Dukes score five straight in first Hasty P’s win over Trenton

(Liam Whittaker of the Wellington Dukes battles with Jake Campbell from the Trenton Golden Hawks during Friday’s Ontario Junior Hockey League game at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens in Trenton. Photo by Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)

Story by Jeff Gard/Total Sports Quinte

A stretch of five straight goals across all three periods paced the visiting Wellington Dukes to a 6-3 victory over the Trenton Golden Hawks in Ontario Junior Hockey League action Friday evening at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens.

It was the Dukes first win of the Hasty P’s Cup series between the two clubs and all three games so far have been won by the visiting team, with the Golden Hawks claiming the first two victories in Wellington on Oct. 15 and 31.

Brodie McDougall and David Campbell each scored twice and goaltender Matt Dunsmoor made 50 saves as the Dukes, who were down 2-0 in the first, improved to 8-7-0-2 while handing the Golden Hawks (11-3-0-2) just their third regulation time loss of the season.

“It felt unreal to be back in my home barn and for the team to not give up down two to a really good Trenton team,” said Ethan Quick, who is from Trenton and registered a goal and assist for the Dukes. “It was a good feeling to beat Trenton for the first time this year.”

Trenton jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the first period on a power-play goal from Nathan Oickle at 9:32 and Aaron Jameison’s first of two in the contest less than a minute later.

Campbell’s netted his first off the night late in that opening frame to kickstart the five unanswered for the Dukes at the 18:46 mark.

Quick scored early in the second at 2:22 to even the score and McDougall capitalized on a power play at 15:18 to gives the Dukes a lead they would not relinquish. Harrison Ballard, with his team-leading ninth goal, bolstered the advantage with 52 second left on the clock in the second.

With Wellington leading 5-2 following McDougall’s second of the game at the 15:10 mark of the third, Jameison, scoring just six seconds into a power play, cut the Trenton deficit to two with 1:15 remaining in regulation time.

Campbell added an empty-net goal for the Dukes with 22 seconds left on the clock. He was one of eight Wellington players to record a multi-point game as Liam Whittaker, Barret Joynt, Jacob Vreugdenhil and Graham Dickerson each drew two assists while Ballard and Quick had single helpers to go with their goals.

Dunsmoor’s win in net was his 50th career OJHL victory (regular season and playoffs) between the pipes. Friday evening he faced 18 shots from the Golden Hawks in both the first and second periods and 17 in the third.

The next home game for the Wellington Dukes will benefit the Keep Kids Warm Campaign, a partnership between the OJHL club and the Prince Edward County OPP.

A donation of a coat/snowsuit, winter boots or a financial contribution to help purchase those items would be greatly appreciated by the Dukes when they host the Cobourg Cougars this Sunday, Nov. 14. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Lehigh Arena.

In addition, the Dukes will donate $1 from every paid ticket sold at that game.