Wolves tied for second overall after win in Palmerston

Posted: January 12, 2013 in News and notes

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 http://www.ripleywolves.com for a recap of the team’s fourth-last regular season game.

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