The game between the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots and the Wellington Dukes was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Toronto Lakeshore emerged with a 3-2 win.
The Patriots gained the winning advantage on a goal by Niko Kovachis 3:34 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.
Toronto Lakeshore was led by Kovachis, who grabbed one goal.
The defensemen of the Patriots were also effective in Wellington’s zone, and came away with two goals.
Toronto Lakeshore additionally got points from Andreas Tsogkas, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Toronto Lakeshore also got a goal from Michael Prapavessis as well. In addition, Toronto Lakeshore received assists from Jacob Hayhurst, Brandon Willett, and Doug Bonar, who contributed one a piece.
The Dukes’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Toronto Lakeshore power plays. Wellington forced Toronto Lakeshore goalie Jeremy Helvig to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots.
The Dukes were helped by Abbot Girduckis, who registered one goal. Girduckis scored on the power play 7:00 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Wellington. Wellington had gotten the advantage when the Patriots’ Nathan Feric was sent off for tripping. Andrew McCann provided the assist. Chad Thibodeau also scored for Wellington. Other players who recorded assists for Wellington were Parker Wood, who had one and Luc Brown, who had two.
Toronto Lakeshore’s Helvig stopped 31 shots out of the 33 that he faced. The Patriots incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Tyson Teichmann made 20 saves for the Dukes on 23 shots. Wellington incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. For the Dukes, Mike Robinson was ejected from the game.