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February 24, 2017
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Strong efforts in all areas of the ice Friday and Sunday nights against the Pickering Panthers gave the Wellington Dukes two huge wins and four important points going into their final regular season push.

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The Dukes scored three times in period one – and it was more than enough to upend the Panthers at Essroc Arena Friday night.


Brody Morris compiled all three of his points for the night in the first period, assisting on a Rory Milne goal just 1:17 into the contest, then scoring a pair of his own later on, split by a Daniel Tsiampas go for Pickering.


After a scoreless second frame, Nic Mucci backhanded in his 29th of the season over 7 minutes into the third, then Milne capped off the scoring with his second of the night to virtually seal away the victory. Kyle Thomas finished the scoring on a powerplay, but that was all the Panthers could muster.


Connor Ryckman got busier as the game went on, outduelling counterpart Connor McCollum to make 36 saves on 38 shots. Final shots favoured Wellington 46-38.


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Sunday night's game in Pickering was a one-sided affair right from the start, as the Dukes jumped ahead 2-0 on goals from Brayden Stortz and Justin Bean (on the powerplay) after one period.

 

Austin Labelle and Stortz boosted the advantage to 4-0 in the second before Colin Doyle and Mitch Mendonca widened the lead even further in the third frame, with goals just 45 seconds apart. Tsiampas found the back of the net to break Ryckman's shutout just over nine minutes in, but Labelle would complete the scoring with his second of the contest minutes later.

 

Ryckman turned in another solid performance with a 31-save effort. Wellington outshot Pickering again 43-32 and won the season series 3-1 in the process.

 

The Dukes finish out their 2016-17 road record with a 14-10-1-2 mark. They'll face their East rivals, the Whitby Fury for the final time this year Friday night, Feb. 24, in search of their first win against them. 

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