Wolves win Game 1

The Ripley Wolves took a 1-0 lead on Durham in the opening round of the WOAA Senior AA playoffs.

The Wolves did it in convincing fashion, winning a 7-1 decision on home ice Friday night. Ripley led 2-0 after the first period and held a 5-1 lead at the second intermission. More than 50 minutes in penalties were called in the third period after things deteriorated for offical Al Dickson. The Wolves outshot Durham 48-24 in this contest, and 16-3 in the first period alone. Captain Jeremy McQuillin had two goals and two assists for Ripley, while five other players scored single markers.

Game 3 of this series is Friday night in Durham, with things shifting back to Ripley for Game 3 Saturday night. For full details, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

Big weekend for Attack

Guelph tonight, Knights tomorrow

Dan Catenacci scored twice in Owen Sound's 4-1 win over Barrie Wednesday night. Here, races past Colts captain David O'Connor and in on goalie Mathias Neiderberger, who blocked 41 Attack shots sent his way. The Attack is in Guelph tonight looking to avenge a 5-0 loss to the Storm last week. Tomorrow night, the first-place London Knights will be in Owen Sound for a 7:30 p.m. start at the JD McArthur Arena at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Arena. (Richard Lawson photo)  UPDATE: The Attack defeated Guelph Friday, but were shut out 3-0 by London Saturday night at home. Owen Sound will travel to London for rematch Friday.

Wolves will meet Thundercats in first round

Ripley to host Game 1 Friday

By Josh Howald

It will be Ripley and Durham in the opening round.

The Wolves split weekend games to finish fourth overall (14-9-0-1) in the WOAA Senior AA North Division. That means the playoffs will kick off with a best-of-seven series against the fifth-place Durham Thundercats (12-9-0-2).

Jeremy McQuillin fires a shot at Shelburne goaltender Friday night in Ripley. The Wolves walked away from the Fish in the third period to take a 7-3 win over the Muskies. The Wolves will now face Durham in the opening round, while Shelburne will take on Shallow Lake. (Josh Howald photo)


Armstrong has arms full of trophies

Kincardine shut out of awards

There was no argument as to who the Western Junior C Hockey League’s most valuable player was going to be.

Wingham's Aaron Armstrong, seen here in Kincardine earlier this season, finished with 50 goals and 74 assists in 35 games. (Independent File photo/Howald)


Kincardine will wait for Western semi-final

Bulldogs get bye past first round

By Josh Howald

Well, it’s official. The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs are off to the Western Junior C League semi-finals.

Jordan Cale (#9) and Mike Sharpe squeeze out a Mitchell Hawk Friday night at the Davidson Centre. Cale scored three, and had an assist for a four-point outing in Kincardine's  6-3 win. (Richard Lawson photo)


Kincardine curling kiboshed

No Major Curling League stop tonight in town

If you were looking forward to some major fun tonight at the Kincardine Curling Club, you'll have to do it without Grey-Bruce's top curling clubs.

It was announceed minutes ago that tonight's draw - to be played in Kincardine and Port Elgin - has been cancelled because of the weather and road conditions. There was a full schedule of action on tap, wiith Kincardine's Craig Milburn rink at the Kincardine Curling Club and Les Shane's rink on the road in Port. There were six other games scheduled as well.

Tonight's draw has been tentatively reset for Monday evening.

Where will Wolves wind up?

Ripley's final WOAA weekend sees Fish, Winterhawks

By Josh Howald

With two games left in the regular season, the Ripley Wolves know they will have home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs – and little else.

The Wolves were downed 2-1 by the Durham Thundercats in a shootout on the weekend, and currently occupy fourth place overall in the WOAA Senior AA North Division with 27 points and a 13-8-0-1 record. Ripley - with a Friday night home game against Shelburne and a Saturday night tilt in Port Elgin – could finish second, third or fourth in the standings. Friday night’s opponent - Shelburne – had a three point lead on the Wolves while Saugeen Shores holds a two-point lead on the Wolves. Essentially, Saturday night’s game will mean something, anyways, in terms of positioning.

Hawks will fly by bye

Walkerton gives Kincardine an opening round pass

By Josh Howald

Before the regular season has ended, Kincardine can say ‘Bye!’ to a first-round playoff opponent.

Kincardine peppered Hanover goalie Jake Ireland with 43 shots in a 7-1 weekend win. (Richard Lawson photo)


The Walkerton Hawks will say thanks, but no thanks, to the bye offered to the Western Junior C League’s regular season champs. The Hawks will instead choose to face the 1-33-1 Goderich Sailors in an opening round match-up that may already be over. That leaves second place Kincardine with the same choice.

Silver skaters


Above: Senior StarSkaters from the Ripley-Huron Skating Club helped the club to a second overall finish in points at Weskate recently. Back row, left, coaches Ray Stewart and Brenda Hill-McIntosh. Front row, left, Lori Ogilvie, Meghan Johnson, Marley Martyn, Brooke Leppington, Amanda Martin, Bethany Wilken, Julia Richardson Judith Gutter and coach Nicole Handy-Richardson. Absent from photo are Kaleigh Thomas, Kelsey Hunter, Jaclyn McBride, Megan Lowry and Lauren Scott. (submitted photo)

Ripley wins annual challenge

The Bob Campbell Fuels Kincardine vs. Ripley Challenge Spiel was held at the Ripley Curling Club this year, on the Jan. 19 weekend.

Winners of the early draw was the team of Peter McNay, Jackie Nesbitt, John Kranenburg and Sandra Husk. Second place went to another Ripley tam, skipped by Jim MacDonald. Other rinks were skipped by Dave Robinson, Barb Kester, Gene Gilliespie of Kincardine and Ripley’s Brad Engel.

Late draw winners was the Ripley rink of Francis Hogan, Cindy Simpson, Murray MacKinnon and Donna Elliott. The Ripley rink of Cathy Alcombrack finished second overall. Other teams in the late draw were skipped by Pauline Witzke, Bryan MacDonald, John Downs of Kincardine and Mike Kobayashi of Ripley.