The Niagara IceDogs were back in action Sunday afternoon for the final time in Hamilton.
The Bulldogs jumped up to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. With just over 2 minutes remaining in the period, Phil Tomasino was was sprung on a breakaway by Oliver Castleman. Tomasino scored under the goaltenders elbow to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 1 heading into the second period.
Jacob Paquette tied the game at 2 11 minutes into the second period! Paquette’s blast from the blueline was assisted by Ben Jones and Matt Philip. The Bulldogs responded with two quick goals. But it was Ben Jones who brought the ‘Dogs back within one. Jones roofed his 20th of the season from just above the face off circle. Kirill Makismov and Matt Philip were credited with the assists.
Midway through the third period, Andrew Bruder proved being in the right place at the right time works out well! Elijah Roberts let the puck fly from the blueline in the offensive zone and Andrew Bruder redirected the puck into the net to score his fourth goal of the season! Ben Jones was credited with the secondary assist on the goal. Hamilton re-gained the lead on a powerplay goal, but Philip Tomasino tied the game with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game!
The game headed to overtime, but the extra five minutes solved nothing. This game went into a shootout, where captain Ben Jones netted the winner!
The IceDogs came from behind an exciting game to close out the weekend! With this afternoon’s win, the IceDogs solidify a win of the K-9 Cup!
The ‘Dogs are back in action at home on Thursday night as the Guelph Storm make their only trip to the Meridian Centre, powered by Bruce Power.
Former IceDogs Billy Constantinou and Ian Martin make their return to Niagara on Friday, January 11th. Friday’s game is sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk. Join the conversation to help end the stigma surrounding mental health.
Tickets for both games 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
Shots on goal:
Niagara : 38
Hamilton : 38
Big Marco’s Pizza Three Stars of the Game:
1st star : Ben Jones (1G, 2A)
2nd star : Matthew Strome (HAM)
3rd star : Arthur Kaliyev (HAM)