Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: Wellington Dukes/OJHL Images
Yacine Chemrouk was the difference between the Wellington Dukes and two points on Saturday afternoon.
The Lindsay Muskies netminder turned away 34 Dukes drives in front of a national TV audience on CHCH in a 2-1 win at Lehigh Arena.
Following a community skate with kids and Santa prior to the game, Wellington battled hard in the opening frame and came away with a 1-0 lead on Edward Moskowitz’s 21st goal of the season.
The Toronto resident tapped a cross crease pass from Luke Lapalm past Chemrouk to start the scoring at the 4:32 mark of the first, with a second assist to Ethan Sullivan.
Unfortunately for the Dukes, that was it for the offence, as the Muskies grinded out the victory by tying the score on a 2nd period powerplay marker from Will Everson and an even strength tally from Cole Patey at 9:50 of the third.
The Dukes had a number of chances to score, but were foiled by Chemrouk and a couple of posts.
Wellington outshot Lindsay 35-20, but ended up dropping consecutive home games for the first time this season.
The Dukes fall to 22-8-2-1 on the season ahead of another Battle of Quinte/Hasty Ps Cup matchup with the Trenton Golden Hawks at the Duncan McDonald Community Gardens on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.