February 9th, 2019
Niagara IceDogs (32-12-7-0 | 71 pts) @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (23-21-5-1 | 52 pts) 7:00 pm
10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Organized by: Jordyn Moussa, Social Media and Sales Coordinator
1) Niagara begins a 3-game road stand, and a Northern 2 in 2 weekend, tonight in Sault Ste. Marie.
2) When the IceDogs and Greyhounds last faced each other, Niagara prevailed 6-1.
3) Coming into this game, Jason Robertson is on a 10 games point streak, having collected 22 points.
4) Jason Robertson’s 84 points on the season, ranks 3rd in the league. 47 of Robertson’s points are assists, ranking 5th in the league. Phil Tomasino leads the league with 9 game winning goals this season.
5) The IceDogs have the 3rd ranked powerplay, with a 28% efficiency, and the 17th ranked penalty kill, with a 74.9% efficiency. Jason Robertson is dominating the league in power play points, leading with 15 goals and 27 assists on the man advantage. Kirill Maksimov has 15 goals on the man advantage.
6) The Greyhounds’ power play ranks 10th with a 22.8% efficiency, while their away penalty kill is ranked 2nd with 83.1% efficiency.
7) Niagara’s 6-1 win last week over the Soo was goaltender Matthew Villalta’s 15 career OHL loss.
8) The IceDogs look to break a 6-season losing streak in Sault Ste. Marie, dating back to the the 2011-2012 season, when the Niagara blanked the Greyhounds 3-0.
9) Tonight’s game is likely to be a face-off between Stephen Dhillon and Matthew Villalta in the net. Dhillon’s posted a 3.05 goals against average, and a .909 save percentage, with 26 wins. Villalta, who has 24 wins this season, has a 3.12 goals against average, and a .897 save percentage.
10) Tonight’s game is a match-up between the 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the league, with 1 point separating them in the standings.
The ‘Dogs have 3 away games against the Sault Ste. Marie (Feb. 9), Sudbury Wolves (Feb. 10), and Erie Otters (Feb. 16) before returning home against on February 17th against Sudbury.
Dedicated towards mental health in youth, the game is presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch, and Teachers Life. There will be a post-game family skate, presented by Tim Hortons, offering free hot chocolate! Helmets and skates must be checked at ice-level before the game. Children under 14 must wear a helmet.
Tickets for next Sunday’s game can be purchased online HERE, or in person at the following locations:
IceDogs Meridian Centre Offices 905-687-3641
Meridian Centre Box Office
Pen Centre Customer Service
Seaway Mall Customer Service