Archive for January, 2013

The schedule for the first round match-up between the fourth-seeded Ripley Wolves and the fifth-seeded Durham Thunder Cats has been released.

Game 1 will be played on Friday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 p.m., in Ripley.

The team is hoping for a large, boisterous crowd to cheer on the local boys in what will be a fantastic and tight series.

The rest of the schedule is:
Friday, Feb. 8 – 8:30 p.m., Durham
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 7:30 p.m., Ripley
Friday, Feb. 15 – 8:30 p.m., Durham
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 7:30 p.m., Ripley*
Sunday, Feb. 17 – 7:30, Durham*
Tuesday, Feb. 19 – 8:30 p.m., Ripley*
* if necessary

The Ripley Wolves couldn’t move up in the standings on Saturday night, as they lost 7-3 to the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

A full report will be posted to this site once details become available.

The Wolves finish the season in fourth place and will have home ice advantage against the Durham Thunder Cats in the first round of the playoffs. Durham has the advantage of the season series, winning two games to Ripley’s one (although one was in a shootout).

Games will start next weekend in Ripley, though a schedule has yet to be determined. Watch for updates.


The Wolves inducted the first class to its Wall of Fame before Friday night's 7-3 win over Shelburne. Pictured are Dwight Irwin, left, vice-president of the Wolves executive, inductees Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Mark Stanley, Mark Smith (filling in for his Dad Rick), Glen Wylds, and Brian Colling, Wolves executive member.

The Wolves inducted the first class to its Wall of Fame before Friday night’s 7-3 win over Shelburne. Pictured are Dwight Irwin, left, vice-president of the Wolves executive, inductees Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Mark Stanley, Mark Smith (filling in for his Dad Rick), Glen Wylds, and Brian Colling, Wolves executive member. (Photo by Jordan MacKinnon, CKNX Radio)

It was a banner night for the Ripley Wolves and their organization.

Before handing Shelburne a 7-3 loss, the Wolves inducted the first members of its Wall of Fame, as part of the team’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Mark Stanley, Rick Smith and Glen Wylds were cheered during a pre-game ceremony for their contributions to the organization prior to the team’s folding in the late-90s and during its successful, but sometimes difficult, resurrection in 2002.

To see just what these gentlemen have meant to the Wolves, read this.

The ceremony must have fired the current team up, because only 15 seconds into the game – on a powerplay – Chad Colling had his first of the season, from Jeremy McQuillin and Travis VanGaver. Kyle Wreford made it 2-0 Wolves 15 minutes later on a pretty set-up from Nathan Gavey, who was the recipient of Devin Kemp’s hard work in the corner.

Although Shelburne made it a 2-1 game before the period was out, Kurt Edwards was very strong in the Wolves net, turning shot after shot away, on his way to making 38 saves on the night.

The Muskies tied it in the second on the most exciting play in hockey – a penalty shot. Minutes later, in what could have been a turning point of the game, Edwards stopped a Shelburne breakaway, giving VanGaver the opportunity to give the Wolves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, on a powerplay, late in the second. Assists went to Nick Locking and McQuillin.

In the third it was all Wolves, as they pumped four goals past the Shelburne goalie. VanGaver had his second of the night from Tyler deVos and Locking, and deVos followed it up by picking the top corner on a a shorthanded breakaway three minutes later, unassisted.

Locking then scored on the powerplay from VanGaver and McQuillin, and Mark Stanley finished the evening’s scoring, from Darrin MacDonald and Wreford.

The win clinches home ice advantage for the Wolves in the first round, but playoff seeding won’t be decided until the end of tonight’s action. The Wolves currently sit in fourth, one point behind Shelburne and two behind Saugeen Shores. The Wolves can finish as high as second, but no lower than fourth, as they hold the tie-break with Saugeen Shores. Shelburne faces Lucknow this evening and, barring an eyebrow-raising collapse, should leap-frog Port Elgin in the standings tonight.

The good volunteers of the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks are very active on Twitter (@SSwinterhawks), and we’ll do our best to bring you updates via Twitter (@RipleyWolves) and Facebook, and visit tomorrow for the story and a breakdown of playoff seedings.

We’d also like to thank our friends in the local media – Jordan MacKinnon at CKNX Radio, Liz Dadson at, John Adams at The Kincardine News, and Josh Howald at the Kincardine Independent – for their coverage of this event, as well as the entire season.

The Ripley Wolves have their fate in their own hands heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

The Wolves, who sit in fourth place, two points behind the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks in the North Division, play their final home game of the regular season on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m., against second place Shelburne. They then travel to Port Elgin to face the Hawks on Saturday night.

With two wins over the Winterhawks already this season, any tie-breakers should give Ripley third overall and a likely first round date with Shallow Lake. The fourth place team will likely face the Durham Thunder Cats in the first round.

The Thunder Cats will be a huge test for any team, and they proved as much on Saturday night when they defeated the Wolves 2-1 in a shootout.

Paul Stewart opened the scoring early in the second, from Ryan Armstrong and Brian Stanley. Durham wouldn’t tie it up on goalie Kurt Edwards until five minutes into the third, which ended the scoring.

The final home game on Friday night is a big night for the Wolves, as we induct the first five members onto our Wall of Fame. Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Mark Stanley, Rick Smith and Glen Wylds will be honoured for the roles they’ve played in making the team a success prior to and since the team returned to the league 10 years ago. The ceremony will be held prior to the drop of the puck, so plan to be at the game early and be sure to congratulate these very deserving recipients in the Wolves Den during and after the game.

The game is also our Sponsor Appreciation Night, so join us in thanking the community members and business owners who allow this team to be a success on and off the ice.

The Ripley Wolves are celebrating their 10th year since returning to WOAA Senior ‘A’ hockey by honouring five people who have been integral to a decade of team success.

The first inductees onto the Wolves Wall of Fame are Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Rick Smith, Mark Stanley and Glen Wylds. A ceremony will be held and banner raised in their honour at the Wolves’ next and final home game of the regular season, on Fri., Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m. The game, which is also Sponsor Appreciation Night, is against the Shelburne Muskies, who the Wolves are battling for second overall.

Kevin Taylor, President of the Wolves executive committee, said the individuals being inducted onto the Wall of Fame have been important members of the team from the 1980s through the late-90s, and since the Wolves’ revival in 2002.

“The people our executive chose to be the first recipients of this honour are a major reason why Ripley has an entertaining team to watch today,” Taylor said. “With it being the 10th anniversary since we returned to the league, we thought the timing was right to celebrate our past while looking towards more successful seasons in the future.”

Armstrong was one of the best players ever to play in the former Intermediate, Senior B and Senior A leagues. He is the Wolves’ all-time team leader in career goals (258), assists (306) and points (564) in 247 games. He also thrived in his 144 playoff games with 127 goals and 168 assists for a stunning 295 points. He has continued to commit himself to the team, currently serving as the head coach.

Patterson ranks seventh in Wolves’ all-time scoring with 87 goals, 162 assists for 249 points in just 185 games, while potting 19 goals and 43 assists for 62 points in 76 playoff matches. Later in his career, Patterson moved to Goderich and played for the Pirates, but gave up an opportunity to compete for a championship to return as captain of the fledgling Wolves when they returned to the league in 2002. His leadership and dedication set an example for his teammates and players that followed.

Stanley is the team’s leader in games played with 250, where he put up 89 goals and 137 assists for 226 points, with another 86 points (32, 54) in 144 playoff games. His commitment to senior hockey in Ripley has seen him end up behind the Wolves bench as an assistant coach.

Smith and Wylds were the driving forces behind returning the Wolves to the league and respectability. They volunteered countless hours organizing the team’s revival, recruiting players, building a strong executive committee and ensuring the team’s success for the next decade. Smith served as General Manager until the 2010 season, while Wylds spent years as team president, building a foundation for the executive committee that has ensured continued success after 10 years.

The Wolves invite the entire community to their home game on Jan. 25 to celebrate the Wall of Fame inductees, and stay to cheer the Wolves on as they fight for playoff positioning with their rivals from Shelburne.

The Ripley Wolves’ time in second place lasted less than 24 hours.

After catching the Shelburne Muskies in the standings after Friday night’s win, the Wolves needed to beat last place Lucknow to keep pace for second overall in the WOAA Sr. A North Division after the Muskies beat Durham in overtime Saturday night. With 24 points separating Ripley and their cross-township rivals, this shouldn’t have been a problem.

But Lucknow gets full credit for playing the spoiler in a 5-4 win on their home ice. The game was tight throughout, entering the third period tied 4-4.

Goal scorers for Ripley were Devin Kemp, Alex MacLeod, Ryan Armstrong and Darrin MacDonald. Assists went to Blair Pollock, Tyler deVos, Chad Colling, Kenny Stanley, Mark Stanley, Armstrong and MacDonald.

Tom Church took the loss in the Wolves net.

The Wolves will continue to battle for playoff positioning this weekend, when they travel to Durham, which currently sits in fifth place, five points back of the Wolves (and four back of Saugeen Shores for fourth).

Watch later this week for some exciting news about the Wolves’ final home game, on Jan. 25 against Shelburne.

The Ripley Wolves moved into a tie for second place by defeating the Mapleton-Minto (Palmerston) 81’s 7-2 on Friday night, on the road.

Nick Locking led the way for the Wolves with a natural hat-trick in the third period to seal the win.

Brian Stanley got the Wolves on the board six minutes into the game on a powerplay, from his brother Mark and Kyle Gallant. Minutes later, the Wolves scored two within a 20-second span when Mark Stanley scored from Darrin MacDonald and Chad Colling. A few seconds later, MacDonald stretched it to a 3-0 lead with an unassisted marker of his own.

Mapleton-Minto would score two minutes later, but Paul Stewart restored the three-goal lead late in the first from Ryan Armstrong and Travis VanGaver, giving the Wolves a comfortable 4-1 lead after one period.

Palmerston scored the only goal of the second, but the third became the Locking show, as he potted a natural hat-trick within a four-minute span to solidify a huge two points for the Wolves. Assists on Locking’s goals went to Corey McCrae, Brian Stanley, Mark Stanley and VanGaver (2).

The win moved the Wolves a point ahead of the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks for third place in the WOAA Sr. A North Division, after Port Elgin lost 3-2 to Shallow Lake. The Wolves are now tied for second overall with the Shelburne Muskies, who lost to league-leading Elora last night.

Shallow Lake’s win moves them into a tie for fifth place with the Durham Thundercats in the ultra-tight standings, while Palmerston doesn’t look like they’ll move out of seventh place before the season ends on the Jan. 25 weekend. Lucknow is a distant eighth and will face Elora in the first round of the playoffs on the Feb. 1 weekend.

The Wolves travel to Lucknow tonight for an 8 p.m. puck drop, while Shelburne hosts Durham. Watch for a recap of the team’s fourth-last regular season game.

Good teams sometimes win games when they aren’t necessarily the better team.

That was the case for the fourth place Ripley Wolves last Friday night, when they held off the hard-charging, seventh place Shallow Lake Crushers, winning the game 4-3.

The Crushers, who are relentless in their pursuit of the puck and never pass up the chance to hit an opponent, outshot the Wolves 37-23, but Ripley’s Tom Church was outstanding between the pipes, earning the well-deserved victory.

The team’s defence also had a strong game, keeping the Crushers to the outside of the rink and forcing shots from low-percentage areas. They also limited the Crushers’ second chance opportunities by clearing rebounds and covering the forechecking forwards.

Mark Stanley gave the Wolves an early lead, with a powerplay goal just over a minute into the game. It was assisted by Travis VanGaver and Kyle Gallant.

Nick Locking expanded the lead to 2-0 with an absolutely gorgeous breakaway goal with seven minutes to play in the first. Before Locking broke in all alone and made three dekes on the helpless goalie prior to slipping it into the open net, Stanley threaded a beautiful stretch pass through two defenders. VanGaver got the other assist.

Before the first was over, the Crushers pulled to within one with a late goal.

Paul Stewart restored the two-goal lead in the second by finishing another fantastic passing play, which was started by Kenny Stanley, featured Tyler deVos in the middle, who slipped it to a streaking Stewart in front. Five minutes later, VanGaver scored from Locking and Stanley, to give the Wolves what looked like a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Soon after, the Wolves got into penalty trouble that put them down two men twice, allowing the Crushers to score with 10 minutes to play in the second. Although the Crushers wouldn’t find the net again until there was six minutes to play in the third, they spent the better part of the final half of the game pressuring the Wolves and throwing shots at Church, who stood tall and held on for the 4-3 win.

The Wolves spend the next two weekends on the road and then play their final home game of the regular season on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m., against Shelburne. Not only is it Sponsor Appreciation Night, but the Wolves will also induct the first recipients onto its Wall of Fame. Stay tuned to for more on this special night, which is part of the team’s 10th anniversary since returning to the Sr. A league.