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The Ripley Wolves put up a good fight, but the Clinton Radars are now four-time defending champions.

The Radars clinched the WOAA Senior AA championship with a 4-0 win in Clinton on Friday night, taking the series in five games. The Wolves fell behind early and battled hard, but Clinton was too strong on this night.

Though there’s no scoring to report, it must be said that Jason Hamilton had a huge night in net for the Wolves, stopping over 30 shots. As part of the trio that led the league in goals against average – sharing the honour with Kurt Edwards and Ryan MacDonald – Hamilton and his cohorts stood tall all season for the Wolves.

The Ripley Wolves executive thanks the coaches, trainers, fans, and sponsors for their support during this exciting season. We could not do it without your continued support.

And a huge thank you to the players for their commitment to the team and to putting their bodies on the line every weekend for our team. It has been an exciting season and we look forward to seeing you in 2019/20!

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Wolves down 3-1 in final

Posted: March 31, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves have a big hill to climb after a 5-2 loss on Sunday afternoon in front of another capacity home crowd.

They now trail the Clinton Radars 3-1 in the WOAA Senior AA final.

After an hour’s delay due to a regional power outage, Clinton scored two in each of the first two periods of this hard-hitting affair. Ripley made some adjustments that paid off quickly in the third, scoring just 14 seconds in, and adding another a couple of minutes later to give the home crowd life. But, a breakaway goal put Clinton up by three with 13 left in the third, and that’s how it finished.

Ripley’s goals were scored by Dan Nicoloff, from Ben Hughes, and Patrick Looby, shorthanded and unassisted.

Ryan MacDonald played the first 40 minutes in RIpley’s net and was excellent, but, in an attempt to spark the team entering the third, Jason Hamilton came into the net and was strong as well.

Ripley will look to stave off elimination on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in Clinton. Game 6, if necessary, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in Ripley, while Game 7 will be Sunday, in Clinton, at 4 p.m.

Wolves win 7-2

Posted: March 29, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves have pulled within a game of the Clinton Raiders with a huge 7-2 win in Game 3.

The Wolves now trail the series 2-1, and have a chance to tie it up at home on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Though the Wolves trailed by a goal early, they roared back with six unanswered goals through the middle of the third period, putting the game out of reach on the back of Ben Hughes, who had an incredible six points on the night.

Hughes led the way with three goals and three assists, while Brett Catto added two goals and two assists. Single goals were scored by Brent Walton and Garrett Meurs.

Other assists went to Cody Britton (3), Blake Nichol (2), Tyler McCarthy, Gerrit Satosek, and Meurs.

Ryan MacDonald got the win in the Wolves net.

Ripley will host Game 4 on Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m. Game 5 will be Friday, April 5, at 8:30 p.m., in Clinton.

The Ripley Wolves dropped Game 2 of the WOAA Senior AA final on Sunday night by a 3-0 score (empty netter).

Jason Hamilton got the start in the Wolves net and took the loss.

The Wolves now trail the final 2-0, with Game 3 set for Friday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m. in Clinton. Game 4 is back in Ripley on Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m.

The Ripley Wolves battled back from a two-goal, third period deficit but lost Game 1 to Clinton by a 5-4 score.

Goals were scored by Dylan Sayle (2), Garrett Meurs, and Cody Britton. Assists went to Gerritt Satosek (3), Jarred Colling (2), Jeff Alcombrack, Ben Hughes, and Nick Seiler.

Ryan MacDonald took the loss in the Wolves net.

Game 2 goes tonight in Clinton at 7 p.m.

As we are expecting unprecedented crowds for our WOAA Senior AA final against the Clinton Radars, the Wolves have some advice for fans as we prepare to host Game 1 on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

• Show up early to guarantee your spot. We’ll open the Wolves Den around 6:45 p.m. to help you pass the time. There are no pre-sold tickets to the game, so it’s first-come, first-served. Expect Clinton’s fans to travel well, so plan your night accordingly.

• Respect barriers. Please note the area between the Wolves players’ bench and the Olympia door is for Wolves players, executive and team staff only. Please do not enter the dressing room hallway either, as this is for players and team representatives only.

• The stands are not licensed for alcohol. As per the team’s policy for the 2018/19 season, no alcohol will be permitted outside the Wolves Den.

• To help ease the line-up at the bar during the first and second intermissions, a secondary bar will be set up for beer sales only, against the south-facing windows. You must already have a drink ticket to use the secondary bar as there will be no sales at this temporary location.

• Kids, don’t forget your Wolf heads that we passed out earlier in the season! This is a great way to show your support for the team, and let’s hear you howl!

Most importantly, enjoy this fantastic run the Wolves are on. The players, coaches, trainers and executive have dedicated countless hours to this season, and we should all be excited for what we’ve accomplished (but definitely hoping for four more wins!).

As always, follow the Wolves on Twitter @RipleyWolves for up-to-the-minute scores.

For the first time in modern team history, the Ripley Wolves will play for the WOAA Senior AA championship, after they ousted Durham on Saturday night with a 7-3 win.

Ripley jumped out to a quick lead in the first, leaving the frame with a 4-1 lead. Goal scorers in the first were Ben Hughes, Gerrit Satosek, Cody Britton and Jarred Colling. Assists went to Garrett Meurs (2), Brent Walton, Dan Nicoloff, Nick Seiler, and Satosek.

Ripley stretched their lead to 6-1 with second period goals from Meurs and Nicoloff, with assists going to Seiler and Jeff Alcombrack on the Meurs goal, and Alcombrack and Walton on the Nicoloff marker.

Durham added one to make it 6-2, but Walton made it 7-2 late in the second, ostensibly chasing Cats goalie Gatlin Burt, who didn’t start the third. Assists went to Seiler and Britton.

The Thundercats would add one on Wolves goalie Ryan MacDonald early in the third to make it 7-3, but they wouldn’t get any closer.

The Wolves win the hard-fought series in six games and will face the Clinton Radars, who finished their series vs Saugeen Shores in six with a Saturday night win.

In their only meeting this season Clinton beat Ripley 4-2 in a wildly entertaining game. Watch ripleywolves.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the schedule when it’s determined.