Story by Brock Ormond
Photo: OJHL Images/Wellington Dukes
Corbin Roach came up clutch for the Wellington Dukes on Friday night.
The Belleville native scored a pair in the third period to surge his team past the Cobourg Cougars 4-2 last night.
He fired home the game-winner at 5:55, moments after a split save by Cobourg goalie Ryan Piros, when he walked in across the Cougars blueline and rifled a high shot into the top right corner.
The Dukes held tight until Roach came alive again, stripping Cobourg’s Riley Pitt of the puck and deking out Piros to the backhand for the much-needed insurance marker.
This capped off a comeback after the Dukes fell behind 2-0 early in the second period thanks to tallies from Adam Barone and Jakob Morier.
Wellington pulled back even thanks to a couple of wonderful passes from David Campbell, who hit Edward Moskowitz for a powerplay goal at 6:30 of the second frame, then put the puck on a tee for Barret Joynt on another man advantage in the late stages.
Julien Jacob, Ryan Cutler, Jared Langdon and Jacob Dietz drew single assists in the victory.
Jacob Osborne made 36 stops to push Wellington within one point of Haliburton County for 2nd in the OJHL’s Southeast Conference at 71 points and a record of 33-11-3-2.
The Dukes now get set for a big game on and off the ice on Sunday versus the Caledon Admirals at 2:30 p.m.
It’s the first ever Every Child Matters game, where the team will wear orange jerseys on the ice. Fans are encouraged to wear orange as well, as the team works to raise funds for the Tyendinaga Language and Cultural Centre.