Prospect Note: Brett Ritchie keeps rolling with five-goal game

Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie is on a roll. After racking up six points (four goals, two assists) Saturday night, Ritchie came up big again Sunday afternoon, scoring five goals as the Niagara IceDogs rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League.

“I maybe (scored five goals in a game) when I was four or five and playing in a house league or something,” Ritchie said in a postgame interview on Cogeco Television. “The puck is going in right now and it feels really good.”

Ritchie, a second round pick in 2011, scored twice in the first period on Sunday, and then in the third period scored two goals in a 1:09 span to help Niagara erase a 4-2 Peterborough lead. After linemate Ryan Strome gave Niagara a 5-4 lead, Ritchie sealed the win with an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining.

Ritchie, who scored just one goal in his first 12 games of the season, has tallied nine times in his last two games and has 13 goals over his last seven.

“I was sort of snake-bit earlier in the year, but I knew they were going to start going in,” Ritchie said. “Our line has been clicking and we’ve been getting a lot chances and scoring opportunities and they’ve been going in. We’re just going to try to keep this going as much as we can here.”

With the eleven points (nine goals, two assists) over the last two games, Ritchie currently ranks second in the OHL in scoring with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists).

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