Wolves in Shelburne tomorrow night

The Ripley Wolves will wrap up the WOAA Senior AA hockey schedule tomorrow (Thursday) night in Shelburne.

The Wolves were to originally travel to Dufferin County on the weekend to play the last place Fish, but that game was postponed due to weather conditions. It was just one of many games around the league that will have to be replayed this week, so teams will have to wait and see who they draw in the opening round of the postseason.

With just one point separating first and third place in the WOAA North Division, the Wolves could play Elora, Minto-Mapleton or Saugeen Shores in the opening round. Ripley is locked into the sixth spot, unable to move up or down in the standings.

For details on the Wolves opening round opponent, and a schedule, see next week's edition or visit the Wolves website.

Peewees advance

By Josh Howald

Walkerton avoided a sweep, but the Kincardine Legion peewees showed some killer instinct Tuesday night in Walkerton.

Kendon Zettle picked up this pass but fired wide past Walkerton goalie Chase Hauck in Game 2 of Kincardine's opening round series with Walkerton last week. (Josh Howald photo)

The Legion peewee Kinucks shut out Walkerton 3-0 in Game 4 of the opening round playoff series Wednesday night at the Walkerton Community Centre. The win clinched the series for Kincardine, who will now advance on to play Listowel in the next round.

Big weekend for Bulldogs

Huge four points for Kincardine heading into final weekend

By Josh Howald

The Western Junior C Hockey League points race is going to come right down to the wire.

Heading into the final weekend of regular season action, there are races for both first and third place. It is more parity than the league has seen in years, and makes for a little excitement down the stretch.

Novices open Silver Stick Friday

The Kincardine Home Hardware novice Kinucks are gearing up for the International Silver Stick, which begins Friday in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

The team had tune-up remaining before making the big trip as representatives from the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament. That was a Monday night game against BCH, who will also make the trip to Michigan. Kincardine defeated BCH 1-0 in a double overtime thriller in the championship game of the Silver Stick. Ironically enough, they will also be Kincardine's first round playoff opponent. That series will begin Jan. 31 in Tiverton.

Nice week for Knights

This shot didn't find the basket, nor did many other shots in last week's BAA senior boys basketball game in Walkerton. KDSS held Sacred Heart to a single point in the first half en route to a 28-25 win over the Crusaders last week. Kincardine hammered John Diefenbaker Secondary School last week, but fell 51-48 to the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Wolves win two

Wrap up regular season this weekend on the road

The Ripley Wolves have finally pieced together a win streak.

The Wolves have now won three WOAA Senior AA League games in a row, including two big wins on the weekend. Whether it will be enough or not to avoid facing one of the WOAA North Davison's top three teams remains to be seen.

Ripley has just one game remaining, and that will be played in Shelburne this weekend. If the Durham Thundercats lose both of their remaining games, the Wolves could catch them for fifth place overall. With the two weekend wins, the Wolves are 8-12-0-3.

Peewees take commanding lead

Kincardine leads Walkerton in opening round series

By Josh Howald

So far, so good.

The Kincardine Legion peewees celebrate the game winning goal last night (Wednesday) in Walkerton. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine Legion peewees skated to a 6-3 win last night on the road, and now lead Walkerton 2-0 in a best-of-five opening round playoff series against Walkerton. Game 3 of the series will be played Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ripley Huron Community Centre.

Right around the corner...

It`s almost playoff time in the pound

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs settled for a weekend split as they continued to prepare for the Western Junior C League playoffs.

Good time for a win streak

Or Ripley will face one of North powers in opening round

By Josh Howald

It isn`t quite time for do-or-die, but it certainly wouldn`t hurt the Ripley Wolves to win the final three games on the WOAA Senior AA Hockey regular season schedule.

With the season quickly winding down, the three heavyweights of the WOAA North Division are battling it out for first place overall. The sixth place Wolves will have to win all three remaining games, plus hope Durham loses its season finale, in order to avoid playing one of Minto-Mapleton, Saugeen Shores or Elora in the opening round of the playoffs.

And of course, it never hurts to go into the playoffs on a roll.

Snow week in sports

When there is no school, there will be no school sports. Therefore, not many Bluewater Athletic Association games were played as scheduled last week.


The KDSS boys and girls curling team were in action yesterday in Walkerton. Here, Kaitlyn McKinnon, left, and Rachael Coenen get set to sweep for Victora Phillips in the team's last game before Christmas. (Josh Howald photo)