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OVERTIME BURNS DUKES IN MISSISSAUGA
November 5, 2016
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The Wellington Dukes went late into the night Saturday against the Mississauga Chargers, but ultimately fell 3-2 in double overtime on a Christopher Karabassis game-winner.

 

The Chargers got on the board quick on the strength of a Kyle Lewis goal just under two minutes in on a long shot from the far wing. Karabassis and Cole Resnick drew assists on the hometown kid's seventh of the season. A few minutes later, Brayden Stortz added on to his OJHL scoring lead with his 17th goal and 44th point of the season. He did get a bit of a fortunate bounce as he tried to center a pass to Colin Doyle out front, deflecting it off Chargers' goaltender Julian Sime's blocker and in. Doyle and Dean Kiriacou drew the assists, Kiriacou's being his first point in a Dukes uniform. The tie game didn't last too long though, as Mississauga rookie forward Mitchell Hewitson took advantage of a Stortz high-sticking penalty with his fifth of the year. He deflected a shot from the point from veteran Shane Beaulieu and it handcuffed Dukes goalie Connor Ryckman. Former Mississauga Steelhead Brandon Yeamans added the secondary assist. The Chargers carried the lead into the period and outshot Wellington 16-15.

 

That 2-1 score looked like it would stand through the second period until the Dukes struck late on a powerplay. Justin Bean took a cross ice feed from Stortz and slipped it through Sime's legs for his eighth of the year and second in as many games. Austin Labelle's first career fight that happened a couple of minutes earlier with Michael Imperiale also highlighted the frame. Shots favoured the Dukes 14-9.

 

An extremely tight third period with just four shots for each team produced no goals and forced overtime, where both Ryckman and Sime were untested, with just one lonely Wellington shot. This meant double O.T. – and Karabassis' heroics. Max Routledge and Joseph Rupoli picked up helpers on Karabassis' ninth goal of the season. Final shots favoured Wellington 34-31.

 

The Dukes fall to 13-5-1-2 with the loss, while the Chargers improve to 6-14-0-1 with 13 points. After splitting two weekend games, the Dukes will look to earn some much needed points in a difficult East division with two more games next week. They will travel to the Limestone City to take on the Kingston Voyageurs Thursday night before returning home Friday to face the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. 

 

A friendly reminder that Sunday afternoon's scheduled game versus the Markham Royals in Wellington has been moved to Tues, December 20 at 7:30.

 

Story by Brock Ormond

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