The Niagara IceDogs moved to 2-0 on the season as they topped the Brampton Battalion 2-1 in a shootout in Brampton Friday night.
The first period saw both teams play some solid defensive hockey and IceDogs starter Chris Festarini was sharp when called upon, as the teams headed into the first intermission scoreless. Shots in the period favoured Brampton 8-4.
Anthony DiFruscia would pick up his second goal in his second career OHL game, beating Brampton starter Matej Machovsky shortside 4:31 into the second to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead. The lead would not hold up however as the Battalion would answer back with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal 4:27 later to knot things up at 1-1. That would prove to be it for the scoring in the period, sending the teams into the dressing room tied up once again. Shots after two periods were 24-10 for the home side.
The third period would see the goaltenders continue to be the story as both Festarini and Machovsky would be perfect in the period to keep the score deadlocked at 1-1 and send the game to overtime.
When neither team could find the back of the net in overtime, the IceDogs and Battalion headed to the first shootout of the young OHL season. Brett Ritchie would be stopped in the first round of the shootout, but Steven Shipley would be successful on his shot in the second round and Festarini would stop all three Brampton shooters, giving the IceDogs the extra point and a 2-1 victory.
Festarini was spectacular in the win, taking home first star honours after stopping 33 of 34 shots and all three shootout attempts for the victory.
The IceDogs will now enjoy the rest of the weekend off, before returning to action next weekend when they hit the road to visit the Ottawa 67's and Kingston Frontenacs.