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A Saturday night sweep?

One win away from finals

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are on a roll, and could clinch a berth in the OMHA Finals with a Game 3 win Saturday night in Ingersoll. Kincardine won Game 2 of this OMHA semi-final series Wednesday evening at the Davidson Centre 5-2.

Kincardine, the defending All-Ontario champions, completed a three-game sweep of Lambeth in the OMHA quarter-finals Friday night, and didn’t waste any time getting into the next round. Sunday, the midget Kinucks travelled to Ingersoll to play Game 1 of the semi-finals, and came home with a 1-0 series lead.


Let's go!

Kincardine and Walkerton open league finals tonight!

By Josh Howald

We will get to see a Walkerton – Kincardine match-up after all.

IExpect Kincardine to play a very physical game in this series with Walkerton, which opens Friday night in Walkerton. Game 2 is back in Kincardine Saturday at 7 p.m. (Independent file hoto)

 


Ripley off to OMHA semi-finals

Play two at home this weekend

By Josh Howald

When a best-of-five series takes six games, you know it has been a close series.

Ripley bangs home a loose puck for the game's fourth goal last Tuesday night against West Grey in Game 6 of the OMHA quarter-finals. (Josh Howald photo)

 

But the sixth and deciding game of this OMHA juvenile CC-C quarter-final series between Ripley and West Grey was anything but close. This game was all Ripley, with the Wolves taking an early lead, adding another and chipping in two goals late in the second perod to mkae it 4-0 headed for the third. With the season on the line, West Grey managed just one shot at Ripley goaltender Easton Battler, who posts the shutout win.


Peewees play Game 2 tonight at home

Kincardine ties way out of Mt. Brydges

The Bulldogs and Wolves are both on the road tonight, but there will still be some great playoff action at the Davidson Centre tonight (Friday).

The Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks will take centre stage tonight at the local rink, hosting Tavistock for Game 2 of the OMHA semi-finals. The Kinucks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five set with a narrow 4-3 win Wednesday night in Tavistock.

The puck will drop tonight at 8 p.m., and a large crowd certainly wouldn't hurt the chances of the peewee Kinucks. The team thrived at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick in front of near capacity crowds at the Davidson Centre.


Wolves even series with wild comeback win

Game 3 Friday night

By Josh Howald

Things were looking bleak for the Ripley Wolves until a third-period flurry turned this series around.

Travis VanGaver was honoured by the WOAA prior to Game 2 Saturday night. Find out why in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Independent file photo)


Your playoff home

Hockey lives here! *updated!

WESTERN JUNIOR C CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

1) WALKERTON HAWKS vs 2) KINCARDINE BULLDOGS

                         

GAME 1: FRI., March 1 8:30 p.m., Walkerton

GAME 2: SAT., March 2 7 p.m., Kincardine

GAME 3: SAT., March 9, 8:30 p.m. Walkerton

GAME 4: SUN, March 10, 4 p.m., Kincardine*

GAME 5: FRI, March 15, 8:30 p.m. Walkerton*

GAME 6: SAT, March 16, 7 p.m., Kincardine*

GAME 7: SUN., March 17, 3 p.m. Walkerton*


WOAA SR AA NORTH DIVISION SEMIS


Juvies move on

The Ripley Juveniles are shooting into the OMHA semi-finals. Zac McIntosh, above, and the juvies put away West Grey last night at home with a 5-0 win in Game 6 of the quarter-final series. For full details, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Wolves open in Elora tonight

The Ripley Wolves will travel to Elora tonight (Friday) for Game 1 of the WOAA Senior AA North Division semi-finals.

The Wolves and Rocks have confirmed the schedule for their best-of-seven series, which kicks off tonight in Elora at 8:30 p.m.

Ripley will host Game 2 of the series tomorrow night (Saturday), another 8:30 p,m. start. Game 3 of the seires is back in Elora on Friday, March 1 at 8:30 p.m., while Game 4 will be played Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Ripley.

If necessary, Games 5, 6 and 7& will be played:

Friday, March 8 in Elora at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 10in Ripley at 2 p.m.

Monday, March 11 in Elora at TBD


Bantams swept away

Peewees advance, midgets could sweep tonight

Kincardine couldn't pull off another crazy comeback.

The Tim-BR Mart bantams may have dug their was out of a 2-0 hole in the WOAA Finals, but they couldn't recreate that magic in the OMHA quarter-finals against Mt. Brydges. The Cougars completed a three-game sweep of Kincardine last night at home with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the series.

With the win, Mt. Brydges advances to the OMHA semi-finals - much like Kincardine's Legion peewees. The Kincardine peewees swept Mt. Brydges in three straight games, finishing off that series on Sunday with a 2-1 win. It would appear the peewee Kinucks now face Tavistock in an OMHA semi-final series. That series has yet to be scheduled.

The midget Kinucks, meanwhile, could seal a berth in the OMHA semi-finals tonight. The Miller Insurance midgets are in Lambeth for a 9 p.m. start tonight in Game 3 of the quarter-finals. Kincardine claimed narrow 4-3 wins in Games 1 and 2 of the series.


'Dogs sweep into final

Walkerton evens other semi-final with OT win

For the first time in five years, the Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will play for a Western Junior C League championship.

Josh MacDonald knocks Mitchell's Ryan Sykes off the puck in Game 3 of Kincardine's sweep of the Mitchell Hawks. (Richard Lawson photo)

The Bulldogs clinched a spot in the league final by sweeping the Mitchell Hawks in four straight games. Kincardine won a 6-3 decision last night (Thursday) in Mitchell to close out the series.

"We played great. We kept our heads and played well in all zones," said Kincardine head coach Jeff Alcombrack. "I thought we were better in every game, now we just have to keep it going."