Archive for October, 2018

Wolves fall 4-2 to Clinton

Posted: October 28, 2018 in News and notes

The fans would take seven games of that in the spring.

The previously undefeated and first place Ripley Wolves hosted the three-time defending champions from Clinton on Saturday night, and put on a great show for the packed house. Though Ripley spent much of the night attacking Clinton’s zone, the Radars picked their spots, stretched out Ripley’s defence with the long pass, and capitalized on special teams to win 4-2.

Ripley outshot Clinton 38-31, including 13-5 in the third, but hard a difficult time getting to the front of the net through the Radars’ strong coverage in the defensive zone.

The Radars jumped out to an early lead in the first, but Drew Davidson soon tied it up, from Nick Seiler and Keaton Willis.

Early in the second, Clinton made it 2-1, but Garrett Meurs scored on the powerplay minutes later to even the score. It was assisted by Willis and Davidson.

A shorthanded breakaway marker early in the third gave Clinton a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, while they added another with just under six to go. The Wolves battled hard to the final buzzer, but couldn’t close the gap.

Jason Hamilton was excellent in the Wolves net, stopping 27 of 31 shots, but suffered his first loss of the season.

The 5-1 Wolves are on the road next weekend when they make the trip to Petrolia, and then have a two-game weekend on Nov. 9-10 when they travel to Tavistock on Friday before returning home on Saturday, welcoming Shelburne for a 7 p.m. start. That game, sponsored by Current Electric, features the Minor Hockey Team Jersey Challenge. The team with the most players in attendance and wearing their jerseys will win a pizza party courtesy the Wolves.

Friday, Nov. 9, is also our second Quiz Night of the season. It goes at 8 p.m. at the Ripley Curling Club. Bring a team of up to eight people to the BYOB event for a fun night. Text Dwight Irwin at 519-525-7106 or message him on Facebook to book your team’s spot, as space is limited. Individuals are also welcome, as teams are always looking for smart players!

If anything, the Ripley Wolves never concede a loss.

For the second time this season, Garrett Meurs scored with a minute left in the third period to send a game to overtime, as he did Saturday night at home against the Mapleton-Minto 81s.

In overtime, Wolves blueliner Nick Seiler led the rush, dished the puck off, then circled back to the slot to finish a beautiful pass from defence partner Keaton Willis to move the Wolves to 5-0 on the season. Second assist on the OT winner went to Gerrit Satosek.

The win ensures the Wolves will remain atop the WOAA Senior A League standings for another week.

While the home team left the rink happy, the buzz was all about 81s goalie Marc Williams, who turned aside 46 Ripley shots – many in spectacular fashion – to very nearly steal one for his team, which fired 17 at Wolves goalie Jason Hamilton. In the third period alone, the shots were 18-0 for Ripley, yet it still took some late-game heroics for the Wolves to nab their two points.

The Wolves jumped out to a quick lead when Cody Britton scored three minutes into the first, from Meurs and Tyler McCarthy, but that was it for Wolves scoring until the third. The 81s chipped away and led 3-1 heading into the final frame on the back of goalie Williams.

With 12 minutes remaining in the third, Dan Nicoloff brought the Wolves to within one, from Dylan Sayle and Willis, before Meurs sent the game to OT with a minute left, from Brent Walton and Britton.

The Wolves welcome the Clinton Radars, who walked through the league last season on their way to the championship, to town next Saturday, Oct. 27, in what promises to be a can’t-miss event. Game time is 7 p.m., and it’s sponsored by DG MacDonald and Son and the Ripley Legion Branch 440.

Don’t forget to follow the Wolves on Twitter @RipleyWolves, and mark your calendars for our next Quiz Night, which is Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., at the Ripley Curling Club. You can bring a team of up to eight players with you to this monthly, BYOB event, or we can find a group for you to play with upon your arrival. Cost is $20 per player, with the winning team receiving half the proceeds.

There are also a limited amount of tickets remaining for the Wolves second annual Yuk Yuks and Christmas Dinner on Friday, Nov. 23, at the arena. Whether you fill a table of eight ($600) or require individual tickets ($75 each) for this Burke’s catered event, you can contact Dwight Irwin at 519-525-7106 or via Facebook to get a spot. We expect a sell-out, so get your tickets now!

Wolves down Shallow Lake 8-3

Posted: October 20, 2018 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves improved to 4-0 on the season with an 8-3 win over Shallow Lake on Friday night.

The Wolves led 3-2 after one period, and 5-3 after two, before pulling away in the third with three unanswered for the win. Ryan MacDonald was in the Wolves net for the victory.

Goals were scored by Drew Davidson (3), Garrett Meurs (2), Cody Britton, Ben Scheel, and Shawn Stewart.

Assists went to Keaton Willis, Garrett Meurs (3), Mike Osadca (3), Tyler Soehner, Davidson, Blake Nichol, Tyler McCarthy, Britton (2), Jarred Colling, and Paul Stewart.

The Wolves host Mapleton-Minto tonight at 7 p.m. It’s Meet the Wolves Night, so bring your kids so they can meet their local hockey heroes after the first period. Game sponsor is Kempton Construction.

A huge crowd went home happy as the Wolves won their home opener 5-3 over the Durham Thundercats. The game was sponsored by West Shore Stone and Brick.

The 2-0 Wolves jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first on goals from new first-line centre Ben Hughes, his first as a Wolf. That was quickly followed by goals from Drew Davidson and hometown boy Garrett Meurs, who scored his first goal on Ripley ice since he was a Novice hockey player and on the road to the OHL, the NHL Draft, and a professional career in the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues.

Suffice it to say, many of the fans packing the Ripley stands have been waiting to see Meursy in the flesh, and he didn’t disappoint, finishing with two goals, his second coming on the powerplay in the second.

Kurt Edwards got the start for the Wolves and stopped 10 shots in the first to help the Wolves to a comfortable lead heading into the first intermission. Durham got one back in the second but still trailed 4-1 after two, with Ripley holding a significant edge in play thanks to strong penalty killing and solid defensive coverage when Durham did form an attack.

The Cats had more pounce in the third though and brought it to within two with 15 minutes to play, before Davidson scored his second of the game with 10 left in the period. The three-goal cushion was short-lived though as Durham turned up the heat on the Wolves and scored on the powerplay with 7:35 left on the clock and momentum shifted their way.

That’s when their goalie, Gatlin Burt, turned from a talented netminder to loose cannon, as he has done in various leagues, and on various teams, for years. After Meurs cut through his crease, but didn’t make contact with him, the Wolves forward started his backcheck flanked by a Durham defender. No words or sticks were being exchanged.

Suddenly, Burt pulled his goalie stick back and chopped Meurs hard in the leg. The Wolves home captain, dropped, turned, looked and smiled incredulously at Burt from one knee. The goalie faked another move at Meurs, but for once held himself in check.

With 4:54 left in a two-goal game, and the ice tilting toward Ripley’s end, Burt was given a five-minute penalty for slashing, and a game misconduct. Hopefully the league looks at suspension – or expulsion – for this repeat (and repeat, and repeat) offender.

The Wolves peppered Durham’s back-up, who made some fine saves, but the wind was out of Durham’s sails, and the final ended 5-3 for Ripley. The Wolves outshot Durham 46-30 in the win.

Ripley will host Mapleton-Minto on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. It’s Meet the Wolves Night, where kids can visit with the players in the dressing room between periods. The game is sponsored by Kempton Construction.

Wolves down Elora 4-3

Posted: October 13, 2018 in News and notes

Garrett Meurs scored the overtime winner as the Wolves escaped Elora with a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Despite outshooting Elora 30-3 after two periods, the Wolves needed two third-period goals to force overtime.

Dan Nicoloff had the Wolves lone goal before the third, while the Wolves pounded Elora’s goalie with shots in the second, firing an astounding 23 pucks on net without scoring.

Keaton Willis got his first as a Wolf in the third, unassisted on the powerplay, before Meurs tied it up, also unassisted, with just over a minute left on the clock and Ripley’s net empty, to send the game to overtime.

In OT, Meurs scored the winner from Drew Davidson on the powerplay.

The Wolves return home tonight looking to avenge last year’s playoff series against Durham. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Be sure to come early to watch the Kincardine Bulldogs play in Ripley at 4 p.m., when they face off against the Mount Forest Patriots as part of Hockey Day in Ripley.

Don’t forget to follow the Wolves on Twitter @RipleyWolves and friend us on Facebook for updates.

Thanks also to the great crowd who attended the Wolves first Quiz Night of the season last night at the Ripley Curling Club. Quiz Night is the second Friday of each month, so gather a team of eight or less, and come have a fun night with friends on Nov. 9.



Wolves win season opener 7-3

Posted: October 8, 2018 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves overcame a two-goal deficit to win their season opener 7-3 in Port Elgin on Saturday night.

The Wolves scored six unanswered in the second and third periods, after trailing 3-1 after the first. Goals were scored by Tyson Soers (2), Gerrit Satosek, Garrett Meurs, Dylan Sayle, Dan Nicoloff, and Cody Britton. Assists went to Patrick Looby (2), Nicoloff, Britton, Brent Walton (2), Satosek, Tyler McCarthy, Meurs, Robert White, Sayle, and Nick Seiler.

Ryan MacDonald got the win in the Wolves net.

Ripley travels to Elora on Friday night and then hosts Durham on Saturday night as part of Hockey Day in Ripley, which will see the Kincardine Bulldogs play at 4 p.m., followed by the Wolves at 7 p.m.

Friday night is also the first monthly Quiz Night of the 2018-19 season. The BYOB event is held the second Friday of the month, at the Ripley Curling Club, at 8 p.m. Bring your team of 8 for a fun night of trivia!