Dukes rout Tigers in first home game of 2024

Story by Brock Ormond

Photo:  Wellington Dukes/OJHL Images

The Wellington Dukes made their return home a big one offensively on Sunday afternoon.

A pair of four-point efforts from Ryan Schaap and Cory Jewitt willed the Dukes to an 8-1 thrashing of the Aurora Tigers at Lehigh Arena.

The Dukes put four past Tigers goalie William Goumas in the opening period on 23 shots and never looked back, with Jewitt deflecting home his 20th of the season on the powerplay to get it started.

Zach Carrier’s first marker of the year was followed by two lasers from Schaap to put the Dukes comfortably in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the day.

Caleb MacDonald scored out of a scramble play for Wellington’s fifth straight goal early in the second that gave Brad Barker his first assist and point as a Duke.

Sacha Trudel banked in the sixth Wellington tally halfway through the frame, before Adam Matar aced Aurora’s lone marker through Shane Shelest’s pads.

Schaap completed his first career OJHL hat trick at 7:25 for the Dukes third powerplay marker and then Jewitt stuck home the rebound from a Connor Hunt shot for his second of the afternoon to round out the scoring.

Carrier added an assist for his first multi-point game, with other helpers going to Trudel, Logan Sitlani (2), Zander Latreille (2), Pana Efraimidis (2), Ben Vreugdenhil, Will Mitchell and Ethan Quick.

Shelest made 21 saves as Wellington outshot the Tigers 47-22.

The Dukes now carry a 25-15-0-2 record forward to Friday’s road game in Lindsay against the Muskies at 7 p.m.