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.

Wolves fall in overtime

Posted: March 4, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves are Durham Thundercats are tied at one game apiece after the Cats snuck out a 6-5 overtime win on Sunday night.

The T’Cats scored with 38 seconds left in the third to tie the game, and then won it in overtime.

Ripley’s goal scorers were Jeff Alcombrack, Brent Walton, Brett Catto (2), and Garrett Meurs. Assists went to Gerrit Satosek (2), Cody Britton (2), Walton (2), Dan Nicoloff, Alcobrack, Meurs, and Catto.

Jason Hamilton took the loss in the Wolves net.

Game 3 returns to Durham on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Game 4 is back in Ripley on Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. Game sponsor is the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

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.

Round 2 schedule vs Durham

Posted: February 23, 2019 in News and notes

The schedule for the WOAA Senior AA semi-finals vs the Durham Thundercats has been set.

Game 1 will be played on Saturday, March 2, in Ripley at 7 p.m., with Game 2 on Sunday, March 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Durham. The rest of the series is:

Game 3 – Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., in Durham

Game 4 – Sunday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. in Ripley

Game 5* – Friday, March 15, 8:30 p.m. in Ripley

Game 6* – Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. in Durham

Game 7* – Sunday, March 17, 6 p.m. in Ripley

The winner will face the winner of Clinton and Saugeen Shores.

Wolves sweep away Huron East

Posted: February 16, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves have won the first round of the playoffs as they completed their sweep of the Huron East Centenaires on Friday night, by a 5-2 score.

The Wolves got a hat-trick from Ben Hughes and singles from Garrett Meurs and Tyson Soers in the win. Assists went to Cody Britton (2), Keaton Willis (2), Soers (2), Mike Osadca and Nick Seiler.

Jason Hamilton got the win in the Wolves net.

Ripley now awaits the winner of the Durham/Petrolia series, which Durham currently leads 3-0.

The Ripley Wolves have a commanding 3-0 series lead after a 4-1 win on Sunday.

Goal scores were Brent Walton, Dan Nicoloff (2), and Cody Britton. Assists went to Garrett Meurs (2), Walton (2), Nicoloff, Tyler McCarthy, and Ben Hughes.

Ryan MacDonald got the win in the Wolves net.

Ripley will look to close out the series when they travel to Seaforth on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 will be played in Ripley on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.

Wolves win wild Game 2

Posted: February 10, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves spotted Huron East a 5-1 lead on Saturday night in Kincardine, but scored four goals in a 3:35 span late in the second period to pull victory from the jaws of defeat.

It was an ugly start for the Wolves, as they went down 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of the opening period. A rebound that landed on a wide open stick, an odd bounce to a Centennaire at the top of the crease, and a couple of Ripley posts made it look like it just wasn’t going to be Ripley’s night.

Dan Nicoloff, who was a scoring threat all night for the home team, pulled the Wolves to within two with a goal from Gerrit Satosek and Blake Nichol. But Huron East would add another before the period was out to lead 4-1 heading into the break, driving Jason Hamilton from the Wolves net in the process to be replaced by Kurt Edwards.

Eight minutes into the second, Huron East scored what appeared to be a back-breaking fifth goal to go up 5-1 with half the game in the books. The Wolves bench was visibly dejected as the puck was dropped at centre ice.

Then, with under seven minutes left in the second and suddenly out of nowhere, the Wolves big guns went to work. Applying offensive pressure the game had yet to see, Huron East took a hooking penalty. Just 10 seconds into the powerplay, Cody Britton found himself open at the side of the goal and made no mistake. Assists went to Keaton Willis and Ben Hughes.

Just 16 seconds later, off the rush, Britton received a pass from Brett Catto as he entered the Huron East zone. He faked a shot, and pulled the puck back just enough to buy himself time to find a streaking Hughes on the left wing, and he stuck it in the gaping cage.

It was now 5-3.

After taking a breather for a shift, which ended with a slashing penalty for the Cents, the Britton-Hughes-Catto line hopped the boards for the powerplay. Once again it was Britton who took a beautiful feed from Hughes as they crossed the line, as he streaked past the flat-footed defenceman. Once in tight, Britton chipped a gorgeous backhand over the stunned goalie’s shoulder, making the game 5-4. The second assist went to Catto.

That’s three goals in 1:19 of game play.

While the line wouldn’t score for another 2:16, Catto tied the game at 5-5 with three minutes remaining in the second, from Britton and Hughes.

The sudden turn of the tides carried over to the third, as the Wolves carried the vast majority of the play, though it took until the final five minutes of the game for Tyson Soers to snap a shot home from the slot to give the Wolves the 6-5 lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and a 2-0 series lead.

Though they’ll hope to avoid letting the visitors jump to a four-goal lead today, the Wolves will look to put a strangehold on the series today (Sunday) at 3 p.m. in Ripley. Game sponsor is Canadian Tire Kincardine.

It’s also Caesar Sunday in the Wolves Den so drop in before, during and after the game for a delicious Caesar with all the toppings (and more!).

Wolves win Game 1 3-0

Posted: February 9, 2019 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves have taken a 1-0 series lead vs Huron East after a 3-0 win on the road in Game 1.

The Wolves got goals from Garrett Meurs and Pat Looby in the second period, with Dan Nicoloff and Jarred Colling assisting on the opening goal, while Looby’s was unassisted. Keaton Willis sealed it with a goal, from Cody Britton and Meurs, halfway through the third.

Jason Hamilton notched the shutout for Ripley.

The Wolves, due to a tournament in Ripley, will host Game 2 in Kincardine tonight, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Sponsor is the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Game 3 will be held tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10, in Ripley at 3 p.m. It’s Caesar Sunday in the Wolves Den! And kids, don’t forget your Wolf head and let’s hear ya howl!