Wolves lose wild game vs Elora in a shootout

Posted: December 16, 2013 in News and notes

There was an old-fashioned barn-burner at the Ripley arena on Friday night.

The Wolves hosted first-place Elora and the teams combined for 16 goals in a 9-8 Elora shootout win.

The first period was a wild one, with both teams scoring three times in the frame. Elora scored 50 seconds in, but Brock Lowry responded seconds later for the Wolves, assisted by Devin Kemp and Tyler deVos. Nathan Gavey and Paul Stewart gave the Wolves a short-lived 3-1 lead, only to have Elora score two quick ones to finish out the period.

The Wolves outscored the Rocks 3-2 in the second and took a 6-5 lead into the third, with goals going to Jarred Colling, Zac McIntosh and Nathan Gavey. Assists went to Shawn Stewart, Chad Colling, Corey McCrae, deVos and P. Stewart (2).

In the third, the teams traded goals before the eight-minute mark, with Locking keeping the Wolves ahead from Brian Stanley and deVos. Elora responded with two in the dying minutes though, to take an 8-7 lead into the final seconds. Just to add to the excitement in the rink, Gavey scored his second of the night with just 16 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime.

The extra five minutes solved nothing, so the game was decided in a shootout, which the Rocks won.

Goalie Kurt Edwards did his job in helping the Wolves get the game to overtime and securing a big point for the Ripley boys, as they try to move up the standings as the playoffs creep nearer.

Ripley heads into the Christmas season by hosting Shallow Lake on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The game is sponsored by the Power Workers’ Union and Farmer’s Diner and Pizzeria. They then head to Lucknow on Saturday night at 8 p.m. to face their cross-township rivals.

Don’t forget about the Wolves’ Christmas party, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, during the home against Lucknow. The puck drops and the fun begins at 8:30 p.m. That game is sponsored by Current Electric.

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