Minto 81’s to meet Ripley in AA semifinals

PALMERSTON – The Minto 81’s are to face the Ripley Wolves in the Western Ontario Athletic Association senior men’s AA hockey semifinals.

Ripley advanced to the semifinals with an 8-3 thrashing of the Durham Thundercats in the seventh and deciding game of that quarter-final series. Ripley had to win the final two games of the series to move on.

Minto got by the Shelburne Muskies 4-2 in their quarter-final.

The best-of-seven semifinal between the 81’s and Ripley is to start Saturday at the Palmerston arena. Game time is 8 p.m.

Game 2 is also to be played at Palmerston. It’s slated for Sunday starting at 8 p.m.

Game 3 is to go at Ripley March 7 at 7 p.m.

Game 4 is set for March 10 at Palmerston starting at 8:30 p.m.

Game 5 is scheduled for March 13 at Ripley at 8:30 p.m.

Game 6 is slated for March 15 at Palmerston starting at 7 p.m.

Game 7 is set for March 17 at Ripley with an 8:30 p.m. game time.

Games 5, 6 and 7 will be played only if they’re needed.

Ripley had finished atop the 14-team league’s standings with a 19-3-0-0 record in the regular season. The 81’s were seventh at 13-8-0-1.

The 81’s and Wolves met twice during the regular season and Ripley won both times. The Wolves won 5-4 at Palmerston Nov. 10 and 5-3 at Ripley Dec. 14.


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