OTTAWA - Drew Schiestel, Chris DeSousa, Freddie Hamilton, Michael Maione and Andrew Agozzino scored for the Niagara IceDogs Friday night as they defeated the Ottawa 67's 5-3 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League opening round series.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead and down four skaters to six in the final minute, Agozzino lobbed the puck from his own end and into the vacated 67's net for the insurance goal.
While that goal was huge, it was the second period that won the game for the Ice Dogs as they turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead while outshooting the 67's 18-9.
"The second period is what did us in," 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea said. "We played well the first period and were moving the puck, then in the second period we just couldn't win a battle, we couldn't get the puck out and we couldn't get any offence. That's where the game was won and lost."
Thomas Kiriakou, Logan Couture and Corey Cowick scored for the 67's who got a 31-save performance from Perugini. Julien Demers had two assists.
Jeremy Smith made 41 saves in the Niagara goal while Dylan MacEachern assisted on the tying and winning goals.