Home sweet home!

Mike Rutherford celebrates a Steve Crone goal early in the second period of Kincardine’s home opener Friday night at the Davidson Centre. The goal gave Kincardine a 3-0 lead and stood up as the eventual game winner as the Bulldogs defeated Mitchell 8-2. (Josh Howald photo)

Welcome to the West

Bulldogs take home opener 8-2

Tim Eickmeyer of the Mitchell Hawks tries to stop Devin Kemp of the Bulldogs from getting to Matt Stirling’s crease during second period action in Kincardine’s Friday night game. Kemp had an assist in a 8-2 Kincardine victory. (Josh Howald photo)

The Kincardine Bulldogs showed the Mitchell Hawks just how things are done in the Western Junior C loop Friday night.

Wilson through PGA pre-qualifiers

Kincardine native looks to Q-School

Kincardine’s Lee Wilson wants to go to Q-School.

Q-School is the final stage of qualifying for the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour and the Nationwide Tour. Almost every PGA golfer has been through the qualifying events known as Q-School.

Wilson isn’t headed there yet, but he has made it through the pre-qualifiers.

“There are so many people that want to give  it a shot,” said Wilson Sunday night from Atlanta, where he has lived for the past three years. “It’s very grueling, and very costly. I advance to the first qualifying stage now, and that will be in about a month.”

There are three stages for qualifying for Q-School, from which the top-30 golfers are given their PGA Tour cards. Each event weeds out more and more golfers until only the best remain.

BAA season opens this week

Knights volleyball, basketball teams prep with tourneys

High school sports are back in full swing.

Though students have only been back in class for two weeks, most teams at Kincardine District Secondary School have seen exhibition action in preparation for the opening of the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) regular season schedule this week.

Knights bounce GDCI

Kait McDonnel fires a bounce pass through the legs of a GDCI defender Friday night in the opening game of the KDSS Senior Girls basketball tournament. The Knights went 3-1, winning the bronze medal game Saturday evening. (Josh Howald photo)


OHL teams release locals

Paul Stewart and Brett Catto will not be starting the season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Stewart and Catto were released by Belleville and Sault Ste. Marie, respectively, last week.
Stewart survived the first round of cuts with the Soo Greyhounds Thursday, when the team trimmed its roster to 26 players. He played in a pair of exhibition games against the Sudbury Wolves, but was released from the team Saturday.
In Belleville, the Bulls cut the roster to 22 skaters early last week, and Brett Catto was not on it, despite having a good training camp.

The 16‑year‑old had a goal and an assist in three intrasquad games at the Bulls training camp before being released.
"He played on a line with some of our other young players," said Bulls coach George Burnette Thursday morning. "I was quite impressed with all of our 2008 draft picks. '92 has been the deepest draft I've seen in five years."

Pegrum picks up shutout in Dogs debut

The Kincardine Bulldogs have found a goaltender.

Drew Pegrum was perfect in his Davidson Centre debut Saturday night, shutting out the Fergus Devils in preseason exhibition Junior C action.

The 17‑year‑old made 29 saves in a 3‑0 win as the æDogs swept a home‑and‑home series with Fergus of the Georgian Bay Mid‑Ontario Junior C League.

Kincardine is now 4‑0 in preseason action.

"I thought he faced a lot of quality chances tonight," said Kincardine coach Brian Royle following the game. "I'm glad he was able to get the shutout. He seems to be able to stay focused out there, and he handled the puck much better (than in Friday's game in Fergus)."

Friday night Pegrum entered the game in the second period, and didn't allow a goal as Kincardine rallied for a 4‑3 win.

Small Crease

Kincardine defenceman Derek Regier, right, checks in with goaltender Drew Pedrum after he was driven into him by a Fergus forward during the third period of Saturday night's game at the Davidson Centre. Regier had a goal, while Pedrum stopped all shots sent his way as Kincardine beat Fergus 3-0.


Blake Underwood looks for a loose puck under Mount Forest goaltender Brad Unruh, while Pats defenceman Brad Booth tries to move him from the crease. Underwood scored the game winning goal in a shootout as Kincardine beat Mount Forest 5‑4. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs bite back

Blake Underwood sent Bulldog fans home happy, scoring in a shootout to lift Kincardine to a 5-4 win over the Mount Forest Patriots in Western Junior C preseason action.

The Bulldogs used the game to take a look at several local prospects, dressing eight players from Kincardine, Tiverton and Ripley.

The ‘Dogs were down 4-1 in the third, but battled back with a pair of power play goals to draw within one. Derek Regier scored the game tying goal with just 40 seconds remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs dominated the first period, but only found the back of the net once. About four minutes in, Ripley’s Ryan Armstrong waltzed over the blueline and fired a wrist shot past Mount Forest netminder Brad Unruh. Andrew Haefling assisted on the goal, which gave Kincardine a 1-0 lead.