OTTAWA - Tyler Toffoli had two goals and Cody Lindsay had two assists as the Ottawa 67's were 4-3 winners over the Niagara Ice Dogs in the opening game of their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final series Friday night.
Anthony Nigro and Dalton Smith also scored for the 67's who got an 18-save performance from Chris Perugini. Lindsay's assists were his first points in 16 OHL games.
Andrew Aggozino had a pair of goals for the Ice Dogs, who beat Ottawa in overtime of Game 7 in last year's opening round.
Matt Pelgrave had the other score for Niagara while Mark Visentin had 35 saves.
Toffoli's second goal of the game came from behind the net as he bounced a puck off Ice Dogs netminder Visentin and barely across the goal line.
The goal came at 16:39 of the third period and broke a 3-3 tie.
"There were goals on both sides that were fortunate," said 67's coach Chris Byrne.
"Hats off to our guys for battling and finding a way. I thought we played good and it was nice to get off to a good start."
Game 2 of the series is Sunday and Ottawa and then it shifts to St. Catharines for games next Tuesday and Thursday.