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THE KINCARDINE INDEPENDENT, Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Playoff travels *The ice at the Davidson Centre will stay in until the end of this week, as originally planned. There was discussion of shutting the ice surface down last Friday due to a lack of bookings, but it was decided to stick with the original schedule. So if you’re hunting n for one more ice time before the season ends, you had betthe ter make it quick. From what I understand (as of Monday lot morning), there are several open slots available for rental. Josh Howald It won’t be cheap though – intheslot@yahoo.ca weekday evening ice is going for $135/hour, with morning and afternoon ice a little cheaper and weekend ice a little more expensive. To me, it seems foolish to charge users this rate when the ice would otherwise sit empty – but I’m not in charge. If they lowered the hourly fee, I guarantee the ice would have been nearly full with bookings this week, pulling in more revenue in the long run. *Lucknow’s Gina Murray, who played for the Saugeen Maitland midget AA Lightning this season, will suit up for the University of Guelph Gryphons of the CIS next season. Murray captained the Bolts to a successful season this year, in which the team won regular season and league playoffs and an overall league championship. Joining Murray on the Saugeen Maitland team this season was Ripley’s Abbey Gibson, Tiverton’s Sara Gossell and Kincardine’s Hannah Davidson – all members of KDSS’ OFSAA final four team. *I thoroughly enjoyed a pair of top-notch hockey games last week, despite the fact our local boys narrowly lost each game. I was in Owen Sound Thursday watching Garrett Meurs and the Attack, while Friday I was in Listowel for Game 6 of the Cherrey (Junior B) Cup between Elmira and Brett Catto’s Listowel Cyclones. Monday morning, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June. Meurs was rated 79th overall among all draft eligible players in the Canadian Hockey League (which includes the OHL, the WHL and the QMJHL). So there’s a very, very good chance that Meurs could be pulling an NHL sweater over his head in Minnesota at the draft. Here’s hoping Plymouth can come back from two narrow defeats and make this series with the Attack a close one. Catto, meanwhile, dominated the third period of Game 6, in which his Cycs were eliminated. The former Belleville Bull certainly stuck out from the other players, as did Listowel goaltender Anthony Peters, formerly of the Mississauga Majors. But those two could have used some help. In my opinion, the Cyclones were perhaps two defensemen and at least one more impact forward away from being good enough to push for a provincial title. That said, I’m not sure the SugarKings have the goaltending to do so either. Watch for one of St. Catharines, London or St. Thomas to claim the Sutherland Cup. *Kincardine native Barret Ehgoetz did win a Sutherland Cup with the Elmira SugarKings in his Junior B days, but this year the playoffs are over for the captain of the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. The Cyclones, the defending Kelly Cup champions, were ousted from contention Saturday night at home in a double-overtime heartbreaker. Reading advances to the next round, and I lose a sincere interest in ECHL playoff hockey. *In playoff action around the province, Alliston and Grimsby hold 2-0 series leads on Picton and Belle River, respectively, in the OHA Junior C finals. In OJHL Junior A Tier II action, the Wellington Dukes were up 3-1 on Oakville heading into Game 5 last night. Niagara Falls and Elmira have advanced to the Sutherland Junior B tournament and await the winner of a Game 7 between London and St. Thomas. In WOAA Senior AA action, Saugeen Shores and Monkton are tied 1-1 after each team won a home start over the weekend. (continued on page 27)

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The Saugeen Maitland AA midget Lightning claimed the LLFHL overall championship recently with a narrow win over Belleville. The team includes, standing from left, assistant coach Randi Wilson, Abby McGavin, Laura Irwin, Georgian Ottewell, assistant coach Brian Clarke, Brittany Butcher, Laken Smith, Kelly Garrow, Sara Gossell, coach Joe Chaffe, Marcie Landman, Brooklyn Irwin, trainer Donna Chaffe, Hannah Davidson, Nicole Marriage and Micaelea Stutzki. Kneeling, left, Ashley Ried, Dollee Meigs, Stephanie Sluys and Abbey Gibson. (submitted photo)

Late goals from Irwin win provincial title Saugeen Maitland comes from behind to win LLHFL Overall title Laura Irwin picked a good time to step up – with six minutes left in a provincial championship. Irwin’s Saugeen Maitland AA Lightning was trailing Belleville 1-0 last weekend in the Overall Lower Lakes Female Hockey League Championship game when she potted a big goal. Minutes later, the Ripley teenager scored the game winner to cap off an impressive season for the Bolts. Saugeen Maitland faced Belleville in the gold

Atoms end season with Aylmer tourney The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom rep team wrapped up the season last weekend with a tournament in Aylmer. The club played some of its best hockey of the season, but came up just short in the consolation final. Kincardine opened the tournament against the OMHA champs from Harrow and battled to

a 1-1 draw. Chris Coady scored the lone goal from Ryan Thede in the team’s best game of the year. The next game saw Kincardine badly outplay and outshoot Beaverton, but incredible netminding from the opposition left the teams tied 2-2 with seconds (continued on page 25)

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medal game after defeating St. Catharines in a semi-final earlier in the day. Belleville, the Eastern Ontario champions, earned its berth in the finals after pulling off a 2-1 upset of the heavily favoured Toronto Aeros. Playing without leader and team captain Gina Murray, the Bolts gritted out both contests to end the season as LLFHL Overall champions, Southwest Division regular season and playoff champions and winners of a Windsor tournament. The team also won silver medals in Scarborough and Whitby tournaments. The gold medal game was the 71st game of the season, and the LLHFL Overall title means Saugeen Maitland is the best of 41 elite midget female hockey teams in the province. Earning assists on Irwin’s two goals were Laken Smith, Brittany Butcher and Kelly Garrow. Earlier in the day, Smith had three assists in a 3-1 win against St. Catharines in a semi-final contest. Ripley’s Brooklyn Irwin scored, as did Butcher and Dollee Meigs. Kincardine’s Abbey Gibson and Irwin also had assists in the game.

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