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DUKES SQUEAK OUT A CLOSE WIN OVER PANTHERS
September 22, 2017
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Following a tough Governor's Showcase in Buffalo where they dropped a pair of one-goal games, the Wellington Dukes got back on the winning track with a 3-2 edge over the Pickering Panthers.

 

The County boys showed no lag in their steps in the early going, as rookie Eric Uba and veteran Teddy McGeen tallied just 35 seconds apart to get Wellington rolling with a 2-0 lead. Graeme McCrory assisted on the Uba goal and McGeen was helped out on his marker by Mitch Martan and Jackson Arcan. Josh Argier got one back for the Panthers against Dukes goaltender Jonah Capriotti, who was making his first start as a Duke. Steven Elliott picked up the lone assist at 7:54. Wellington held onto that 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, but were outshot 18-12 by Pickering.

 

The Dukes held the one-goal advantage through most of the second frame until the 14:15 mark when Andrew Rinaldi pocketed his fifth goal of the season past Pickering goaltender Adam Wisco unassisted. The tally gave Wellington a 3-1 lead and also stood up to be the game winner. The Dukes outshot the Panthers 11-7 in the period.

 

A Stefano Palatsidis goal from Jacob Roach and Davis Teigen-Katsumi at 9:27 of the third period cut the Wellington lead down to one, but that was as close as Pickering would get. The Dukes hung on for the win, thanks to the strength of 38 saves from Capriotti to earn himself his first win in his first start in a Wellington uniform. The strong performance also earned him first star honours.

 

Final shots favoured Pickering 40-35. Wellington improves to an East division-best 3-1-0-3 and 9 points on the year. Next action for the Dukes comes Sunday afternoon as they head to Whitby for a 2:10 p.m. start against the Fury.

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