GAMEDAY PREVIEW: ‘Dogs look to disarm visiting Knights
The London Knights come to town for the first meeting between these two playoff rivals this season. Despite only playing each other twice a season, the ‘Dogs and Knights have made a tradition of facing off against each other in the OHL finals every four years. Tonight also marks Captain Johnny Corneil’s 250th OHL regular season game played with the ‘Dogs – a huge accomplishment few players achieve.
In the Central Division, Niagara sits 2 points out of first place, trailing on the heels of the red hot Barrie Colts.
Tonight’s game is likely going to be a battle of the special teams. The IceDogs will be facing the 8th best powerplay in the league. The Knights’ powerplay has a 22.5% effective rate, while the IceDogs’ 19% effective.Kirill Maksimov leads the team, and league, with 9 powerplay goals, while Ben Jones ranks 5th with 8. Akil Thomas ranks fourth in league powerplay assists, with 14.
The Dogs’ penalty kill has been a major factor, ranking 2nd in the league, only behind Sarnia. The Knights’ penalty killing units rank 6th in the league.
Stephen Dhillon has played extremely well as of late, and has a 2.91 goals against average, ranking 5th best in the league thus far. Stevie’s also among the best in wins this season, with 13 under his belt.
The IceDogs have received other secondary scoring from second year forwards Danial Singer, Matthew Philip and Oliver Castleman. While the defensemen have become more active in the offensive zone, especially with the activation of Billy Constantinou, Liam Ham and Justin MacPherson when the ‘Dogs have extended control of the puck in the opposition’s zone.
IceDogs’ Top 5 Point Leaders:
NIAGARA: 13-9-3-2 (31 pts)
LONDON: 13-12-2-0 (28 pts)
Tickets for tonights home game, against the London Knights, are still available, in limited quantities!
You don’t want to miss out on this one – any match up between the surging ‘Dogs and the Knights are bound to be a good one!
Tickets can be purchased online HERE or in person at the following locations: