Wolves land in A playoffs


By Josh Howald

Despite winning their final game of the WOAA Senior AA season, the Ripley Wolves will not compete for a AA playoff championship again this season.

The Wolves finished fifth overall in the seven-team North Division, three points back of the fourth place Shallow Lake Crushers. While the Crushers get the unenviable task of taking on the Mapleton-Minto 81's in the opening round of the playoffs, the Wolves will be the top seed in the A playoffs with Lucknow, Shelburne from the North and Tillsonburg and Milverton from the WOAA South Division. The other North Division AA match-up will feature the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks and the Durham Thundercats.

While the Wolves wanted to compete for the AA title, on a positive note they will get a chance to defend the WOAA Senior A playoff championship they won last season in a seven-game series against the Shallow Lake Crushers.

Ripley will begin the A playdowns on the Feb. 6 weekend. When game dates and times have been confirmed, they will be posted on our website, www.independent.on.ca. The team's first home game will also become the new date for the team's Wall of Fame ceremonies. The team will honour Bill Cameron, Russ O'Handley, Kent Liddle and Travis VanGaver prior to the team's first playoff game.