The Niagara IceDogs dropped a 3-1 final to the Peterborough Petes in a rare Tuesday night matchup in Peterborough.
The first period saw the IceDogs fall behind 6:01 in as Peterborough would open the scoring, beating IceDogs starter Chris Festarini to give the home side a 1-0 lead. That would prove to be the lone goal of the period as the IceDogs headed into the intermission down 1-0. Shots in the period favoured Niagara 12-7.
The goaltenders would continue their strong play in the second period, holding the teams scoreless for the majority of the period, until Peterborough would strike once more, making it 2-0 with just under four minutes left in the second. That would prove to be the only goal of the period as the IceDogs trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes. Shots after two continued to favour the IceDogs 24-21.
The third period would see the IceDogs battle back as Steven Shipley would intercept a clearing attempt at the blueline and fire one home to bring the IceDogs within one at 2-1. Peterborough would answer back however, restoring their two goal lead by putting up a powerplay goal to make it 3-1 with just over eight minutes remaining. The IceDogs would get some heavy pressure late, but Peterborough starter Michael Giugovaz was up to the task turning the IceDogs back and making it a 3-1 final. Final shots on the night were 41-28 IceDogs.
The IceDogs will now return home to Niagara where they will host the visiting Ottawa 67's on Thursday night in Ottawa first visit to the Gatorade Garden City Complex since the IceDogs Eastern Conference Finals Championship win in the spring. Great seats for Thursday's game are still available and can be purchased at all IceDogs ticketing locations! Don't miss out on what should be a great game, get your tickets today!
1. PBO F. Menard, (5) (D. Mathers, S. Pierog), 6:01
2. PBO S. Koekkoek, (1) (F. Menard, D. Mathers), 16:05
3. NIAG S. Shipley, (4) , 4:41
3. PBO J. Tanus, (1) (F. Menard, S. Koekkoek), 11:51 (PP)