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January 20, 2017
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Three second period goals for the Trenton Golden Hawks broke them away from the host Wellington Dukes on Friday night at Essroc Arena in a 6-3 decision.


The third round of the Battle of Quinte was a war on ice from the get go, with several bone-jarring hits being thrown from both teams. The biggest in the first was a Dawson Baker open ice check on Mitchell Martan, which sent the Boston College commitment flying hard to the ice. Four goals were also involved in the eventful first period. Trenton took advantage of an early Wellington penalty when Michael Silveri deflected a Brandon Marinelli point shot through Connor Ryckman's legs for his 21st goal of the season. Andrew Cordssen-David added the other helper. Then, the G-Hawks added on following some solid forechecking work from Chris Sekelyk, which led to an Austin Tonkovich marker. Rex Moe added the other assist at 9:50. Wellington got those two goals back just 1:13 apart as they turned the momentum around on the visitors. Brayden Stortz (his 28th on a powerplay) and Colin Doyle (his 10th on a deflection) made the game a brand new one heading into the second period. That however, was about to change.


Trenton continued their strong second period play this season by scoring their aforementioned three goals, all late in the period. Jeremy Pullara notched his 19th of the year on a play where Kyle Prendel and Lucas Brown were tangled up and wrestling at the G-Hawks bench. Shortly after, Cordssen-David took advantage of a Mack Warren infraction and put a shot off a Wellington player in front to the twine to expand the lead. Finally, Brown buried a strange goal on a spinaround shot through the wickets of a stunned Ryckman with just 10 seconds remaining in the frame to push the Dukes further away. Trenton backed up their strong performance on the scoreboard with a hefty shot advantage, outshooting Wellington 16-4.


Trenton's prized acquisition from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League came through in the third to boost the lead even more. Union College commitment Liam Morgan connected for a beautiful pass to Anthony Sorrentino for his first marker as a G-Hawk. Brody Morris rounded out the scoring with his seventh of the year, but in the end, it was too little, too late for the County guys on this night. Final shots were in favour of Trenton 38-30.


Wellington falls to 21-16-1-3 with the loss, while Trenton improves to 35-6-1-0 with the win. The Dukes will look to put another tough divisional loss in the drawer and work at bouncing back versus the Lindsay Muskies on Sunday afternoon. Game time is 2 p.m.


Story by Brock Ormond

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