ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Riley Brace scored three goals the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors defeated the Niagara IceDogs 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday night.
The Majors opened a 4-1 first period lead on just eight shots as Brace scored twice, including a short-handed goal late in the period.
Niagara looked sluggish and out of sync all night as a number of players, including New York Islanders 2011 fifth overall pick Ryan Strome, are injured or away at pro-training camps.
Brace completed the hat trick just 50 seconds into the second period, scoring what turned out to be the game-winner.
Jamie Wise, Junior Harris and Jordan Mayer rounded out the Majors' scoring.
Joel Wigle paced the IceDogs with two goals, while David Pacan and Steven Shipley had the others.
Niagara actually outshot Mississauga 32-28 overall in a game that featured two NHL-owned goaltenders.
Phoenix 2010 first round pick and IceDogs netminder Mark Visentin made 22 saves in the loss, while J.P. Anderson, an undrafted San Jose Sharks signee, turned aside 28 shots for the win.
Mississauga went 0-for-4 on the powerplay. Niagara was 0-for-5.
The IceDogs, who were ranked second in the CHL preseason rankings, fell to 0-2 with the loss, while the Majors improved to 3-0.