Dukes end up on wrong end of another high-scoring affair

Story by Brock Ormond

Photo: Wellington Dukes/OJHL Images

A wild finish ended in the Cobourg Cougars favour over the Wellington Dukes on Monday night.

With the Dukes leading 5-4, Jordan Fuller completed a hat trick with 39 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then Belleville’s Trevor Hoskin buried the winner 1:15 into double overtime to give the Cougars a stunning 6-5 win.

An even first period saw the two teams trade off a pair of goals, foreshadowing how the rest of the night would go.

Austin Montgomery-Parsons notched a pair of goals around a Tyler Hunt powerplay marker and Fuller’s first of three.

Wellington jumped into a 4-2 lead in the second on the strength of powerplay tallies from Cory Jewitt (fourth of the season) and Connor Loerzel (second).

Hoskin potted his first of two shorthanded at 4:25 of the third on a setup from Joel Taylor to cut the Cobourg deficit, before Connor Hunt buried his first goal of the season on a powerplay to briefly re-establish the two-goal spread.

Fuller offered a quick counter-punch off a failed Dukes clearing attempt, tapping in a Trevor Hoskin feed just 11 seconds later.

Both teams skated with each other, trading chances until the final minute, when Fuller dove into the crease to poke in a loose puck and even the score, forcing overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Nick DiPaolo shot off the crossbar became a missed opportunity for the Dukes, as the trio of Hoskin, Riley Pitt and Andy Reist went in to score.

Hoskin’s winner was the last of five points on the night. Fuller and Reist each ended up with four.

On the Dukes side, Montgomery-Parsons (two goals, one assist), Jewitt (one goal, two helpers) and Zander Latreille (three assists) each had three points.

Logan Goodwin also picked up his first OJHL point, assisting on Montgomery-Parsons’ first marker.

Neither goaltender was at their best, with Jack Lisson stopping 26 of 32 Cobourg chances and Ryan Piros steering 21 pucks away out of 26 shots.

The Dukes are back in action again Wednesday when they make their first trip to Buffalo since 2019 to play the Jr. Sabres at 5:45 p.m.