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Ripley Wolves take two-game lead in series against Milverton

By: Ripley Wolves
February 6, 2018

The Ripley Wolves have taken a 2-0 lead in their first-round series with the Milverton Four Wheel Drives, after an over-time win in Ripley, Saturday night, and a 6-1 win in Milverton, Sunday afternoon.

Tyson Soers was the hero on home ice Saturday night, as the Wolves overcame a three-goal deficit to win Game 1, 6-5, in overtime. A huge crowd watched a fantastic display of skill and speed by both teams.

The Wolves came out flying in the game, peppering Milverton’s goalie early but were unable to open the scoring. The Drives were first on the board with a powerplay goal, which Wolves netminder Jason Hamilton had no chance to stop. The Wolves continued to own the play – eventually outshooting Milverton, 14-6, in the first – but it was the Drives who capitalized, potting two more before the period was over, for a 3-0 lead after one.

Goalie Kurt Edwards started the second for the Wolves, and that seemed to be the spark his teammates needed as they absolutely dominated the frame, outshooting Milverton, 21-8, and outscoring the Drives, 3-1. Brent Walton led the way with two goals early in the second, both assisted by Cody Britton and Brett Catto, the second of which was on the powerplay. Dan Nicoloff had the other Wolves goal, also on the powerplay, assisted by Nick Seiler and Dylan Sayle.

Milverton scored midway through the second period to lead, 4-3, after two.

Ripley's Tyler McCarthy scored early in the third on a rebound, and from a tough angle, to tie the game at 4-4, and also drive Milverton’s goalie Alex Elliott from the net when it appeared he tweaked his knee. He was replaced by Aiden Doak, whom Walton soon demolished with an absolute laser of a one-timer that drove the goalie’s water bottle straight into the air. Assists on the powerplay goal, which completed Walton’s hat-trick, went to Tyler Soehner and Catto.

But Milverton didn’t quit, stemming wave after wave of Wolves attacks, and then turning it up ice when the rare chance presented itself. The Drives tied the game with just five minutes left, sending it to overtime.

In the extra frame, it was all Wolves, who outshot Milverton, 9-4, before Soers buried a wrister from the slot to give Game 1 to the home team.

Sunday afternoon, Brett Catto put the Wolves up 2-0 after the first period, with a pair of goals – the first being on the powerplay from Tyler Soehner and Dan Nicoloff; and from Britton.

Shawn Stewart had the only goal of the second period, from Devin Kemp and Garrett Satosek, before Tyson Soers and Patrick Weijak scored within 30 seconds of each other early in the third. Assists went to Soehner and Patrick Looby, and Ben Scheel and Brian Stanley, respectively.

Milverton notched its only goal on Wolves netminder Kurt Edwards, with 13 minutes remaining in the game on the powerplay, but that's all the Drives would get past him.

Kemp added a final marker with 10 minutes left, from Tyler McCarthy and Satosek.

The Wolves will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8:45 p.m., at the Ripley Arena. The game’s sponsor is Canadian Tire Kincardine. Game 4  is back in Milverton, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8:30 p.m.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
  • Game 5, if necessary – Saturday, Feb. 17, in Ripley – 7 p.m.
  • Game 6, if necessary – Sunday, Feb. 18, in Milverton – 4 p.m.
  • Game 7, if necessary – Monday, Feb. 19, in Ripley – 5:15 p.m.


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