Dukes take eight-game winning streak to Toronto

The Wellington Dukes will take an eight-game winning streak to Toronto on Sunday evening for an Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up against the Jr. Canadiens.

Game time is 7:15 p.m. at the Scotiabank Pond in North York.

With a 3-2 win in double overtime Friday night against the Collingwood Blues, the Dukes are now 14-5-2-0 on the season. The Jr. Canadiens (19-3-1-0) lead the OJHL with 39 points and are the No. 4 ranked team nationally in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Friday night, the Dukes held a 2-0 lead in the first when Lucas LaPalm and David Campbell, on a power play, scored goals less than two minutes apart. The Blues got one back in the opening frame and evened the score in the second.

Defenceman Mitch Young tallied his first OJHL 2:15 into the second overtime period to secure the Wellington victory.

Young has signed an Ontario Hockey League contract with the Sarnia Sting and is making his debut Sunday against the Guelph Storm.

Wellington’s last defeat was a 2-1 loss Oct. 21 against the Trenton Golden Hawks in the first game of the Hasty P’s Cup regular season battle between the two Quinte clubs. The next game is scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 18 at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens in Trenton at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Dukes continue to support the community. At their Sunday, Nov. 6 game against the Mississauga Chargers, the club raised $3,436 for The Storehouse Foodbank in addition to the much-needed non-perishable food items for those in need. 

So far this season, the Dukes have raised over $9,000 to support local charities.

Mark your calendars for the Teddy Bear & Doll Toss in support of the Picton Firefighters Toy Drive and The Angel Tree on Friday, Dec. 9 when the Dukes host the Jr. Canadiens at Lehigh Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear or doll to toss on the ice when the Dukes score their first goal. Toy and cash donations will also be accepted in the lobby during the game.