The Wellington Dukes are the first OJHL team this season to reach 20 points as they won a hard fought affair with the Lindsay Muskies by a score of 5 to 3 and increased their winning streak to nine games.
The Dukes led 3 to 0 after the opening frame but the pesky Muskies kept the game close as they cashed in on a five on three powerplay as well as scoring a shorthanded tally. Steven Deeg was named 1st Star of the game with a three point night which included two goals. His 11 goals in the season are a career high for the Ajax, Ontario native. Cody Gratton was named the Hardest Working Player of the Game as he scored the game winning goal on the powerplay as well as picking up an assist. Erick Delaurentis was named 2nd Star of the game with an insurance goal and a pair of assists. Mike Soucier had a powerplay goal and assisted on the GWG. Andrew Coupland had two helpers while Kyle Paat chipped in with one. Rookie Jacob Panetta was named Defensive Player of the Game. Adam Wood picked up his second win of the year facing 32 shots.
Wellington makes their lone visit to Westwood Rink in Toronto on Wednesday as they take on the Lakeshore Patriots starting at 8:30 PM, their first game against a South Division opponent. Upon completion of this game the Dukes will have hit the one-quarter mark of their regular season schedule having played 9 of their first 13 contests on the road.