Dukes Hockey

Peaking

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes getting much-needed firepower deep in the lineup It was a great weekend for the Dukes— particularly so as it comes so near the playoffs. Perhaps chief among the achievements is that the Dukes are beginning to shake off the perception its offensive threat consists of a single line. Neither of the OJHL’s number two […]

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Hard to get ahead

Posted: February 9, 2017 at 9:31 am   /   Dukes Hockey

A pair of wins in three games on the road fail to move the Dukes up in the standings The Dukes continue their extended road trip this week with a visit to Divisionleading Trenton. With just five games remaining in Wellington’s regular season schedule, there isn’t much room to improve the team’s standings. The Dukes […]

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Overlooked

Posted: January 26, 2017 at 9:14 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Future of OJHL’s top performer remains in limbo It is astonishing that Brayden Stortz does not yet have a scholarship to an NCAA school. Perhaps that changes this week, as OJHL teams assemble in Trenton for a winter showcase tournament before scouts and recruiters from an array of leagues and programs. Stortz is a rare […]

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Home again

Posted: January 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes searching for positives in a difficult season The Dukes will be happy to be back before a hometown crowd for a pair of games this weekend. They returned to Wellington late on Monday night after dropping a 4-1 decision in Cobourg— the team’s third loss in their last four games. The Dukes will need […]

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Down and dirty

Posted: January 12, 2017 at 9:26 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes spinning their wheels in new year The story Wellington fans tell themselves is that the 2016-17 Dukes are a decent team in an elite division. Try telling that to the teams in the South Division. As of Sunday, the Dukes had played five of the six GTA teams in the South—and lost every game. […]

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Back to the rink

Posted: January 6, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes busy to start the year The Dukes skate back into action this week. It is the time of year new faces tend to show up in the Dukes’ lineup as the league heads toward the January 10 trade deadline. But the enthusiasm for loading up this year is likely muted by the fact that […]

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In the pink

Posted: December 21, 2016 at 9:03 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes defeat Kingston, but game ends ugly It was supposed to be a night of celebration, of hope and inspiration. Pink in the Rink was an opportunity to celebrate survivors, honour the memories of lost ones and join the fight for more research and better treatment for breast cancer. For most of the night, it […]

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Punchless

Posted: December 15, 2016 at 9:31 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes muster just three goals in two weekend games. Not enough. Nic Mucci’s absence was felt immediately. The crafty forward was selected to Team Canada East, and by Sunday had already potted a goal at the World Junior A Challenge amid the wild and desolate terrain of northeast Alberta. In fact, Mucci scored the first […]

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Swagger refound

Posted: December 8, 2016 at 9:02 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Well-rested Dukes prepare for Newmarket and Toronto Patriots In the end, the Pickering Panthers were the tonic the Wellington Dukes needed to allow a swagger to return to their step. But it took a period and a bit before that was at all clear. That, and an improved power play. The Dukes were in charge […]

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Closing the gap

Posted: December 1, 2016 at 9:23 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes must find a way to convert strong performances into wins It was over in a few seconds. Thirty minutes of hard work and tenacity erased in 36 seconds. The Wellington Dukes had played well. Better than that, they had dominated the visiting Golden Hawks at home through the first period—at one point outshooting the […]

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