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DUKES DROP BACK-TO-BACK TO WHITBY, SERIES NOW EVEN
March 9, 2017
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The Wellington Dukes squandered an early two-game series lead to the Whitby Fury in their Northeast Conference Quarter-Final series, losing Game 3 in Whitby 4-1 and falling at home 5-2 in Game 4.

 

GAME 3 – FURY 4 DUKES 1


Despite a Brayden Stortz first period goal, the Dukes had little answer for a resurgent Fury powerplay in the 4-1 Tuesday night loss at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

 

31-goal man Ryan Taylor notched the first and last of three markers with the man advantage and former Owen Sound Attack forward Ryan Heeps added the middle goal, also standing up as the game-winner. Scott Kirton also scratched the scoresheet and Nik Coric assisted on three of those markers. Taylor, Heeps and Coric's strong nights were buoyed by a solid 32-save effort from Austin Cain in net. Connor Ryckman stopped 40 Whitby shots in a valiant losing cause.

 

GAME 4 – FURY 5 DUKES 2


For the second game in a row, the Dukes had a dynamite first period, only to see their hard work slip away in the ensuing periods.

 

Whitby overcame a two-goal deficit to claim a 5-2 win and knot the series at two wins apiece. Mitch Martan (on a powerplay) and Evan Foley scored just over a minute apart to get the Dukes off to their strong start.

 

However, the Fury didn't lose focus and Heeps answered back with another powerplay marker to cut Wellington's lead to one. Four more goals in a row came off the sticks of Jeffrey Gauld (2), Scott Kirton and Shane Bull and the Fury were officially back in the series.

 

Once again, Whitby threw over 40 shots at Connor Ryckman and the Dukes netminder did as good of a job as he could to keep his team in it once the Fury began to threaten. Austin Cain, meanwhile, was steady again in Whitby's cage, yielding 33 of 35 Wellington shots.

 

Story by Brock Ormond

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