Wolves split first two games with Elora

Posted: February 25, 2013 in News and notes

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.

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