The Niagara IceDogs won 7-4 in their final home game against the Erie Otters this regular season. This was the second game of a five game homestand for the ‘Dogs, and third consecutive win against Erie this season.
The ‘Dogs definitely came out to play in the first period, scoring three goals while letting none in! Kirill Maksimov kicked off the game’s scoring within the first two minutes helped by some back and forth with Ben Jones. The secondary assist went to Elijah Roberts. Towards the middle of the period, Drew Hunter got his fifth of the season assisted by Bradey Johnson and Jacob Paquette! Hunter scored his goal after he picked up a shot by Johnson that Erie’s netminder redirected into the net behind him. A few minutes later, with his 33rd of the season, Akil Thomas got the third goal of the night! Matt Brassard, from the blueline, passed to Thomas at the top of the faceoff circle, exchanging the puck with Jack Studnicka to score from the bottom of that circle diagonally to the net.
The second period just might have had more action than the first! Erie opened the period’s scoring at 3-1, but the ‘Dogs quickly answered with two more! Jason Robertson, skating through the neutral zone, passed to Studnicka at the point with some silky back and forth action, passing to Jones who scored from the slot. Hunter, skating backwards toward the goal line, sent the puck to Castleman in the slot, in return passing to Thomas who scored from the edge of the circle. Castleman scored the sixth of the night for his 50th career goal! The assists were credited to Thomas and Tomasino. Erie cut the lead to 6-2, but just under three minutes later, the three paired up again for another goal, this time Tomasino assisted by Thomas and Castleman.
The final frame was the most tame of the evening, with the exception being two Erie goals scored, making the final score 7-4.
During tonight’s game, Thomas got four points and Castleman got his 50th OHL career goal.With 7 goals tonight, the IceDogs became the first team in the league to reach 300 goals scored this season, setting a new club record!
Join us tomorrow evening, March 8th, as we sport specialty jerseys and take on the Sudbury Wolves for the final time the season. All game-worn jerseys will be auctioned live post-game with the help of Luke’s Auctions. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to Pathstone Mental Health.
Only standing room tickets remain for Friday’s game and 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 : 40
Erie : 26
Big Marco’s Pizza Three Stars of the Game:
1st star : Akil Thomas (2G, 2A)
2nd star : Oliver Castleman (1G, 2A)
3rd star : Kirill Maksimov (1G)