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September 18, 2016
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The Wellington Dukes’ top line picked up right where they left off Friday night, marking off 10 more combined points in a 5-2 triumph over the Milton Icehawks Sunday afternoon.


Brent House continued wielding his blazing stick with his fourth and fifth goals in his last two games, and was helped out by a four point game from Brayden Stortz and three assists from Nic Mucci.


The Dukes came out firing on all cylinders, getting a goal just 28 seconds in on a blast from the far point from Keegan Ferguson, his first OJHL goal. Evan Foley and Colin Doyle drew assists on the marker. However, the pesky Icehawks weren’t about to fold that early and they eventually made the Dukes pay on a costly turnover. Dukes Captain Justin Bean coughed up the puck inside his own zone on a powerplay to Icehawks rookie Justin Paul, who surprised Wellington netminder Connor Ryckman with a high shot over his left shoulder. That tied things at one and it would remain that way through the first 20 minutes. Shots favoured the Dukes 14-5.


Wellington would break through in the second thanks to goals 23 seconds apart from House and Stortz. Mucci pitched in with his first two of his three helpers on the game on both goals, which came on goalmouth scrambles. The rest of the period was a showcase for Milton goaltender Will Rawski, who made some point-blank saves off the Dukes big guns to keep the score manageable through two periods. Dukes again won the shot count 17-12. 


Rawski continued to stymie the Dukes in the third, stopping a total of 19 shots in the period and 45 for the game. However, Wellington’s high-powered offence proved to be too much in this game. House and Stortz scored in rapid-fire again, this time 47 seconds apart to virtually put the game out of Milton’s reach. A late Brad Yowart goal got the Icehawks within three, but that’s as close as it would get. 


The Dukes outshot the Icehawks by a wide-margin, 50-28 and largely outplayed the visitors as well, despite their gritty play. The Dukes move to 4 and 0 with the victory and will look to make it five in a row when they travel to Newmarket to battle the Hurricanes Thursday night. They will then head back home Friday and face the Burlington Cougars for the one and only time this season. Game time is 7:30 from Essroc Arena.


Story by Brock Ormond

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