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Kincardine U13 Kinucks fall short at International Silver Stick

January 29, 2023

After a dominating performance at the Kincardine regional, the U13 Kinucks headed to the International Silver Stick tournament, Jan. 20-22, played at the arenas in Forest, Watford and Thedford in Lambton Shores.

The Kinucks drew a familiar foe in Penetang (Flames) in the opening game. The Flames showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the province, downing Kincardine, 6-3.

In the remaining three round-robin games, the Kinucks were relentless in their attack, beating teams from Fort Collins, Colorado (11-3); Ottawa (Sting, 6-1); and Montgomery, Maryland (10-0).

Three wins and a loss earned the Kinucks the second seed after the round-robin, and a date with the Mount Bridges Cougars in the semi-finals. Once again, the heavy fore-checking Kinucks out-powered a respectable Cougar squad, skating to a 5-0 win and a rematch with Penetang in the final.

Despite keeping pace with the high-octane Flames, the Kinucks found themselves down 2-0 after two periods. Early after the break, Penetang buried another and added a five-on-three powerplay marker to take the final 4-0.

The Kinucks finished with four of the top six scorers in the tournament. Tyler Bauman and Cal McQuillin finished tied for second in the tournament with 13 points apiece. Lane Bauman and Matty McKeag were tied for fifth with 11 points each. McQuillin and McKeag were named to the tournament’s All-Star team.

Congratulations, Kinucks!

The Kincardine U13 Kinucks include, in the back, coaches and trainers Tim Bauman (left), Travis McKeag, Mark Roppel, Jeremy McQuillin and head coach Shawn Burrows; in the middle row, players Alex Tourloukis, Taron Hervieux, Sam Humphrey, Damion Szydlowski, Tucker McKenzie, Carter Zettler (A), Lane Bauman, Max Roppel, Matty McKeag (A), Cal McQuillin (C), Tyler Bauman (A), Brody Ford, Kian Kaminski; and in front, goalies Kohlson Janes (left) and Ben White; photo courtesy of Jeremy McQuillin

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