Sports

Baker signs with University of Regina

Early Christmas gift for 18-year-old goaltender

By Josh Howald

Christmas came early this year for Morgan Baker.

Morgan Baker signed a letter on intent last week to play hockey for the University of Regina. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The 18-year-old goaltender signed a letter of intent last week to accept a scholarship to become a University of Regina Cougar.

"It is one of my life goals realized," said Baker on Sunday afternoon. "There is a huge sense of relief, and I'm just so happy I get to go play at a great school for a great hockey program."


Local teams gear up for run at Silver Stick

By Josh Howald

Starting Sunday, no less than six local squads will be seeking Silver Stick success.

The 29th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick will kick off Sunday, drawing 50 teams for four days of minor hockey action in Kincardine, Tiverton and Ripley.

Last year, it was the Timber Mart bantam Kinucks that kept a Silver Stick banner in Kincardine. The bantams advanced to the International Silver Stick finals with an exciting 3-1 win over Tavistock in the tournament finale in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre. The Legion peewee Kinucks also played for a tournament title, but were defeated by Penetang in a heartbreaking loss.


Bulldogs win two in OT

By Josh Howald

The ‘Dogs are Shawn a roll.

Shawn Moore celebrates the first of his three goals Sunday at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

Back-to-back overtime wins on the weekend have moved the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs to within two points of first place in the Western Junior C hockey league.

While the newly acquired Shawn Rooke wielded the dagger in overtime Saturday night in Mitchell, Sunday afternoon’s double overtime victory over the Wingham Ironmen belonged to veteran Shawn Moore.


KDSS boys prepare for European tour

By Josh Howald

A trip to the OFSAA provincial tournament would be nice. But so too would a tour of Europe.

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team has plans for an exhibition hockey tour this April. Beginning on April 9, the Knights will play at least four exhibition games on a week-long trip through the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

Staff coach Peter Wolfe said last week that the team is extremely excited to represent their school, municipality and country through our nation’s pastime. Each of the four contests will include the opportunity to meet the opposing players and coaches to discuss not only hockey, but also cultural differences and similarities.


Long on finish

Ethan Long of the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks buried this scoring chance from his knees last Tuesday night against Goderich at the Davidson Centre. Grant Stevens and Raven Sharpe also scored for the Kinucks in a 4-3 loss. The midgets bounced back with a 3-0 win two nights later against BCH. (Josh Howald photo)


Curlers lose on home ice

Both local rinks were dumped on home ice last week in Brokerlink Grey-Bruce Major Curling league action.

The Kincardine Curling Club hosted a pair of games last Wednesday night for Week 6 action in the area's premier curling league.

Les Shane's BDO Canada rink held an early lead on Don Bartley's Absalute Automotive rink, but Bartley came from behind to edge out Shane by a 6-5 score.

Meanwhile, Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink was defeated by Tom Slumskie's DeDell Seeds rink.

Three other games were played at the Port Elgin Curling Club. That included a win by Auswill Farms skip AJ Schumaker, who maintained his share of first place overall with an 8-5 win over Mike Hamer's Port Elgin rink.


Bulldogs drop two to Pats

By Josh Howald

Though Kincardine had a chance to gain ground on the first place Walkerton Hawks, it was the Mount Forest Patriots that made the most significant move in the Western Junior C Hockey League standings.

Doug Costanzo celebrates Riley O'Connell's game winning goal Friday night at the Davidson Centre while Bulldogs goaltender Luke Aulthouse fishes the puck from the Kincardine net. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Patriots defeated Kincardine twice in a weekend home-and-home set to move within six points of the second place Bulldogs.


Curlers in Kincardine tonight

By Josh Howald

Major Curling League action returns to Kincardine tonight (Wednesday).

Two games are scheduled to be played at the Kincardine Curling Club starting at 9 p.m. Both local rinks – Les Shane’s BDO Canada team and Craig Milburn’s Penetangear team will be in action.

Shane will take on Don Bartley's Absalute Automotive rink, while Milburn will meet Tom Slumskie's DeDell Seeds rink from Chesley. Three other games will be played tonight in Port Elgin.


Knights dump Grey Highlands 6-1

KDSS alone in first

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team is alone in first place in the Bluewater Athletic Association with a perfect 3-0 record after another lopsided win last week at home.

KDSS goaltender Sophia Tomaini grabs a loose puck last week at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Led by a four-point performance by senior Hailey Allen, the Knights dumped the always strong Grey Highlands Secondary School Lions Thursday afternoon at home by a 6-1 score.

"That should clinch first place for us," said KDSS coach Dan Ogilvie following the game. "That's really what we want here and that should get us home ice in the playoffs."


Wolves drop two on weekend

Host Lancers Friday night

By Josh Howald

The standings don't lie.

The Ripley Wolves knew they had a tough weekend ahead, with visits to the first and second place teams. After a tough loss Friday night to the second place Durham Thundercats, the first place Mapleton-Minto 81's flexed some muscle Saturday in Drayton and blanked the Wolves 5-0.

The pair of road losses leaves the Wolves sixth overall in the WOAA Senior AA North Division standings at 6-8-0-1. Durham, meanwhile, moved to 11-3 with Friday night's win and the 81's are now 13-1 after dumping Ripley.