Wolves edged out in Durham

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole Saturday night in Durham, and weren't able to recover.

Billy Terpstra, Chris Brown and Jay Tremble each scored to give the Durham Thundercats a 3-0 lead a little more than 10 minutes into Saturday evening's WOAA Senior AA contest. Brown's goal came with the Wolves on a power play, and made it 2-0 for the T-Cats. Tremble's goal was a power play marker.

Kyler Nixon extended the lead to 4-0 early in the second period. It was also a power play goal. The Wolves finally got one back midway through the second. Derek Regier scored from Ryan Armstrong to make it a 4-1 game.

Running into a ....

Zach Wall stands up a hit from a Mitchell forward last week in bantam rep hockey action at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Tim-Br Mart bantam Kinucks edged out Mitchell 2-1 in this contest. The bantams are in action again at home tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:30 p.m. against Seaforth. (Josh Howald photo)

Western League wins All-Star Game

Burrows, Skinner have points in Prospects Game

By Josh Howald

Home ice in the OHA Junior C Schmalz Cup quarter-finals will belong to the Western Junior C League.

That's what was on the line Saturday evening in Mitchell as the Western League All-Stars took on the best of the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C League. The Western League came from behind in this game to earn a 4-3 win over the GBMO, thanks in part to Lauchlin Elder of the Walkerton Hawks.

The big forward was named the Western League's most valuable player after scoring the game-winning goal in the third period. He batted a rebound out of mid-air on a Western League power play to give the West a 4-3 win and record his third point of the game.

Junior Knights win BAA title

KDSS seniors lose in final, but earn CWOSSA berth

By Josh Howald

All in all, Monday was a good day for the Kincardine District Secondary School basketball program.

Marley Martyn defends earlier this season at KDSS. Martyn and the senior Knights were defeated in the BAA championship game Monday evening, but still qualified for tomorrow's CWOSSA tournament in Waterford. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


The junior Knights won a Bluewater Athletic Association championship Monday afternoon in Wiarton, while their senior counterparts sealed a berth at this week’s CWOSSA championship tournament in Waterford.

Shane, Milburn in Chesley tonight

The Grey-Bruce Major Curling League started a new season last Wednesday night.

However, the two local rinks did not play. Les Shane's BDO Dunwoody rink was scheduled to face Craig Milburn's Penetangear team in Port Elgin last Wednesday night but the game was postponed. It will be rescheduled, but a date has not yet been finalized.

In Port Elgin, AJ Schumacher's Auswill Farms rink defeated Al Hutchinson's RAM Promotional team 10-7, while Wade Walsh's Cooke Distributing team edged out Mike Hamer's Port Elgin rink 5-3. In Tara, Jeff Thomson of Chesley posted a 5-3 win over Steve Gregg's Merit Insurance rink while Scott Ballantyne's Georgian Bay Phoenix and Belterra Corp. rink battled back from behind to score a 9-6 win over Tom Slumskie's DeDell Seeds rink.

Wolves beat Fish, but fall to Winterhawks

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves halted a three-game losing streak with an 8-5 win at home Friday night over the Shelburne Muskies. However, the Wolves were defeated 5-1 by the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks the following day to settle for a weekend split in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

That leaves the Wolves in fifth place in the seven-team WOAA North Division with a 4-5 record.

Dylan Sayle and Brett Catto each scored twice in Friday night's 8-5 win over the visiting Muskies. Cody Britton, Drew Davidson, Tyler McCarthy and Tyson Soers each scored once. Soers goal was into an empty net with 1:20 remaining in the game.

Big weekend for Bulldogs

Wins over Hanover, Walkerton

By Josh Howald

It was a big weekend for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs gained some ground on the first place Walkerton Hawks with a win at home Sunday afternoon over Walkerton. The previous night, Kincardine had defeated the Hanover Barons. The two wins leave Kincardine four points back of the first place Hawks, with a game in hand. The Bulldogs are now 13-4-1, second place in the Western Junior C Hockey League.

"It keeps us within striking distance," said Kincardine coach Steve Stepaniak. "We don't play (Walkerton) again until a home-and-home series in January, so losing on Sunday would have made it tough for us to catch them."

The Bulldogs scored three power play goals on Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in a 3-2 win over Walkerton.

Knights clinch first, advance to BAA Final Four

Juniors and Seniors eliminate SDSS

By Josh Howald

Both the junior and senior Knights are off to the Bluewater Athletic Association’s Final Four championship tournament.

Jenna Dennis, left, of the KDSS junior girls basketball team looks for an open player while being pressured by J. Fey of the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders last week in BAA regular season action at the high school. (Josh Howald photo)


Both teams punched their tickets to semi-final contests that will be played Monday in Wiarton. The BAA finals will also be held later the same day at Peninsula Shores District High School.

Major Curling League season starts tonight

By Josh Howald

Hurry hard, curling season.

The Grey-Bruce Major Curling League, sponsored by Brokerlink Insurance, will toss out the first rocks of the season tonight (Wednesday) in Port Elgin and Tara.

Ten of the league's 11 rinks will be in action tonight, the first draw of the year in the area's premier curling league. That includes two Kincardine teams, which will be in action against each other tonight in Port Elgin.

Les Shane's BDO Dunwoody rink will take on Craig Milburn's team, sponsored this year by Penetangear.

Weekend split for Bulldogs

Osadca scores 2OT winner

By Josh Howald

Parity was the name of the game over the weekend for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Both Western Junior C games were extremely tight contests, with Kincardine bouncing back from a 4-3 loss Friday night in Wingham with a double-overtime win Saturday night on home ice over the Hanover Barons.

"That is our fourth overtime win already this year, and with no points for the OT loser, those are big points in the standings," said Kincardine head coach Steve Stepaniak.

The 'Dogs are now 11-4-1, second overall in the Western standings, six back of first place Walkerton and six up on the third place Ironmen.

Friday night in Wingham, Greg Hansford scored the game winner during a long 5-on-3 advantage with 5:37 left in the third period. Dan Skinner was off for hooking when Matthew Mah was handed a double-minor for spearing, and the Ironmen took full advantage to escape with a 4-3 win.