Dukes drop third straight to Menace

Story by Brock Ormond

Photo: OJHL Images/Wellington Dukes

The Milton Menace handed the Wellington Dukes their third straight defeat with a 5-2 decision on Sunday.

In their first visit to Lehigh Arena since the franchise moved from Newmarket, where they were known as the Hurricanes, the Menace controlled the early play, holding the Dukes shotless for almost the whole first half of the first period and got rewarded for it on a rebound goal by Madden MacDougall.

While shorthanded, the Dukes got the count back even on Connor Hunt’s seventh of the season, moments after a missed breakaway attempt, when he got loose again and beat Menace goalie Ariel Zaslaver with a clean shot for an unassisted marker.

Ivan Fajan quickly broke the tie on the same powerplay less than a minute later to put Milton ahead by one again heading into the intermission.

Three minutes on the nose into the second, Pana Efraimidis fought off a Milton checker in front and deposited a Matt Whelton rebound shot into the back of the net for his third of the year to knot the score at two.

Will Mitchell got in on the scoring play with the second helper, which proved to be Wellington’s last of the game.

Gavin Sheehan and Alessandro Pettreccia buried a pair to give the Menace a multi-goal advantage going into the third period, where they would lock down the victory with a stingy defensive effort.

The Dukes were held to only four shots as Milton sealed the victory with an empty-netter from MacDougall.

Jack Lisson made 27 stops on 31 shots in the loss, as the Dukes fall to 5-4-0-2 on the season.

The team will get a break before returning to action against the Markham Royals on Friday at 7:30 p.m.