Shelburne overmatched by high-flying Wolves

Posted: November 8, 2014 in News and notes

It was an emotional night in Ripley on Friday, as a large, supportive crowd cheered forward Devin Kemp as he suited up for the Wolves just hours after his younger brother’s funeral.

After a moment of silence for Cody Kemp, 24, who died suddenly last Sunday, the Wolves pounced on the visiting Shelburne Muskies, dominating the Fish after a balanced first period, on their way to a 9-0 win. It was a huge night for the Wolves’ Kid Line, as Drew Davidson, Brett Catto and Cody Britton used their speed to carve up the Muskies on their way to a five-goal, 11-point night.

Davidson got the crowd into it early, scoring less than a minute in, with assists going to Catto and Tyler McCarthy, who had a great night on the Wolves blueline. From there, it was a goaltending clinic at both ends, as Wolves goalie Kurt Edwards made some beautiful saves in tight, while his teammates searched for chinks in the armour of Shelburne’s goalie. Edwards played confidently, made big saves when called upon and never appeared to be in trouble, stopping all 10 shots he faced in the first, which ended with the Wolves leading 1-0.

Then the floodgates opened.

Ripley came out flying in the second period, overwhelming Shelburne with their speed, pinpoint passing, skill in close to the net, and hard work on the boards from all four lines. Catto scored his first of three on the night early in the second after a gorgeous, cross-crease pass from Britton. Davidson got the other assist.

Three minutes later, Shawn Stewart got in on the action with a goal, from Jeremy McQuillin and Ryan Armstrong. That was followed by three quick goals to end the second, off the sticks of Catto, Nick Locking and Britton. Catto’s second was another tic-tac-toe passing play in close, while Locking had a beautiful individual effort in a one-on-one with a Shelburne defenceman. Locking looked like he was tied up but he kept pushing through the d-man, and, while falling to the ice, he batted the rolling puck through the goalie.

The cherry-on-the-top of the Wolves’ offensive outburst was Britton’s goal, which came off a rush by McCarthy who took the defenceman wide and then found Britton alone in the middle of the ice for a breakaway from the blueline. Britton, facing the Muskies’ back-up who had yet to see a shot after replacing the starter, charged hard to the net, deked left, right and left again, slowed to nearly a complete stop, and went right once more to shove the puck into the net. There was an audible gasp through the building for one of the prettiest breakaway goals you’ll see in any league.

Assists in the second went to Davidson, Britton, Travis VanGaver, Edwards, McCarthy and Brian Stanley.

Despite the excitement at the offensive outburst in the second, the most poignant moment of the night came early in the third when Devin Kemp tucked in a rebound on the powerplay. As the puck hit the twine, Kemp raised his eyes and pointed to the sky in honour of his brother. The hundreds in attendance – many of them family and friends of Kemp – cheered him for playing so well as such an emotional day, as he was a physical force on the forecheck all night prior to his marker. Assists went to Alex MacLeod and Tyler Devos.

Catto later completed his hat-trick on the powerplay, when he took a pass at centre ice from Britton, walked into the Shelburne end, head-faked a defenceman and the goalie from the top of the circle and wired a wrist shot off the bar in the top corner.

Then Mark Stanley, from his office at the side of the net, finished the onslaught on another powerplay late in the game, from Locking and McQuillin.

Edwards wasn’t overly busy after the first, but stopped all 25 shots for his first shutout of the season in the 9-0 win.

The Wolves will look to maintain their momentum when they travel to Shallow Lake on Friday night, at 8:30 p.m. They return home on Saturday, Nov. 15, vs Elora. It’s the Kids Colouring Contest night, so be sure to bring your art to the arena! Sponsor is Smith Farms.

 

 

 

 

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