The Niagara IceDogs picked up a 4-3 shootout victory over the Windsor Spitfires Friday night in Windsor.
The Spitfires took an early 1-0 lead as veteran Derek Schoenmakers put one past Chris Festarini, but Niagara controlled much of the play throughout the rest of the first period and eventually tied the game 1-1 with a goal from Trevor Peterson. Carter Verhaeghe gave a solid effort on the play to set up Peterson in the slot.
Nearing the end of the first period, Brock Beukeboom continued with his impressive pre-season play and blasted a shot past former IceDog Jaroslav Pavelka to give Niagara a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
The IceDogs came out flying in the second period as Brett Ritchie converted on a breakaway after taking a perfect pass from linemate Ryan Strome to give the ‘Dogs a 3-1 lead.
After a successful two frames in net for Chris Festarini, backup goaltender Bo Bessette took over in the third only to let in an unfortunate goal early in the frame. The Spitfires followed up with another goal on the power play as Ben Johnson tipped a point shot past Bessette, giving the game a 3-3 score.
Although several quality scoring chances developed throughout the remainder of the third, neither team was able to score again the game was forced into a shootout.
After several shootout attempts by each team, Ryan Strome would score the game-winner by beating Pavelka five-hole, giving the IceDogs a 4-3 shootout victory over the Spitfires.
The IceDogs will return home to host the Sudbury Wolves tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. at the Gatorade Garden City Complex to close out their exhibition schedule. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office prior to game time.