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Verhaeghe scores twice, including winner, as the IceDogs edge the Bulls

Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 10:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Verhaeghe scores twice, including winner, as the IceDogs edge the Bulls

BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Niagara IceDogs beat the host Belleville Bulls 5-4 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Brett Ritchie also had a pair of goals for the IceDogs (28-30-4) while Steven Shipley had a goal and an assist.

Aaron Berisha, Carter Sandlak, Austen Brassard and Alan Quine scored for the Bulls (39-15-7), who have dropped back-to-back games after winning 10 in a row.

Brent Moran stopped 33 shots for the win as Charlie Graham turned away 34 shots in a losing cause.

Ritchie opened the scoring at 17:52 of the first period after putting home a rebound.

After Berisha tied it in the second period, the third period saw a frenzy of goals and lead changes.

Belleville came out with goals from Sandlak and Brassard to go up 3-1 by the 9:45 mark, however Niagara tied the game with goals 52 seconds apart from Ritchie and Verhaeghe.

Shipley scored a go-ahead goal for the IceDogs at 19:09, but Quine forced overtime with five seconds left on the clock.

Verhaeghe scored the winner with just four seconds remaining in extra time.

Both clubs went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday