Not even the players knew exactly what was happening at times at the Ross Young Memorial tyke hockey tournament in Tiverton on the weekend. Lucknow, wearing dark, had this game against Tiverton well under control. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs best Flyers at home

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs rang in the new year with a convincing 6-3 win over the Goderich Flyers Saturday night at the Davidson Centre.

Kincardine played solid defence in front of Luke Aulthouse, who came in to replace starting goaltendre Mitch Campbell late in the first period. (Josh Howald photo)


The 'Dogs got a big scare in this game, though it wasn't necessarily from the Flyers, who scored two of their goals in the final eight minutes of the game. Starting goalie Mitch Campbell took a hard shot from the point just above his goal pad.

"His knee was bruised pretty good, but hopefully he will be able to play next weekend," said Kincardine head coach Steve Stepaniak Monday morning.

Penetang puts out peewees

A Penetang forward beats a Kincardine Legion peewee Kinuck to the outside during the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick final last Tuesday at the Davidson Centre in Kncardine. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of THe Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Wolves lose in OT

By Josh Howald

A new year, a better effort, but a similar result.

The Ripley Wolves were nipped 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at home by the Mapleton-Minto 81's in WOAA Senior AA hockey action. Ripley earned a single point for the overtime loss, and with it moved to within two points of the fifth place Shallow Lake Crushers in the WOAA North Division standings.

The 81's, the defending North Division champions, beefed up on the off-season, and once again last week, adding a couple of imports with NCAA and CIS experience. The last time they were in the village, they put a 7-2 beating on the Wolves. Ripley gave them a good game in early December, and pushed them to overtime Saturday night.

Bantams win Silver Stick title

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams are Regional Silver Stick champs.

The bantam Kinucks celebrate their second goal of today's bantam B final in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kinucks clinched the championship on home ice this evening at the Davidson Centre with a 3-1 win over Tavistock. Tavistock had defeated the bantam Kinucks earlier in this tournament.

Peewees burned in third

Penetang wins Peewee B title, Kincardine bantams play at 4:45 p.m.

The Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks were burned in the third period this afternoon at the 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament.

Penetang scores the go-ahead goal in today's peewee B final at the Silver Stick in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine carried a 1-0 lead to the third period after call-up Noah Swann broke a scoreless tie late in the middle frame. Things went downhill in a hurry for the Legion peewees, who advanced to the final with a gutsy overtime win last night at the Davidson Centre.

Peewees, bantams to play for Silver Stick titles

Title Tuesday at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick

Kincardine has two chances today for Silver Stick glory.

The Kincardine Legion peewees are up first at 1:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre, taking on Penetang for a berth in the International Silver Stick finals and a regional Silver Stick championship. Kincardine last won the peewee title in 2009.

Kincardine and Penetang met yesterday, with the teams playing to a 2-2 draw. The peewees then edged out Twin Centre 5-4 in an exciting semi-final match-up last night. Earlier in the tournament, the Kinucks posted a 7-0 shutout win over Parry Sound. Penetang, meanwhile, advanced to today's final with a 3-2 win over Listowel last night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Penetang opened the week with a 2-1 win over Saugeen Shores.

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams, too, have a shot at capturing a Kincardine Regional Silver Stick championship. The bantams will face Tavistock in the final game of today's action, a 4:45 p.m. start.

Silver Stick opens Saturday

By Josh Howald


Much like Christmas itself, the Silver Stick can create lasting memories of fun, teamwork and success.


The 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 27, with more than 50 hockey teams competing at the novice, peewee and bantam age divisions.


"I think it's the best sporting event Kincardine has," said Rev. Ray Luinstra, the convenor for this year's tournament. "I encourage everybody to come out and watch the tournament. Plenty of fun, plenty of great hockey, it is something I have always enjoyed."


A Ripley split

Wolves thump Lancers Friday, lose to T-Cats Saturday

By Josh Howald

A disputed goal by Mark Watson with 5:09 remaining lifted the Durham Thundercats past the Ripley Wolves Saturday night in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

It looks like this puck got by Kurt Edwards, but Edwards actually delected the shot wide with his stick during the third period of Ripley's 4-2 loss to Durham Saturday night. (Josh Howald photo)


Special teams sinks 'Dogs at home

By Josh Howald

The Walkerton Hawks showed why they have a firm grip on first place overall in the Western Junior C Hockey League Friday night in Kincardine - special teams.


The Hawks went 3-for-4 with the man advantage Friday night at the Davidson Centre, while the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs were 0-for-10 on the power play in a 5-3 Walkerton victory.


It was an entertaining, back-and-forth game that saw the Bulldogs outshoot Walkerton by a wide margin, but a power play goal from Brett Coulson in the third period gave the Hawks a one-goal lead. Just 40 seconds later, Carter Franks put the visitors up by a pair and Kincardine never recovered.