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IceDogs Fall to Kitchener 5-4 in Shootout

February 1, 2014 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
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The Niagara IceDogs dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 shootout loss to the visiting Kitchener Rangers at the Jack on Saturday night.

The IceDogs would get off to just the start they were looking for as Carter Verhaeghe would strike on the powerplay 2:55 in to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead. Verhaeghe would then continue his strong play, scoring his second of the night at the 8:52 mark of the first to extend the 'Dogs lead to 2-0. That would be it for scoring in the frame as the IceDogs headed to the intermission up a pair. Shots after one were 10-8 for the home side.

In the second, Kitchener would get one back early, scoring two minutes into the period to make it a 2-1 game. Things would then end up tied up at the 8:52 mark of the second when Kitchener would score on the powerplay to make it 2-2. The IceDogs would not let up however and Ben Hughes would answer back just over a minute later to give the IceDogs the lead again at 3-2! Unfortunately for the IceDogs faithful, the scoring would not stop there as Kitchener would score on the powerplay again to make it a 3-3 game. Once again though, the IceDogs would answer right back, as Verhaeghe would complete the hat trick just 1:09 later to make it a 4-3 game after 40 minutes. Shots after two were 19-6 Niagara.

In the third, the IceDog would look to maintain their lead, but with just over seven minutes remaining Kitchener would find another powerplay goal to tie it at 4-4. Both sides would look for the go ahead goal throughout the rest of the frame, but neither side would be able to find it as the teams headed to overtime tied at 4-4. Shots after regulation were 33-27 Kitchener.

In overtime, the IceDogs would get whistled for their eighth consecutive penalty, but would come up with a massive penalty kill and overtime would ultimately solve nothing as the teams headed to a shootout.

In the shootout, Carter Verhaeghe would score in the first round to put the IceDogs ahead. Kitchener would tie it in round two however and neither side would be able to score until the seventh round when Kitchener would score and the IceDogs would be stopped again to make it a 5-4 shootout loss for the home side.

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