By Doug Kennedy
This Saturday is a big hockey day in the Kincardine area. There is a bantam rep game with Kincardine hosting BCH. The Miller Midgets host Hanover at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m., the Ripley Wolves host the Durham Huskies. At 7:30 p.m., the Kincardine Bulldogs host the Wingham Ironmen. The Wolves and Bulldogs have held these back-to-back games for the the last three years and there are always big crowds. This year, the two teams are raising money to help Wolves’ assistant coach Shawn Burrows. Burrows, who was in a bad car accident a few weeks ago, has been a volunteer coach all of his adult life. He has coached minor hockey teams, the Bulldogs and now the Wolves. Hopefully, we will see you at the Davidson center this Saturday.
The Wolves are in Port Elgin on Friday night for a game against second place Saugeen Shores. They are two points behind the Wolves in the standings. Garrett Meurs has taken over the scoring lead in the WOAA senior hockey league with 16 goals and 14 assists. The Wolves won its only game of the weekend by defeating the Minto 81’s 5-3. Dan Nicoloff had two goals with singles going to Dylan Sayle, Adam Alexander and Meurs. Assists went to Nick Seiler (2), Blake Nichol (2), Meurs(2), Alexander and Sayle had one each. This Friday night, the Wolves travel to Port Elgin for a battle of the top two teams. On Saturday, they are in Kincardine at 5 p.m. for a game against the Durham Thundercats. it should be a great weekend of senior hockey.
The Ripley Lucknow atom boys team also won the Silver Stick in Wingham a couple of weeks ago and are now called the Huron Bruce Atoms. It is hard to get used to all these new names. With Kincardine also winning, we will have two local teams in Watford in January. Sorry to Gramma Bev for this oversight.
The boys high school team lost their first league game in Hanover, but bounced back with a convincing win against Walkerton, 10-4 win. Jordan Beisel led the way with four goals and one assist. Liam Colhoun had two goals and two assists, while Jordan Moulton had one goal and three assists. Single goals went to Noah Swann, Kyle Smeltzer and Wilson Shipp. In Hanover, the boys lost 5-2. Moulton and Shipp both scored for KDSS. Beisel had two assists and Moulton had one along with Jacob Cuillerier. They host Sacred Heart on Tuesday afternoon at 2p.m. at the Davidson Center. That will test them on how well they will do this year.
The Bulldogs had a big weekend, winning three games. Mike Fiegehen scored in overtime on Saturday night against Hanover and Sunday afternoon against Goderich. The Bulldogs finally had a full lineup back for the big weekend. On Friday night, they won in Wingham 4-0. This was the first win against the Ironmen this season. Rookie Kaleb Martin led the way with two power play goals. Singles went to Bryce McFadden and Jordan Caskenette and assists went to Brett Burrows (2), Trevor Donaldson, McFadden and Marten. Saturday night at home, the Bulldogs defeated the Hanover Barons 3-2 in overtime. Jerrod Fossold tied the score with a minute left and the goalie pulled, to make it 2-2. Logan Freiburger also scored in regulation. Assists went to Dan Skinner, Logan Swanton (2), Freiburger and Caskennette. Mike Fiegehen scored two minutes into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win. Sunday afternoon, the Goderich Flyers pulled their goalie in the last minute and tied the game 4-4. Feigehen scored 35 seconds into overtime with a pass from Logan Swanton, to seal the 5-4 vistory. Goals were scored by Carson English, Jake Fair and Feighen and assists went to Caskenette (2), Tyler Sutter and Skinner. Jamie Brock got the win in net. Sean Andrus picked up the first two wins of the weekend. Bulldogs GM Warren Beisel said Andrus made some big stops Friday night in Wingham to pick up the shutout.
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