|RYCKMAN STELLAR AGAIN AS DUKES BEAT CANES|
|October 14, 2016 « Back « Previous Next »|
After a week off with lots of rest, relaxtion and practice time, the Wellington Dukes put forth a rebound performance against the Newmarket Hurricanes Friday night in a 3-1 victory.
Like he has been all season long up to this point, Connor Ryckman was brilliant between the pipes in a 25 save effort against his former team.
The chippy affair was controlled by Wellington in the first stanza, with the home side outshooting Newmarket 16-1 and getting a powerplay goal from Mitchell Mendonca in the process. The former Thorold Blackhawk, Belleville Bull and Hamilton Bulldog's second of the year for Wellington came at 11:37 and was the only tally of period number one. Austin Labelle did have a glorious opportunity to expand the lead in the dying seconds, but rang the puck off the post to keep the score at 1-0.
In the second, Nic Mucci would eventually increase the advantage to two on another powerplay, spinning around and beating a stunned Bradley Van Schubert for his eighth of the season. Both teams pressed at various points in the frame, but both the former Guelph Storm/Owen Sound Attack netminder and Ryckman were stellar in keeping in the game tight.
Wellington did fall into some penalty trouble early in the third. About five minutes into the period, Ryckman came up with four huge saves from extremely close range off Ottawa 67's draft pick Quinn Yule, which brought the Duke Dome into a frenzy. Uxbridge native Todd Winder would eventually break the Ryckman shutout bid a few minutes later by stuffing one in after sneaking in behind the Dukes defence. Some tight play ensued with Wellington clinging to their one goal margin. Immediately following a key penalty kill with over five minutes remaining in regulation, the Dukes got some much needed insurance. After assisting on the first two Wellington markers, Brayden Stortz got one of his own on a wraparound that Van Schubert couldn't get accross on in time. Stortz's 11th of the year finished off the scoring in another banner effort.
Stortz and Mucci's three point performances, combined with Ryckman's solid goaltending vaults the Dukes back into the win column. The County kids are now 10-2-1 on the year, while the Hurricanes drop to 2-11-0-1 with their 11th straight loss.
The Dukes will head to Pickering Sunday to take on another struggling North Division team in the Panthers for a 6:30 puck drop and will return home for a 7:30 start next Friday, the 21st against the Orangeville Flyers.
Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: Nic Mucci scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory Friday, October 14, 2016 versus the Newmarket Hurricanes at Essroc Arena.
Photo by Ed McPherson, OJHL Images