By Doug Kennedy
We all know two years ago the season did not end the way the Ripley Wolves wanted it to. They were tied 2-2 with Minto in the WOAA semi-finals. Clinton was up 3-0 in the other series. The Wolves looked like they had a good shot at winning the league championship after losing to Clinton three years ago in the league final, which was the last time there was a final. The senior league will be like the PJHL- probably losing a lot of older players who will find it tough coming back after two years off and replacing them with younger players.
The Wolves will have a new head coach in Ron (Soupy) Sayles taking the job. Josh Catto will be his assistant coach for the upcoming season.
The Wolves have most of its veteran players coming back for this season. They have added Chase Meurs, Jake Fair and Brett Burrows, who are all local players. They have added the Kuntz brothers, Alex and Jarrett, from Mildmay.
They have both goalies back, with Jason Hamilton and Gatlin Burt as strong as any combination in the league. Back leading on the blueline are Keaton Willis and Nick Seller. Up front, Garrett Meurs leads the way along with Brett Catto, Cody Britton, Gerrit Satosek, Adam Alexander, Dylan Sayle and Jared Colling ,to name a few of the solid forward group that should have a lot of offence.
They play at home this Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Creemore.
The Kincardine Bulldogs opened with two wins this past weekend. On Friday night at home, they defeated an experienced Mitchell team, 4-3. Captain Bryce McFadden led the way with two goals. Jordan Beisel and Parker Miller, with the winner later in the third period, added the other two goals. Joshua Jacklin got the win in net. His father, Ken, is an assistant coach with the Mitchell team.
On Sunday afternoon in Goderich, Ryan Tanner stopped 18 of 19 shots in net to help the Bulldogs with a 6-1 win. Gavin Gibbons scored two goals for the Bulldogs. Joseph Pringle, Brennan Long, Bryce McFadden and Gavin Downs all added single goals.
The Bulldogs travel to Mount Forest on Friday night and host Walkerton on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.