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The Niagara IceDogs downed to Windsor Spitfires 9-4 at Jack Gatecliff Arena Sunday afternoon.
The first period got off to a quick start for the IceDogs as Brett Ritchie scored his first goal of the game only two minutes in. Steven Shipley struck next, at 6:02, to give the IceDogs a 2-0 lead. Windsor cut the IceDogs lead to one, scoring on the powerplay to make it a 2-1 game. Carter Verhaeghe tallied at 11:20 and Mitchell Fitzmorris made it 4-1 before the break.
The IceDogs had another quick start in the second period as Verhaeghe scored his second goal of the game 26 seconds in to make it 5-1. Windsor battled back with three quick goals to make it a one goal game at 5-4.
The IceDogs came back when Jesse Graham scored to again stretch the IceDogs lead to two. With three minutes left to play in the period, Ryan Strome ripped a point shot past Windsor goaltender Jaroslav Pavelka, on the powerplay.
At 6:16 of the third period Brendan Perlini scored to extend the IceDogs lead to 8-4. Then Ritchie picked up his second of the game at 11:13.
The IceDogs play host to the visiting Mississauga Steelheads Thursday at 7 p.m.
1. NIAG B. Ritchie, (37) (R. Strome, S. Rover), 1:57
1. NIAG S. Shipley, (31) (R. Strome, B. Ritchie), 6:02
1. WSR N. Ebert, (10) (B. Johnson, J. Ho-Sang), 8:22 (PP)
1. NIAG C. Verhaeghe, (15) (L. Mercer, R. Strome), 11:20 (PP)
1. NIAG M. Fitzmorris, (3) (M. Robinson, O. Kopta), 12:42
2. NIAG C. Verhaeghe, (16) (A. DiFruscia), 0:26
2. WSR T. Murphy, (9) (A. Khokhlachev), 2:19
2. WSR A. Khokhlachev, (18) , 10:45 (PP)
2. WSR R. Verbeek, (3) (K. Rychel, B. Vail), 12:39
2. NIAG J. Graham, (4) (B. Ritchie), 12:59
2. NIAG R. Strome, (32) (J. Graham, L. Mercer), 17:03 (PP)
3. NIAG B. Perlini, (8) (C. Verhaeghe, A. DiFruscia), 6:16
3. NIAG B. Ritchie, (38) (M. Fitzmorris, J. Maletta), 11:13