Following last nights 6-1 defeat over the Owen Sound Attack, the IceDogs were back in action in Kitchener tonight to face the Rangers for the first time this season. In their only trip to the Aud this season, the IceDogs were looking to carry over the success they found on the scoresheet last night. Tonight marked the first game of the season in which the entire IceDogs lineup was healthy.
After jumping out to a good start in the first period, with all lines getting lengthy shifts in the offensive zone, the IceDogs finally broke the 0-0 score with 5 minutes left. On the first powerplay of the game, Kirill Maksimov was fed in the slot from Ben Jones. Maxi sniped his 14th of the year, and 8th on the powerplay, from just a few inches in front of the Rangers’ netminder. Jason Robertson extended his 11-game point streak by adding an assist on Kirill’s tally. Just three minutes later, Jason Robertson led a rush into the offensive zone, found Phil Tomasino streaking in, who then passed the puck to Akil Thomas. Thomas made no mistake scoring backhand around a sprawling goaltender to double the IceDogs’ lead, heading into the first intermission.
The second period was certainly an exciting 20 minutes for the ‘Dogs, and the many fans who made the trip to Kitchener! Kirill Maksimov scored his 2nd of the game just 10 seconds in to the period, off a face off won by Ben Jones! Then, Philip Tomasino beat the Rangers’ goaltender glove side to extend the lead to 4-0! Jason Robertson and Akil Thomas were credited with the assists on Tomasino’s 11th goal of the season. After the Rangers broke the shutout, Robertson scored his 26th goal of the season, to lead the league in goals. Tomasino and Daniel Bukac were credited with the assists on J-Rob’s marker. Just two minutes later, Kirill Maksimov completed the hat-trick, after being fed by Ben Jones
After an early period scuffle, the Rangers found themselves on the powerplay, which they scored on to cut the IceDogs’ lead to 4. More physical play ensued as the period worn on but the IceDogs stood their ground. Ivan Lodnia iced the game with just over 3 minutes to play. Kitchener-Waterloo native Ben Jones picked up his 4th assist of the night.
The IceDogs held on to win 7-2!
Tonight was the 50th win of Head Coach Billy Burke’s career!
After visiting Hamilton on Sunday, the ‘Dogs come back to town on Thursday December 6th against the Saginaw Spirit. Take advantage of our $10 Fall Thursday deal! For every Thursday night game in November and December, we are making hockey more easily accessible with $10 tickets in our Value section (sections 108-111).
The next home game after, on Saturday December 8th, will be our annual Teddy Bear Toss! At our game against the North Bay Battalion, fans can bring new or gently used stuffed animals and throw them onto the ice when the ‘Dogs score their first goal of the game. The teddies will then be donated to the Niagara Regional Police Association along with Victim Services.
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 : 34
Kitchener : 19
Big Marco’s Pizza Three Stars of the Game:
1st star : Jason Robertson (1G, 3A)
2nd star : Kirill Maksimov (3G)
3rd star : Ben Jones (4A)