The Niagara IceDogs ended their home regular season much like how they began it: with a win, a 4-2 tilt against the Mississauga Steelheads. The next time the Meridian Centre will see some hockey action is during the first round of the playoffs.
The ‘Dogs definitely kicked off Fan Appreciation Night well, scoring three goals in the first period! The game’s first tally was scored within two minutes of puck drop. Jason Robertson sent a pass behind to Jack Studnicka between the points, back to Robertson who then scored! The secondary assist was credited to Ivan Lodnia. Just around halfway through the opening frame, Robertson passed to Matt Brassard on the powerplay. Brassard, after skating along the boards to the faceoff dot, sent a shot to Thomas, who slipped it past Mississauga’s butterflied netminder to score! Just a few minutes later, Thomas scored his second of the night, again on the powerplay! Robertson, alongside Ben Jones and Thomas, went in on a 3-on-2, crossing the blueline with the puck. After skating through the point, he passed the puck to Jones, who got it past a Steelhead to Thomas, waiting just outside the circle to score.
The second period didn’t see much action besides a Mississauga goal, which cut the ‘Dogs lead to 3-1.
The Steelheads got the first goal in the third period on the powerplay to bring the score to 3-2, but the ‘Dogs responded a few minutes after to make it 4-2! From along the boards, Lodnia skated towards the net to try and get a shot in. Robertson picked up his shot and roofed it from the edge of the faceoff circle to solidify the 4-2 win!
The IceDogs would like to congratulate over-agers Stephen Dhillon, Johnathon Schaefer and Matt Brassard for their OHL careers. The ‘Dogs are excited for what the postseason will bring!
The next time the IceDogs see fans at home is during the first round of the playoffs! On Thursday March 21st and Saturday March 23rd, the ‘Dogs will face a yet to be determined opponent at home.
Tickets for both home 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 : 25
Mississauga : 33
Big Marco’s Pizza Three Stars of the Game:
1st star : Jason Robertson (2G, 2A)
2nd star : Akil Thomas (2G)
3rd star : Ivan Lodnia (2A)
We appreciate you! If you weren’t able to attend tonight’s game, or didn’t receive an IceDogs swag bag, show these vouchers at Leon’s on Taylor Rd in NOTL at check out!