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The Ottawa 67’s scored first but a three-goal explosion by the Niagara IceDogs before the opening period was done ultimately sunk the Barber Poles in a 6-3 loss on Thursday night.
Despite a two-goal effort by Tye Felhaber, the 67’s fell behind 3-1 in the first after scoring the game’s first goal but never had the lead again, despite outshooting the IceDogs 46-43.
The 67’s got off to a strong start in this one as Felhaber scored his 14th of the year just 1:41 into the period. It wouldn’t last though, as the IceDogs responded with three goals — courtesy of Kirill Maksimov, Ben Jones and Johnny Corneil — to close out the period.
After falling behind after 20 minutes, the 67’s got one back near the midway mark of the second period when Felhaber scored his second of the game to make it 3-2 Niagara. But the game wouldn’t stay tight for long as both Jones and Corneil would also score their second goals of the game to give the home team a 5-2 cushion. Sasha Chmelevski added his 16th of the year for the 67’s with less than two minutes to go in the middle frame to once again close the gap. Corneil completed his hat-trick with an empty net goal with under a minute to play.
Leo Lazarev finished with 38 saves for the 67’s while the IceDogs’ Stephen Dhillon turned away 43 Ottawa shots in what was a busy night for both goalies.
The 67’s head to Erie next to face the Otters on Friday night in the second of six-straight road games for Ottawa, with the club closing out the week Saturday in Hamilton. Ottawa will kick off a seven-game home stand against Mississauga on January 24.
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