The Niagara IceDogs fell 4-3 in overtime to the Sarnia Sting in Sarnia on Saturday night.
The first period saw the IceDogs fall behind as Sarnia opened the scoring on the powerplay just under 13 minutes in to make it 1-0. The IceDogs would come right back and tie things up however, as Mitchell Theoret scored his second goal in as many games to make it 1-1. That would be the last of the scoring in the period as the teams head to the intermission all tied up. Shots after one were 11-8 in favour of the IceDogs.
Niagara would fall behind again early in the second, as Sarnia would score less than a minute into the period to make it 2-1. The IceDogs would answer right back once again as Ryan Stome would score less than three minutes later to tie things up at 2-2. Unfortunately, the tie would not last long as Sarnia would strike again before the eight minute mark of the period to make it 3-2. The score would remain that way through the rest of the period, as the IceDogs continued to trail 3-2 after 40 minutes. Shots favoured Sarnia 20-18 after two.
The third period would see Sarnia awarded a penalty shot 9:13 into the period, giving the Sting a chance to extend their lead to 4-2, but Chris Festarini would make a huge stop to keep the score at 3-2. The stop would prove to be even more important when Steven Shipley would jam one home in front to knot things up at 3-3 with 6:46 remaining. The score would remain that way until the 18:19 mark of the third period when Brett Ritchie would be called for a five minute major for checking from behind, sending the IceDogs to the penalty kill. Niagara would stand strong on the penalty kill for the remainder of regulation however, guaranteeing themselves a point and sending things to overtime.
In overtime, the IceDogs would continue their strong efforts on the penalty kill, killing off another 2:16 of the penalty, but Sarnia would finally be able to score 4-on-3 with just over a minute remaining in the penalty, handing the IceDogs a tough 4-3 loss.
The IceDogs will now continue their roadtrip with a visit to Windsor tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. They will then return home where they will host the Brampton Battalion on Thursday night at 7pm.
1. SAR D. Nikandrov, (2) (N. Goldobin, C. Hottot), 12:57 (PP)
1. NIAG M. Theoret, (2) (R. Strome, D. Hamilton), 15:48
2. SAR A. DeAngelo, (2) (A. Galchenyuk, N. Goldobin), 0:58
2. NIAG R. Strome, (6) (M. Theoret), 3:48
2. SAR J. Dundas, (2) (B. Moore, D. Nikandrov), 7:47
3. NIAG S. Shipley, (5) (J. Wigle), 13:14
OT. SAR C. Hottot, (2) (C. Sarault), 2:16 (PP)