The Ripley Wolves again split last weekend’s games, coming back to beat Shelburne 6-4 before losing in Seaforth to Huron East 5-1 on Saturday.

Kurt Edwards got the win in Ripley’s net on Friday night and was outstanding, stopping 45 shots for the win.

The Wolves did all their damage on the powerplay, notching five goals with the extra man before Tyson Soers added an empty-netter to complete his hat-trick.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Brett Catto and Tyler Soehner scored on the powerplay at the beginning and the end of the second period respectively, leaving the Wolves down by one entering the third.

After Soehner, the Wolves newest defenceman, scored his second of the game early in the third, Soers took over, notching two powerplay goals just 17 seconds apart to give the Wolves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Assists went to Cody Britton (2), Soehner, Drew Davidson, Catto, Paul Stewart (2), Patrick Weijak (2), and Dylan Sayle.

Saturday night, the Wolves took a shorthanded squad to Seaforth and lost 5-1. The scoring line from that game is unavailable.

The Wolves travel to Durham on Friday for an 8:30 tilt, and trek down to Petrolia on Oct. 28 for an 8:30 start. They return home on Nov. 5 vs Clinton at 7:30 p.m. It’s Meet the Wolves Night, so bring the kids!

The Ripley Wolves won and lost on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 season, defeating Huron East 3-2 Friday night and falling 4-1 to the resurrected Elora Rocks.

The Wolves used two quick goals to set the pace on Friday night, with Tyler Soehner, the Wolves newest defenceman who moved to the area last year after having played three seasons with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, opening the scoring two minutes into the game. Assists went to Devin Kemp and Blair Pollock.

Less than a minute later, Brett Catto scored on the powerplay, from Cody Britton and Drew Davidson to take a 2-0 lead.

Mitch Campbell – who stopped an astounding 49 shots in the game – started in the Wolves net and gave up one late in the first, but the Wolves restored the two-goal midway through the second when Britton scored from Catto and Pollock.

Huron East, which plays out of Seaforth, pulled to within one with a powerplay marker midway through the third, but the Wolves defence finished the game strong and preserved the win.

The scoring recap for the 4-1 loss in Elora on Saturday is unavailable.

The Wolves play another two games this weekend, when they host Shelburne on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. They’ll pay a return visit to Seaforth on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Wolves gear up for 2016/17 season

Posted: September 17, 2016 in News and notes

After falling to Tillsonburg in the WOAA Senior ‘A’ final last year, the new-look Ripley Wolves are ready to take a bite out of the competition in 2016/17.

With the retirements of long-time stalwarts Jeremy McQuillin and Corey McCrae, it will be a different team taking to the ice at home on Friday, Oct. 7, against the Huron East Centenaires (Seaforth) at 8:30 p.m.

Since it’s not the playoffs, you may be wondering why Seaforth is travelling to Ripley for a regular season game – this year the league has decided to bring the North and South Divisions back together during the regular season. In order to keep the schedule at 20 games, the divisions have been split east-west, so Ripley will face Clinton, Huron East and Petrolia, while avoiding Tavistock, Milverton and Tillsonburg this year.

The Wolves, who are still finalizing this season’s roster, will have a new face behind the bench as Dustin Catto – who played with the team last season – has hung up his jersey for a shirt and tie, while last year’s coach Mark Smith has assumed the role of General Manager.

“Dustin comes with a very strong coaching resume including the Kincardine Bulldogs, AAA, KMHA along with supporting the Ripley Wolves in a player coach role this past season,” Smith said. “Dustin has had great success as a coach including multiple All-Ontario Midget B championships during his time with KMHA.

“I believe having Dustin lead the Wolves will put our team in the best position for a successful campaign as he is familiar with the players and their individual skillsets, while he has a high Hockey IQ and a strong desire to win.”

Kevin Taylor continues on as team President, while McQuillin and McCrae have joined the team’s executive.

This year’s schedule is:


Oct 7 vs Huron East – 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs Shelburne – 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 vs Clinton – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 vs Port Elgin – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 vs Petrolia – 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 vs Durham – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 vs Lucknow – 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 vs Elora – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 vs Palmerston – 3 p.m.
Jan. 21 vs Shallow Lake – 7:30 p.m.


Oct. 8 @ Elora – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 @ Durham – 8:30 p.mOct. 28 @ Petrolia – 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 @ Palmerston – 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 @ Shallow Lake – 8:30 p.m. (in Chesley, Hammond Memorial Game)
Dec. 10 @ Shelburne – 8 p.m.
Dec. 16 @ Clinton – 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Lucknow – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Huron East – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 @ Port Elgin – 8:30 p.m.


The Ripley Wolves will host their fifth annual Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament in the Ripley Arena from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Sept. 10.

It starts with Business Night on Thursday night and continues with full tournament play on Friday.

Download the entry form and email it to Jeremy McQuillin at ASAP.

The Ripley Wolves fell 4-3 on Saturday night and lost the WOAA Senior ‘A’ final to Tillsonburg in five games.

Scoring details are currently unavailable.

The Wolves thank their fans and sponsors for another successful season, while the executive thanks the players, coaches and trainers for their dedication to the team.

Wolves fall 7-4 in Game 4

Posted: April 2, 2016 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves will face elimination tonight at home to the Tillsonburg Thunder after losing 7-4 on Friday night.

The Wolves jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead but spent the better part of the second period in the penalty box, giving up four powerplay goals in the middle of the period before getting one back.

A wild third period featured three fights and a Thunder player trying to enter the crowd via the referee door, but no goals for the home side and the result was a 7-4 final (with a shorthanded, empty netter). Tillsonburg takes a 3-1 series lead in the WOAA Senior ‘A’ final.

Kurt Edwards was strong in the Wolves net,  stopping 35 shots, many of them when shorthanded.

Ripley goals were scored by Brett Catto, Paul Stewart, Cody Britton and Dustin Catto. Assists went to Tyler McCarthy, Tyson Soers, Corey McCrae and Stewart.

Game 5 is tonight in Ripley at 8 p.m. If necessary, Game 6 will be tomorrow in Tillsonburg.

Wolves lose 2-1 in overtime

Posted: March 27, 2016 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves will enter the final weekend of the WOAA Senior ‘A’ playoffs down two games to one after a 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday night.

Game details are currently unavailable.

Games 4, 5 and 6 will be played next weekend with a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Ripley if necessary. Puck drops in Ripley at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. If necessary, the teams will play Game 6 in Tillsonburg on Sunday at 5 p.m.