|FURY NIP DUKES TO HOLD DIVISION LEAD|
|October 18, 2016 « Back « Previous Next »|
A Brock Welsh tally 7:46 into the third period was the glue that held a 4-3 Whitby Fury win together over the Wellington Dukes Tuesday night in Whitby.
The surging Fury came into the game leading the ultra-competitive East Division and showed why they are not a team to underestimate in a tight, scoreless first period with some good physical play, solid defence and great goaltending from Austin Cain.
The Fury opened the scoring just 2:40 into period two on a Jeffrey Gauld goal. The hometown Whitby forward's second of the season was assisted by Shane Bull and former Quinte Red Devil AAA standout Shelby Rienstra. Nic Mucci kept up his solid pace by one-timing a Tyler Harrison feed from bended knee short-side past Cain to tie things up at 8:49, with Brayden Stortz drawing the second helper. The Dukes took a brief lead at the tail end of a penalty to Bull on a powerplay goal from Mitchell Mendonca, his third of the year. Harrison notched his second assist of the period and Mack Warren also helped out. Just 52 seconds later, the Fury knotted the score again with veteran forward Ryan Taylor shoving home a loose puck past Connor Ryckman in the Dukes crease.
Taylor struck again just 49 seconds into period three to give Whitby their lead back again on a powerplay that carried over from the second frame. Fellow veterans Justin Brand and Princeton commit Luke Keenan assisted on the marker. Mucci's 10th of the season and second of the game from Brody Morris a few minutes later equalled the count again, which set the stage for Welsh's winner exactly three minutes after. Former Duke Nik Coric and Scott Kirton assisted on the former Oshawa General's fourth of the season. Cain's steady goaltending from that point on was good enough to hold down the win and prevent a Wellington comeback.
Whitby's win means they remain perfect on Iroquois Park Sports Centre ice with a sparkling 10-0-0-0 record. They also now sit at an East Division-best 13-2-0-1 with 27 points. The Dukes fall to 10-4-1-0 with the loss.
The Dukes have dropped two games in a row for the first time this season and will have a few days off before hitting home ice to face the Orangeville Flyers for the second and final time this year.
Story by Brock Ormond