Archive for January, 2014

Wolves win two games on weekend

Posted: January 21, 2014 in News and notes
The Ripley Wolves inducted the late Mark Burgess (represented by his son Mike, left), John Chatham, Wally Houston and Ken MacDonald onto its Wall of Fame before Saturday night's game. Wolves President and GM Kevin Taylor, right, thanked the recipients for their contributions to the team.

The Ripley Wolves inducted the late Mark Burgess (represented by his son Mike, left), John Chatham, Wally Houston and Ken MacDonald onto its Wall of Fame before Saturday night’s game. Wolves President and GM Kevin Taylor, right, thanked the recipients for their contributions to the team. Photo courtesy

As an up-and-down regular season is about to come to a close, the Ripley Wolves gave notice to the North Division that they’re just starting to click as a team.

And, with the playoffs starting the first weekend of February, their timing couldn’t be any better.

The Wolves hosted the fifth place Durham ThunderCats on Friday night, with the Wolves trailing them by six points in the standings. Not only did the Wolves have to win this game to keep pace, but also win their last two games and hope Durham lost their final three in regulation, which would give Ripley fifth place.

Although a long-shot to claim a date against fourth-place Shallow Lake in the first round of the playoffs, Ripley did their part on Friday night, winning 5-2. Kurt Edwards played, undoubtedly, his best home game of the season, keeping the ThunderCats at bay with 41 big saves, including a second period barrage that could have turned the game in Durham’s favour but instead left them behind 3-1 after two periods.

With Edwards standing on his head, the Wolves were able to work the puck in the offensive zone, take chances and take the game in convincing fashion. Goals were scored by Corey McCrae (powerplay), Nathan Gavey, Paul Stewart (a shorthanded beauty from Gavey and Edwards), Jeremy McQuillin and Shawn Stewart (shorthanded empty-netter).

Aside from Gavey, who added a second assist, and Edwards, other helpers went to Tim Dwinnell, Mark Stanley, Travis VanGaver (2) and Ryan Armstrong.

On Saturday night, the Wolves inducted four key people in the franchise’s history in its second annual Wall of Fame game. The late Mark Burgess, represented by his son and former Wolf Mike, John Chatham, Wally Houston and Ken MacDonald took their place in Wolves history in a pre-game ceremony before a great crowd. The commitment and contribution to the success these gentlemen have provided the Wolves will always be appreciated.

Ripley got off to a fantastic start in their final home game of the regular season against Shallow Lake, scoring three goals in the first period, including a shorthanded marker by Tyler deVos early in the first (unassisted), followed by a Gavey goal and a Stanley powerplay marker. Assists went to VanGaver, Nick Locking, Brian Stanley and deVos.

Unfortunately, the ice quickly tilted the other way to end the period, as the Crushers pounded three goals in the final three minutes of the first behind Edwards, ending the period squared at threes.

Although the second was not short on entertainment, the score remained deadlocked entering the third, when Ripley took a lead with just under 14 minutes remaining when P. Stewart scored unassisted. From there on out it was all Edwards, frustrating Shallow Lake on his way to making 12 third period saves.

Just when the Wolves looked like they’d hold on to the final buzzer, Shallow Lake scooped up a loose puck and buried it behind Edwards with just nine seconds remaining in regulation, sucking the air out of a building that knew anything short of a win would end the quest for fifth spot in the standings.

Some teams may have hung their head and lamented the close call, but the Wolves instead scored one of their prettiest goals of the year. Rookie Jarred Colling picked the puck up at his own blueline and spied M. Stanley breaking down the left side of the ice towards Shallow Lake’s end. Colling threaded a beautiful pass through some sticks and hit Stanley at full flight. He beat a defenceman, manoeuvred around the goalie and deposited the game winner for a 4-3 final.

The Wolves will end their regular season this weekend in Shelburne before discovering who their first-round opponent will be. Regardless, they’ll start with a road game the first weekend of February, followed by Game 2 at home. Watch, Facebook and Twitter @RipleyWolves for game times.

After coming out of the gate flying on Saturday night in Lucknow, the Ripley Wolves cruised to an 8-2 win against their cross-township rivals.

Mark Stanley led the way with a hat-trick, Zac McIntosh added two late goals, and Travis VanGaver, Brian Stanley and Jarred Colling rounded out the scoring. Assists went to M. Stanley (2), Tyler deVos (2), Corey McCrae (2), Jeremy McQuillin, Kyle Gallant, B. Stanley and VanGaver.

Kurt Edwards was great in the Wolves net, stopping 33 shots on his way to the win.

The Wolves, who have 15 points, have a great opportunity to gain ground on the Durham ThunderCats, who sit in fifth place with 21 points, this weekend. The Wolves are on home ice twice, hosting the Cats at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night, before hosting the fourth place Shallow Lake Crushers on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Ripley Wolves will also add four more names to its Wall of Fame at the team’s final home game of the season on Saturday, which is also Sponsor Appreciation Night.

The team will recognize the contributions of Mark Burgess (post-humously), John Chatham, Wally Houston and Ken MacDonald to the team’s success since 2003 in a pre-game ceremony.

Mark Burgess, who passed away in 2004, was a key member of the executive committee who brought the Wolves back to Senior A hockey at the turn of the century. Mark was a tireless contributor to the team and helped build the foundation for its future success. His legacy lives on with the team through the Mark Burgess Award, given annually to the Wolves’ most dedicated player.

John Chatham, who has a long history of volunteering with Ripley Minor Hockey, turned his effort to the Wolves as they reorganized and returned to the WOAA Senior A league. John and his late daughter Tara volunteered countless hours organizing and operating the Wolves Den, a difficult job but one they did without complaint season after season.

A recently retired member of the Wolves executive, Wally Houston spent over a decade with the organizing committee assuming many roles. Wally’s dedication to the success of the team has been difficult to match over the years.

Anyone who has attended a Wolves game over the past 11 years will have seen Ken MacDonald’s familiar face watching intently from his spot high above the opposing team’s net. Ken is, without question, the Wolves most dedicated fan, having missed only a handful of home games since 2003. As gatekeeper of the ‘Wolves Hot Stove’ you can be sure Ken will be there to talk hockey each and every night.

Friday night is Minor Hockey Night, so kids should wear their team jerseys. The game is sponsored by Pollock Electric and Ripley Legion Branch 440.

Saturday is Wall of Fame and Sponsor Appreciation Night, with the ceremony and puck drop at 7:30 p.m. The sponsors for the final home game of the regular season are Green Acres Campground and Kincardine Home Hardware.

The Wolves travel to Shelburne on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. to finish the regular season, and the playoffs will begin the first weekend of February. Watch or follow us on Twitter @RipleyWolves and Facebook for first-round match-up information.

It was a tough weekend for the Ripley Wolves, as they failed to gain any points in two weekend games.

On Friday night, the Wolves travelled to Palmerston to face the first-place Mapleton-Minto 81s. The Wolves hung tight in the first period, which ended scoreless. The floodgates opened in the second period though, as the 81s pounded four goals by Wolves netminder Kurt Edwards, while Paul Stewart and Tyler deVos kept the game close at 4-2 after two. Assists went to Shawn Stewart, Zac McIntosh, Jarred Colling and Nick Locking.

The third went to Mapleton-Minto, as they scored two more insurance goals to take the 6-2 win.

On Saturday, the sixth-place Wolves were in Shallow Lake looking to gain ground on the fourth-place Crushers. The Wolves trail Durham by four points and, if they can catch them, they’d most likely face Shallow Lake in the first round of the playoffs in early-February.

The Wolves opened the scoring when Locking scored from deVos. The first ended in a 1-1 tie. deVos had the only Wolves tally of the second period, unassisted, which gave the Wolves a short-lived lead. Shallow Lake tied it six minutes later and the period ended in a 2-2 deadlock.

A Wolves penalty early in the third gave the Crushers the chance they’d need for their first lead of the night, and they seized it, scoring a powerplay marker. Minutes later they stretched their lead to 4-2.

It stayed that way until P. Stewart scored a shorthanded marker to bring the Wolves within one with about eight minutes left in the game. The assist went to Jeremy McQuillin.

The Wolves battled hard and Kurt Edwards, who made 29 saves in the game, kept them within one until he was pulled for an extra attacker. With the net empty, Shallow Lake sealed the 5-3 win.

The Wolves travel to Lucknow next Saturday night, Jan. 11, with the puck drop at 8 p.m. The Wolves then return home with games on both Jan. 17 and 18.

The Ripley Wolves split weekend games on Dec. 27 and 28 to end the 2013 portion of the schedule.

On Dec. 28, the Wolves travelled to Port Elgin and threw a scare into the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks, but couldn’t hang onto a lead and lost the game 8-5.

Scoring for Ripley was Brian Stanley (2), Jarred Colling, Nick Locking and Jeremy McQuillin. Assists went to Tyler deVos (2), Brock Lowry, Tim Dwinnell, Travis VanGaver, B. Stanley, Mark Stanley, Locking and McQuillin.

Kurt Edwards stopped 36 shots while taking the loss.

On Saturday night, a great crowd watch another exciting match between Huron-Kinloss rivals as the Lucknow Lancers paid a return visit to Ripley after a spirited game in the east end of the township before Christmas.

Jamie Bayley got his first start in the Wolves net, but had a tough outing as the Lancers came out flying and scored on three of 11 shots in the first. Shawn Stewart got the only Wolves marker of the first, from Colling and Paul Stewart.

Edwards entered the Wolves net for the second period and provided a steadying force for his teammates, who found their legs and began taking it to the young Lancer team. Locking scored a goal in the second, with assists going to Corey McCrae and M. Stanley. The Lancers added one to take a 4-2 lead into the third.

Ripley came out flying in the third, taking the game to the Lancers and eventually being rewarded for their hard work when Locking scored his second goal, from McCrae and B. Stanley. Just a couple minutes later, deVos scored a shorthanded marker to tie the game at fours, setting up an entertaining finish.

Just when it looked like the game was going to overtime, Kurt Colling entered the Lancers zone, caught the goaltender leaning and slipped a shot through his pads to give Ripley the 5-4 lead with just 12 seconds left.

The Wolves hit the road in Palmerston on Friday and Shallow Lake on Saturday.