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​Bulldogs down 2-1 in quarter-finals against Wingham

March 13, 2023

The Kincardine Bulldogs are down, two games to one, in their quarter-final series against the Wingham Ironmen, after kicking off the playoffs on the weekend.

The ‘Dogs are currently in fourth place in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, while Wingham is in third.

All three games ended in 3-2 scores, with Kincardine winning the first match, and Wingham taking the next two.

The Bulldogs travelled to the North Huron Wescast Community Centre in Wingham, Friday night, and took the win in overtime.

Kincardine opened the scoring a minute-and-a-half into the second period, when Liam Colhoun scored, unassisted. Wingham tied it up, and then Cooper Schneider scored from Wilson Shipp to make it a 2-1 game for the Bulldogs, but late in the period, Wingham tied it at 2-2.

Neither team could get a goal in the third, forcing the game into overtime, when Harrison Meulensteen scored from Carter Servais and Kieran Moore, to give the ‘Dogs the 3-2 win.

Goalie Carter Garvie made 32 saves on 34 shots.

Back at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, Saturday night, the Ironmen handed the home team a 3-2 loss.

Kincardine opened the scoring early in the first period on a goal by Shipp from Gavin Gibbons and Moore.

Wingham tied it midway in the second frame on the powerplay, and then went ahead, 2-1, on a powerplay goal.

The Ironmen made it a 3-1 game early in the third, before Brennan Long scored for Kincardine, on the powerplay, assisted by Austin Waite and Gibbons. But the Bulldogs could not get the tying goal, and the game ended 3-2 for Wingham.

In Wingham, Sunday afternoon, the Ironmen handed the ‘Dogs another 3-2 loss. This was a chippy game, with lots of penalty minutes on the score sheet.

Wingham opened the scoring early in the first, but Kincardine tied it up seconds into the middle frame, as Steven Grant scored from Tyler Ertel, to make it a 1-1 game. The Ironmen scored twice more to take a two-goal lead into the final period.

As the minutes clicked away, Meulensteen worked the powerplay and scored from Grant and Ertel midway in the third period to come within one. But it wasn’t enough as time ran out and Wingham won, 3-2.

Goalie Garvie had 31 saves on 34 shots.

The Bulldogs are on home ice at the Davidson Centre, tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 14) at 7:30 p.m., for Game 4 against the Ironmen.

Game 5 runs Friday, March 17, in Wingham at 8 p.m.

Game 6 is Saturday, March 18, in Kincardine at 7:30 p.m.

And, if necessary, Game 7 will run Sunday, March 19, at 2:30 p.m. in Wingham.

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