Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: The Wellington Dukes got two third period goals, 29 seconds apart, to lift them past the Lindsay Muskies by a score of 5-2, Friday night.
Things started off well enough for Lindsay, as they began the game on a power play. Although they did not score on it, they did generate some good chances and some good momentum. Wellington, usually a very disciplined team, found themselves down two men, later in the period. The Muskies did everything but score on that advantage, however Wellington goaltender Victor-Olivier Courchesne bobbled a Darius Kondrotas shot and Ryan Smith was able to slap home a rebound, at 17:28, for a 1-0 lead, that they took to the first intermission. The goal was Smith’s 8th of the year.
It did not take long for the Dukes to tie the game in the second period on a power play of their own, when Brayden Stortz popped a goal from in close, at 2:22. The game remained tied until the 12:09 mark, when Mitchell Mendonca was able to tap one in behind Sean Green in the Lindsay goal. The assists went to Nic Mucci, and Hunter Gunski. Late in the second, the Dukes again found themselves down two men, and this time the Muskies got it right, as Cam Robinson tipped home his 17th goal of the year, at 17:44. The helpers on that goal went to Cole Robbins and Owen Barnett.
The Muskies started the third period on a power play but they really were not able to generate much offence. At the 3:05 mark, the Dukes took a lead on a goal that some fans did not think entered the net, but the referee was in a good position and said the shot went in off the post, over Green’s blocker. Brent House scored the goal, with the assists going to Mitchell Martan and Brett Schaefer. The Muskies pressed hard for the equalizer, in an entertaining third, but the two quick goals came at 12:25, and 12:54. The first was a Colin Doyle tip in, down low from Brody Morris and Stortz, then the final goal came on a breakaway by Martan, set up by Gunski.
The next game for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon, when they hit the road to Whitby.