Wolves fall to Mapleton-Minto and Shallow Lake

Posted: January 5, 2014 in News and notes

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.

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