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November 27, 2016
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Led by a Nic Mucci hat trick and four assists from Mitch Mendonca, the Wellington Dukes rebounded after a tough loss in a rivalry game against Trenton at home Friday night to beat the Lindsay Muskies 7-2 Sunday afternoon.


A three goal first period got things off and running for the visiting Dukes, as they capitalized on special teams. Brent House (11th), Brayden Stortz (19th), both scored on the powerplay and Nic Mucci notched his 15th of the year shorthanded.


The visitors picked right up where they left off in the second, when Kyle Prendel found the back of the net behind Lindsay goaltender Sean Green for his second of the campaign to expand the lead to 4-0. The Muskies would not go down easy however and they would crawl back to cut their defecit in half by the end of the period. Ryan Smith and Cole Robbins would both beat Connor Ryckman and make it a close game.


It would be as close as Lindsay would get however, as the Dukes were the beneficiary of another three goal period. Mucci's 16th goal of the season (on the powerplay) and 17th (even strength) boosted the lead to four and completed his hat trick cycle. Austin Labelle would then put the finishing touches on an impressive win for Wellington. Other strong games on the Dukes end came from Justin Bean (3 assists), Stortz (1 goal, 1 assist), Mack Warren (2 assists) and Ryckman in net.



With the victory, Wellington finishes off what has been a tough month of November on a winning note. They jump back into fourth spot in the East Division and improves to 15-10-1-2 in the process. They are also now a game over .500 on the road, with a 6-5-1-2 record. The Dukes are off until Friday when they face the Pickering Panthers on Essroc Arena ice in their first December game.


Story by Brock Ormond

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