Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: Ed McPherson/OJHL Images
The Wellington Dukes were left frustrated by the OJHL’s best team in a rare Thursday night home game.
Chazz Nixon made 30 saves to give the Toronto Jr. Canadiens their fourth straight shutout victory, 4-0.
The Dukes hung with the Jr. Canadiens for much of the night, outshooting and outplaying them in the first, before Toronto slowly took back the momentum in period two.
Michael Eftimovski beat Morrow on a long shot from the point to give Toronto the lead at 11:42, which they would not relinquish.
The Dukes had the opportunity to turn the tide in the third, but missed on a powerplay opportunity and came close to scoring when Ryan Cutler and Jared Langdon hit a post and a crossbar, respectively.
Those near-misses gave the Jr. Canadiens the boost they needed, with Alex Laurenza and Jordan Karafile adding some insurance, and Hayden Heinrich polished the score off with an empty-netter.
Ethan Morrow made 16 saves in the loss for the Dukes, who fall to 24-9-2-2 on the year.
Wellington will take on the Haliburton County Huskies at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lehigh Arena.