Wolves to open season in Kincardine

Hockey Day in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves will open the WOAA Senior AA regular season in Kincardine at the Davidson Centre Oct. 7.

After a full day of minor hockey games scheduled between the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association and the Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey system, the Wolves will kick off another season with a 5:15 p.m. contest against the rival Saugeen Shores Winterhawks. It had previously been reported that this game was an exhibition preseason affair, but that is not the case.

Following the Wolves and Winterhawks, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will take on the Penetang Kings in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.

in other senior hockey news, the Minto-Mapleton 81's have pulled out of the league for the 2017-18 hockey season. The 81's roster was decimated by player retirement and movement. It is a one-year leave of absence, officially.

 Early losing streak continues for Kincardine Bulldogs

By Barb McKay

It was another tough weekend for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs who ended up winless against Mount Forest and Goderich.

The ‘Dogs faced the Mount Forest Patriots on home ice Friday evening and despite having several chances at the Mount Forest net during the first period were unable to capitalize. Patriots’ KlaytonHoelscher was able to get one past Bulldogs goaltender Ethan Primeau on a power play at 4:41 to make the score 1-0 for the Patriots.

The Bulldogs lost some momentum in the second period and were outshot 15-7 by Mount Forest. Hoelscher came into score early for the Patriots, just one minute in, to make it 2-0. Despite chances at both ends of the ice neither team was able to make them count until Hoelscher earned a hat trick with a short-handed goal at 17:09.

Up and atoms

Talon Hope of the Walkerton atoms tries to stop this shot from the Kincardine atoms during an exhbition game last Friday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. This shot did go in, and the atoms defeated Walkerton 7-2 in this contest. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs open season Friday night

Wingham in town for home opener

By Josh Howald

The puck will drop Friday night in Kincardine as another Provincial Junior Hockey League season begins for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Canada 3-0 in China

By Josh Howald

Canada defeated Italy 3-1 yesterday to finish first in Pool A at the World Roller Games in Najing, China.

The women's inline hockey national team will play a quarter-final game today (Wednesday) against either Austrailia or New Zealand.

Kincardine native Kendra Fisher, recently added to the Kincardine Sports Wall of Fame at the Davidson Centre, is one of two goaltenders for Canada at the World Roller Games (FIRS World Championship).

Welcome to the wall

The inaugural group that will hang on the Kincardine Sports Wall of Fame, which was unveiled recently at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. For the full story, including a photo and short bio of each inductee, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Exhibition check

Kincardine played a physical game against Stayner early Sunday afternoon at a preseason exhibition Provincial Junior Hockey League tournament hosted by the Bullldogs at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The 'Dogs played Stayner and North Middlesex to draws. (Josh Howald photo)

 United puts up a dozen in Orangeville

Huron United took its show on the road on the weekend and put a dozen goals up on the board in a rout over Orangeville in Southwest Ontario Premier Men’s League soccer action.

Kincardine’s final road trip of the season was a laugher from start to finish as Huron United put the boots to Orangeville Athletic B. Starting with less than a full squad from the opening kick-off, the hosts were in trouble early and were under siege until the final whistle.

Andrew Benney-Meraw opened the scoring 10 minutes in with a powerful strike from 12-yards out. Mat Dennis provided the pass. Benney-Meraw scored again to make it 2-0 nine minutes later with help from Chad Freeman and Anir Panditrao. Ivo Ferreira climbed high to head a Derek Andrews’ corner kick into the top left hand corner of the net and Andreas Derksen made it 4-0 before the half when he ran onto a cross from the right hand side following some good interplay between Andrew and Ferreira.

Mackey walks away with club championship

Blake Mackey made it back-to-back club championships on the weekend at BlackHorse Golf Course.

Blake Mackey, middle, won his second consecutive club championships at BlackHorse Golf Course Sunday. Mackey is seen here with club pro Brad Hoogstra, left, and Doug Wilson Sr. (Josh Howald photo)

The Walkerton golfer won a second consecutive club title with a terrific 73-70. The next nearest competitor was Walkerton's Jeff Wilken, who finished seven strokes back of Mackey with a 74-76.

Mackey was the picture of consistency all weekend long. He didn't have one six on his scorecard through 36 holes, it was all threes, fours and fives.

Kincardine's Andy McLelland finished 76-80.

 Kippers wrap up season

The Kincardine Kippers wrapped up the 2017 swim season at the South Western Ontario Recreational Swimming Association (SWORSA) finals Aug. 12 at the Wilmot Recreation Complex near New Hamburg, followed by the team’s annual awards night Aug. 15 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The Kippers had 39 top-3 finishes in individual events and numerous personal bests. Seven swimmers captured individual medals for overall highest point totals in their age divisions. Bringing home division medals were Ben White (gold boys under-8), Aaron Urie and Evan Graham (tied gold boys 9/10), Burton Bronkhorst (bronze boys 9/10), Avery Chilton (bronze girls 9/10), Kanye Lee (silver boys 11/12) and Lucas Bronkhorst (gold boys 13/14).

Medal and ribbon winners from SWORSA were recognized at the banquet, as well as those who received achievement awards within the club.