The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks didn't have the start to the Senior Hockey season they had hoped for.
The Ripley Wolves came to town on Saturday, October 6th and beat the Hawks handily, 7-3 in the first game of the 2018-19 campaign.
Hawks coach Matt Turcotte said the first period was evenly matched but the Wolves came alive in the 2nd and didn't look back.
Turcotte gave credit to Ripley as being a good, strong team and the Winterhawks are going to have to adjust to that kind of play in the league.
He says he'd like to see his squad "own the puck" a little better but he felt the effort was there however they just weren't ready for a team as good as Ripley at this point.
Ripley started early with a goal at the 1:18 mark of the 1st period and then was quiet until 5:04 of the second when they scored a power play goal.
After that four unanswered full strength goals and one more power play marker and it was over for the Hawks.
Winterhawk Connor Patton picked up a pair of the goals in a losing cause while Jay Thomson got a single.
The Hawks are off now until next Friday, October 12th when they play the Crushers in Shallow Lake at 8:30pm.
The next home game for the Hawks is Friday, October 19th when Huron East Centenaires of Seaforth come visiting.
Gametime at the Plex, 8:30pm.