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February 12, 2017
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It was a breeze of an afternoon for the Wellington Dukes on a snowy Sunday at Essroc Arena, as they pummelled the Lindsay Muskies 9-1.


The game started an hour late and it seemed to affect the visitors, who are now out of playoff contention. The Dukes weren't harmed though, as they reeled off four consecutive first period goals to jump ahead early. Colin Doyle continued his breakout season with 11th and 12th goals of the season, with Mitch Mendonca adding his 17th and Rory Milne kickstarting a big day with his ninth.


After a Russell Nowry marker five minutes into the second, the home side would pocket three more goals courtesy of captain Justin Bean (his 15th), Mendonca (his 18th of the season and second of the game) and Evan Foley (his 4th).


Two more goals finished things off in the third, with Brendan Rylott notching his first OJHL goal and Jackson Arcan rifiling home his ninth on a powerplay. Final shots favoured the Dukes 48-24.


10 different Dukes had multi point games. Milne had a team-leading five, and Doyle, Mendonca, Bean, Arcan, Carter Allen, Brayden Stortz, Mitch Martan, Brody Morris and Austin Labelle all earned two each. Only three Wellington players ended the game without a point. Connor Ryckman was steady once again in net, blocking 17 of 18 shots before giving way to rookie Pierce Nelson for the last 10:44 of the third period. Nelson is up from the Quinte Red Devils Midget AAA team as a backup with Victor-Olivier Courchesne suspended. He was perfect in his OJHL debut, stopping all six shots that came his way.


The Dukes move to 29-18-1-3 and 62 points on the year. They are now ahead of the Kingston Voyageurs for 5th in the Northeast Conference heading into a Friday home matchup versus the Pickering Panthers.


Story by Brock Ormond

Photo: Cobourg native Brendan Rylott scored his first OJHL goal in Sunday's 9-1 blowout win over the Lindsay Muskies. The 17-year old had 10 goals last season for the Jr. C Campbellford Rebels.

Photo by Ed McPherson, OJHL Images

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