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November 25, 2016
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The second period was the Wellington Dukes kryptonite again on Friday night in a 4-1 loss to their Quinte rivals, the Trenton Golden Hawks.


After allowing four goals in the second on Sunday in a 6-3 loss to Whitby, the Dukes were bested for three quick ones against the G-Hawks en route to their fourth consecutive defeat on home ice.


Following a scoreless first in which both goaltenders, Connor Ryckman for Wellington and Joseph Murdaca for Trenton, were brilliant, Trenton did eventually break their high-powered offence through. Scorers of 142 goals through the first half of the season, the G-Hawks found the back of the net those three aforementioned times, including the last two coming within 36 seconds of each other. Ben Scheel redirected home his ninth of the year on a Louis DiMatteo point shot through Ryckman's legs at 4:44. Rex Moe would draw the secondary assist. The defending Buckland Cup and Dudley Hewitt Cup champion Golden Hawks got another goal on a deflection on Lucas Brown's 14th of the year. Once again, Trenton used their points for a shot, this one coming off a Chays Ruddy slapshot that was waist-high. Shortly thereafter, they got another fortunate break when the puck riccocheted hard off the end boards and slipped past Ryckman. Boston College commitment Mitchell Martan would get the Dukes on the board less than a minute later by driving the net hard and burying a Colin Doyle feed through Murdaca for his first as a Duke. Trenton still held a multi-goal lead heading into the third, with a 22-6 shot advantage in the period.


Brown's 15th of the season at 10:20 of the third from Austin Bottrell and Liam Morgan was the icing on the cake for Trenton. Brown finished off a pretty pass from Bottrell after Morgan missed on his previous opportunity. Final shots favoured the Golden Hawks 46-30.


With the win, Trenton improves to 22-4-1-0 on the year, boosting their East Division lead in the process. Wellington meanwhile, falls to 14-10-1-2 and remain in fourth place in the division. Both teams are in action Sunday afternoon, with Wellington in Lindsay to face the Muskies for the first time this season and Trenton travelling to Markham to quarrel with the Royals.


Story by Brock Ormond

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