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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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Unexplainable

Posted: November 24, 2016 at 9:17 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes win one, lose one and lose another they should have won Some games are simply inexplicable— where the final score bears little resemblance to the contest you just witnessed. Sunday’s game between Wellington and Whitby was just such an oddity. The Dukes lost the game 6-3. But by nearly every other measure, the Dukes […]

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In tough

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 9:04 am   /   Dukes Hockey

On the back of a disappointing losing skid, Dukes face three tough opponents this week It was a tough game to lose. A game that got away from the Dukes. A loss that defies easy explanation. The Wellington Dukes were up by a pair of goals by Nic Mucci. Mitch Mendonca had assisted in both. […]

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Bumping along

Posted: November 10, 2016 at 9:08 am   /   Dukes Hockey

A win and overtime loss against teams the Dukes needed to beat As long as the score stayed close, Aurora remained civil. When it became clear they would lose—in Wellington— a fact that became evident in the latter stages of the second period—the Tigers looked for redemption in other more illmannered ways. After losing two […]

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Near misses

Posted: November 3, 2016 at 9:10 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Two losses spoil a strong effort Connor Ryckman was brilliant. That must be said before anything else. The netminder was at times simply astonishing on Friday night—stopping nearly everything thrown at him. Even as the puck bounced off his chest and seemed destined to fall into the net behind him, Ryckman snapped his glove behind […]

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