Where will Wolves wind up?

Ripley's final WOAA weekend sees Fish, Winterhawks

By Josh Howald

With two games left in the regular season, the Ripley Wolves know they will have home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs – and little else.

The Wolves were downed 2-1 by the Durham Thundercats in a shootout on the weekend, and currently occupy fourth place overall in the WOAA Senior AA North Division with 27 points and a 13-8-0-1 record. Ripley - with a Friday night home game against Shelburne and a Saturday night tilt in Port Elgin – could finish second, third or fourth in the standings. Friday night’s opponent - Shelburne – had a three point lead on the Wolves while Saugeen Shores holds a two-point lead on the Wolves. Essentially, Saturday night’s game will mean something, anyways, in terms of positioning.

Hawks will fly by bye

Walkerton gives Kincardine an opening round pass

By Josh Howald

Before the regular season has ended, Kincardine can say ‘Bye!’ to a first-round playoff opponent.

Kincardine peppered Hanover goalie Jake Ireland with 43 shots in a 7-1 weekend win. (Richard Lawson photo)


The Walkerton Hawks will say thanks, but no thanks, to the bye offered to the Western Junior C League’s regular season champs. The Hawks will instead choose to face the 1-33-1 Goderich Sailors in an opening round match-up that may already be over. That leaves second place Kincardine with the same choice.

Silver skaters


Above: Senior StarSkaters from the Ripley-Huron Skating Club helped the club to a second overall finish in points at Weskate recently. Back row, left, coaches Ray Stewart and Brenda Hill-McIntosh. Front row, left, Lori Ogilvie, Meghan Johnson, Marley Martyn, Brooke Leppington, Amanda Martin, Bethany Wilken, Julia Richardson Judith Gutter and coach Nicole Handy-Richardson. Absent from photo are Kaleigh Thomas, Kelsey Hunter, Jaclyn McBride, Megan Lowry and Lauren Scott. (submitted photo)

Ripley wins annual challenge

The Bob Campbell Fuels Kincardine vs. Ripley Challenge Spiel was held at the Ripley Curling Club this year, on the Jan. 19 weekend.

Winners of the early draw was the team of Peter McNay, Jackie Nesbitt, John Kranenburg and Sandra Husk. Second place went to another Ripley tam, skipped by Jim MacDonald. Other rinks were skipped by Dave Robinson, Barb Kester, Gene Gilliespie of Kincardine and Ripley’s Brad Engel.

Late draw winners was the Ripley rink of Francis Hogan, Cindy Simpson, Murray MacKinnon and Donna Elliott. The Ripley rink of Cathy Alcombrack finished second overall. Other teams in the late draw were skipped by Pauline Witzke, Bryan MacDonald, John Downs of Kincardine and Mike Kobayashi of Ripley.

Knockout blow tonight?

The Kincardine Legion peewees can sweep Listowel in the opening round of the playoffs with a win tonight on the road. The Listowel player was not actually knocked out on this play in Game 1, which Kincardine took by a 4-1 score.Game time tonight is 7:40 p.m. at the Listowel Memorial Arena. (Josh Howald photo)

Tonight a major night at KCC

With the regular season winding down, some important games will be played in tonight’s draw – three of them in Kincardine.

After tonight’s action, there will be just one week left in the Major League Curling season before the playoffs commence. Les Shane’s Kincardine rink is sitting pretty heading into a 9 p.m. game tonight against Dave Cobean’s Port Elgin team. Shane has the second best win-loss record in Major League Curling at 8-4. Only Chesley’s Jeff Thomson is better at 9-2. Kincardine’s other entry, skipped by Craig Milburn isn’t far behind at 7-4 and will take on Tara’s Tom Slumskie tonight (Wednesday).

Got the spins

Lyndsey Matheson in a perfect moment representing the Kincardine Skating Club in competition. (submitted photo)

Bulldogs host Hanover Saturday

The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will host the Hanover Barons tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Start time is 7 p.m.

An advertisement in the print edition of this week's Independent notes the Bulldogs host the Barons on Friday, Jan. 19. The game is in fact Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. It was reported correctly, however, in the story on the Western Junior C League club. We apologize for the error, and any confusion it may have caused.

Though reported correctly in The Independent's story on the Western Junior C hockey team, an advertisement for the game in the Sports section bills the game as a Friday night start at 7 p.m.

Peewees win Game 1

The Kincardine Legion peewees opened the postseason with a 4-1 Tuesday night at the Davidson Centre and now lead the best-of-five with Listowel 1-0. Game 2 of the series is in Listowel Sunday evening. (Josh Howald photo)

New look Bulldogs win a pair

By Josh Howald

So far, so good.

The new-look Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs debuted four new players on the weekend and picked up wins over Wingham and Mitchell.

Kincardine is locked into second place overall in the Western Junior C League with three games remaining in the regular season schedule. The ‘Dogs obviously want to make a real run at the playoffs, as deadline day saw General Manager Doug Kennedy pick up four new players, including Adam Hughes.