Wolves defeat Saugeen Shores, fall to Durham

Posted: December 31, 2012 in News and notes

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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