Back-to-back wins for Wolves on the weekend

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By Pauline Kerr

The Ripley Wolves claimed a pair of big wins on the weekend, defeating the Elora Rocks 8-5 Saturday night and following that Sunday by treating hometown fans to a close and exciting 4-2 victory over the Mapleton Minto 81s.

Devin Kemp dumps the puck during Sunday's Ripley win over the 81's. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 

The game against Elora saw Brett Catto lead the way with a pair of goals and assists. Also scoring twice for the Wolves were Shawn Stewart and Cody Britton. The other two goal scorers for the Wolves were Drew Davidson and Ryan Dudgeon.

The game Sunday saw the Wolves take an early lead with a goal by Patrick Weijak from Davidson and Tyler Soehner. Mapleton Minto tied it up at the 1:22 mark with a goal by Brock Zinken from Kyle Spurr and Mike Pleon.

The score remained tied at 1-1 until late in the second period when Dudgeon scored unassisted for Ripley.

Both periods saw plenty of excitement, with end-to-end action and plenty of shots on goal. Play was fast and fierce, but with few penalties. Kurt Edwards, in net for Ripley, stopped several good tries that could easily have given the 81s the win.

The excitement built to fever pitch in the third period after the presentation of Wolves Wall of Fame awards.

Davidson scored from Catto and Weijak to make it 3-1 for the Wolves, but the 81s were far from ready to give up. At the 13:17 mark, Zinken scored unassisted to bring the game within reach for Mapleton Minto. The 81s pulled their goalie in the closing seconds of the game to go for the tie, but Ryan Armstrong scored an empty netter on the power play with 23 seconds to go, making the final score 4-2 for the Wolves.

Their success on the weekend gives the Wolves 21 points - still well behind league leader Saugeen Shores Winter Hawks with 35 but well within reach of second place 81s with 26 points.

Next home game for the Wolves is Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.