Archive for October, 2013

After spending last weekend on the road, the Ripley Wolves will seek their first win of the season on home ice this weekend.

They host the Durham ThunderCats on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 p.m., and then Saugeen Shores on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s game is sponsored by Superheat FGH and Boston Pizza, while Saturday night’s game is sponsored by DG MacDonald and Son.

Saturday night is also Meet the Wolves Night, so bring the kids out to get autographs and pictures with the players!

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Wolves lose two on the road

Posted: October 27, 2013 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves are still searching for their first win of the season after two road losses this weekend.

On Friday night, the Wolves travelled to Saugeen Shores to face the three-time defending champions. In a hard-fought contest, the Wolves lost 5-4.

Wolves goals were scored by Chad Colling, Tim Dwinnell, Kyle Wreford and Jeremy McQuillin. Assists went to Nick Locking, Travis VanGaver (2), Devin Kemp and Dwinnell.

Kurt Edwards made 33 saves in the loss.

On Saturday night, the Ripley crew were in Palmerston to face the Mapleton-Minto 81s, who have retooled after a down year last season. After going up 2-0 in the first, Ripley couldn’t hold off the 81s, who scored two in the second and the only one in the third to win 3-2.

Word from Palmerston was new goalie Keegan Woodman played an outstanding game in his Wolves debut, although shots on net weren’t kept during the game.

Goals were scored by McQuillin and Kyle Heffernan. Assists went to Locking and Heffernan.

The Wolves return home next weekend, when they host the Durham ThunderCats on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 p.m., and then Saugeen Shores on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s game is sponsored by Superheat FGH and Boston Pizza, while Saturday night’s game is sponsored by DG MacDonald and Son.

Saturday night is also Meet the Wolves Night, so bring the kids out to get autographs and pictures with the players!

The Wolves have this weekend off and will spend next weekend on the road in Saugeen Shores and Palmerston.

Plan to be at our next home game on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 p.m. vs Durham.

A big crowd watched the Ripley Wolves battle hard but come up short to the always-talented Shelburne Muskies, in the home opener on Oct. 11.

The first period was played at a torrid pace, with the Wolves carrying the play for the majority of the period. The Wolves peppered Shelburne’s towering netminder with 13 shots in the frame, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances, while the Muskies made good on their limited chances and took a 2-0 lead into the second.

The pace slowed considerably in the second, as the lack of ice time for the hometown Wolves became evident. Rookie Zac McIntosh pulled the Wolves to within one with a long wrister from the point for the first goal of his Senior A career. Assists went to Brock Lowry and Devin Kemp.

The 2-1 deficit was short-lived though, as the Wolves started to run out of gas and the Muskies had numerous odd-man rushes, which they didn’t let go to waste. At the end of two it was 5-1 Shelburne.

The third was again all Wolves, as they pressured the Muskies, who were happy to fall back into a defensive shell and let their big netminder stop shots. Tyler de Vos had a strong game for the Wolves and was rewarded with an unassisted goal, after his tenacious forechecking resulted in a turnover and his first of the season.

Kurt Edwards stopped 23 shots in the Wolves net, while Shelburne’s Dave Davenport made 32 saves for the victory.

Our thanks to West Shore Stone and Brick for sponsoring the game and to the crowd who came out to watch the home opener. There’s a lot of talent and youth on this year’s team, so be sure to catch the Wolves next home game on Friday, Nov. 1 vs Durham. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m.

The Wolves play their next two games on the road. They’re in Port Elgin on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 p.m., and in Palmerston on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The Ripley Wolves had a hard time shaking off the rust in their season opener, falling 7-3 to the Shallow Lake Crushers on Saturday night.

Scoring for Ripley was Travis VanGaver (2) and Jared Colling, who was playing his first game of Senior A hockey after a successful Junior C career with the Kincardine Bulldogs. Assists went to Kyle Heffernan (2), Jeremy McQuillin, Nick Locking, Josh MacDonald and Brian Stanley.

Kurt Edwards was in the Wolves net and faced 40 shots, while the Wolves could only muster 19.

There has been some turnover to the Wolves line-up this year due to retirements, work commitments and travel, and the team welcomed new faces on Saturday night. Rookies include Colling, MacDonald, Zac McIntosh, David Jones, Shawn Stewart and Keegan Woodman. Brock Lowry and Kyle Heffernan have also returned to the Wolves after a couple of season hiatus.

The Wolves, who have yet to practice in their home rink because the ice isn’t ready after last weekend’s Fall Fair, will look to bounce back in their home opener on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 p.m. vs the Shelburne Muskies.

Season tickets will be available at the door for the Wolves 12 home games this season. Cost is $50, a $12 savings off regular entry.

Also, be sure to listen to 95.5 myFM on Mondays for the new ‘Ripley Wolves report,’ which is sponsored by Hurontel. Our thanks to them and the folks at 95.5!