Wolves fall to Saugeen Shores, defeat Lucknow in final seconds

Posted: January 1, 2014 in News and notes

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.

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