Elora Rocks dumped by league-leading Ripley
ELORA – The Elora Rocks surrendered six goals in the first period as they were dropped 10-3 by the undefeated Ripley Wolves Friday night in WOAA senior men’s hockey league play at the Elora and District Community Centre.
The teams scored once apiece in the second, Ripley scoring early in the period and Lyam Cripps ending the shutout bid by Ripley’s Jason Hamilton with an unassisted goal with 39 seconds to go in the second and the Rocks playing shorthanded.
Kris Dobinson and Brendan Farrugia added goals in the third for Elora while Kevin Tuckey, Ed Gaffney, Alex Gamble and Mark Rozak each had an assist.
Garrett Meurs had four goals for Ripley while Pat Looby netted two goals and single goals were added by Dan Nicoloff, Ben Hughes, Cody Britton and Brett Catto. Jordan Turcotte had nine assists while Catto had two and Keaton Willis, Mike Osadca, Hughes, Dylan Sayle, Tyler McCarthy, Nick Seiler and Looby had one apiece.
The Rocks outshot Ripley 36-28 thanks to a 15-4 advantage in the second period.
Hamilton picked up the win in net for Ripley as he turned aside 33 shots.
Austin Hoegy started in net, but was replaced by Craig Byford at 13:09 of the first period after Ripley’s fifth goal. Hoegy, who was charged with the loss, had two saves and Byford had 16.
Unfortunately, there were a few ejections in the second and third periods – especially the third – as the game turned chippy at times. Elora’s Sam Bilton (checking from behind major), Tuckey (fighting) and coach Ben Piluk (disputing call) and Ripley’s Hughes (fighting) and Shawn Stewart (slashing major) received game misconducts.
It was the second meeting in two weeks between the Rocks and Wolves. Ripley had scored twice in the final 17:06 of the game to edge Elora 4-3 at Ripley Nov. 9.
The Wolves lead the league at 8-0-1-0 while the Rocks (4-5-0-0), Tillsonburg Thunder (4-3-0-0) and Petrolia Squires (4-7-0-0) are tied for seventh.
The Rocks are to play the 10th-place Durham Thundercats (3-3-0-1) at the Durham Community Centre Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Wolves 10 Rocks 3
- Guelph Sports Journal