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IceDogs battle back from five goals down to beat the Wolves 6-5 in SO

Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 10:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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IceDogs battle back from five goals down to beat the Wolves 6-5 in SO

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Niagara IceDogs battled back from a 5-1 third-period deficit to defeat the Sudbury Wolves 6-5 in a shootout in Ontario Hockey League action on Saturday night.

Dougie Hamilton and Brett Ritchie scored 23 seconds apart in the final minute of the third period to force overtime while Hamilton added two assists and eventually scored the shootout winner.

Steven Shipley had one goal and one assist for the IceDogs (17-7-2) and OHL leading scorer Ryan Strome extended his point streak to 10 games with four assists.

Anthony DiFruscia and Mitchell Theoret each scored once to round out Niagara's offence.

Five different scorers found the back of the net for Sudbury ( 9-14-3) as Mathew Campagna, Dominik Kahun, Jacob Harris, Nathan Pancel and Nathan Cull beat IceDogs' rookie goaltender Brent Moran.

Moran made 24 saves, and was perfect in the shootout to pick up his first victory on home ice this season as Joel Vienneau turned aside 38 shots in the loss.

Niagara was 1-for-5 with the power play as Sudbury failed to score on five chances with the man advantage.

Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens