IceDogs fall in Peterborough
A short-handed Niagara IceDogs squad was no match for the Peterborough Petes Saturday.
Missing four regulars from the lineup, the IceDogs dropped an 8-1 decision at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
The IceDogs were without Landon Cato, Andrew Wycisk, Andrew LeBlanc and Kevin He, who was serving the first game of a two-game suspension for a hit Friday night in Mississauga. As well, newcomer Bronson Ride started but left the game to injury.
“They are a good hockey team with a lot of NHL draft picks,” Niagara coach Ryan Kuwabara said. “I thought we played really well the whole game but being down a few bodies makes it tough when you play a team like that.
“We are going to watch the game video and continue to get better as a group.”
The Petes built a 2-0 lead in the first period, then extended their lead to 4-1 after two before adding four more goals in the third.
Connor Lockhart, Tucker Robertson, Jonathan Melee, Chase Lefebvre, Jax Dubois and Brennan Othmann all had a goal and an assist for the Petes. Samuel Mayer and Owen Beck also scored.
Zakary Lavoie had the lone Niagara goal.
Josh Rosenzweig made 42 saves in a losing cause for the IceDogs.
Friday in Mississauga, the IceDogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the third before losing 3-2 in overtime.
“The players never stopped working trying to execute the game plan,” Kuwabara said. “We had a few really good chances in the first two periods and kept working for the those two we got in the third. If we keep doing that we are going to keep creating scoring chances. If we weren’t getting those scoring chances I would be concerned.”
Andrew LeBlanc and Declan Waddick scored for Niagara.
Owen Flores was outstanding in goal with 37 saves.
The IceDogs bring up the rear of the Ontario Hockey League standings with a record of 8-21-6-1.
The IceDogs have a busy week with home games Wednesday versus Sudbury, Thursday versus Mississauga, Saturday versus Kingston and next Sunday afternoon in Mississauga.
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