After jumping to an early lead, the Kincardine midget rep girls hockey team cruised to a 6-2 win over Normanby Township Thursday night at the Davidson Centre.
A Kincardine forward has a wide open net after a Cayly Bellan rebound pops out to the top of the crease during the second period of midget girls hockey action last week. (Josh Howald photo)
The Kinucks scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the game to take control of this contest from the start. Kincardine, who dropped one preseason game and won a tournament in St. Mary’s, is now 3-2 in regular season play.
Coming off a 2-1 loss to Mount Forest, Cayly Bellan gave the Kinucks the start they were looking for.
With the game six minutes old, Bellan drove a wrister at the Normanby net. It was stopped initially, but somehow it popped loose and trickled into the net to give Kincardine a 1-0 lead. Marissa Jolley and Ana McFarlan assisted on the goal.
Less than two minutes later, Kayla Crouchman scored on a broken play. After the puck was poked away from the Kinucks on a two-on-two rush, Crouchman picked up the loose puck and swept it into the net to put Kincardine in front 2-0.
Just 51 seconds later, Jolley stepped over the blue line and fired a wrist shot that found its way to the back of the net. Jenny Boyadjian and Kate McCallum assisted on the goal, which was the eventual game winner.
Bantam-aged Ashley Croker tended goal for Normanby, called up after the Normanby starting net minder was injured last week.
Croker couldn’t be faulted for the next goal, which came with two minutes left in the first period. The Kinucks worked a cycle before Bailey Regier found Boyadjian alone in the slot. Boyadjian beat Croker five-hole with a low one-timer that made it 4-0.
Normanby was able to finally beat Kinucks goalie Katelynn Woodman with 17 seconds left in the first.
Both goalies then shut the door, making several nice saves each to make for a scoreless second period.
Kincardine added two more goals, both from the stick of Regier, in the third period and Normanby put one more puck past Woodman for a 6-2 final.
The midgets were on the road Sunday to face Honeywood and have a home game this weekend.
The midgets will host Teeswater Saturday night at the Davidson Centre. Game time is 9:15 p.m.