Dukes winning streak comes to screeching halt in Stouffville

Story by Brock Ormond

Photo: Wellington Dukes/OJHL Images

The Wellington Dukes first road game in Stouffville in five years didn’t end on a positive note.

The Spirit blanked the Dukes 2-0 to snap their five-game winning streak and put Wellington on the back foot to start November.

Kyle Downey posted a 26-save shutout in the victory.

Odaro Ewere fired home the first goal and eventual game-winner in the late stages of the first on a large rebound off a shot from just inside the Wellington blueline.

Ewere and Peter Kioussis then helped Lachlan Wells work the puck to the right faceoff circle and beat Shane Shelest with a high, short-side shot at 12:27 of the middle frame to increase Stouffville’s lead and the Spirit locked it down from there.

After posting 117 shots in the last two games combined (61 in Georgetown last Wednesday, 56 in North York on Sunday), Wellington was held to 26 by a tight Spirit defence and went 0 for 5 on the powerplay when trying to get back in the game.

Shelest kept his team in the game with 29 stops on 31 Stouffville chances.

Wellington fell to 12-8-0-2 on the season with the defeat.

The Dukes are back at home for the first time in almost two weeks on Friday with a tough opponent awaiting them in the Cobourg Cougars at 7:30 p.m.