IceDogs come up short in Peterborough
Josh Rosenzweig made 61 saves as the Niagara IceDogs dropped a 5-3 decision at Peterborough Thursday. File photo: BILL POTRECZ
Not even a super-human effort in goal by Josh Rosenzweig was enough to get the Niagara IceDogs into the win column Thursday night.
Rosenzweig faced 66 shots, including 28 in the third period alone, as the IceDogs dropped a 5-3 to the Peterborough Petes in Ontario Hockey League action at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Roseznweig’s acrobatics not only kept the IceDogs in contention, but also earned him second star of the game.
“He played one of the best games I have seen him play this season,” IceDogs coach Ryan Kuwabara said. “He gave us a chance to win and made some big saves when it mattered most.
“He was outstanding.”
Things began on a tough note for Rosenzweig when the Petes scored just 57 seconds into the game on Brennan Othmann’s 19th of the season. The IceDogs quickly answered back two minutes later when Michael Podolioukh scored his first goal in an IceDogs uniform since being acquired from the North Bay Battalion last month. Othmann concluded the scoring later in period with his second of the game to give the Petes a 2-1 lead after one.
Andrew LeBlanc’s eighth of the season early in the second got Niagara back on even footing at 2-2 before Othmann completed the hat trick about six minutes later to restore Peterborough’s lead.
The IceDogs battled back once again in the third period, tying the game at 3-3 when Alex Assadourian netted his eighth of the season at the 11:50 mark.
Overtime was looming when the Petes took a 4-3 lead on Tucker Robertson’s deflection on a shot from the point with 2:31 to play. Robertson then concluded the scoring at 18:39 with his second of the game into an empty net.
“We battled hard and maybe should have deserved at least a point. We didn’t quit at all and I am proud of our guys,” Kuwabara said.
The IceDogs, 9-28-6-1, are in Hamilton Friday and home to the Kitchener Rangers Saturday.
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