The Niagara IceDogs lost a nail biter 3-2 to the Ottawa 67’s in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon.
Niagara got off to just the start that they were looking to in the first period as Anthony DiFruscia would tip in a Carter Verhaeghe shot on the powerplay only 3:30 in to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The IceDogs would continue to carry the play early, but it would be Ottawa that would score next, tying things up at 1-1 at the 8:25 mark of the frame. The visitors would not be fazed however as DiFruscia and the IceDogs powerplay would stay hot, scoring at 12:12 to give the IceDogs a 2-1 lead. The lead would not last however as Ottawa would once again answer back making it a 2-2 game just over two minutes later. That would prove to be it for the scoring in the first as the teams headed into the first intermission tied 2-2. Shots after 20 minutes were 13-6 for the IceDogs.
After a four goal first period, the second period would see the goaltenders be the story as both teams were held scoreless in the frame, sending the game into the third deadlocked at 2-2. The IceDogs continued to lead the shot total after two periods, 24-20.
In the third both sides would press for the go ahead goal, but IceDogs start Brent Moran and Ottawa starter Philippe Trudeau would continue their strong play keeping the game tied for much of the frame. Unfortunately for the IceDogs, despite the efforts of Moran, Ottawa would score with just over five minutes remaining in the third to take their first lead of the game at 3-2. The IceDogs would press for the equalizer late, but it was not meant to be as they would fall by that same 3-2 score. Final shots were 34-32 IceDogs.
The IceDogs will now return home to St. Catharines, where they will play host to the Central Division rival North Bay Battalion on Thursday night for the first time since the Battalion’s move north. Great tickets are still available and can be purchased at all IceDogs ticketing locations! Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great game, get your tickets today!
1. NIAG A. DiFruscia, (1) (C. Verhaeghe, L. Mercer), 3:30 (PP)
1. OTT T. Fielding, (3) (D. Salituro, A. Sloboda), 8:25
1. NIAG A. DiFruscia, (2) (J. Graham, C. Verhaeghe), 12:12 (PP)
1. OTT J. Blandisi, (2) , 14:22
3. OTT J. Blandisi, (3) (R. Van Stralen, B. Gustavsen), 14:14