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September 17, 2017
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It's been a busy start to the young 2017-18 OJHL season for the Wellington Dukes.


For the third time in four games, they went to double overtime against an opponent and, after dropping their first two contests in Burlington and at home to Kingston, were able to earn a 4-3 victory on the road against the Markham Royals.


Jackson Arcan and Mitch Martan paced the attack with three points each, both ending up with a goal and an assist. Arcan opened the scoring seven-and-a-half minutes in from Martan and defenceman Jesse Kestenbaum. After a late Brett Ouderkirk goal, Martan put the Dukes back in the lead with his second goal of the season from Arcan and Colin Doyle.


Tons of rubber was thrown at both goaltenders in this game and Pierce Nelson had to face 20 Markham shots in the second period alone. OJHL veteran Jack Jeffers and former Dryden Icedog Braedyn Aubin both found the net to give the Royals a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.


Under seven minutes into the third, the Dukes got a key tally from Andrew Rinaldi, getting some great help from Kestenbaum and Teddy McGeen. Both Nelson and Royals netminder Ryan Coughlin stood tall with some big saves through the rest of the period to force overtime yet again for Wellington.


The Dukes dominated the shot count in the first O.T. period at a 9-1 mark, but couldn't put a dent in Coughlin's armour. In the second overtime frame, the strong play continued from the Wellington offensive unit and eventually, with just 15 seconds remaining in the game, rookie Eric Uba converted a play set up by Martan and Arcan to notch his second goal of the year and his first OJHL game-winning goal.


The Dukes pulled out the hard-fought victory on the strength of a 61-49 shot total, the third time in four games they've put over 50 pucks on the opposition goal. Pierce Nelson's 46 saves was certainly nothing to scoff at either though, and it earned him his second win in as many starts.


Wellington's next action comes at the Governor's Showcase in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday night at 8 p.m. versus the North York Rangers. They'll then go head-to-head with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in their second game Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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