Dukes earn shutout win against Haliburton

Graham Dickerson scored twice and added an assist while goaltender Ethan Morrow made 36 saves in a 3-0 victory for the Wellington Dukes over the Haliburton County Huskies in Minden on Saturday.

Following a scoreless opening period in the Ontario Junior Hockey League game, Dickerson tallied the lone goal of the second during a Wellington power play. David Campbell and Jonathan Balah drew assists on the play. The Dukes were 1-for-6 with the man-advantage during the contest while Haliburton went 0-for-5.

Corbin Roach bolstered the Wellington lead at the 12:26 mark of the third as Dickerson and Erik MacNeil earned helpers.

Dickerson added an empty-net goal late in regulation time with Emmet Pierce and Balah assisting.

Haliburton outshot the Dukes 36-17. It was just the fifth time in 30 games this season that Huskies leading scorer (24 goals, 20 assists) Oliver Tarr was held pointless.

Earlier this season the Dukes acquired the rights to 20-year-old Dickerson from Haliburton after he was released from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers when they didn’t have an overage spot for him. Dickerson previously played for the former Whitby Fury, which relocated to Haliburton.

Haliburton’s lineup includes Payton Schaly, Jonah Cochrane and Cameron Kosurko, who were sent from the Dukes in exchange for Dickerson.

Dickerson, a former Quinte Red Devils player, recently committed to join the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey program starting the 2022-23 season. His Dukes teammate Mason Reeves has also committed to the Varsity Blues.