Mayor suits up for Wolves

Shorthanded Ripley team wins two

The Ripley Wolves got a little help from council on the weekend.


Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan suited up for the shorthanded Wolves in a pair of weekend wins. Ripley beat Drayton 12-6 Friday night at home and Nottawasaga 8-4 Saturday on the road.


“It was fun,” said Twolan Monday morning. “They said they were short (players) and they were looking for some help. I had a good time.”


Twolan had one assist in Friday night’s win over the visiting Icemen.


“With injuries, weather and Christmas, I think we were down to about six regulars,” said Wolves GM Rick Smith. He signed Twolan and two other players to the team prior to Friday night’s game.


“Considering (being shorthanded) we had couple of decent games,” said Smith. “It was good to get everybody on the ice.”


Twolan, who still plays oldtimers hockey once a week, may not be done just yet. A former standout for the Wolves, he hadn’t played senior hockey in 10 years.


“I told Rick and (coach) Brent (Armstrong) that I’d try to get my five games in (to be eligible for the playoffs),” he laughed.


With the two wins, the Wolves improve to 6-4-0-1, good for sixth place in the WOAA North Division. They have a seven-point lead on the seventh place Lucknow Lancers, and trail the fifth place Durham Thundercats by just a point. The first place Elora Rocks are just five points ahead of Ripley with 18 points.


In Friday night’s 12-6 win at home, the Wolves got a hat trick from Travis Van Gaver and two goals each from Nick Locking and Kyle McVey. McVey was another player just signed prior to the weekend.


“He had signed with us earlier, but with work commitments ended up quitting,” said Smith. “He was home for the weekend and really helped us out.”


Single goals went to Nathan Gavey, Corey McCrae, Shawn Detzler, Curtis Schmalz and Adam Shular. Scott MacSween picked up the win in net.


Saturday at Base Borden, the Wolves beat the 0-12 Nottawasaga River Rats 10-4 in an afternoon match-up. Goal scorers were unavailable.


Elsewhere in the WOAA, Friday night it was Durham over Lucknow 5-0 and Elora over Walkerton 7-0. Saturday, Elora beat Shelburne 4-3 while Palmerston beat the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks 7-4.


Friday night the Wolves will host the Shallow Lake Crushers for an 8:30 p.m. start.

Saturday night the team will be in Palmerston to take on the second place 81’s.