The Niagara IceDogs suffered a 6-3 loss to the Plymouth Whalers in their third game in as many nights in Plymouth on Saturday night.
The first period saw the IceDogs strike first as Ryan Strome opened the scoring, putting home a pass from Brett Ritchie to make it 1-0 8:23 in. The lead would not last long however as Plymouth would answer right back only 13 seconds later to knot things up at 1-1. That would prove to be it for the scoring in the period, as Brent Moran was solid in the frame stopping 13 shots for the IceDogs in the first period of his first career OHL start. Shots in the period were 14-9 in favour of Plymouth.
The second period would see an increase in scoring as Plymouth would take their first lead early in the period to make it 2-1 and then extend that lead to 3-1 at the 7:01 mark of the second. The scoring would keep coming as Dougie Hamilton would answer right back less than a minute later to cut the IceDogs deficit to 3-2. Plymouth would restore it's two goal lead once again just past the midway point of the period, scoring to make it 4-2 and then striking once more to extend the lead to 5-2 with just 27 seconds remaining in the period to send Niagara into the intermission down three. Shots after two favoured the home side 27-21.
Carter Verhaeghe would get the IceDogs off to just the start they were hoping for in the third period scoring only 2:13 into the period to cut the Plymouth lead to 5-3. That would prove to be as close as the IceDogs would get however as Plymouth would add an empty netter sending the IceDogs home with a 6-3 loss. Final shots in the game were 35-30 for Plymouth.
Despite the loss the IceDogs enjoyed a successful weekend going 2-1 in three games in three nights and they remain on top of the Central Division with a 5-2 record.
Niagara will now enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to action on Tuesday night when they head to Peterborough to visit the Petes at 7:05pm. The IceDogs will then return home to host the Ottawa 67's on Thursday night when Ottawa makes their first visit to Niagara since last year's Eastern Conference finals. Tickets for Thursday night and all other IceDogs home games are still available and can be purchased at all IceDogs ticketing locations.
1. NIAG R. Strome, (5) (B. Ritchie, M. Robinson), 8:23
1. PLY A. Aleardi, (2) (G. Meurs), 8:36
2. PLY C. Payne, (4) (M. Mistele, M. Whaley), 2:16
2. PLY M. Mistele, (2) (C. Payne), 7:01
2. NIAG D. Hamilton, (3) (R. Strome, B. Ritchie), 7:43
2. PLY S. Noesen, (4) (T. Wilson, C. Carrick), 11:26
2. PLY G. Meurs, (2) (T. Wilson, A. Aleardi), 19:32
3. NIAG C. Verhaeghe, (1) (O. Kopta, J. Wigle), 2:13
3. PLY S. Noesen, (5) , 19:54 (EN)