The Wellington Dukes gutted out a close 4-2 win against the Oakville Blades.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Joe McKeown at 13:46 of the third period.
Erick Delaurentis had a great game for Wellington, netting two goals. Delaurentis found the back of the net 4:47 into the third period to make the score 2-2 and again while 14:13 into the third to make the score 4-2 Wellington.
Oakville’s power play was ineffective against the Dukes’ penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Wellington forced the Blades goalie Evan Buitenhuis to work between the pipes, taking 47 shots.
Wellington also got a goal from Andrew McCann as well. Other players who recorded assists for Wellington were Chad Thibodeau, Spencer Turcotte, Abbot Girduckis, and Austin Broadhurst, who contributed one a piece and Trevor Cope and Steven Deeg, who each chipped in two.
Oakville’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Wellington power plays. The Blades kept the Dukes’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Tyson Teichmann made 29 saves on 31 shots.
Oakville was helped by Ross Sloan, who had one goal. Sloan scored 14:26 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Oakville. Sean Kohler assisted on the tally. Sean Perichak also scored for Oakville. In addition, Oakville received assists from Kamil Tkaczuk, Joe Seney, and Greg Campbell, who contributed one a piece.
Wellington incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Buitenhuis rejected 43 shots on goal for the Blades. Oakville incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors.