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Connor Crisp's hat trick leads Erie Otters past Niagara IceDogs 4-2

Thursday, 12.13.2012 / 9:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Connor Crisp's hat trick leads Erie Otters past Niagara IceDogs 4-2

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Connor Crisp had the hat trick as the Erie Otters downed the Niagara IceDogs 4-2 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday night.

Crisp scored a goal in each period, and finished the hat trick on the power play, to give him 12 goals on the season. Dane Fox had the other goal for Erie (9-19-5).

Shane Rover and Mitchell Theoret replied for Niagara (19-12-2), which actually outshot the Otters 49-32 overall.

Devin Williams turned aside 47 shots for the win, while former Erie player Chris Festarini made 28 saves in the loss.

Erie was 1 for 6 on the power play. Niagara was 0 for 4.

This was the first game the IceDogs were playing without Ryan Strome, Brett Ritchie and Dougie Hamilton who all were named to the Team Canada World Jr. team earlier in the day.

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