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The Niagara IceDogs fell to the visiting Belleville Bulls 7-2 on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 3,145 at the Jack Gatecliff Arena.
The IceDogs jumped out to the lead 12:27 in the first as newly named captain Ryan Strome did not take long to make his mark in his return, scoring his 23rd goal of the season. Belleville answered with a pair of quick goals to take a 2-1 lead. The IceDogs responded however, as rookie Aaron Haydon tied it 2-2 before the end of the period.
Belleville led 5-2 after the second period as Niagara’s offence fell apart. Belleville added a pair in the third to make it a 7-2 final. Final shots were 46-24 Belleville.
The IceDogs return to action Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they play host to the visiting Peterborough Petes.
1. NIAG R. Strome, (23) (T. Mort, A. Haydon), 12:24 (PP)
1. BELV S. Silas, (4) (J. Cramarossa, A. Quine), 14:03
1. BELV T. Graovac, (23) (J. Worrad, A. Brassard), 14:27
1. NIAG A. Haydon, (3) , 16:25
2. BELV S. Silas, (5) (T. Graovac, B. Gaunce), 1:53
2. BELV B. Gaunce, (17) , 17:04
2. BELV J. Cardwell, (8) (T. Graovac), 17:47
3. BELV T. Graovac, (24) (A. Quine, B. Gaunce), 12:48
3. BELV M. Curtis, (9) (B. Gaunce), 16:26