Wolves win Game 7

Will meet Shallow Lake in finals
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When it came to crunch time, the Ripley Wolves stepped up.

Ripley celebrates the game winner late in the second period of Game 7 last night (Tuesday) in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Wolves dumped the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives 5-2 last night in the village to end this back-and-forth WOAA Senior A semi-final series. Ripley faced elimination in Games 6 and 7, but battled back to win both comfortably. Ripley will now face the Shallow Lake Crushers in the WOAA A finals. The Crushers are coming off a five-game series win over Lucknow.

Tuesday night, defenceman Tyler McCarthy scored the game winner late in the second period. Paul Stewart gave Ripley some breathing room in the third period, making it a 4-2 game, and Jeremy McQuillin sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the final minute. Unfortunately, the officials opted not to let the teams play in a Game 7 situation, and a constant parade to the penalty box destroyed the flow and intensity of this game. Several players from both clubs were ejected on marginal calls, including Ripley's Brett Catto and Travis Van Gaver. Catto had opened the scoring in the first period, which ended with the teams even at 2-2. Jordan Cale had Ripley's second goal.

To find out how the teams arrived at a seventh and deciding game, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent, where you['ll also find out what is happening in the Senior AA and Senior AAA playoffs, as well as the Schmalz Cup OHA provincial Junior C playoffs.

- Josh Howald

*updated: Shallow Lake and Ripley will open the Senior A finals on Friday night in Shallow Lake. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Ripley. Game time is 7:30 p.m.