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Strome scores twice as the IceDogs down the 67's 4-2

Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Ryan Strome scored twice, including once into an empty net, as the Niagara IceDogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the host Ottawa 67’s 4-2 on Friday night in Ontario Hockey League action.

Strome scored at 14:05 of the second period to get the IceDogs (3-0-0) on the board and Shayne Rover tied the game less than two minutes later.

Brett Ritchie scored the winning goal for Niagara midway through the third period after being the recipient of a lucky bounce. Two 67’s players collided in front of their own goal and Ritchie fired a one-timer past Jacob Blair in the Ottawa goal.

“I thought we were a lot closer to how we want to play and it was a tough bounce on their third goal and it ended up being the game winner,” 67’s coach Chris Byrne said.

Strome's second goal of the night came with just 27 seconds remaining in regulation.

Dante Salituro and Tyler Graovac scored for the 67’s (0-3-0).

Christopher Festarini made 20 saves for the victory while Blair allowed three goals on 25 shots in a losing effort.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory