Wolves edged out in Durham


By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole Saturday night in Durham, and weren't able to recover.

Billy Terpstra, Chris Brown and Jay Tremble each scored to give the Durham Thundercats a 3-0 lead a little more than 10 minutes into Saturday evening's WOAA Senior AA contest. Brown's goal came with the Wolves on a power play, and made it 2-0 for the T-Cats. Tremble's goal was a power play marker.

Kyler Nixon extended the lead to 4-0 early in the second period. It was also a power play goal. The Wolves finally got one back midway through the second. Derek Regier scored from Ryan Armstrong to make it a 4-1 game.

Tyler McCarthy made it 4-2 with nine minutes to play and the Wolves on a man advantage. Tyson Soers and Cody Britton assisted on the goal, which gave Ripley a bit of life. However, they didn't score again until 59 seconds remained on the clock. Britton scored from Brett Catto and Armstrong to make it 4-3, but the Wolves couldn't find the equalizer.

Scott Kuglin made 31 saves for the Thundercats, while Mitch Campbell stopped 24 shots for the Wolves.

With the loss, Ripley falls to 4-6 on the season. That leaves them fifth overall in the WOAA North Division standings. Durham, meanwhile, moved into a tie for first overall in the North with the Mapleton-Minto 81's. The 81's, however, have three games in hand on the T-Cats and are still undefeated at 8-0. Durham has an 8-3 record.

The Wolves will attempt to get back on a winning track on Saturday night with a game on the road against the 2-8 Lucknow Lancers. That one is a 7:30 p.m. start. The Wolves will then travel to Shallow Lake on Dec. 4 before returning to the village for a Dec. 5 home game against the Shelburne Muskies.

In the WOAA South Division, the Clinton Radars have bounced back from a shootout loss to Tavistock with five straight wins to sit atop the standings with a 9-0-1 record. The Royals are three points back of the Radars in the six-team South.

In other news around the league, the Shallow Lake Crushers postponed both weekend games they had been scheduled to play following the death of goaltender Justin Hammond late last week. Hammond, a former Kincardine Bulldog, had posted four wins this season for the Crushers.