Wolves knock off Winterhawks

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By Josh Howald

The start of the Senior AA hockey season has been splendid for the Ripley Wolves.

The Wolves improved to 3-1 on the season by knocking off the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks Friday night on the road. The Wolves were outshot in this contest, but Mitch Campbell outdueled Mitch Roulston between the pipes as the Wolves took an early lead and never looked back.

The win moved Ripley into a tie for third place overall in the WOAA North Division standings with the Shallow Lake Crushers, just one point back of the second place Shelburne Muskies and two of the Mapleton-Minto 81's.

Tyson Soers opened the scoring from Jared Colling less than two minutes into Friday night's game at the 'Plex in Port Elgin. Cody Britton scored his third goal of the season from Drew Davidson to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the second period despite being outshot 16-9.

Colling scored a shorthanded goal from Tyler deVos midway through the middle frame to give the Wolves a 3-0 lead, but Brian Kazarian replied for the Winterhawks five minutes later from Brandon Haefling. Davidson restored a three-goal lead for Ripley late in the period, scoring from David Jones and Brett Catto.

Former Bulldog Nick Quaid cut the lead to 4-2 with 13:17 left in the game, but Jeremy McQuillin set up Catto on a man advantage a short time later that would act as an insurance tally.

The Winterhawks went on to outshoot the Wolves 12-5 in the final frame, but Campbell was up to the task. He made 35 saves for the win. Roulston allowed five goals on 25 shots and is tagged with the loss.

Ripley takes a two-game win streak into a Friday night game in Drayton against the first place 81s. The 81s are off to a hot start and are undefeated after five regular season games. Mapleton-Minto also defeated the Winterhawks over the weekend.

The Wolves won't be at home again until Nov. 6, when the Durham Thundercats will be in town for an 8:30 p.m. start. The next night, Nov. 7, the Shallow Lake Crushers will visit the village for a 7:30 p.m. affair.

In the WOAA South Division, Clinton leads the points race at 4-0-0-1 and nine points, followed by the Huron East Centenaires at 3-1-0-0.