The Niagara IceDogs struck down the visiting Guelph Storm in a big 9-4 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 3,145 at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines on Saturday night.
Brett Ritchie got the IceDogs off to just the start they were looking for, striking on the powerplay only 2:30 in to make it 1-0 IceDogs. The lead would not last however as Guelph would answer right back less than a minute later to make it 1-1. The scoring would keep coming as the IceDogs would retake the lead barely a minute after that as Ritchie would tip home an Aaron Haydon point shot for his second of the night to make it 2-1. The IceDogs would not stop there as Jesse Graham would keep things rolling ripping home a point shot to make it 3-1, chasing Guelph starter Garret Sparks in the process. Guelph would then cut the IceDogs lead to one once again to make it 3-2 before Ryan Strome got in on the goal scoring to make it 4-2 after one period. Shots after 20 minutes were 15-12 in favour of the IceDogs.
Guelph would once again cut the IceDogs lead to one, striking 6:18 into the second to make it 4-3. The IceDogs would be unfazed however as Mitchell Theoret would score the IceDogs second powerplay goal of the night to make it 5-3. The IceDogs would keep things rolling as Ritchie completed the hat trick, making it 6-3 IceDogs after 40 minutes. Shots after two favoured the IceDogs 27-25.
Guelph would open the scoring in the third, cutting the IceDogs lead to 6-4. Theoret would then keep the IceDogs offence rolling, scoring his second of the night to make it 7-4. The scoring would not stop there either as Mack Lemmon would score his first of the season and first as an IceDog to make it 8-4. Ritchie would then round out the scoring, picking up his fourth of the night to make it a 9-4 final. Final shots were 41-35 for the IceDogs.
The IceDogs have now won five straight at home and will wrap up their weekend by heading to Peterborough tomorrow afternoon to visit the Petes at 2pm. Fans can catch all the action live on TVCogeco and 610 CKTB!
1. NIAG B. Ritchie, (6) (M. Theoret, D. Hamilton), 2:30 (PP)
1. GUE R. Fabbri, (1) (S. Kosmachuk), 3:19
1. NIAG B. Ritchie, (7) (A. Haydon, R. Strome), 4:22
1. NIAG J. Graham, (1) (R. Strome, B. Ritchie), 7:07
1. GUE S. Kosmachuk, (12) (T. Richard), 12:36
1. NIAG R. Strome, (11) (D. Hamilton, B. Ritchie), 14:41
2. GUE R. Fabbri, (2) (J. Dickinson, B. McGinn), 6:18
2. NIAG M. Theoret, (5) (S. Shipley, D. Hamilton), 8:51 (PP)
2. NIAG B. Ritchie, (8) (M. Theoret, R. Strome), 14:12
3. GUE R. Fabbri, (3) (S. Kosmachuk), 6:32 (SH)
3. NIAG M. Theoret, (6) (R. Strome, D. Hamilton), 11:24
3. NIAG M. Lemmon, (1) (T. Petersen, C. Verhaeghe), 12:18
3. NIAG B. Ritchie, (9) (M. Theoret, S. Shipley), 14:50 (PP)