Bulldogs beef up

Kincardine adds four players at deadline

By Josh Howald

The intent is obvious. The Bulldogs want to win – now.

The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs added four new faces to the roster last week, prior to the Jan. 10 signing deadline as they push for a Western Junior C League championship.

 “We just became a bigger, stronger team,” said head coach Jeff Alcombrack on Sunday afternoon.

International incidents

Peewees, midgets drop Silver Stick openers

It was a tough day for Kincardine at the International Silver Stick tournament in Forest, ON.

The Legion peewees are all but out of contention after dropping two games today. The peewees were shut out 1-0 this morning in Watford by Ennismore, and were just defeated by a team from Denver, Colorado. The score of that game was 4-1. The peewees will play one more preliminary round game tomorrow at 3:25 p.m. in Thedford against Ilderton, but will need a miracle to advance to the playoff round of the tournament.

The Miller Insurance midgets, meanwhile, were dumped 4-1 today in Forest by a strong team from St. Clair Shores, MI. Kincardine will face Dallas, TX at 6:30 p.m. today. Should Kincardine win tonight, they do have a chance to advance if they can beat Lambton Shores tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 p.m. It won't be easy, as Lambton Shores was picked as the team to beat by Kincardine coaches prior to this tournament.

Walkerton wins final regular season meeting

Hawks beat Bulldogs 5-2 as deadline day approaches

By Josh Howald

The final round of the regular season went to the Walkerton Hawks.

Keegan McLelland is hauled down by a pair of Goderich players Friday night at the Davidson Centre. (Richard Lawson photo)


The Hawks scored four second period goals in a 5-2 win over the Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs Saturday night in Western Junior C Hockey action. With the win, 25-3-2 Walkerton increased the lead on second place Kincardine to nine points and has all but clinched first.

Sour taste from Silver Stick

Ripley ripped off in Mooretown

By Josh Howald

Excuse the Ripley juveniles if they are a bit sour from the whole Silver Stick experience.

It wasn’t a great weekend in Mooretown for the juveys, who qualified for the International Silver Stick Finals by winning the Regional championship in Lucknow earlier this season.

 “We were definitely the best team there,” said goaltender Easton Battler.

But the best team doesn’t always win.

Shane moves into front of house

Curlers in Walkerton tonight

Kincardine’s Les Shane rink moved to the front of the pack with a 5-3 win last week in Grey-Bruce Major Curling League action.

Shane defeated Lorne Johnson’s Owen Sound rink in a game played in Paisley last Wednesday night. Kincardine’s Craig Milburn was also in action, but his rink was blanked 10-0 by Chesley’s Jeff Thompson.

With last Wednesday’s win, Shane moves to the front of the Major Curling League standings with seven wins. His 7-4 record is the same as Al Hutchinson’s, but Thomson officially leads the pack with two games in hand. The Chesley rink is 7-2.

Milburn, meanwhile, slipped under .500 for the first time this season and his rink now carries a record of 4-5.

Four other games were played in Port Elgin last week. Don Bartley defeated Mike Schumacher 8-2, Brent Keeling edged out Dave Cobean 6-4 and Wade Walsh beat Tim Slumskie De Dell Seeds team 7-2.

WestSkate glides into Ripley

Figure skaters visit this weekend

Brooke Thomas, 10, is one of the Ripley-Huron Skating club members who will compete on home ice this weekend. Thomas was recently second in a filed of six at teh Freeskate and Element Categories. For more information on this weekend's skating event in Ripley, see our print edition!

Two big points for Wolves

Ripley hangs on for 4-3 win

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves hung on when it mattered.

Ripley’s 4-3 win Friday night at home all but assured home ice for the Wolves in the opening round of the WOAA Senior AA Hockey League playoffs. With five games remaining in the regular season, Ripley is just a point behind Saugeen Shores and two back of the Shelburne Muskies. It’s going to be a tight finish, with Ripley’s final two games against those teams.

Headed for Forest

Peewees, midgets at International Silver Stick

By Josh Howald

For the second straight year, Kincardine has two teams competing for an International Silver Stick title.

Spencer Montgomery kisses the prize after Kincardine's overtime win in the International Silver Stick Final last year in Forst. Montgomery, the starting goaltender, is one of nine players returning to Forest this weekend to defend that championship title. (Independent file photo)


Last year, the Home Hardware novices and the Miller Insurance midgets made the trip to Forest, and the midgets came home with the Silver Stick title. This year, the midgets are looking to repeat as International champions while the Legion peewees will try to make some noise as well.

Nice Silver Stick surprise

Peewees prove to be top team

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Legion peewees did not enter the 26th annual Regional Silver Stick tournament as favourites. They did, however, leave as champions, as well as with a berth to the International Silver Stick tournament in Port Huron, Michigan.

The Kincardine Legion peewees after winning a Silver Stick Regional championship Sunday on home ice. (Josh Howald photo)


Weekend split for Bulldogs

Short staffed 'Dogs locked into second

By Josh Howald

The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs are all but locked into second place overall in the Western Junior C Hockey League standings. Too far behind to catch the first place Hawks, but comfortably leading both Mitchell and Wingham, things are a little ho-hum with the ‘Dogs these days.

It’s not just a Kincardine thing, apparently. Friday night, the ‘Dogs went into Wingham and posted a 6-2 win over the Ironmen in a bit of a sleeper. Wingham’s Aaron Armstrong, who leads the league with an amazing 97 points in 28 games, didn’t even come to this game. Showing how much the all-time league points record means, Armstrong was on a much-needed vacation out of town.