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DUKES CRUISE OVER PANTHERS
December 2, 2016
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Make it two convincing five-goal wins in a row over a North division opponent for the Wellington Dukes.

 

The County kids rolled over the Pickering Panthers this time by a score of 6-1. Wellington was led by the scoring exploits of Nic Mucci and Justin Bean, who each notched three points in the win.

 

The Dukes dominated right from the opening puck drop, outshooting Pickering 16-5 in a scoreless first frame, but were not able to find a hole in the armour of former Stouffville Spirit netminder Connor McCollum.

 

They continued to cruise in the second and were finally able to solve the Panthers goaltender with the help of three consecutive powerplay goals from Mucci, Brent House and Bean. Those tallies gave them six powerplay markers in their last two contests. Former Whitby Fury forward Steven Elliott found twine unassisted to break through Connor Ryckman, but it was to be the only luck the Panthers would find on this night.

 

Special teams came through in a big way again in the third for the host team. Mucci, who is heading off to Team Canada East camp for the World Junior A Challenge this weekend, continued to make a great case for himself with his second goal of the game over four minutes into the third, shorthanded. Campbellford product Colin Doyle bulged mesh shorthanded as well later on for his fourth of the year and then the young line of Jackson Arcan, Brett Schaefer and Evan Foley all connected for Arcan's fifth of the campaign to round out the scoring. Final shots favoured Wellington by a healthy 42-20 margin.

 

The Dukes leapfrog Kingston again back into fourth place in the East division with the win. They will now carry a 16-10-1-2 record through a restful week before they play Newmarket at home again next Friday.

 

Story by Brock Ormond

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