Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: Chris Harris/OJHL Images
A Friday win was a nice, convincing way to start a busy weekend for the Wellington Dukes.
David Campbell and Will Mitchell each racked three points and Barret Joynt scored in his return to the Dukes to help them start off a three-game-in-four-day span with a 7-2 victory in Lindsay over the Muskies.
Mitchell beat Muskies goalie Noah Metivier with a low shot under the glove for his third of the season to give Wellington a lead that held up through the rest of the first period.
Mitchell Young contributed his first assist and point in a Dukes uniform on the marker.
Following Jack Falkner’s tying goal, Joynt found the twine in his first game back after a trade from the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The Kingston native fought off a Lindsay defender going up ice, broke free and deked out Metivier, depositing the puck home for the go-ahead tally.
David Campbell wielded his weapon to score on the powerplay with seven seconds left in the second frame that pushed the momentum fully onto Wellington’s side.
The Dukes used that momentum to blow the game wide open in the third, striking quick for three goals in less than a minute courtesy of Jacob Vreugdenhil, Connor Hunt, and Connor Paronuzzi.
The latter converted his first OJHL tally to chase Metivier from the net in favour of Phillippe de Champlain, which helped briefly inject some fire back into the Muskies when Taylor Barnett found the net.
Vreugdenhil tacked another powerplay goal onto Wellington’s line to round out the scoring.
Along with Campbell, Mitchell, and Vreugdenhil, defencemen Jacob Dietz and Julien Jacob notched multi-point games by contributing two assists each.
Ethan Morrow was a winner in net for the second game in a row, with 22 saves.
Though he had no points, Matheson Mason was buzzing around the ice in his Dukes debut following a trade with the Aurora Tigers this week that sent defencemen Alex Case and Erik MacNeil the other way.
The Dukes continue their road trip with a stop in Toronto to take on the Patriots at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.