Winterhawks clinch 1st place with win over Ripley Wolves
by Jordan MacKinnon
(photos by Tiffany Wilson)

January 20, 2017


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Winterhawks assistant captain Curtis Johnston chips the puck past Ripley defence getting the puck deep into the Wolves zone

Wolves defense check Winterhawks centerman Jeff MacDermid off the puck so he couldn’t get a shot on net

The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks secured first place overall in the WOAA with a 6-2 win over the Ripley Wolves in Port Elgin on Friday night.

Winterhawks centerman Jay Thompson wins the face-off

Jeff MacDermid opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal five minutes into the first period.

Winterhawks forward Jeff MacDermid confused why there was no call by the referee after he and Wolves player Jarred Colling collided

The Winterhawks extended their lead to 2-0 when Brendon Haefling pounced on a loose puck and shoveled it past Ripley goaltender Kurt Edwards.

With  15 seconds to go in the first, Edwards came way out of his net to play the puck and tried to clear it but Mike Johnstone picked it out of the air and then deposited it into a wide open net for a 3-0 lead.

Theo Peckham made it 4-0 when he bulldozed his way to the Ripley net and shoveled it past Edwards midway through the second.

Devin Kemp responded for the Wolves in the third as Winterhawks goaltender Jeff Flagler was caught straying from his net.

Alex Kuntz responded for the Winterhawks two minutes later to make it 5-1.

Bryan Kazarian's assist on the goal made it 14 straight games with a point for the veteran centreman.

Winterhawks assistant captain Bryan Kazarian hustles down the ice into Ripley’s zone passing the puck to his teammate who then shot the puck missing the net

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Drew Davidson beat Flagler with a low shot to the blocker side late in the third but Blake Underwood responded with five minutes remaining to round out the scoring.

The Winterhawks (17-1-1) will now wait for the dust to settle in the standings and will face the 8th-place team in the 1st round of the playoffs, which is tentatively scheduled to begin on Feb. 3rd.

In the meantime, the Winterhawks have one game regular season remaining next Friday night in Port Elgin versus the Durham Thundercats at 8:30 p.m.

Winterhawks defense Nick Quaid keeps Wolves forward Cody Britton to the outside so he couldn't get a shot on the net 


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