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DUKES REBOUND ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
February 5, 2017
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Five unanswered first period goals was all the Wellington Dukes would need offensively in a 5-1 win on Super Bowl Sunday in Aurora over the Tigers.

 

Aurora was the group that started off on the right foot however, as Carmine Alberga cleaned up the rebound off a Daniel Tomassetti point shot, beating Connor Ryckman for his fifth of the season. Rizvan Mansurov added the other helper on what was to be Aurora's only goal of the contest. From there, the Dukes turned their motor up a couple of notches and took it to the last place Tigers.

 

Less than a minute after Alberga's goal, Rory Milne deposited his seventh of the season past Brayden Lachance's left pad to knot the score. Assists went to Austin Labelle and Mitch Mendonca. Kyle Prendel then fired home the eventual game-winning goal on a nice passing play through the neutral zone with Jackson Arcan and Carter Allen (playing in his 100th regular season game as a Duke), streaking down the right wing and winging a shot past Lachance's blocker hand for his 5th of the year. Under a minute after, Mendonca made a slick move out of the left-wing corner to elude the Aurora defenders and roof a shot over Lachance's right shoulder to boost the Dukes lead. Austin Labelle and Hunter Gunski added assists on Mendonca's 16th marker of the season. Gunski then made it 4-1 on a long shot through a heavy screen for just his second goal of the campaign from Jackson Arcan and Colin Doyle, before Justin Bean's 14th on the powerplay from Allen and Nic Mucci rounded out a busy period. Shots favoured Wellington 21-13.

 

From then on, Lachance was solid in his cage, as was Ryckman in his. Both goaltenders completely shut down any offence for the remainder of the game. Final shots favoured the Dukes in a large margin, 46-33. With the win, the Dukes end up with a perfect 5-0 record versus the Tigers this season.

 

The Dukes are now at a 27-18-1-3 clip with 58 points, moving one point of the elusive Kingston Voyageurs for fifth in the Northeast Conference. Wellington ends up with a winning record on their weekend road trip and will get set for round 4 of the Battle of Quinte in Trenton against the Golden Hawks this Friday night.

 

Story by Brock Ormond

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