STEPHEN LEITHWOOD/Niagara This Week
The dagger for the Niagara IceDogs came from one of the region’s native sons.
Jake Cardwell, who is from Niagara Falls, scored the game-winning goal to give the Ottawa 67’s a 4-3 victory on Thursday.
With only three seconds remaining during Ottawa’s power play, Cardwell pounced on a rebound to fire the puck past goalie Christopher Festarini late in the third period.
It was the IceDogs first loss at the Jack Gatecliff Arena this season.
Cardwell scored his first goal of the season earlier in the game with the man advantage.
Niagara trailed 3-1 by the end of the second period.
Mitchell Theoret gave the IceDogs a chance with his first goal of the season. Theoret took a pass from Ryan Strome and whipped it past 67’s netminder Keegan Wilson just 16 seconds into the third.
Mike Robinson tied the game up at 5:32 as Dougie Hamilton fired the puck on net. The puck bounced off of Robinson’s upper body and into the back of the net.
The IceDogs registered 38 shots while Luke Mercer scored a power-play marker. Festarini made 21 saves.
Tyler Graovac and Steven Janes added goals for Ottawa.
Up next, the IceDogs (5-4) travel to Sarnia (3-3-0-1) on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game and visit Windsor (5-3-0-2) on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.