Wolves need overtime to beat Mapleton-Minto 4-3

Posted: October 21, 2018 in News and notes

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!

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