Wolves win opener 8-6 over Shallow Lake

Posted: October 7, 2012 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves stormed out of the gate in their season opener and hung on for an 8-6 win over the Shallow Lake Crushers on Oct. 5.

The Wolves dominated the scoresheet for the first two periods, building a 6-2 lead heading into the third. They managed to weather a third period rally by the Crushers and added an empty netter to get the season started with a win.

Ripley native Kurt Edwards was very strong between the pipes, while the offense easily shook off any off-season rust.

Captain Jeremy McQuillin, who missed Friday night’s game but plans to suit up for the Wolves home opener on Oct. 12 against these same Crushers, said scoring goals won’t be an issue with this year’s team.

“I think we are as deep in talent as we’ve ever been in my 10 years,” McQuillin said. “We’ve added a good mix of young rookies, with Ryan Armstrong, Paul Stewart and Tom Church, and guys who have played in the league for a few years now in Tyler Devos, Tim Dwinnell and Curt Robinson.”

As was the case in the third period on Friday night, it’s tightening up the team’s defense that will determine how many wins the Wolves net this year.

“We will need some of our veteran defencemen to step it up and have strong seasons,” McQuillin said. “We’ve added a great amount of scoring threats – we will score goals. It will be our defensive game as a unit that will determine whether or not we will be successful this year.”

With the folding of the Walkerton Hawks this season, many teams in the WOAA’s North Division have joined Ripley in making significant additions to their roster. The time is now for the Wolves to make their move to the upper-echelon of the North Division standings.

“With the crop of new guys, we are going to have to get lines to jel early in order to post a good record and seeding heading into the playoffs,” the captain said. “I think with a strong commitment level this year, we can put ourselves in a better spot in the standings to succeed further in the playoffs than in recent years.”

Hinting at retirement for some of the team’s older players, many of whom have growing families, McQuillin said the veterans are ready to make this the Wolves’ best season in the decade since they returned to the WOAA Sr. A league.

“I think it is very possible this team will look a lot different next year, so the veterans will be really focusing on achieving something positive this season.”

The Wolves open their home schedule on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m., in a game brought to you by Kincardine Home Hardware. Follow the team on our new website at http://www.ripleywolves.com, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RipleyWolves.

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