Saturday Highlights: Dogged determination

Saturday January 9, 2016

The Niagara IceDogs found overtime success for the first time this season on Saturday in Flint as Vince Dunn scored 1:13 into the extra frame to seal the deal on a 3-2 comeback victory.

The Dogs trailed 2-0 nearing the midway point of the third period before goals from Jordan Maletta and Brendan Perlini tied the score at two with just 1:24 to spare.

Dunn’s overtime winner gave the IceDogs their first overtime or shootout win in six tries this season in one of seven games around the league on Saturday.


NIAGARA 3 FLINT 2 OT – Goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic and Brent Moran squared off against their old mates, with the former outlasting the latter under a considerably lighter workload as the Niagara IceDogs took a 3-2 comeback win in overtime. Third period markers from Jordan Maletta and Brendan Perlini erased a 2-0 Firebirds lead before Vince Dunn completed the comeback 1:13 into overtime. Moran made 42 saves in the loss for Flint as he remains in the hunt for his first win in a Firebirds uniform. Nedeljkovic made 21 saves for Niagara, being beaten twice in the game on goals by Jacob Collins and Zach Grzelewski. The win is Niagara’s fourth straight as they remain within two points of first place Barrie in the Central Division.

KINGSTON 2 OWEN SOUND 1 OT – Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele buried on a two-on-one rush 20 seconds into overtime to give the Kingston Frontenacs a 2-1 victory in Owen Sound. Kingston’s fourth straight win included 30 saves from goaltender Jeremy Helvig while Michael Dal Colle scored in his third straight contest. Kevin Hancock provided Owen Sound’s only goal in the loss while goaltender Michael McNiven made 33 saves.

SARNIA 5 SAGINAW 4 SO – Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny scored shootout markers while Charlie Graham made 38 saves in his Sting debut as Sarnia defeated Saginaw 5-4 in a shootout. Sophomore winger Anthony Salinitri had a pair of goals for the Sting while veteran Patrick White had a goal and two assists. Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens had a goal and two assists while goaltender Evan Cormier made 36 saves. Sarnia has collected points in eight straight games, pulling to within seven points of first place Windsor in the West Division.

MISSISSAUGA 3 OTTAWA 2 SO – Alexander Nylander provided the shootout winner while Mississauga goaltender Jack Flinn was superb, making 39 saves on the afternoon as the Steelheads defeated the Ottawa 67’s 3-2. Flinn earned first star honours in the Mississauga win while draft eligible centreman Michael McLeod tied the score at two shorthanded with five minutes left in the third. Connor Graham and Artur Tyanulin had goals for the 67’s who came away with one point despite outshooting Mississauga 41-25.

BARRIE 3 WINDSOR 1 – The Windsor Spitfires controlled much of the play and spent plenty of time on the powerplay, but couldn’t beat Mackenzie Blackwood as the Barrie Colts took a 3-1 home ice victory. Blackwood made 32 saves on the night while goals from Andrew Mangiapane, Roy Radke and Kevin Labanc paved the way to victory. Windsor forward Connor Chatham scored his first as a Spitfire in the loss while the Colts managed to hold former teammate Brendan Lemieux off the scoresheet, bringing his 17-game point streak to an end. Newly acquired Barrie defenceman Cameron Lizotte impressed, earning first star recognition in his home debut.

PETERBOROUGH 7 HAMILTON 2 – A big five goal second period allowed the Peterborough Petes to pull ahead of the Hamilton Bulldogs enroute to an eventual 7-2 victory on home ice. Petes goaltender Dylan Wells made 40 saves while Adam Timleck scored twice and Hunter Garlent collected a goal and two assists. Veteran winger Greg Betzold and Peterborough product Logan DeNoble each had a goal and an assist. Trent Fox and Niki Petti scored for the Bulldogs who managed to outshoot the Petes 42-40 despite the loss.

LONDON 7 GUELPH 3 – The Guelph Storm managed to hang around until the third period when three late London markers put things out of reach in a 7-3 Knights victory. Overage winger Aaron Berisha scored twice while Christian Dvorak, Robert Thomas and Victor Mete all had a goal and an assist. Dvorak extended his current point streak to 19 games while teammate Mitch Marner pushed his to 21 with his 24th goal of the season in London’s fourth straight win. Jake Bricknell, Givani Smith and James McEwan responded for Guelph.

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