ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Shootouts haven't been kind to the Niagara IceDogs early in this Ontario Hockey League season.
Myles McCauley scored the winner in the penalty-shot contest as the Plymouth Whalers took a 7-6 victory over the IceDogs on Saturday night.
It was the second shootout loss in as many home games for the IceDogs who had fallen 3-2 to the Belleville Bulls on Thursday.
The Whalers rallied twice from two-goal deficits and held a 6-4 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation, only to have Chris DeSousa and Dylan MacEachern - with just under two minutes to go - send the game to the extra sessions.
Joe Gaynor and Vern Cooper scored two goals each for Plymouth (3-3-0). Chris Terry and R.J. Mahalak added singles.
Alex Friesen, Andrew Agozzino, Freddie Hamilton and Andrew Shaw had the other goals for Niagara (2-2-1-2).
Both teams used two goalies with IceDogs starter goalie Mark Visentin lifted 8:41 into the second period after allowing two goals on 22 shots. John Cullen stopped 18 of 22 shots - including two of four in the shootout - and took the loss.
Jeremy Smith gave up four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Matt Hackett 2:18 into the second period. Hackett blocked 19-of-21 to earn the victory.