Dukes and Golden Hawks going down to the wire

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The winner of Monday’s contest between the Wellington Dukes and Trenton Golden Hawks guaranteed themselves of a series split at worst.

The teams headed into Game 7 of an eight-game series tied at 3-3, guaranteeing the winner of making their opponent dormie. Results were not available at press time.

Trenton looked to have a stranglehold on the series, carrying a 2-0 lead into the third period Friday afternoon at Lehigh Arena and on the verge of taking a 4-2 series lead with a fourth consecutive win.

As often is the case in this storied rivalry, one of the teams picked themselves up off the matt — this time the Dukes — scoring a pair of unanswered goals in the final stanza to force overtime.

Jacob Vreugdenhil wasted little time claiming the hero hat, beating Trenton William Nguyen 41 seconds into the overtime session to even the exhibition series at 3-3.

Wellington outshot Trenton by a 39-19 margin and only the stellar play of Nguyen kept the Dukes off the scoresheet as long as they did.

Daniel Bothelo only faced 19 shots in the Dukes cage, but was also equal to the task, only allowing a pair of goals 1:15 apart late in the opening frame.

Ryan Glazer and Sam Williamson beat Bothelo on consecutive shots with Jake LaVille and Joel Chauvin earning helpers.


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Cooper Matthews picked a great time to register his first OJHL two-goal game. The 17-year-old Belleville native scored both third period goals — seven minutes apart — to force the extra session.

Jacob Dietz, Cole McGuire, Mason Reeves and Colton Kitchen had the assists on Mathhews’ tallies.

Both teams were scoreless with the man advantage, with Trenton going 0-2 and Wellington 0-5.

Game 5

Trenton 6 – Wellington 5

It was Trenton’s turn to storm back in this one as the visiting Dukes jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead.

A four-goal second saw the g-Hawks carry a 5-4 lead into the third and after scoring into an empty net for a two-goal lead, managed to hang on as the Dukes would add a late one.

Six different players hit pay dirt for Trenton with James Logan, Caden Kekewich, Caden Shwetz, Williamson, LaVille and Matteo Disipio all scoring one each.

Assists were spread around as well with Evan Jamieson the only Golden Hawk to collect two helpers, with singles going to Sam D’Amico, Williamson, James Logan goalie Joe Ranger, Nathan Oicke, Disipio, Ryan Glazer, Jaxen Boyer and Aaron Jamieson.

Mason Reeves had a pair for Wellington while Ben Addison, Ben Hamilton, and James White had single markers. Brodie MacDougall (2), Jax Dubois, Barret Joynt, Vreugdenhil, Addison, and Kitchen had the assists.

Ranger made 27 shots to earn the win in net while Dukes rookie Ethan Morrow surrendered five goals on 25 shots.

Trenton was 1-2 on the powerplay .

After Game 5, the series shifted to Wellington for the final three games as the ice was removed to make room for a COVID at the Duncan MacDonald Memorial Gardens in Trenton.

The final game of the series was played Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lehigh Arena.

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