Archive for November, 2013

Firstly, we apologize for the lack of action here over the past couple of weeks, but more importantly, the Ripley Wolves are beginning to hit their stride with three strong games over the past two weekends.

On Nov. 15, the Wolves travelled to Durham and were just seconds from taking two points from the ThunderCats, who scored with 34 seconds left in the third period to tie it at 2-2, and eventually taking the extra point in a shootout.

Scorers for the Wolves were Nick Locking and Mark Stanley (powerplay), with assists going to Jeremy McQuillin, Paul Stewart and Jarred Colling.

Kurt Edwards made 30 saves for the win.

The next night, Ripley hosted their rivals from Lucknow and came away with a hard-fought 5-3 victory in a game sponsored by KNJ Farms and Presto Crest. The game marked the return of Tom Church to Ripley’s net, and he stopped 22 shots in the win.

Ripley goals were scored by Locking, Kyle Gallant, Brian Stanley, McQuillin and Nathan Gavey. Assists went to B. Stanley, Tim Dwinnell (2), M. Stanley, Gavey, Corey McCrae and Locking (2).

On Friday night, the Wolves took a short bench to Elora and played perhaps their best team game of the year, taking the league leaders to overtime and securing a big point in the 4-3 loss. Coach Brent Armstrong said the guys put in a huge effort, blocking shots, getting in passing lanes and using their youth and speed to take the play to the Rocks.

Ripley scorers were Locking, Stewart and Dwinnell. Assists went to M. Stanley, Chad Colling, J. Colling and Alex MacLeod.

The Wolves travel to Shelburne on Saturday night for an 8 p.m. start, and then play a rare Sunday afternoon home game the following day, with puck drop vs Mapleton-Minto (Palmerston) at 3 p.m. Kids can take part in the Colouring Contest and will receive free admission if they bring their coloured Wolf (which was sent home from Ripley-Huron Community School this week) to the game with them!

Game sponsor is Kempton Construction.

Wolves lose 5-2 to Elora Rocks

Posted: November 11, 2013 in News and notes

Generally, a powerplay is a great opportunity to punish the opposing team for playing outside the rules.

Unfortunately, during the Wolves’ 5-2 loss to the Elora Rocks on Saturday night, playing with the man advantage was a disadvantage for the home squad. The Wolves gave up three shorthanded goals (two on the same penalty late in the first period), and two even-strength goals in the second period to go down 5-0 after two.

The third period was much better for the Wolves though, as they played much stronger and scored their only two goals to leave an oddity of a game with some confidence heading into this two-game weekend.

Goal scorers for the Wolves were Jeremy McQuillin, on the powerplay, from Nick Locking, and Tim Dwinnell, from McQuillin and Locking.

Kurt Edwards made 39 saves in Ripley’s net.

The Wolves travel to Durham on Friday night for an 8:30 start, and then host the rival Lucknow Lancers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Game sponsors are KNJ Farms and Presto Crest. It’s also Tyke Night, so be sure to come out and cheer on the future Wolves as they show off their skills between periods!

The Ripley Wolves couldn’t build off their first win of the year on Saturday night, falling 9-3 to the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

The Wolves fell behind 3-0 in the first period, but put together a fantastic three minutes in the middle of the second when they scored three to tie it up. Devin Kemp notched an unassisted, short-handed goal to get things going. Then Nick Locking potted two goals in less than a minute, with assists going to Chad Colling and Jeremy McQuillin.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep the momentum going their way, and the three-time defending champs from Port Elgin scored twice more before the period was out to take a 5-3 lead into the third. The final frame was all Port, as they scored four unanswered to take the convincing win.

Keegan Woodman got the start in the Wolves net and stopped 28 shots.

The Wolves will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, Nov. 9, when they host the Elora Rocks. The game is sponsored by RBC.

The Ripley Wolves battled from behind to get their first win of the season on Friday night.

Facing the Durham ThunderCats, the Wolves won a hard-fought 4-3 game in a shootout. Kyle Heffernan scored an absolute beauty on his chance in the skills competition, while goalie Kurt Edwards stopped all three Durham shooters to secure the win.

The Wolves fell behind by a goal early, but David Jones tied it up midway through the first, from Jeremy McQuillin.

In the second, the Wolves fell behind another goal but continued to pressure Durham’s netminder only to be foiled by no less than four shots off the posts. Nick Locking, a victim of thre of those posts himself, tied the game late in the second, with assists to McQuillin and Blair Pollock.

Durham took a 3-2 lead into the third, but Locking scored again on a powerplay early in the third to tie the game at three. Assists went to Tim Dwinnell and Kyle Gallant.

Kurt Edwards took it from there in the Ripley net, halting any Durham attempt at regaining the lead, and the game went to overtime. Kudos go to rookie Jarred Colling, who played a terrific game and was leaned on heavily by the coaching staff late in the game, and the penalty killers, who stifled Durham late in the game while two men down.

Nothing was decided in the five-minute sudden death frame and so the game went to a shootout, which Heffernan and Edwards won for Ripley.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Wolves forward Devin Kemp, who received a nasty cut to his upper lip from a puck early in the first period and had to visit the local hospital, most likely for stitches.

The Wolves – now 1-4 – face the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks tonight, in Ripley, at 7:30 p.m. It’s Meet the Wolves night so the kids can get to know their local heroes. The game is sponsored by DG MacDonald and Son.