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Ripley and Kincardine Novices come up short at Silver Stick finals

By: A Kincardine Sports Enthusiast
December 30, 2017

Both the Ripley and Kincardine Novices came up short in the finals at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick.

The Ripley Novice Wolves had an impressive run at the tournament, but that ended in the Novice "C" final against Hagersville.

The Wolves, undefeated at home this week in Novice "C" Silver Stick play, were at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine Saturday morning to play for a berth at the International Silver Stick tournament.

After almost two scoreless periods, Reed Smith gave Ripley a 1-0 lead with little more than a minute remaining in the middle frame. Rhys Thompson assisted on the goal.

However, Hagersville turned things around in the third with a flurry of offence. Aiden Atkinson tied the game three minutes into the third, then a pair of goals from Owen Sibbick put Hagersville in front 3-1. The goals came in less than four minutes.

Ayden Phillips made it 4-1 with about four minutes to go and Colby Dutcher scored just 36 seconds later to make it a 5-1 final for Hagersville.

Ripley defeated Flesherton, 7-5, Friday night to qualify for the final.

The Ripley Novice Wolves are finalists at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick, Saturday morning; photos submitted

Kincardine and Hanover played an exciting game in Saturday morning’s Novice "B" final at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick.

The teams played a couple of scoreless periods of hockey, though it wasn’t for a lack of scoring opportunities. Both goaltenders – Ben Whaling of Hanover and Kincardine’s Madden Walden – were sharp. Walden made a huge glove save midway through the second period to keep the Home Hardware Novice Kinucks even with the rival Falcons.

It looked as if the team to score first would win this game, and that’s just what happened. Though it wouldn’t stand up as the game-winner, Blake Howes scored less than a minute into the third period to give Hanover a 1-0 lead. Howes struck again just 1:09 later and just like that, Hanover was up a pair.

It was the first two goals Kincardine had surrendered in this tournament.

The Kinucks regrouped with a time-out, and controlled the play for the duration of the third, but just couldn’t solve Whaling.

Finally, with just 1:55 remaining in the game Daniel Tout scored for Kincardine to make for an exciting finish. Tristan Steven assisted on the goal.

The Kinucks pulled Walden for an extra attacker, but couldn’t find the equalizer, and the Falcons hung on for a 2-1 win.

Hanover advances to play for at the International Silver Stick tournament in late January.

Kincardine had qualified for the final with an 8-0 beating of Listowel, Friday afternoon in Tiverton; while Hanover beat Saugeen Shores, 6-2, in the other semi-final.

Craig Walker (in front) of the Kincardine Novice Kinucks, tries to score on Hanover goalie Ben Whaling, with little success

The Hanover Novices win the final against the Kincardine Kinucks and advance to the International Silver Stick tournament


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