Wolves lose home opener 6-2 to Shelburne Muskies

Posted: October 12, 2013 in News and notes

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.

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