Bulldogs win two of three weekend contests

Home to Walkerton Friday night

The Kincardine Bulldogs won two of three weekend games.

After dropping a Friday night road contest to the Hanover Barons, the ‘Dogs rebounded with 4-1 wins over Wingham and Hanover.

Had the Bulldogs beaten Hanover Friday night, they would see themselves just a point behind the Walkerton Hawks in the standings. The Hawks were also defeated on the weekend, 2-0 by the Mitchell Hawks Saturday night. Walkerton is three points up on Kincardine in the Western Junior C points race.

Wolves drop two

Host Muskies Friday

For the first time this season, the Ripley Wolves have dropped three consecutive games.

The Wolves lost twice on the weekend in a pair of close games.

Friday night in Lucknow, the Wolves were edged out 3-1 by the Lucknow Lancers.

Lucknow used a pair of power play goals from Jon MacKinnon and Brad Burton to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Ripley cut the lead in half in the second frame, but Kincardine’s Ryan Murley scored a third period goal for the Lancers to put the game out of reach.

The following night at home, Ripley was defeated 5-4 in an entertaining contest with the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

Catto off to prospects game

One of three '92 born players selected

Any scouts yet to see Kincardine’s Brett Catto on the ice will get their chance Monday night.

Brett Catto (Independent file photo)

Catto, a Belleville Bulls draft pick who skates for the Listowel Cyclones, is one of only three 1992-born players selected to play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL)Top Prospects game at the Sarnia arena.

The best young players from all three Ontario Junior B leagues that make up the GOJHL were selected to play in the game.

Knights keep winning

KDSS beats JDSS 5-1 at home

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team improved its record to 5-0 after a 5-1 win this afternoon at the Davidson Centre.

KDSS beat the visiting John Diefenbaker Secondary School Trojans 5-1 in its first game back since the Christmas break.

Garret Meurs scored twice for Kincardine, while single goals went to Shawn Stewart, Marek Siekerski and Zac McIntosh.

With the win, the Knights have now clinched home ice in the opening round of the Bluewater Athletic Association playoffs.

Kincardine has two games remaining - next Friday in Walkerton against the Sacred Herat Crusaders and a make-up game with the St. Mary's Mustangs that has yet to be scheduled.

Silver Stick success

Bantams, peewees off to Port Huron

It was a crowd pleasing Silver Stick tournament.

Both the Kincardine Tim-BR Mart bantams and the Kincardine Legion peewees claimed championships at this year’s Kincardine Regional Silver Stick.

Both teams rose to the occasion of a tournament final in front of large crowds at the Davidson Centre.

Canada advances to MLP finals

Kincardine native Sarah Howald has helped guide Team Canada into the championships of the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany.

Howald, the head coach of Canada’s National Women’s under-22 team, had to make do with a short bench after weather wreaked havoc at airports across the country.

Canada played two exhibition games with 10 skaters , winning both, before opening the tournament with a 3-0 win over Finland.

The remainder of the team has since arrived in Switzerland, and were playing in the gold medal game yesterday (Tuesday) after advancing from Group A of the six-team tournament.

Canada was to face Germany in the semi-final after beating the Russians 11-0 in the game of Pool A action.

Bulldogs beat Mitchell, Goderich

Chessell returns to line-up

Despite winning a pair of weekend games, the Kincardine Bulldogs remain five points back of the first place Walkerton Hawks.

Kincardine has one game in hand on the Hawks in the Western Junior C League points race.

The Bulldogs beat the Mitchell Hawks 6-4 Friday night before spanking the Goderich Sailors 11-4 Saturday.

Kincardine defenceman Dave Chessell returned to the line-up on the weekend, contributing right away.

Chessell had three points in his first two games back from a shoulder injury suffered against the Hanover Barons almost two months ago.

Wolves win, lose

Play Lucknow, Saugeen Shores this weekend

Santa couldn’t decide if the Ripley Wolves were bad or good.

So he brought them a win and a loss for Christmas this year.

The Wolves (9-5-0-1) remain tied for fifth place in the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior A standings after beating the Walkerton Capitals and falling to the Durham Thundercats.

In Durham, the Wolves dropped a 4-3 decision to the T-Cats. Ripley has now lost twice to Durham, losing earlier in the season at home in a shootout.

On Dec. 27, a shorthanded Ripley team edged out the Walkerton Capitals 3-1 on the road.

Legion peewees win Silver Stick title

Edge out Listowel 3-2 in finals

The Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks will be joining the Kincardine bantams in Port Huron, MI.

Seamus Small celebrates as the Kincardine Legion peewees win the Regional Silver Stick championship this afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

The peewees advance to the International Silver Stick finals with a 3-2 win over Listowel at the Davidson Centre this afternoon.

Kincardine, who beat Goderich 1-0 in last night's semi-final, led the entire game.

Payton Dunlop opened the scoring late in the first period, tapping home a pass from Ethan Skinner. Skinner kept the puck in at the blueline and wheeled past the Listowel defence to set up Dunlop for the game's first goal.

Bantams win Silver Stick

Peewees in semi-final tonight

The Kincardine Tim-BR Mart bantam Kinucks are Silver Stick champions.

The Kincardine bantams celebrate after beating Listowel 3-1 this afternoon to claim the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick championship. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine earned a 3-1 win over Listowel this afternoon in front of a full house at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The Kinucks handed Listowel its first loss all season en route to claiming the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick title.

After a goalless first period, Mitch Dickson opened the scoring off the rush. After making a nice move on a 1-on-1, Dickson got the Listowel goaltender moving the wrong way and beat him with a hard wrist shot from just inside the top of the circles.

Listowel tied the game with a power play goal 20 seconds into the second period. It was the only goal of the frame.