|VEES COME BACK LATE TO STUMP DUKES|
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A valiant late-game comeback effort by the Kingston Voyageurs nabbed the Dukes in an all-important divisional matchup Thursday night in the Limestone City, with the hosts winning by a 4-2 score.
Netminders Connor Ryckman and Ryan Glander shut the doors down in the first period, but the Dukes got on the board in the second with two goals from Nic Mucci. The Mississauga native's 11th (at 5:14 from Mitch Mendonca and Tyler Harrison) and 12th (coming at 10:39 from Mendonca and Carter Allen) got the visiting Dukes out in front heading into the final frame. The Dukes also carried a large 34-14 shot advantage heading into the third, with only the play of Glander in the Kingston cage keeping the score relatively tight.
Cue the Vees comeback, as Glander stoned the Dukes once again at various points in the third and Cole Beckstead, Connor Cobbold, Rob Clerc and Josh Leblanc all victimized the Dukes with goals to complete the come-from-behind victory. Things did get a little rough-and-tumble near the end, with Brody Morris of Wellington and Reed Kekewich of Kingston nearly coming to blows.
Cooler heads would prevail though, as the Vees improved to 10-5-2-4 on the season, while Wellington dropped to 13-6-1-2. Kingston was missing top scorer Danny Bosio in the game and Brayden Stortz, the Dukes and OJHL's leading scorer was held off the scoresheet for just the second time this season. Final shots favoured Wellington 43-28
The Dukes turn right around and head back home for their Rememberance Day game Friday night against the Buffalo Jr. Sabres for a 7:30 puck drop.
Story by Brock Ormond