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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.

The Ripley Wolves can close out their Senior AA semi-final with a win tonight after a 7-4 win in Game 5 on Friday.

The Wolves and Thundercats traded goals all night, but Ripley finally pulled away in the third on their way to a 3-2 lead in this fast-paced, hard-hitting, exciting series.

Ben Hughes led the way with a hat-trick for the Wolves, with singles going to Dan Nicoloff, Brent Walton, Nick Seiler and Gerrit Satosek (empty netter). Assists went to Cody Britton (3), Jeff Alcombrack (2), Walton (2), Garrett Meurs, Nicoloff, Blake Nichol, Hughes, and Tyler McCarthy.

Ryan MacDonald got the win between the Wolves’ pipes.

The Wolves can wrap up the series with a win in Game 6 tonight, Saturday, March 16, in Durham. The puck drops at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 will be held in Ripley on Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m.

Up-to-the-minute scores are available by following the Wolves on Twitter @RipleyWolves.

The Ripley Wolves have tied the WOAA Senior A semi-final at two games apiece after a 6-3 win on Sunday night before a capacity crowd at home.

Cody Britton led the way with four goals (including an empty-netter) as the Wolves battled hard to even up the series. Singles were added by Brent Walton and Ben Hughes, as Ripley finally saw some of their many shots pour into the net in the third period, when they scored five of their six goals.

Assists went to Dan Nicoloff (2), Hughes (2), Garrett Meurs (2), Tyler McCarthy (2), Nick Seiler, Jarred Colling, Jeff Alcombrack, and goalie Ryan MacDonald, who was excellent in the win.

Game 5 is Friday, March 15, in Ripley, at 8:30 p.m. Game 6 is back in Durham on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Game 7 will be Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., if necessary.

The Ripley Wolves couldn’t hold a two-goal lead and lost Game 3 in Durham by a 3-2 score on Saturday night.

The Wolves jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first on goals from Brett Catto and Tyson Soers. Assists went to Cody Britton, Gerrit Satosek and Dylan Sayle.

That was it for offence for the visitors though, as Durham chipped away with a goal in the second and one midway through the third on Wolves netminder Ryan MacDonald. Then, with just 1:47 left on the clock, Durham took their first lead of the game, which they would not relinquish.

Durham now leads the series 2-1, with Game 4 being held today, Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Ripley. It’s part of a huge day of hockey at the Ripley Arena, with the Atom Rep OMHA semi-final at 2:30 p.m. (lead series five points to three in a race to six), Novice Rep WOAA playoffs at 3:30 p.m., and a Bantam Rep WOAA game at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Wolves.

Today’s game is sponsored by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Ripley Wolves goalies Kurt Edwards, left, Ryan MacDonald and Jason Hamilton, receive the WOAA Senior A Goals Against Average award on Saturday, March 2.

Ripley Wolves goalies Kurt Edwards, Jason Hamilton and Ryan MacDonald were handed the WOAA Senior A Goals Against Average (GAA) award before Game 1 vs Durham on Saturday night.

The trio were the best set of goaltenders in the league this season, combining for a 2.77 GAA in 22 regular season games.