IceDogs Comeback Spoiled in OT
The IceDogs spotted the hometown Bulldogs a 4-0 second period lead Thursday night and then stormed back to tie it in regulation, only to fall 5-4 in overtime. The win means Niagara will be looking to tie the best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final at one Saturday night in Hamilton.
Stephen Dhillon was the difference maker in the opening period making 21 saves and surrendering only one goal with offence mustering 6 shots in reply. An announced crowd of just under 2,700 seemed to be dominated by the IceDogs fans in attendance.
The Hamilton shooters continued to succeed in the second, scoring three straight to increase the lead to 4-0. At 16:58, the 'Dogs power-play would answer with Ben Jones' 2nd of the post season from Elijah Roberts and Dan Singer. The shot clock read 11-10 IceDogs in the middl period.
Dan Singer would convert a rebound 54 seconds into the third with help from Sam Miletic and Akil Thomas. Andrew Bruder's right wing snap shot, an unassisted effort, at 7:11 made it a one goal affair. The comeback was complete at 12:46 as Jones zipped home a shot on the power-play from Kirill Maksimov and Stephen Dhillon. A late power-play would come up empty as the game headed to overtime. Shots in regulation favoured Hamilton 41-32.
In the extra period, Billy Burke's team came withing inches of going home victorious as a puck crawled up the chest of the Bulldogs goalkeeper and came within inches of crossing the goal line. The winner came at 6:32 on shot off the goal post, as the goal judge turned on the light in error, before the puck banked in off Dhillon's back. Hamilton recorded 6 of the 8 shots in OT.
In now 7 matchups this season, Hamilton has yet to beat the IceDogs in regulation time.
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