Wolves defeat Mapleton-Minto in shootout

Posted: December 8, 2012 in News and notes

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.

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