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Dodging...balls

Kelly Weiler did her share of dodging Sunday afternoon at the 6-on-6 co-ed dodgeball tournament held at the Davidson Centre gymnasium in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Hutchinson wins Major Curling League title

Al Hutchinson’s RAM Promotional rink is 2016 Major Curling League champion.

Hutchinson claimed the Brokerlink Insurance Trophy last Wednesday night at the Port Elgin Curling Club with an 8-7 win over Jeff Thomson’s Chesley rink.

Both Hutchinson and Thomson took runs at each other but couldn’t pull away. Hutchinson sealed the win with a precise draw on the final shot of the game.

The B Final was also a nailbiter. Don Bartley came from behind to slide past Steve Gregg 6-5. AJ Schumaker won the C Final with a big seventh end, and the D Final also went to the wire when Tom Slumskie flipped places with Kincardine’s Les Shane and his BDO Canada rink.


Bulldogs sweep Flyers

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs swept into the Western Junior C League semi-finals last night with a 5-3 win in Game 4 of their opening round series against the Goderich Flyers.

Gerrit Satosek and Jacob Hutchings celebrate a Game 3 victory at home Sunday evening. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Kincardine and Walkerton, who had a first round bye for finishing first in the regular season, will now wait to see who their opposition will be. First place Walkerton will face the lowest seed to advance, while Kincardine will face the second lowest. (6) Hanover and (3) Mount Forest are tied at two games apiece, as is the Mitchell (4) and Wingham (5) series.


Top corner?

Gavin Beaty of the Kincardine atoms had his eye on the top corner with this wrist shot, while teammate Jared Houghton drives to the net past a Gananoque defender during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre. The atom Kinucks won both Games 1 and 2 at home on the weekend. For the full story, see this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)


Bulldogs could sweep Flyers tonight

Kincardine leading Western League series 3-0

By Josh Howald

It could be an opening round sweep for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs tonight (Wednesday) in Goderich.

Jacob Hutchings has been solid when called upon thus far in the Western Junior C League playoffs. Here, he tracks the puck during Game 3 of Kincardine's opening round series against Goderich. (Josh Howald photo)

 


Atom Kinucks lead Gananoque 2-0

Week of big playoff games for Kincardine

It has been a steady schedule of big hockey games over the past week for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks. In the last week, the atoms have eliminated Listowel to win the WOAA playoff championship and seized control of an OMHA quarter-final series with Gananoque.

Casey Beisel keep the puck in the Gananoque zone during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Kinucks took Game 1 in a rout, and could wrap things up Saturday in Gananoque. (Josh Howald photo)

 


Midgets win WOAA title

Elmvale in town for Game 1 Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will open the OMHA quarter-finals Saturday night at home.

Chase Meurs scores for Kincardine in Game 3 of the WOAA finals against Listowel. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The midgets and Elmvale will kick off a best-of-five series at 8 p.m. at the Davidson Centre. Game 2 of the series will be at 7 p.m. Sunday night in Elmvale. Game 3 is also in Elmvale on Feb. 19, with Game 4, if necessary, in Kincardine Feb. 20.


Wolves drop playoff opener in overtime

By Josh Howald

It couldn't have been much more of a back-and-forth game on Friday night in Ripley between the Wolves and the Tillsonburg Thunder.

No lead lasted more than five minutes in this game, the opening contest of the WOAA Senior A round robin playoffs, which also includes Lucknow, Milverton and Shelburne.

Adam Vandepole's goal at 14:45 of overtime was the difference on this night, giving the Thunder a 5-4 win on the road. It didn't take long for bad blood to develop, despite the fact these two teams have never played against each other before. Four players were ejected in the second period of a penalty-filled game.


Friendly rivals

Team captains Dave Patterson, left, and Dan McCormick with a few high sticks before Saturday night's 20th annual Ken McCormick Game and Dance Saturday night at the Davidson Centre. McCormick's team succesfully defended bragging rights. (Barb McKay photo)


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.