Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: Wellington Dukes/OJHL Images
A spirited comeback effort on the road helped will the Wellington Dukes to a Game 2 win in the Southeast Conference Semifinals.
Ed Moskowitz tipped in a Jaxen Boyer shot late in regulation to cap off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Haliburton County Huskies to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Dukes start was not ideal however, as they fell behind 3-1 after 20 minutes thanks to a struggling penalty kill.
Christian Stevens buried two powerplay goals, sandwiching another Haliburton tally from Patrick Saini and Luke Strickland’s fifth of the postseason from Boyer and Ryan Cutler.
Wellington began to chip away, wrestling momentum away from the Huskies brick-by-brick in the second and third.
Jacob Dietz pulled the Dukes to within one about halfway through the middle frame with some help from Corbin Roach and Jared Langdon, before they took over in the final period.
Strickland potted his second of the game on a setup by Cutler and Dietz at 8:14 to even the score before Moskowitz’s heroics at 13:55.
Dietz picked up the second assist for a three-point performance.
Jacob Osborne overcame a shaky beginning to post 29 saves in another solid performance. The Dukes outgunned the Huskies in shots 47-32.
In what has been a physical, entertaining series to this point, the Dukes will aim to plant themselves firmly in the driver’s seat with a Game 3 victory on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.