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Both local rinks eliminated

By Josh Howald

There will be a new champion of the Brokerlink Insurance Grey-Bruce Major Curling League - and it won't be one from Kincardine.

Don Bartley, the defending champion, was upset in extra ends last Wednesday night by the sixth seed Scott Ballantyne in quarter-final action in the area's premier curling league. Ballantyne's Chesley-based rink pulled off a 7-5 win over Bartley to advance to tonight's semi-finals.

Les Shane's BDO Canada rink was also eliminated at the Hanover Curling Club. Shane's Kincardine team finished fifth in regular season action, and was defeated 7-3 by A.J. Schumaker's fourth seeded team. Shane is still in the hunt for a B title, however. The top seed, Al Hutchinson, led his RAM Promotional rink to a 9-4 win over Steve Gregg. The fourth and final skip to move on to the semi-finals was Chesley's Jeff Thomson. Thomson outlasted Tom Slumskie 7-4.


Kincardine walks all over Gananoque

Back-to-back playoff games in Kincardine Sunday

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks hold a 1-0 lead in the OMHA quarter-finals after blowing out Gananoque earlier this evening at the Davidson Centre.

 

By the time the final horn sounded to end the opening game of this series, Kincardine held a lead of 10 goals. The final score was 11-1. After a relatively tight opening period, the Kinucks waltzed away from Gananoque in the middle frame. A 3-0 lead quickly grew to a 6-0 lead to an 8-0 lead in a matter of mere minutes. The visitors finally got on the board early in the third period, snapping Rowen Cherrett's shutout bid.

The teams will meet again tomorrow at noon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine to play Game 2 of this best-of-five series.


Gananoque up next for atoms

Our total local playoff hockey update!

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks are all finished with Listowel and will turn attention to Gananoque this weekend.

The atoms clinched a WOAA playoff championship Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine with a 5-1 win over Listowel in Game 5 of the WOAA finals. The win gave the Kinucks a 7-1 win on points. The series became a race to six points after Game 2 ended in a 2-2 draw.

In Game 5, Chase Anderson, Tyler Johns and Jared Houghton each scored first period goals for Kincardine. Quinton Page assisted on all three of those goals. Johns added an assist, as did Casey Beisel and Myles Courtney. Kincardine was held off the scoreboard in the middle frame, but put some emphasis on the win with two more goals in the third. Nolan Janes scored early from Nathan Arnold, and Page completed the scoring at 8:47.


Midgets win WOAA title

Win Game 5 on the road

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are WOAA playoff champions.

This goal in the dying seconds of Game 3 of Kincardine's series with Listowel was waved off. However, Kincardine scored five times in Game 4 last night to win a WOAA playoff championship. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Kincardine claimed the WOAA title and advanced to the OMHA quarter-finals with a 5-0 win last night in Game 4 of the WOAA championship series in Listowel. The Kinucks won Games 1 and 2 of this series by 3-0 scores, but Listowel stayed alive with a narrow 2-1 win in Game 3 of the series Tuesday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.


Bulldogs face Goderich in opening round

By Josh Howald

Bring on the Goderich Flyers.

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will face Goderich in the opening round of the Western Junior C League playoffs. The series will open Friday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

To the surprise of few, the first place Walkerton Hawks opted to take an opening round bye, which left second place Kincardine matched up against the 3-33 Flyers.


Midgets lead Listowel 2-1

Game 4 tonight in Listowel

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will try again tonight to close out an opening round playoff series against Listowel.

Bradley Pickett searches for a loose puck in Game 1 of the Kincardine - Listowel midget series Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 


Atoms lead Listowel

Game 4 tomorrow night in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire Kinucks held a 3-1 lead in points on the Listowel Cyclones in the opening round of the OMHA playoffs heading into Game 3 last night (Tuesday) on the road. Game 4 of the series is scheduled to be played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.

Game 1 was Thursday night in Kincardine, and the Kinucks just eked out a 3-2 win to take the series opener.


McCormick Game this Saturday

Note time change

The 20th annual Ken McCormick Memorial hockey game and dance will take place this Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The always popular fundraiser will start with a hockey game at 6:30 p.m. A dance, featuring live entertainment in Moe'N the Lawn, will follow at the Davidson Centre Hall.

*Update:

The Memorial Game has been pushed back to 7:45 p.m. to accomodate Game 1 of the OMHA quarter-final series between the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks and the Ganonaque Islanders. We urge people to come out and support the atoms on their quest for an OMHA title.


Milburn loses tiebreaker

Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink stayed alive Friday night, but were officially eliminated from the Brokerlink Grey-Bruce Major Curling League playoffs on Sunday.

Milburn's rink needed to defeat Steve Gregg Friday night at the Kincardine Curling Club to create a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the area's premier curling league. Milburn did just that, but on Sunday afternoon in Paisley, Gregg bounced back to beat the Penetangear rink 7-3 and take the final playoff berth.

The playoffs will begin next Wednesday night at the Hanover Curling Club. And while Milburn won't be there, Les Shane's BDO Canada rink will be. Shane enters the postseason as the fifth seed and will face AJ Schumaker in the opening round. Other first round match-ups are Al Hutchinson vs. Steve Gregg, Jeff Thomson vs. Tom Slumskie and Don Bartley vs. Scott Ballantyne.


Stepaniak named Coach of the Year

Satosek and goalie tandem also honoured

By Josh Howald

For the second straight year, Nicol Insurace Kincardine Bulldogs head coach Steve Stepaniak has been named Coach of the Year by the Western Junior C Hockey League.

 

 

Steve Stepaniak was named the Western League's Coach of the Year. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

 

The Western League announced award winners on Sunday at the conclusion of the regular season schedule.