Wingham Ironmen to face Hanover in league semifinals
BY DENNY SCOTT
After trading wins with the Kincardine Bulldogs over the first four games of their playoff series, the Wingham Ironmen pulled out all the stops for games five and six, winning back-to-back games and their quarterfinal playoff round of the PJHL playoffs.
Over the last week, the fifth-seeded Ironmen posted three wins and one loss to claim victory in the first round of the North Pollock Division playoffs against the fourth-seeded Kincardine Bulldogs.
On Saturday, on home ice, the Ironmen posted a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs, preceded by a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs on Friday in Kincardine. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs posted a 3-2 overtime victory over the Ironmen in Wingham and on Tuesday the Ironmen claimed their own 3-2 overtime victory in Kincardine. Prior to that, the teams had traded 2-1 victories following home ice advantage the week before.
The Ironmen will now take on the first-seeded Hanover Barons in the semifinals. The Barons posted an impressive record of 25 wins, four losses and one overtime loss in the regular season, earning 53 points to claim the top spot and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Wingham’s series against the Barons started on Tuesday with a game at the Hanover P&H Centre. A score was not available as of press time.
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The Ironmen posted a 3-2 win over the Kincardine Bulldogs on Saturday, March 19 thanks to dominating the second and third periods, outshooting the Bulldogs 14-6 in those two periods, and 22-15 over the course of the game.
While the Ironmen came out ahead on home ice, it was the Bulldogs who struck first with Steven Grant scoring less than 1:30 into the game. Gavin Downs and Bryce McFadden assisted on the goal.
Less than five minutes into the second, Wingham responded, with Dawson Fahrer scoring a powerplay goal, assisted by Kyle Stanbury and Coleson Fischer.
Kincardine took the lead again with a marker scored by Downs, assisted by McFadden and Grant, before the end of the second.
Wingham claimed the third period, however, with Nate Bloemberg tying the game with a goal assisted by Trevor Klee. Evan Visser then won the game for the Ironmen with a solo effort.
Devon Carson backstopped the Ironmen, stopping 13 of 15 shots, while Joshua Jacklin was in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 19 of 22 shots.
The game was a relatively clean one with only a handful of minor penalties assessed to the two teams. Kincardine players served four penalty minutes on two infractions, while the Ironmen served six minutes on three infractions.
In the first period, Wingham’s Jonah Burley was called for hooking, followed by Fahrer being called for tripping. Kincardine’s Carter Servais was assessed a two-minute tripping penalty.
The second period saw Tanner Reid of Wingham serve two minutes for hooking, while Kincardine’s Grant served two minutes for interference.
There were no penalties in the third period.
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Despite only outshooting the Bulldogs by a margin of 31-28, the Wingham Ironmen scored a 4-1 win over Kincardine on Friday, March 18 in Kincardine.
Wingham’s Josh Pham opened the scoring for the game with an unassisted marker in the first period.
The second period saw Burley score, assisted by Klee, followed by Fahrer, assisted by Visser.
Stanbury scored his second goal of the playoffs in the third period, giving the Ironmen even more insurance in the match. The empty-net goal was assisted by Burley.
Kincardine’s Ben Nauta scored his team’s only goal late in the third, assisted by Wilson Shipp.
Carson was in net for the Ironmen, stopping 27 of 28 shots, while Jacklin stopped 27 of 30 shots for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs served nine penalties totalling 26 minutes while the Ironmen served six penalties totalling 12 minutes.
Wingham’s Trevor Donaldson had the first penalty of the game with a two-minute cross checking call halfway through the first period.
Kincardine’s McFadden was assessed the second and final penalty of the first period with a two-minute slashing penalty.
Kincardine’s Nauta had the first penalty of the second with a two-minute boarding call.
Wingham’s Dana Smith was then called for interference, followed by Kincardine’s Jordan Beisel, who served a two-minute tripping call. Wingham’s Burley was called for interference, serving two minutes.
An incident with 11 seconds left in the second period saw Wingham’s Tanner Reid called for roughing after the whistle (two minutes), while Kincardine faced three penalties: a two-minute cross checking call against Carter Servais and 10-minute and two-minute head contact penalties against Austin Waite.
The third period saw Wingham’s Fahrer serve a two-minute holding penalty, Kincardine’s Joseph Pringle a four-minute kneeing penalty, Wingham’s Bloemberg a two-minute too many men penalty and Kincardine’s Grant a two-minute high sticking penalty.
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Despite being outshot 34-31, the Kincardine Bulldogs pulled off a 3-2 overtime win over the Wingham Ironmen on March 16 in Wingham.
Wingham took an early lead with Brandon Stewart scoring, assisted by Visser. Kincardine’s Downs evened things up with a goal assisted by McFadden.
In the second period, Kincardine’s Beisel scored a powerplay goal, assisted by Servais and Sparling. Wingham’s Josh Lorenz evened things up with a marker assisted by Stanbury.
After a scoreless third period, Kincardine’s Liam Colhoun scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Downs and Jeffrey Fritzley.
Wingham’s Carson saved 28 of 31 shots while Kincardine’s Jacklin saved 32 of 34 shots.
The Bulldogs served 22 penalties on seven infractions, while the Ironmen served 14 minutes on the same.
Kincardine’s Koetsier was the first to visit the penalty box on a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, followed by teammate Gavin Gibbons who was assessed a two-minute boarding call.
Wingham’s only penalty of the first went to Pham, who was called for interference (two minutes).
Kincardine’s Beisel served the final penalty of the first period with a two-minute slashing call.
The second period saw Wingham’s Smith serve a two-minute slashing penalty.
Kincardine’s Kent Ribey was called for interference (two minutes), followed by Shipp, who was called for slashing (two minutes).
The final three penalties of the period went to Wingham’s Chris Adlys (interference, two minutes), Tanner Reid (boarding, two minutes) and Smith (roughing, two minutes).
Ben Wyatt of Wingham served the first penalty of the third with a two-minute hooking call.
Jason Taylor of Kincardine then served a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, while Colhoun served Taylor’s two-minute cross checking penalty.
Wingham’s Kyle Smeltzer had the last penalty of the game and the only penalty in overtime with a two-minute tripping call.
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Despite being on the wrong side of a 46-37 shooting deficit, the Wingham Ironmen bested the Kincardine Bulldogs in a 3-2 overtime win.
Wingham’s Visser struck first with a powerplay marker, assisted by Stanbury and Fahrer.
Kincardine’s Koetsier responded with a marker assisted by Grant and Ryan Litt.
In the second period, Stanbury put the Ironmen back on top with a powerplay marker, assisted by Fahrer. Kincardine’s McFadden then scored a powerplay marker to tie the game. Grant and Jordan Mouton assisted the goal.
After a scoreless third period, Wingham’s Adlys scored the game-winning overtime goal with a solo effort.
Carson got the win in net for the Ironmen, stopping 44 of 46 shots, while Jacklin took the overtime loss as Kincardine’s netminder, stopping 34 of 37 shots.
The Ironmen served 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions, while the Bulldogs served 15 minutes on seven infractions.
Kincardine’s Parker Miller served the first penalty of the game when his team was called for too many players on the ice, resulting in a two-minute penalty. Miller’s teammate Shipp was the next to visit the penalty box after a two-minute boarding call.
Wingham’s first penalty of the game went to Klee, who served a two-minute tripping penalty.
The first penalty of the second was called against Wingham’s Adlys who served a two-minute slashing penalty.
Kincardine’s Servais and Waite then served back-to-back two-minute slashing penalties.
Wingham’s Smith served a two-minute tripping penalty, followed by Kincardine’s Servais going to the penalty box again, this time for cross checking.
Wingham’s Adlys then served his second penalty of the game, a two-minute slashing minor.
Kincardine’s Brennan Long was assessed a head contact game misconduct, with Taylor serving a five-minute penalty on Brennan’s behalf.
The third period saw penalties called against only Wingham players including Matt Tolton (interference, two minutes), Klee (cross checking, two minutes) and Fahrer (interference, two minutes).
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