Historic Win in Ripley, News (Saugeen Shores Winterhawks)

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Dec 17, 2022 | Winterhawks News | 293 views
Historic Win in Ripley
Jeff Flagler stands alone in the Winterhawks record books after a win in Ripley on Saturday night.

Flagler recorded his 39th career win as the Winterhawks took a huge 5-1 victory over the talented Ripley Wolves, in the process making Flagler the new Winterhawks all-time wins leader.

The Winterhawks struck right off the bat in Ripley, with Mike Fiegehen making it 1-0 for the visitors at 2:14 of the first period, with assists to Justin Donnelly and Chad Jones.

Ripley had a pair of power plays in the first, before the Winterhawks had their own set of power plays, but neither team could find the twine, and it remained a 1-0 Winterhawks lead after one.

Ripley again had a pair of power plays in the second period, but Flagler and the Winterhawks penalty killers held them at bay, as the 1-0 lead held on as they headed to the third period.

The Wolves evened things up as ex-Hawk Adam Alexander knotted the score at 1-1 just 38 seconds into the final frame, but the Winterhawks immediately answered back.

Miles MacLean put the 'Hawks back on top just over two minutes later on a goal assisted by Lauchlin Elder, who put the Winterhawks up by two less than a minute later on an unassisted goal to make it a 3-1 Winterhawks lead.

Andy Fracz recorded his first goal of the season on the power play at 11:19, with Nick Quaid and Fiegehen assisting to make it 4-1 Winterhawks.

Luke Pither put an exclamation mark on a big win with a shorthanded goal from Elder at 17:11 to make it a 5-1 victory for the Winterhawks.

Flagler made 31 saves for the win, passing Nick Goetz for top spot on the Winterhawks all-time wins list.

The Winterhawks will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon when they head back to Huron-Kinloss to face the Lucknow Lancers at 2:00 p.m. in Lucknow.

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