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September 15, 2017
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Despite a great effort to bounce back after a shaky start, the Wellington Dukes fell one goal short in a 5-4 double overtime loss to the Kingston Voyageurs in their home opener at Essroc Arena.


Kingston fired home four goals on just 10 shots past Dukes starting goaltender Creed Jones, including two goals in 23 seconds early on from Andrew Suriyuth and Danny Reidel and two later on from Rob Clerc and Dorian Overland. Jackson Arcan's powerplay goal split the two goal sections apart at 6:49 from Declan Carlile and Eric Uba.


With Pierce Nelson in net to replace Jones to start the second period, the Dukes saw a boost in their play. Uba, Jeffrey Burridge and Andrew Rinaldi all scored in succession to knot the score at four apiece with assists being provided by Keegan Ferguson (2), Jackson Arcan, Alec Tiley, Zach Uens and Nelson Powers.


A scoreless third period and first overtime was thanks to outstanding netminding from both Nelson and Kingston goalie Jeremy Wasson. Kingston would finally break through in double overtime however, as ex-Kingston Frontenac Austin Grzenia found twine to give Kingston their second win in as many games this season, both against East divison rivals.


The Dukes resilient effort was good enough to earn them a single point, but not the full two and the win. Final shots favoured Wellington in the loss 41-36.


The Dukes will get a day of rest and then look to bounce back in a Sunday matinee contest in Markham against the Royals.

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