Dukes cruise to win in Caledon

Story by Jeff Gard/Total Sports Quinte

Another high-scoring game resulted in a 6-2 win for the Wellington Dukes in Ontario Junior Hockey League on Thursday night in Caledon.

The Dukes scored the first six goals in the contest against the host Admirals, which scored twice late in regulation time.

Corbin Roach opened the scoring for the Dukes at 2:24 with the only goal of the first period.

Emmet Pierce and Harrison Ballard tallied goals 1:22 apart near the midway mark of the second and Pierce scored again with 27 seconds left to play in that middle frame.

In third, Jonathan Balah scored on a power play at the 3:12 mark and Jaxen Boyer extended the lead to 6-0 with his goal at 11:11. Josiah Kraayenbrink at 16:32 and Conor Thacker at 18:55 replied for Caledon.

Goaltender Ethan Morrow made 23 saves to earn the win in net for the Dukes, which improved to 15-10-0-2.

Cameron Snow, who assisted on Balah’s goal, made his Dukes debut after playing 11 games this season for the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs. The 19-year-old played 57 games for Niagara during the 2019-20 campaign.

Wellington is currently without injured forward Graham Dickerson, defenceman Jacob Dietz and goaltender Matt Dunsmoor.

On Saturday, the Dukes head to Minden for a 4:30 p.m. match-up against the Haliburton County Huskies (14-8-1-1) and Sunday evening at 7:30 will square off with the host Trenton Golden Golden (19-4-0-2) at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens in Game 4 of the Hasty P’s Cup.