The Wellington Dukes have worked some magic to make the Dudley Hewitt Cup final, never more so than when Joe McKeown had the puck on a string while scoring an eye-popping short-handed goal.
The Bowling Green recruit delivered a highlight moment of the round-robin of the Central Canada Junior A championship. During host Wellington's 3-0 win over Fort Frances Lakers on Wednesday, McKeown saw an opportunity when Fort Frances made an "awkward line change" during a power play. Instead of dumping the puck into a corner, he undressed the defender and then got goalie Jordan McCartney to bite on the fake before roofing the shot.
Wellington, one of the tiniest communities in Canada that supports a Junior A team, had a long hiatus after losing in the first round of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. However, as the host of the regional, it's pulled off three wins in a row to advance to the final, including an upset on Thursday over the OJHL champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. McKeown, a 19-year-old from Campbellford, Ont., got a charging major and game misconduct during that contest, but his teammates picked up the slack — just like the future Bowling Green player did in their first two games.
The RBC Cup, Canada's Junior A championship, begins May 10 in Vernon, B.C.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (video: FASThockey).