Dukes squeeze out third straight win versus Muskies

Story by Brock Ormond

The Wellington Dukes made it three wins in a row on Sunday, squeezing out a 2-1 victory over the Lindsay Muskies at the Duke Dome.

Connor Loerzel notched the game-winner late in the second period and Jack Lisson made 28 saves for his first OJHL victory to help the Dukes break through in a tight battle.

Austin Montgomery-Parsons started the scoring off a little over seven minutes into the first, sweeping a Dimitri Tzaferis pass through Lindsay goalie Ethan Fraser for his second of the season.

Frankford native Ben Vreugdenhil added the second assist for his first OJHL point.

The Muskies controlled the shot count in the frame, outshooting Wellington 13-5, but Lisson barred the door to keep his team ahead.

Loerzel’s powerplay marker, a high wrist shot through traffic that found the top right corner on Fraser, was his first of the year and first as a Duke, assisted by Nick DiPaolo and Zander Latreille at 13:11 of the middle frame.

A Brody Simpson powerplay tally in the third broke Lisson’s shutout, but not the Dukes spirit, as they clamped down on defence to preserve the victory despite being outshot 29-21.

The Dukes completed a winning weekend at home to improve to 3-0-0-1 on the season with seven points heading into their road tilt with the Cobourg Cougars on Monday night at 7 p.m.