The Niagara IceDogs fell to the Sarnia Sting 2-1 in a shootout Sunday afternoon at the Gatorade Garden City Complex.
The first period saw both goaltenders on their game as the game remained scoreless throughout the frame. Shots after one period were 9-6 in favour of the IceDogs.
Both Sarnia and Niagara would head into the second looking to get on the board and unfortunately for the IceDogs, it would be Sarnia that would find the scoreboard first, scoring quickly off a faceoff 6:11 into the 2nd to make it 1-0. That would prove to be the only goal of the period as the defensive struggle would continue and the IceDogs headed into the second intermission down 1-0. Shots after 40 minutes favoured Sania 22-13.
The defensive battle would continue in the third as both goaltenders would remain on their game keeping the score at 1-0 for the majority of the period. All that would change however at the 17:32 mark, as Trevor Petersen would find the back of the net to tie things up for the IceDogs at 1-1! Neither team would be able to score in the final 2:28, sending the teams to overtime. Shots after regulation were 32-21 in favour of Sarnia.
In overtime, both teams would have some great chances and near misses, but the extra period would ultimately solve nothing as the teams headed to a shootout.
In the shootout, Steven Shipley and Luke Mercer would both be stopped and both Sarnia shooters would be successful on their attempts, giving Sarnia the 2-1 shootout victory over the IceDogs.
The IceDogs will next return to action on Thursday night, January 10th, when they play host to the Owen Sound Attack. Tickets for this and all other IceDogs home games are still available and can be purchased at all IceDogs ticketing locations.
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Molson Three Stars
1. SAR – 14 Reid Boucher
2. SAR – 1 Knicholas Dawe
3. NIAG – 30 Christopher Festarini
2. SAR J. Addesi, (1) (M. Ciccarelli), 6:11
3. NIAG T. Petersen, (4) (J. Graham), 17:32