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January 13, 2017
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The Wellington Dukes needed a three goal third period to break open a tight game through 40 minutes in Lindsay Friday night, downing the host Muskies 5-2.


The start they got off to was not what they were looking for however, as Lindsay rookie Ryan Smith buried a Darius Kondrotas feed past Victor-Olivier Courchesne in the Dukes cage to smash the ice. The late marker was the Whitby native's eighth of the year and also the only goal of the period. Shots favoured the hosts 17-10.


Lindsay's momentum was stunted early on in the second period when Cameron Robinson took an interference penalty. Just as the Dukes powerplay was about to expire, Brayden Stortz stole the puck and whipped it in past Muskies goaltender Sean Green to tie the game. The pride of Welland's 26th of the season was recorded as unassisted. Then at the 12:09 mark, Mitch Mendonca found twine for his 12th of the season from Nic Mucci and Hunter Gunski to give Wellington the one goal lead. Penalty trouble would haunt the team a little later on though, as Courchesne and captain Justin Bean both committed infractions, leading to a 5-on-3 penalty kill for the Dukes and a powerplay for the Muskies. Robinson would atone for his earlier penalty by scoring with the two-man advantage to tie the game. Assists went to Cole Robbins and Owen Barnett. The tie game carried into the third, with Wellington having outshot Lindsay 13-12.


The Dukes would run away with it in the third on the strength of goals from Brent House (his 14th of the season from Mitch Martan and Brett Schaefer), Colin Doyle (his ninth from Brody Morris and Stortz) and Martan (his second as a Duke from Gunski). They also outshot Lindsay 16-9 in the frame and came away with a 39-38 edge in total shots on goal.


Wellington's victory puts them one point behind idle Kingston for fourth in the division at 21-14-1-3 and 46 points. It also snaps a three game losing streak. The Dukes are next in action on Monday night in a huge divisional rivalry game versus the Cobourg Cougars. Game time is 7 p.m. from the home of the RBC Cup National Championship, the Cobourg Community Centre.


Story by Brock Ormond

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