Archive for January, 2016

The Ripley Wolves wrapped up the 2015/16 regular season by snapping a six-game losing streak in a 6-3 win over Shelburne.

Scoring details are currently unavailable.

The Wolves will start the Senior ‘A’ playoffs with a round-robin against Lucknow and Shelburne from the North Division and the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives and either the Huron East Centenaires or the Tillsonburg Thunder from the South. The playoffs will begin on the Feb. 6 weekend, but the schedule is still unconfirmed.

The first home game of the playoffs will be our Wall of Fame induction ceremony when Bill Cameron, Russ O’Handley, Kent Liddle and Travis VanGaver will be honoured.

Watch for the playoff schedule when it’s available.


The Ripley Wolves won’t be vying for the top championship in the WOAA Senior A league.

Despite one of the closest playoff races in recent memory, the Wolves can finish no better than fifth place in the eight-team North Division after suffering two losses on the weekend, including a back-breaker to the Shallow Lake Crushers. This also means the Wolves will be defending their 2014/15 ‘A’ Championship, which it won for the first time in 20 years last spring.

The Wolves fell in overtime to Durham on Friday night after holding a late lead, and 6-3 to the Crushers on Saturday, putting the final nail in their hopes for a run on the ‘AA’ side this year.

On Friday, Drew Davidson’s hat-trick wasn’t enough for the Wolves to win in regulation, as the Durham Thundercats scored two goals in the last minute of the third period to send the game to overtime. Other scorers for the Wolves were Brett Catto and Paul Stewart. Assists went to Tyson Soers (3), Catto (2), Jeremy McQuillin (2), Corey McCrae, Jarred Colling and Dylan Sayle.

Mitch Campbell made 33 saves in the game.

The Wolves entered Saturday night’s must-win game against Shallow Lake trailing the Crushers by one point in the standings, and Shallow Lake finishing its season with games against the top-two teams in the division. A spot in the ‘AA’ playoffs wasn’t in the cards though as Shallow Lake won 6-3.

Wolves goals were scored by Tim Dwinnell, Colling and Ryan Armstrong. Assists went to Davidson, Ryan Dudgeon (2), McQuillin, Soers and Sayle.

Campbell stopped 16 shots in the game.

The Wolves will begin their ‘A’ playdowns on the Feb. 6 weekend. Watch our Facebook page and for game times and dates.

NOTE: The Wall of Fame ceremony – which will honour inductees Bill Cameron, Kent Liddle, Russ O’Handley and Travis VanGaver – was postponed until our first home game of the playoffs so all can attend. Details to follow…

The Ripley Wolves couldn’t maintain the three-way tie for third place after losing both games on the weekend.

The Wolves, who were tied with Shallow Lake and Saugeen Shores for third in the North Division entering the weekend, fell 6-2 to Saugeen Shores and 7-1 to first place Mapleton-Minto. That moves the Wolves into a tie for fourth with Shallow Lake, although the Crushers have played two fewer games than Ripley.

Scoring details are not yet available, but the Wolves host the Crushers in a huge game on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Four names being added to Wall of Fame on Saturday

The Ripley Wolves will add four more names to their Wall of Fame, just prior to the hockey game against Shallow Lake, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Ripley Arena.

Bill Cameron, Kent Liddle, Russ O’Handley and Travis VanGaver will be honoured for their contributions to the Ripley Wolves Senior “A” hockey club.

Bill was a long-time member of the Wolves executive, and the team’s assistant general manager. During his 10-plus years as a dedicated member of the committee, he was integral in guiding the team through its first years back in the WOAA Senior “A” league. Although he has retired from the executive, his work ethic and dedication to the Wolves carries on through the current members.

Kent is a former captain of the Wolves and current member of the executive. A defenceman, he played 116 regular season games with the Wolves and recorded one goal and 31 assists, led his teammates through some tough years in the standings, but always played with character and class. Well-respected by his teammates and opponents, he played a steadying role on the team’s back end and, more importantly, in the dressing room and community.

Russ was one of the first players to sign with the reborn Wolves, giving the team a sense of legitimacy as it re-entered the Senior “A” league after a hiatus. After numerous years in Junior “B” in Listowel and Junior “C” in Kincardine, he was well-known across the league as a tough-as-nails defenceman who would never hesitate to answer the bell for a teammate in need or to fire up his bench. Fifth all-time in Wolves penalty minutes with 415, it’s sometimes forgotten that he could play at both ends of the rink. In 105 regular season games, he scored 15 goals and added 43 assists for 58 points.

One of the best players to ever don a Wolves jersey, Travis is the Wolves’ second all-time leading scorer, racking up 179 goals and 244 assists for 423 points in only 180 regular season games. He added another 63 goals and 81 assists (144 points) in 84 playoff games. Now enjoying his first year of retirement from senior hockey, he was the player that Wolves fans came to the rink to see, as he amazed the crowd with his puck-handling, vision and ability to finish.

These newest members of the Wall of Fame will be honoured in a pre-game ceremony Jan. 16. At that match, the Wolves take on the Shallow Lake Crushers, a team the Wolves are battling for third in the North Division standings.

It is also Sponsor Appreciation Night, so please help us thank the local businesses who make Ripley Wolves hockey possible through their support.

The Ripley Wolves lost 4-3 in a shoot-out in Lucknow in their post-holiday return to action on the weekend, followed by a hard-fought 5-2 loss to the league leading Mapleton-Minto 81s on Sunday.

The Wolves only managed to gain one point in Lucknow despite outshooting the home team 45-17. The game was 3-3 after regulation time and took a shoot-out to solve. Scoring for the Wolves was Jarred Colling, Tyler McCarthy and Brett Catto. Assists went to Ryan Armstrong, Cody Britton (2), Drew Davidson and Catto.

Mitch Campbell took the shoot-out loss.

On Sunday, a good crowd watched the Wolves put up a great fight against the North Division’s top team, taking a 2-2 tie into the third period. Campbell was rock solid in the Wolves net, stopping 29 shots over the first two periods, before the 81s relentless attack burned him three times in the third, in the 5-2 loss.

Second period goals were scored by Armstrong and Davidson, with Shawn Stewart, Colling, Catto and Britton picking up assists.

The Wolves welcome Saugeen Shores to The Den on Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m. The Winterhawks trail the third-place Wolves in the standings, so this game is hugely important. It’s Minor Hockey night, so bring the kids to the game and wear your team’s jersey!

On Sunday, Mapleton-Minto returns to Ripley for a 1:30 p.m. start. The Senior Tykes will play between the first and second period, so come support more future Wolves!