GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Sam Miletic makes IceDogs debut as Erie Otters come to town!
Your Niagara IceDogs are back in action at home tonight as the Erie Otters pay their final visit to the Meridian Centre! Tonight’s game is presented by Beechwood Golf and Country Club.
Tonight is the fourth game this season the ‘Dogs will play against Erie. The ‘Dogs lead this season series between these two teams 2-1, with their only loss coming in a overtime in Erie in October. Most recently, the IceDogs stormed past the Otters with a 5-2 win in late November.
For the IceDogs to be successful in this afternoon’s game, their special teams are going to need to stay alive. While having the 2nd best penalty kill in the league, the powerplay has struggled, with 19.7% efficiency this season. The ‘Dogs will be facing the 3rd best penalty killing units in the league, in the Fronts. Kirill Maksimov leads the team with 25 goals, 5 of which are insurance goals, and 9 are powerplay goals.
Sam Miletic will make his IceDogs debut tonight, after being acquired from London. Miletic joins the team sitting 5th in league scoring with 54 points and third with 38 assists.
Stephen Dhillon is likely to have the start between the pipes again tonight, ranking 5th in the league 19 wins on the season.
The IceDogs have received other secondary scoring from second year forwards Danial Singer and Oliver Castleman, while the defensemen have become more active in the offensive zone, especially with the activation of Liam Ham, Billy Constantinou and Justin MacPherson when the ‘Dogs have extended control of the puck in the opposition’s zone.
IceDogs’ Top 5 Point Leaders:
NIAGARA: 20-12-3-2 (47 pts)
ERIE: 12-20-6-2 (32 pts)
Tickets are still available for our next home game, Friday, January 12th against the Barrie Colts! Tickets 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