Archive for December, 2012

Two points were considered the minimum the Ripley Wolves had to obtain on the weekend to stay in the race for third place in the WOAA Sr. A league’s North Division.

With a huge 2-0 win on Friday night against the second place Saugeen Shores Winterhawks, the Wolves achieved their goal of getting two points, but couldn’t keep the momentum going into Saturday night’s game against the fifth place Durham Thunder Cats, falling 4-2 on home ice.

Friday night in Port Elgin was an incredible display of goaltending by Kurt Edwards, assisted hugely by strong play from the defense corps, supported by the forwards. In other words, an all-around team effort that’s required when playing the two-time defending league champions.

Edwards was unbeatable against the high-flying Winterhawks, stopping all 35 shots he faced, including 15 in the third period, giving Curt Robinson a chance to notch the game’s first goal early in the final frame, from Tyler deVos.

The Wolves would stay disciplined in the third, facing only one shorthanded situation while up 1-0. Nick Locking scored a powerplay empty-netter with seconds left on the clock to seal the huge 2-0 win.

On Saturday night, at home, the Wolves came out flat and fell 4-2 to the Durham Thunder Cats, themselves coming off a hard-fought game in Lucknow the previous night (a win).

Edwards got the call again and stopped 31 shots.

Ripley took the lead seven minutes in when Jeremy McQuillin scored on the powerplay, from Mark Stanley and Chad Colling. Durham tied it up two minutes later and then took the lead minutes later. Ripley wouldn’t tie it up until midway through the second period, when Tim Dwinnell scored from Nathan Gavey and Blair Pollock.

That was all the offense Ripley could muster though, and Durham chipped in goals late in the second and early in the third to win 4-2.

The Wolves host Shallow Lake on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m. in a game sponsored by Parrish & Heimbecker. They then hit the road for two weekends before finishing the home schedule with a game against Shelburne on Jan. 25. This is a special night, so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. It’s a night you won’t want to miss.

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Wolves earn a pre-Christmas split

Posted: December 26, 2012 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves entered the holiday season with a 6-3 loss to the first-place Elora Rocks, followed by a 7-4 win over the Lucknow Lancers last weekend.

On Friday night in Elora, the Wolves took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Nick Locking, assisted by Jeremy McQuillin and Travis VanGaver. Unfortunately, Elora scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead late into the second, when Devin Kemp brought the Wolves to within one, from Ryan Armstrong and Mark Stanley.

Down 3-2 to start the third, the Wolves just needed a good start to the period to put the pressure on the home team, but it wasn’t meant to be, as the Rocks restored their two-goal lead just 45 seconds into the period. Though the Wolves would again pull within one when Stanley scored by McQuillin and VanGaver, they couldn’t get the equalizer and eventually gave up two goals late in the game to lose 6-3.

Kurt Edwards took the loss in the Wolves net, but played a strong game and kept his team in it until the dying minutes.

On Saturday, a big crowd enjoyed both the Lucknow Legends ladies’ hockey game, as well as the battle of Huron-Kinloss between the Wolves and Lucknow Lancers.

It was a back-and-forth affair, especially early in the game, when each team scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Ripley’s goals went to Kemp, from McQuillin and Nathan Gavey, and Kyle Wreford, from Armstrong and Corey McCrae. Lucknow’s goals were scored by Cory McDonald, from Rick Andrew, and Andrew unassisted.

The Wolves took back the lead early in the second when VanGaver scored from Armstrong and Blair Pollock, but Lucknow’s Andrew got his second goal and third point of the night from Ean Moffat. Paul Stewart restored Ripley’s lead with six minutes to play in the second, from McQuillin and Locking, but Lucknow tied the score at 4-4 when McDonald scored from Andrew and Moffat with 19 seconds left in the period, on the powerplay.

That was the last goal Ripley’s Tom Church would allow, as he faced 29 shots on the night. The Wolves managed to get to Ben Dorscht for three in the third, as part of their 48-shot barrage. Third period scorers for Ripley were Locking (2) and Tim Dwinnell. Assists on both of Locking’s goals went to Stanley and McQuillin, while Gavey and Brian Stanley set Dwinnell up for his.

The Wolves travel to Saugeen Shores on Friday night for an 8:30 start, and then return home to host the Durham Thundercats, on Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m. The final home game of 2012 is sponsored by the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

The Ripley Wolves split a pair of weekend games against the teams they’re sandwiched in between in the North Division standings.

The Wolves hosted Shelburne on Friday night, with the winner assuming sole possession of third place in the division. Although it was a fast-paced, entertaining contest, the Wolves came out on the short end of a 4-2 loss.

The Wolves trailed the Muskies 1-0 after one, but Nick Locking tied it up early in the second, from Mark Stanley and Travis VanGaver. Shelburne didn’t let up though and scored two goals in a one-minute span midway through the second to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and added a fourth with a minute left in the mid frame.

Jeremy McQuillin scored four minutes into the third, from Kyle Wreford and Darrin MacDonald, to pull the Wolves to within two, but the home team just couldn’t find the back of the net, even on powerplays, including a two-man advantage in the dying minutes.

Tom Church was strong between the pipes for the Wolves, stopping 26 shots, while the Wolves pounded 41 at Shelburne’s goalie.

On Saturday night, the Wolves hit the road for Durham looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. Kurt Edwards got the call in net and was incredible, stopping 41 shots on the way to a 2-1 win.

The Wolves took the lead early in the game, finishing the first period up 2-0. Goals were scored by Travis VanGaver and Brian Stanley (powerplay). Assists went to MacDonald, Mark Stanley (2) and Chad Colling.

The Wolves defence was strong in front of Edwards, but credited their goalie for stealing the win after giving up only one powerplay goal, late in the second period.

This is a big weekend for the Wolves, as they host the Lucknow Lancers in the annual holiday game and Christmas party, on Sat., Dec. 22. The Wolves game starts at 7:30 p.m., but as an added bonus, the Lucknow Legends women’s hockey team will face Belmont at 5:30 p.m. The Legends, who feature the finest ladies hockey players from Ripley, Lucknow, Kincardine and everywhere in between, play a fast-paced, exciting brand of hockey, so be sure to bring all the sports fans in your family out for a doubleheader of fantastic, local hockey.

Both the Wolves and Legends games are sponsored by Lippert/Colling Trucking.

The Ripley Wolves came away with well-earned two points against the Mapleton-Minto (Palmerston) 81’s on Friday night.

The game, which went to a shootout, was sponsored by DG MacDonald and Son.

The Wolves got on the board five minutes into the first when Blair Pollock jumped into the play, took a pass from Travis VanGaver and found the back of the net. Nick Locking was awarded the second assist.

The 81’s tied it up five minutes later, sneaking one by goalie Kurt Edwards, and that was it for scoring until 12 minutes into the second period, when the visitors scored a powerplay goal to take the lead, despite Ripley carrying the balance of the play.

Four minutes later, the Kid Line connected when Ryan Armstrong potted the tying goal, from Derek Regier and Paul Stewart.

Edwards was strong in the Wolves net, stopping 35 shots in the game and sending it to overtime.

The extra five minutes solved nothing and it went to the first shootout of the year for the home team. Captain Jeremy McQuillin scored the only goal of the skills competition after Edwards stopped four Palmerston shooters to give the Wolves a big two points in their only game of the weekend.

Ripley hosts Shelburne next Friday night, at 8:30 p.m., in a game hosted by Current Electric. Over the past decade, these two teams have always offered an exciting, hard-hitting contest, and next week should be no different. On Saturday, the Wolves hit the road for a 8:30 puck drop in Durham.

The Ripley Wolves put up a good fight, but were outlasted by the Elora Rocks in a 6-3 final on Friday night.

The Rocks, who extended their lead for first in the WOAA Sr. A Division’s North League, took a 2-0 lead, but the Wolves chipped away to tie it before the end of the first period.

Nathan Gavey got the Wolves on the board with two goals in less than two minutes late in the first. His first was assisted by two-thirds of the Stanley trio – Brian and Kenny – and his second came with help from Ryan Armstrong and Derek Regier.

Gavey completed his natural hat trick with a marker early in the second, from Tim Dwinnell and Alex MacLeod, giving the Wolves a 3-2 lead.

It was short-lived though, as Elora scored to tie it just a couple of minutes later and then added two more before the second was out, taking a 5-3 lead into the third. The Rocks added an insurance goal midway through the third to seal the deal.

Tom Church was in net for the Wolves, a team that “deserved better,” said Captain Jeremy McQuillin via Twitter.

The Wolves look to rebound against the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Ripley Arena. The game is sponsored by Kempton Construction and kids get in free if they bring their colouring contest poster, which was sent home from school this week.