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!

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