Archive for February, 2013

The Ripley Wolves showed the first place Elora Rocks they won’t have an easy time making the league finals, splitting the first two games of the series on the weekend.

Ripley travelled to Elora for Game 1 on Friday night and, though they battled their way back into the game after giving up three goals in the second period – after a scoreless first – they couldn’t complete the comeback and lost 5-3.

Goals were scored by Nick Locking and Devin Kemp, who had two. Assists went to Jeremy McQuillin, Travis VanGaver, Ryan Armstrong, Brian Stanley and Darrin MacDonald.

Kurt Edwards took the loss.

Prior to Saturday night’s game, Ripley’s Travis VanGaver was presented with the WOAA Sr. A League’s Most Sportsmanlike Trophy, a much-deserving honour for the team’s scoring star.

The ceremony must have taken the wind out of the Wolves’ sails though, as they were pounded in the first period. Elora scored four goals to Ripley’s one, chasing Kurt Edwards from the Wolves’ net in favour of back-up Tom Church. McQuillin scored for the home team, from Locking and Alex MacLeod.

After a scoreless second, the tide turned in the third period, after Elora’s Dylan Cunningham took a nine minute penalty, giving the Wolves a huge opportunity to close the gap. The powerplay carved up the Rocks for three goals, tying the game at 4-4. Powerplay goals were scored by McQuillin, Kyle Gallant and Derek Regier. Assists went to Locking, VanGaver, McQuillin, Mark Stanley, Armstrong and Nathan Gavey.

Stanley then scored the game winner with five minutes left, from MacDonald and Gallant.

The win tied the semi-final series at 1-1, setting up a huge weekend of hockey. Friday night, the Wolves travel to Elora for an 8:30 p.m. start, and welcome the Rocks back to Ripley on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The Ripley Wolves will fact first-place Elora in the second round, beginning Friday night on the road.

The Wolves will host Game 2 on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 p.m.

Here is the series schedule:

Friday, Feb. 22 – 8:30 p.m., Elora
Saturday, Feb. 23 – 8:30 p.m., Ripley
Friday, March 1 – 8:30 p.m., Elora
Saturday, March 2 – 8 p.m., Ripley
Friday, March 8 – 8:30 p.m., Elora*
Sunday, March 10 – 2 p.m., Ripley *
Monday, March 11 – TBD, Elora*
*if necessary

Although Durham put up a great fight, pulling within one with just a minute left in the game, the Ripley Wolves earned the series win on Saturday night, in front of a huge crowd at home.

The Wolves lead 3-1 after one and 4-3 after two, but Durham continued to battle right until the final buzzer, ending an unbelievably tight series, which featured three overtime games.

Nick Locking had two first period goals, one on the powerplay, and Ryan Armstrong. In the second, Locking completed his hat trick, and in the third he rifled the eventual game winner inside the left post to end the night with four goals. Assists went to Paul Stewart, Devin Kemp, Chad Colling, Travis VanGaver (3) and Jeremy McQuillin (2).

Kurt Edwards was once again solid in the Wolves net, withstanding a barrage of shots in the third period to preserve the win. He stopped 33 shots on the night.

The Wolves now await the winner of the Shelburne Muskies and Shallow Lake Crushers series, which heads back to Shallow Lake for Game 6, after the Crushers staved off elimination with a road win last night. If Shelburne prevails, the Wolves will face first-place Elora, while it will be a short trip to Port Elgin if Shallow Lake can complete an incredible comeback.

This series has been everything we expected it to be.

After an unexpected blow-out in Game 1, the following three games have been decided in overtime. Last night, in Game 4 in Durham, it was Mark Stanley’s turn to be the hero when he scored halfway through the extra frame to give the visitors a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead.

After a scoreless first period, Durham came roaring out in the second, potting two goals in the first two minutes of the period. The Wolves didn’t allow the slow start to stop them, as Stanley responded, from his brother Brian, just three minutes later to make the score 2-1 for the home team.

The score remained that way until early in the third, when Jeremy McQuillin – who has been outstanding in these playoffs – tied it up, with Alex MacLeod getting the helper.

Kurt Edwards held the fort the rest of the way, en route to stopping 37 shots in regulation.

The Wolves can bring an end to the best series of the North Division’s first round with a win tonight at home. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. The way this series is going, it is sure to be an exciting game, so come out and support the Wolves as they look to clinch a berth in the North Division semi-finals tonight!

After falling 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night, the Ripley Wolves return to Durham for Game 4 on Friday night (8:30 p.m.).

The series will then return to the Wolves Den on Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 6 will be in Durham on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., while Game 7 would be on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. in Ripley if it goes the distance.

Sorry for the lateness of this post, but the Wolves scorers in the Game 3 loss were Derek Regier, Mark Stanley and Tyler deVos, while assists went to Travis VanGaver, Darrin MacDonald (2), Stanley, and deVos.

Kurt Edwards stopped 32 shots and should get the nod on Friday night, as he has been a solid presence for the Wolves all season.

Wolves take Game 2 in overtime

Posted: February 9, 2013 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Durham Thunder Cats, after staging a comeback 3-2 overtime win on Friday night.

It was a penalty filled first period, but neither team was able to capitalize on their chances. Ripley took a 1-0 lead early in the second on a Kyle Gallant powerplay goal. It was assisted by Travis VanGaver.

Durham came storming back though, scoring two goals in a minute span to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. Mark Stanley evened the score midway through the third – from Nathan Gavey and Chad Colling – but neither team could find the winner, sending the game to overtime.

To the relief of everyone on the visiting team’s bench, Nick Locking ended the game on the first shift of the extra period, sending Ripley home with a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead. Assists on the winning goal went to Jeremy McQuillin and VanGaver.

Kurt Edwards was outstanding in Ripley’s net, stopping 34 shots – including 29 in the first two periods – for the huge win.

The Wolves look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead tonight, at home, at 7 p.m. The Ripley Tykes will be impressing the crowd with a game between the first and second periods, so make sure you come out to support not only the current Wolves, but also the future ones!

Special thanks also go to executive committee member Mike Smith who is keeping our fans who can’t be at the game up-to-date through our Twitter (@RipleyWolves) and Facebook accounts.

As of 3:30 on Friday, the Ripley Wolves and Durham Thunder Cats won’t allow the inclement weather to stop them from clashing in Durham at 8:30 p.m.

Any update will be posted as soon as possible to this site, Twitter (@RipleyWolves) and Facebook (‘Friend’ us!).

After a long day at the Ripley Winter Carnival on Saturday, top the night off by watching the Wolves host Durham for Game 3 (if the schedule holds tonight) at 7:30 p.m.

For those of you who follow on Twitter, you’ll have to get out to the Ripley Arena to enjoy the game, as our Tweeter is unavailable this weekend.

Watch for updates.

The Ripley Wolves used special teams and an overall excellent team game to rout the Durham Thunder Cats 7-1 in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series on Friday night.

The Wolves got two shorthanded goals from Captain Jeremy McQuillin and four powerplay goals to make a big statement at home.

The Wolves controlled the balance of play all night, breaking through Durham’s defensive trap with good movement from the defensemen, smart dump-ins and a strong forecheck. Derek Regier, who was shifted back to defence for the game because of his quick legs and good first pass, had a great game, as did the ageless Darrin MacDonald up front.

Paul Stewart got the Wolves on the board late in the first as he banged in a loose puck at the top of the crease, from Tim Dwinnell and Ryan Armstrong, who wreaked havoc by throwing his body at any Thunder Cat he could find all night.

Just two minutes later, Kyle Gallant snuck in from the point and redirected a MacDonald pass to put the Wolves up 2-0. Gallant’s powerplay goal was also assisted by McQuillin.

The floodgates opened in the second when a Durham player took a nine-minute penalty, allowing Mark Stanley to blast a shot home from the point, with assists going to his brother Brian and Gallant. Seconds later, Nick Locking scored from McQuillin and Travis VanGaver to open up a 4-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, after Durham had their best shifts of the game and managed to pin Ripley in their end, finally banging the only one of their 23 shots behind Kurt Edwards, McQuillin scored his first shortie of the night. Gallant made a beautiful pass from his own end to McQuillin at centre ice, in behind the Durham defence. The Captain managed to settle down the rolling puck just in time to wire it over the goalie’s glove from the hashmarks, hitting the crossbar and dropping it in the net.

The nail in the coffin came five minutes into the third, when McQuillin scored again shorthanded, this time on a pretty two-on-one with Locking. Dwinnell finished off the scoring with eight minutes to go, from Alex MacLeod and Chad Colling.

Things started to get a bit wild as time wound down, with Durham taking every opportunity they could to throw an extra shot after the whistle or use the lumber to let the boys know Game 2 will be a different story. There was one fight at the end of the game, when Kyle Wreford squared off with Durham’s Dan Moulton, who had been at the forefront of the nonsense for the latter part of the game. Wreford most definitely won the fight, but Moulton may have won the war as the Wolf broke his hand (probably during the sequence of uppercuts to the opposing player’s face) and is out for six to eight weeks.

Game 2  of the series goes next Friday night in Durham at 8:30, while Game 3 will be played in Ripley on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.