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Brett Ritchie scores five goals as Niagara IceDogs down Peterborough Petes 6-4

Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 5:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Brett Ritchie scores five goals as Niagara IceDogs down Peterborough Petes 6-4

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Brett Ritchie scored five goals as the Niagara IceDogs downed the Peterborough Petes 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Strome scored the sixth goal and had four assists for Niagara (12-6-1).

Alan Quine connected twice for Peterborough (4-10-3), while Derek Mathers and Brett Findlay added singles.

Quine and Ritchie exchanged goals in the first period, with Quine giving the home team the first lead of the game then Ritchie tying it up at 1-1. The pair then each connected in the second period as well, but in the reverse order.

Mathers and Findlay put the Petes ahead by two in the first half of the third period.

But the IceDogs took control in the second half of the frame as Ritchie scored twice to even the game before Strome tallied the go-ahead marker with less than three minutes to play.

Ritchie added an empty-netter in the final second to complete the scoring.

Niagar finished 3-for-6 on power-play, while Peterborough was 0-4 with the man advantage.

Niagara outshot Peterborough 40-29. Christopher Festarini took the win in goal for the IceDogs while Michael Giugovaz was saddled with the loss despite stopping 34 of the 39 shots he faced.

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