The Ripley Wolves lost to Clinton on the road Friday night, but downed Huron East in their season home opener Saturday night at the Ripley Arena, in Senior A hockey action.
The Wolves could not score on the Radar during Friday's game. Following a scoreless first period, Clinton pounded in three goals in the second, and one in the third, to take a 4-0 win. Ripley goalie Jason Hamilton had 31 saves in the effort.
On home ice, Saturday night, Ripley took on the Huron East Centenaires of Seaforth and posted a 7-4 victory.
The Wolves opened the scoring early in the first, on a goal by Patrick Weijak from Gerrit Satosek and Blair Pollock.
Huron East scored the tying goal, and a second marker to end the period with a 2-1 lead.
But that didn't last, as Brett Catto worked the powerplay early in the second frame, and scored from Brent Walton and Tyson Soers, to tie the game at 2-2.
Huron East scored midway in the period to go ahead 3-2, but the Wolves then fired in three goals to take a commanding 5-3 lead. Cody Britton scored from Walton and Catto; Walton had a powerplay goal from Britton; and Britton scored from Jeff Alcombrack and Catto.
The Wolves made it 6-3 on a goal by Walton and Britton early in the third.
Huron East fought back late in the game to make it 6-4, but Ben Scheel of the Wolves scored from Tyler McCarthy, with just seconds remaining, to give Ripley a 7-4 win.
Goalie Kurt Edwards had 33 saves for Ripley.
The Wolves are on the road for next two games, in Petrolia Oct. 27, and Shallow Lake Nov. 3.
Their next home game is Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., when Tavistock comes to the Ripley Arena. This is Meet the Wolves Night - children and youth are invited to come to the game and meet the players.