ERIE, Pa. - Andrew Agozzino scored twice and the Niagara IceDogs erased a two-goal deficit with a four-goal barrage in the second period to hand the Erie Otters their seventh straight loss, 6-4 on Wednesday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Agozzino, Joel Wigle, Freddie Hamilton and Ryan Strome scored in the decisive period for the IceDogs (6-6-1), which turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead. Dougie Hamilton also scored for Niagara.
A surprise visit from NHLer Bad Boyes, the Buffalo Sabres forward and most revered player in Otters? franchise history, seemed to inspire the home team (1-11-0).
The Otters overcame Agozzino?s goal 1:15 into the game by scoring three straight goals, starting with Brett Cook?s tying goal at the 4:04 mark of the period.
Then the Otters scored twice in less than three minutes late in the period to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission.
Rookie winger Sondre Olden scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, this one on the power play, with 5:31 left in the first. Stephen Harper scored with 2:14 left in the period to make it a two-goal advantage.
But things fell apart for the Otters in the second.
Agozzino scored his second goal of the night, this time with the man advantage, at the 6:42 mark. Then the IceDogs capitalized on sloppy play from the Otters??? power play to take a two-goal lead.
Freddie Hamilton scored shorthanded on an assist from David Pacan with 6:33 left in the period. Then a mix-up in front of Otters goaltender Tyson Teichmann led to Strome???s short-handed goal 10 seconds later.
Erie rebounded early in the third with a short-handed goal, as Thompson and McKegg teamed to pull the Otters within 5-4 at the 2:45 mark while the IceDogs were on a five-minute power play.
But the IceDogs responded on the same power play, with Dougie Hamilton scoring 57 seconds later.