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DUKES SWEEP SHOWCASE, BEAT AURORA & KINGSTON
January 26, 2017
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It was a successful two games at the 2017 OJHL Winter Showcase in Trenton for the Wellington Dukes. Tuesday night, they defeated the Aurora Tigers by a final score of 4-1, before coming back and upending their East Division rivals, the Kingston Voyageurs by an identical 4-1 score. Here are the breakdowns of the two wins:

 

DUKES 4 TIGERS 1

 

Justin Bean, Brayden Stortz, Mitchell Martan and Nic Mucci all scored and Victor-Olivier Courchesne stopped 24 of 25 shots in net as the Dukes defeated the last place Aurora Tigers 4-1 in a dominant effort.

 

Bean's powerplay goal from Austin Labelle and Mitch Mendonca late in the first got the ball rolling on the offence before goals 21 seconds apart in the second courtesy of Stortz (the eventual game-winning goal from Mucci and Brody Morris) and Mitchell Martan (from Carter Allen and Evan Foley) pushed the lead to three.

 

Daniel Tomassetti got Aurora on the board eight minutes and change into the third from Eric Holland and Ryan Mahabir before Mucci put the finishing touches on the victory with an empty net goal, assisted by Stortz.

 

Final shots favoured Wellington 41-25.

DUKES 4 VOYAGEURS 1

 

The Dukes returned to action Wednesday afternoon to face the Kingston Voyageurs in an East Division battle and got the same result; a 4-1 victory to move closer in the standings to their rivals.

 

After a scoreless first period, Josh Leblanc got Kingston on the board just 11 seconds into the second period from Cole Beckstead and Austin Grzenia. Shortly after though, Dawson Ellis poked home his first OJHL goal from Bean and Morris, before Mendonca gave the Dukes the lead with the eventual game-winning goal from Labelle and Allen.

 

Keegan Ferguson converted a nice feed from Doyle for his second of the season to add some insurance in the third period with Stortz picking up the secondary assist. Mucci then added a late empty netter for a second straight contest from Stortz and Doyle to seal away the club's third consecutive victory. Connor Ryckman added another great goaltending performance, making 40 saves in the win.

 

Shots favoured the Dukes 42-41 in the contest.

 

With the win, the Dukes lock up their 28th consecutive playoff position, the longest stretch of any team in the OJHL. They will be back home in the county to face Stouffville Friday night at 7:30 at the Duke Dome.

 

Story by Brock Ormond

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