ST. CATHARINES – The Niagara IceDogs defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Thursday night at the Gatorade Garden City Complex.
North Bay would open the scoring making it 1-0 6:33 into the first. The IceDogs would answer at the 11:14 mark of the period as Luke Mercer would wrist one home to make it a 1-1 game. The momentum would continue for the IceDogs as they would capture the lead as Carter Verhaeghe continued his strong start to the season putting one home just over five minutes later to make it 2-1. The score would remain that way heading into the intermission, with shots after one tied at 13-13.
Brendan Perlini would continue his red hot start to the season, scoring his fifth goal of the season on the powerplay 8:58 into the 2nd to make it a 3-1 game. North Bay would not let up, answering on the powerplay just over three minutes later to make it a 3-2 game. That would prove to be it for scoring in the frame as the IceDogs headed into the 3rd up a goal. Shots after 40 minutes were 23-20 for North Bay.
The third period would see a strong defensive effort from the IceDogs, allowing only 6 shots in the period. The score would remain 3-2 for much of the period until with 2:30 left in the game Brook Hiddink would strike for the IceDogs second powerplay goal of game to put the IceDogs up two once again at 4-2. The two powerplay goals marked the third straight game the IceDogs have scored that many powerplay goals in a game. Chris Festarini and the defence would take it from there as the IceDogs picked up the 4-2 victory. Final shots in the game were 29-28 for the visitors.
After an off-day Friday, the IceDogs will hit the road Saturday and Sunday as they visit Sarnia and Windsor respectively. Both games can be caught live on both 610 CKTB and TVCogeco. The IceDogs will next return home next Thursday when they play host to the visiting Owen Sound Attack. Tickets for that and all other IceDogs home games are still available and can be purchased at all IceDogs ticketing locations!
1. NB M. MacLeod, (3) , 6:33
1. NIAG L. Mercer, (1) (B. Perlini, J. Graham), 11:14
1. NIAG C. Verhaeghe, (3) (B. Perlini, B. Siebenaler), 16:52
2. NIAG B. Perlini, (5) (A. DiFruscia, C. Verhaeghe), 8:58 (PP)
2. NB B. Robinson, (1) (A. Henriksson, M. McIvor), 12:05 (PP)
3. NIAG B. Hiddink, (1) (V. Dunn, A. Protapovich), 17:30 (PP)
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