Wolves earn first win of the season

Posted: November 2, 2013 in News and notes

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.

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