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November 4, 2016
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Jackson Arcan's fourth goal of the season late in the second period turned out to be the difference in the Wellington Dukes' 3-1 victory over the Aurora Tigers Friday night.


Mitchell Mendonca continued his hot start to his Dukes career and got the Duke Dome faithful roaring early with his seventh of the season on a powerplay. Nic Mucci and Justin Bean drew assists on the goal, coming just 1:47 into the game. That was the way the period ended, with even play throughout and a 10-10 shot total.


Aurora rebounded early in the second, backed by a strong goaltending performance from Brayden Lachance, who had previously made 44 saves back on September 9 at Essroc Arena in the first game of the season between the two teams. Former Toronto Jr. Canadian Carmine Alberga found the back of the net past Connor Ryckman for his second of the year from Giacomo Messina and Jacob Kostopoulos. Ryckman buckled down after that, stoning the Tigers at every turn and eventually, the puck would bounce the hometown team's way. With a minute-and-a-half remaining in the frame, Arcan busted in and found a route to beat Lachance with a long shot for the go-ahead goal. Austin Labelle picked up the lone assist. Shots favoured Aurora 19-15 for the period, but Wellington held the lead heading into a crucial third period.


That third stanza was won by Wellington, on the shot count (15-13) and the scoring. Justin Bean's seventh of the year just 12 seconds into an Anthony Paveglio penalty gave the Dukes the insurance they needed to put the game out of reach for Aurora. Mucci and Brayden Stortz got the assists to boost their OJHL-leading point totals.


The Dukes improved to 13-5-1-1 with 28 points on the year, backed by yet another outstanding goaltending performance from Connor Ryckman. He stopped 41 shots to achieve his 13th win of the year. Aurora meanwhile, continues to toil in the OJHL's Northeast Conference basement, falling to 2-20-0-2, with 6 points.


Wellington turns right around and heads to the GTA to battle the Mississauga Chargers for the one and only time this season at Port Credit Arena Saturday night.


Story by Brock Ormond

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