs last night (Tuesday) against the Mount Forest Patriots.

Kincardine wrapped up the regular season on the road Saturday with a 5-1 win over its playoff opponents from Mount Forest.

Kincardine, which finished in second place with a 26-8-2 record, are heavily favoured to sweep the Pats (1-34-1).

“We know Mount Forest is going to work hard,” said ‘Dogs assistant coach Steve Stepaniak Sunday. “But realistically we have to use this series to prepare for Hanover.”

Hanover , who finished third with a 23-11-2 record, is facing the sixth place Goderich Sailors in its quarter-final series.

Wolves drop first two games

Game 4 Saturday night in Ripley

The Ripley Wolves trail the Shelburne Muskies 2-0 in the opening round of the WOAA Senior A playoffs.

Shelburne beat Ripley 5-3 Friday night in Shelburne and 7-1 Saturday night at home.

“We played really well Friday night,” said goaltender Scott MacSween Monday morning. “I don’t know if were tired or whatever from Friday, but Saturday night we were bad.”

The Wolves trailed 4-0 after the first period, and never got back in the game.

“It’s a series we can win,” said MacSween. “We just need to get our (act) together.”

Friday night’s game in Shelburne was delayed, and the teams didn’t get on the ice until almost 10 p.m.

Knights qualify for semi-finals

Beat PDHS 4-2

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team won its quarter-final match-up this afternoon at the Davidson Centre.

The Knights skated to a 4-2 win over the seventh place Peninsula Shores District High School Phoenix in a BAA afternoon playoff game.

The Phoenix is eliminated from the postseason; KDSS will move on to play in a semi-final game next week. Kincardine will have home ice for that game as well.

Today's other quarter-final games saw Sacred Heart hosting St. Mary's, Walkerton visiting Georgian Bay and Flesherton making the trip to Hanover. 

Marek Siekierski, Mike Cracknell, Charles Palmer and Spencer Harris each scored for Kincardine, who turned in one of its weakest performances of the season.

Ripley's Mighty tykes

The Ripley Senior tykes are undefeated this season, winning eight consecutive games. The senior team, standing, was practicing with the Ripley junior tykes Wednesday afternoon. The senior team includes, back left, Nicholas Heneisch, Carson Rutledge, Kurtis Smeltzer, Jamie Thompson, Anna Splettstoesser, Kyle Smeltzer, Brooklyn Charette, Madeline Collins, Kennydi Nicholson and Ethan Colling. In front the junior tykes, from left, Payton Howald, Cole Snobelen, Halle Armstrong, Quinn Martin, Dawson McDonell, Parker Nicholson, Owen Bacon, Noah Cotton and Ty Pollard. Missing from the photo are Clayton Neyvette and Erick Hackney. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs pound Pats, beaten by Hawks for sixth time

Also pick up win Tuesday night in Ripley

The Kincardine Bulldogs will be fine in the opening round of the playoffs, but if the team hopes to win a Western Junior C League championship it will have to eventually beat the Walkerton Hawks.

Drew Pegrum stops a scoring chance during Friday night's game between Kincardine and Mount Forest at the Davidson Centre. Pegrum made 24 saves in a 9-0 shutout win. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine pounded on its first round opponent – the Mount Forest Patriots – Friday night, but dropped a 4-1 decision to the Hawks Saturday night in Walkerton. The Hawks have defeated Kincardine in all eight meetings this season.

Wolves to face FIsh

Game 2 in Ripley Saturday night

The Ripley Wolves will face the Shelburne Muskies in the opening round of the WOAA Senior A playoffs.

The series will kick off Friday night in Shelburne, with Game 2 in Ripley Saturday night at 8:30 p.m, said Wolves General Manager Rick Smith Monday morning.

“I think it could be a long series. It will be interesting to see which team shows up, for both teams really,” said Smith of the team’s tendencies to go hot and cold.

The Muskies moved ahead of the Palmerston 81’s in the standings on the last weekend of the season to finish in third place. The Wolves finished in sixth place overall with a 11-7-1-1 record.

Wolves win, lose in OT

Gearing up for playoffs

The Ripley Wolves won in overtime and lost in overtime on the weekend.

Friday night, Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan scored the overtime winner as the Wolves beat the Walkerton Capitals 6-5 at home. Sunday afternoon in Ripley, the Wolves were downed 4-3 by Palmerston in what may have been a preview of the first round of WOAA playoffs.

Sunday’s game completed the regular season for Ripley, who finished with a 11-7-1-1 record with 24 points. Ripley cannot move in the standings, and will play either Palmerston or Shelburne in the first round of the WOAA playoffs. The 81s have two games remaining, while the Muskies have one game remaining.

Knights beaten in final regular season game

To host PDHS in quarter-final Feb. 4

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team fell short in its bid for an undefeated season.

A shorthanded Knights team was soundly beaten by the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders last Tuesday. It was a make-up game after weather forced the cancellation of the game originally scheduled for the previous Friday.

Kincardine fell behind 3-0 in the first period and never recovered. The final score was 8-3.

Still, the Knights are assured home ice until the Bluewater Athletic Association championship.

Kincardine and Sacred Heart finished in a tie for first place with identical 6-1 records. Since SHHS won last Tuesday’s game, they will face the eighth place St. Mary’s Mustangs (0-7) in the quarter-finals.

Dunlop to coach Canada

She already had the ink, now she has a coat to match.

Kincardine’s Julie Dunlop is one of four coaches selected by Special Olympics Canada to lead our figure skaters at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.

The games, which begin Feb. 2, will be Dunlop’s first world championship event. She got a tattoo of a Maple Leaf with a skate at last year’s National Championships.

Julie Dunlop will coach the National skating team at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. (Josh Howald photo)