Game one of the Rogers Championship Series needed double overtime to find a winner. Dougie Hamilton’s wrist shot from the point beat the Knights and gives the IceDogs a 1-0 series lead.
Mitchell Theoret got things rolling for the IceDogs in the first period when he got his stick on a Brett Ritchie shot to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead at 4:01 of the first period. Max Domi and Greg McKegg broke in on a two-on-one in the dying minutes of the first. Domi decided to hold on to the puck and shoot himself. It was a good choice as his shot beat Visentin on the far post and in.
The score remained tied until the IceDogs’ captain Andrew Agozzino took a pass from Alex Friesen at 18:23 of the second. He fired a snap shot past Houser top corner to give the IceDogs a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
Seth Griffith won the draw in the Knights zone, fed a pass to Vladislav Namestnikov and broke out on a two-on-two. Namestnikov waited until the last minute before sending a perfect tape-to-tape pass back to Griffith which he directed past Visentin to tie the game 2-2.
The teams exchanged chances for the next 46 minutes. Through the end of the third, the first overtime and into the second overtime. In the second overtime Freddie Hamilton walked out from the Knights’ corner and passed two his brother Dougie on the blue-line. Dougie made a quick fake then shot a low wrist shot that beat Houser five-hole ending the three and a half hour long game.
Houser stopped 51 of 54 in the loss and Visentin made 41 saves for the win.