ERIE, Pa. - Brett Ritchie had a goal and two assists as the Niagara IceDogs downed the Erie Otters 5-2 on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League play.
Connor McDavid scored his 12th goal of the season, and Connor Crisp added his seventh, for the Otters (6-12-3). Oscar Dansk allowed four goals on 31 shots in the loss.
Ritchie took Strome's pass and split two defencemen before firing a shot over Dansk's glove to score his 17th goal of the season and snap a scoreless tie 6:53 into the opening period.
Then Verhaeghe scored his second goal of the season, on assists from DiFruscia and Shipley, less than two minutes later to hand the IceDogs a 2-0 lead.
Niagara regained a two-goal lead at 3-1, as Shipley slipped a rebound past Dansk at the 8:48 mark of the period. But the Otters pulled within a goal again at 3-2 on Crisp's goal with 6:14 left in the period. Luke Cairns and Spencer Abraham set up the goal.
Yet the IceDogs started the third strong, as Theoret scored his ninth of the season on assists from Ritchie and Dougie Hamilton 33 seconds into the period.
Strome's empty-net goal capped the scoring with five seconds left.