Wolves down Durham 6-2

Posted: March 3, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves took Game 1 of the Senior AA semi-final after scoring six unanswered goals in a 6-2 win over Durham.

The Thundercats came out flying and jumped to a 2-0 lead midway through the first, before Dylan Sayle pulled the Wolves to within one by period’s end, with Gerrit Satosek and Pat Looby getting the helpers.

Brett Catto tied it up early in the second from Ben Hughes and Garrett Meurs. Five minutes later, Brent Walton one-timed home a ridiculous cross-ice, slap-pass on a two-on-one from Keaton Willis, giving the Wolves a 3-2 lead they’d take into the third period.

Meurs gave Ripley a bit of breathing room with a breathtaking shorthanded, unassisted goal midway through the third. Meurs took the puck at his own blueline, battled the Durham defenceman for positioning, cut to the middle of the ice before beating a second defenceman. He then walked over the Thundercats line with a man draped on his shoulders, and rifled a snapshot under the bar behind Durham’s goalie.

With the Cats now down 4-2, they began pulling their goalie whenever they’d have a faceoff in Ripley’s zone. The high-risk, high-reward strategy did not pay off for them in the final seven minutes, as Ripley added two empty-netters – Catto from Nick Seiler and Tyson Soers, and Soers from Ben Scheel.

Though Ripley had long stretches of sustained pressure in the Durham zone, Wolves goalie Ryan MacDonald was called upon many times to keep the Wolves in control, and he answered the bell every time, especially during those long stretches of Durham playing with the extra attacker.

Thanks goes to Kincardine Home Hardware, which sponsored Game 1.

Game 2 goes tonight, Sunday, March 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Durham. Game 3 will be back in Durham on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m., with Game 4 at the Ripley arena on Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. The game is sponsored by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

The Wolves executive will hold its March Quiz Night on Friday, March 8, so let Dwight Irwin know if you’d like to reserve a table.

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