Ripley Wolves take series with Milverton in 6-3 victory



Game five Saturday night in the playoff series with Milverton had a bit of everything – stands filled to the rafters with cheering fans including youngsters in Wolves’ t-shirts, plenty of end-to-end action, a mistake that could have given the opposition a chance to even the score, lightning-fast skating, skilled passes and thrilling saves – a much closer and more exciting game than the 6-3 score would indicate.


From beginning to end, the Wolves showed their determination to win, and will go on to the next round of WOAA Sr. A playoffs, meeting the Durham Thundercats. As of press time, the schedule hadn’t been announced, but will start this coming weekend in Ripley.


The Wolves came out strong, gaining a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes – Cody Britton’s first of three, assisted by Brent Walton and Brett Catto, and Dylan Sayle from Jarred Colling and Garrett Satosek. Milverton’s Evan Buehler scored from Brandon Quan and Derek Slaght late in the first period to close the gap by one.


Satosek made it 3-1 for the Wolves early in the second, on the power play from Catto and Tyler Soehner, and teammate Britton got another, from Walton. The Four Wheel Drives took full advantage of a Ripley penalty to make it 4-2 with a goal by Dennis Dewar from Mark Hamilton and Chris Eckert. Then one of the weirder moments of the game saw Wolves’ goalie Kurt Edwards come out of his crease to pass the puck, which ended up going into his own net. (Milverton’s Quan was given credit for the goal.) That made the score 4-3 – a possible opportunity for the Drives – but the Wolves just fought harder for the win, with every member of the team upping the intensity of play to a level Milverton couldn’t match.


The third period belonged to Ripley, with a goal by Catto from Britton and Walton, and another by Britton from Catto and Walton, to give a comfortable three-goal lead they held for the rest of the game – a 6-3 victory for Ripley, and an opportunity to meet the Durham Thundercats, the team they edged out of second place in the division late in the regular season.