Alex Friesen Talk
Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:19 PM
Majors Smith-Pelly really lit it up tonight with a natural hat trick:
The Niagara IceDogs were edged 6-3 in a hard-fought battle against the league's first-place Mississauga Majors in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Sunday afternoon.
The IceDogs set the tone early with two quick goals in the first 65 seconds of play.
Andrew Agozzino continued his hot-streak with a beautiful breakaway goal while the two teams were playing four-on-four hockey after Joseph Cramarossa and Steven Shipley went off for coincidental roughing minors.
Alex Friesen then followed up with his 22nd goal of the season just 20 seconds later with Agozzino notching the assist to make it 2-0 for the home-team.
World Junior gold medalist Maxim Kitsyn then took a minor penalty for interference at the 3:23 mark, and Freddie Hamilton gave the 'Dogs a 3-0 lead as he tipped in an Alex Friesen shot from the point.
Both Friesen and Hamilton have scored goals in all three games this weekend, while Agozzino has potted two in the last two.
A familiar face got the Majors back in the game at the 9:28 mark of the first - former IceDog Chris DeSousa beat Dalton McGrath for his second goal in two games this weekend against Niagara, giving the game a 3-1 score.
Mississauga's leading scorer Justin Shugg, a Niagara Falls native, followed DeSousa's marker with a goal of his own about a minute and a half later to continue the fast-paced trend of the period and bring the Majors within one goal.
Both teams killed off penalties throughout the remainder of the first, and the score would remain at a 3-2 Niagara lead going into the intermission. Shots were 17-7 in favour of Mississauga.
The Majors continued to press in the second period, and eventually were awarded with a tying goal from Devante Smith-Pelly at the 11:06 mark, giving the game a score of 3-3 after 40 minutes.
Mississauga came out hard in the third period, mimicking the start the IceDogs had in the first period as Devante Smith-Pelly completed a natural hat-trick with two quick goals under ten seconds apart; the first came just 43 seconds into the period, and the Majors took their first lead of the game - 5-3.
Tempers began to flare in the latter half of the third and Majors captain Casey Cizikas dropped the mitts with an unlikely opponent, Freddie Hamilton. Hamilton held his own and out-muscled Cizikas, landing a couple shots and getting the take down.
Unfortunately, after the fight Mississauga was able to convert for their sixth goal of the game from Riley Brace.
The Majors would take a 6-3 victory over the IceDogs to cap off the home-and-home weekend.
The IceDogs will kick-off next weekend's schedule at home on Thursday, Jan. 27 as they host former IceDogs' assistant captain Dylan MacEachern and the London Knights at 7 p.m.
Tickets for this and all other IceDogs home games are still available and can be purchased at any IceDogs ticketing location throughout the Niagara Region. For more information, please contact the IceDogs office at 905-687-DOG1. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Agozzino (29) 0:42
1. NIAG Friesen (22) (Agozzino) 1:03
1. NIAG Hamilton (23) (Friesen) 4:33 (PP)
1. MISS DeSousa (11) (Shugg, Flemming) 9:28
1. MISS Shugg (25) (Cord, DeMelo) 11:02
2. MISS Smith-Pelly (24) (Cizikas, Percy) 11:06
3. MISS Smith-Pelly (25) (Kitsyn, Flemming) 0:43
3. MISS Smith-Pelly (26) (Flemming, Kitsyn) 1:01
3. MISS Brace (11) (Cramarossa) 11:31
Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:26 AM
January 24, 2011
Canadian world junior teammates will go head-to-head when the Montreal Juniors head to Bathurst to meet the Titan. Louis Leblanc, who hardly missed a step since his return to Montreal, will go up against the red-hot Olivier Roy.
Meanwhile, Senators prospect Jared Cowen and Canucks prospect Alex Friesen are inching closer to some career milestones.
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Canadian NHL teams' OHL prospects:
Alex Friesen, Vancouver (Niagara) - drafted 172nd overall in 2010
Friesen enjoyed a productive week with three goals and three assists in three games. He was also a plus-5. Friesen scored a goal in each of his last four games and has points in five straight. He is now 10 points shy of tying his career-best of 60 points in a season.
EDIT: here's another recent article (from the St. Catherines Standard): http://www.stcathari....aspx?e=2943306
Time flying by for Friesen
By BERNIE PUCHALSKI , STANDARD STAFF
Updated 3 hours ago
It seemed like only yesterday the Niagara IceDogs made Alex Friesen their second-round pick in the 2007 OHL draft.
Even Friesen finds it hard to believe he was playing his 215th career game Sunday afternoon in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. He and Andrew Agozzino are the only two players who have been with the IceDogs since their move to St. Catharines.
"I remember my first year coming in and the older guys saying to cherish it and soak it in because it's going to go fast. And it has gone fast," said Friesen, who scored his 22nd goal of the season and added an assist Sunday.What has been even more special for the soon-to-be 20-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake native is that he has had the chance to play his entire OHL career in front of family and friends.
"The support has been fantastic. We've gotten great crowds throughout the years and the family support has been an extra boost for me. Obviously when you're 16, it's hard to make the transition to living away from home. Staying at home has been a real positive in my progress as a person and as a hockey player."
The sixth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2010 NHL draft has also made the welcome transition this season to being one of several players expected to lead the offence on any given night. In the previous couple of seasons, the IceDogs needed Friesen and Agozzino to contribute offensively every night.
"Being deep definitely helps in all areas," Friesen said. "I'm playing less minutes, I'm more fresh, and this is the deepest team we had since I've been here.
"We're looking forward to keep moving on and keep improving throughout the whole season because the playoffs is when it really matters."
Friesen's goal Sunday left him just one goal shy of his career high set last season.
"With team success comes personal success and I'm happy with our team. We can compete with anyone," the 5-foot-10, 189-pounder said.
The IceDogs were more than competing with the Majors early on, building a 3-0 lead by the 4:33 mark of the first period on goals by Agozzino (29), Friesen and Freddie Hamilton (23). Mississauga replaced starting goalie Michael Audette with Taylor Edwards after Audette allowed goals on the first two shots of the game.
Edited by SID.IS.SID.ME.IS.ME, 24 January 2011 - 09:42 AM.
Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:38 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:52 PM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:44 PM
The Niagara IceDogs were edged 7-6 in a shootout by the London Knights after a thrilling, fast-paced game at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Thursday night.
London opened the scoring just over seven minutes into the first as Stephen Sanza beat Mark Visentin for his 15th of the season from Jarred Tinordi.
The IceDogs answered right back at the 7:59 mark as Ryan Strome let a wicked wrist-shot go from just inside the circle after accepting a perfect pass from Jason Wilson, while Shayne Rover also picked up an assist on the play.
The score would remain at a 1-1 tie going into the first intermission.
Niagara thought they got things going early in the second as Jason Wilson blasted a shot past Knights' goalie Michael Houser, but the goal was called off as Ryan Strome made incidental contact with the goaltender preventing him from being able to make the stop, and the game remained tied at one.
Returning in his first game back from a four game suspension, Johnson Andrews gave the 'Dogs their first lead of the night with a huge goal that came by tipping in a Mike Schwindt point shot. IceDogs rookie Billy Jenkins would also record his first career OHL point with an assist on the goal.
The Knights kept the scoring rally alive by answering Andrews' goal with two more of their own both coming on the power play from Stephen Sanza, who notched his second of the game, while Jared Knight also scored to give the game a 3-2 score in London's favour.
When Andrew Agozzino is sent on a breakaway, he means business. The IceDogs captain made no mistake in beating Houser with a beautiful wrist shot to notch his 30th tally of the season and tie the game 3-3.
Jared Knight answered Agozzino's goal while London was on a five-on-three power play to pick up his second of the game and put his team ahead once again.
The fast-paced trend of the game would only continue in the dying seconds of the period as Dougie Hamilton recorded his 9th goal of the season on the power play by walking in from the point and making a nifty move to beat Houser after accepting an impressive cross-crease pass from his brother Freddie.
The two teams would head into their respective dressing rooms with an even score of 4-4 after 40 minutes of play.
Andrew Agozzino continued to work hard in the third as he muscled his way into the slot allowing him to tap in an Alex Friesen rebound to pick up his second goal of the game five minutes into the period.
With Ryan Strome going off for cross-checking at the 14:05 mark of the third, the Knights red-hot power play would go to work once again, and they tied the game 5-5 with the goal coming from rookie Ryan Rupert.
Shortly after the London goal, Freddie Hamilton continued to showcase his elite passing skill as he sent the puck right onto the stick of Jason Wilson, who hammered it home for his second point of the night, giving the 'Dogs a 6-5 lead late in the third.
London was not ready to give up yet as they pulled their goaltender and Ryan Rupert sniped a shot over the shoulder of Visentin to make it a 6-6 game, sending it into overtime.
After both Jared Knight and Darren Archibald scored in the first round of the shootout, the next four shooters missed, and Vladislav Namestnikov would score the shootout winner to give the Knights a 7-5 victory in Niagara.
The IceDogs will finish their weekend on a two-game U.S. road trip as they face the Plymouth Whalers on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:05 p.m., before visiting the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:11 p.m.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. LND Sanza (15) Tinordi) 7:28
1. NIAG Strome (25) (Wilson, Rover) 7:59
2. NIAG Andrews (4) (Schwindt, Jenkins) 6:19
2. LDN Sanza (16) (Knight, Martin) 10:56 (PP)
2. LDN Knight (20) (Griffith) 12:07 (PP)
2. NIAG Agozzino (30) (Pacan, Gronvaldt) 14:56
2. LDN Knight (21) (Griffith) 18:18 (PP)
2. NIAG D. Hamilton (9) (F. Hamilton, Strome) 18:46 (PP)
3. NIAG Agozzino (31) (Friesen, D. Hamilton) 5:00
3. LDN R. Rupert (3) (Guimond, Griffith) 15:37 (PP)
3. NIAG Wilson (11) (F. Hamilton, Strome) 18: 21
3. LDN R. Rupert (4) (Martin) 19:49
Sidenote: Attendance: 2,885, Tim Billingsley made his long-awaited return.
Posted 29 January 2011 - 09:03 PM
The Niagara IceDogs picked up their second straight road victory over the Western Conference's first place Saginaw Spirit. Freddie Hamilton scored 2 goals and three points while Ryan Strome added three assists.
Freddie Hamilton wasted no time in getting the IceDogs on the board as he potted his 25th of the year just 19 seconds into the game with the help of Ryan Strome.
David Pacan followed up just under seven minutes in with Andrew Agozzino and Dougie Hamilton adding helpers to make it 2-0.
Saginaw sniper Josh Shalla then picked up his 37th goal of the season on the power play just past the 13 minute mark to give the game a 2-1 score.
John McFarland then tied the game just over a minute later, but Alex Friesen was able to regain the Niagara lead on a power play opportunity while Strome and Freddie Hamilton picked up their second points of the night on the play.
The score was 3-2 in favour of the IceDogs after the first 20 minutes.
The next goal wouldn't come until the 8:14 mark of the second as Darren Archibald notched his 28th of the year from Simon Gronvaldt to increase the IceDogs' lead to 4-2.
The Spirit made another comeback as Jordan Szwarz scored a short-handed marker to make it 4-3.
Freddie Hamilton continued to dominate with his second tally of the night eight minutes later. Strome also picked up his third point of the night, while Tim Billingsley recorded his first point since returning from injury.
That made it 5-3 IceDogs going into the second intermission.
Justin Kea brought the game within a goal once again by scoring at the 17:09 mark of the third, but that is as close as it would come as the IceDogs held onto a 5-4 lead to pick up their second straight win on the road.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG F. Hamilton (25) (Strome) :19
1. NIAG Pacan (13) (Agozzino, D. Hamilton) 6:47
1. SAG Shalla (37) (Telgin, Szwarz) 13:06 (PP)
1. SAG McFarland (17) (Szwarz, Sartoretto) 14:47
1. NIAG Friesen (23) (Strome, F. Hamilton) 17:49 (PP)
2. NIAG Archibald (28) (Gronvaldt) 8:14
2. SAG Szwarz (20) (Trocheck, Chiarot) 8:38 (SH)
2. NIAG F. Hamilton (26) (Strome, Billingsley) 16:49
3. SAG Kea (3) (Telegin, O'Connor) 17:09
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:10 AM
Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:18 AM
Happy birthday to him and what a great season he appears to be having !
Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:47 AM
IceDogs forward Pacan shows he belongs after leaving college
By BERNIE PUCHALSKI
Posted 2 hours ago
Niagara IceDogs forward David Pacan ended an 11-game goal drought Jan. 29 with a goal in a 5-4 victory over the Saginaw Spirit.
But the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder didn't fret much about the slump.
"I wasn't too worried about the goals because we have been winning as a team and I've been happy about that," the 19-year-old Ottawa native said. "I feel like I've been doing my part, but getting the goal was really nice, too."
The sixth-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL draft knows his job is to make space for linemates Andrew Agozzino and Alex Friesen and get them the puck.
"I try to let Alex Friesen and Agozzino get in the prime spots and I try to feed them the puck and, hopefully, they score," said Pacan, who has 41 points with Niagara this season.
He has been more than happy with his first OHL season after leaving the University of Vermont to join the IceDogs.
"I feel it's going pretty good. It's a lot different from college where you're playing a lot less games. I've become accustomed to it now. I've been learning every day in practice and the coaches and players are helping me to get better."
It didn't take him long with the IceDogs to realize he had made the right choice of leaving Vermont to play in the OHL.
"I knew right away I was going to like it here and ever since then, it has been getting better and better. The first two weeks with the coaches, players and games, it was a lot of fun and I knew I had made the right decision."
IceDogs head coach/GM Marty Williamson said Pacan has been a great fit.
"He's a big, strong power forward and he's fit in there real nice with Friesen and Aggy"
His success has surprised Williamson a bit.
"I've had a mixed bag when you get kids coming back from U. S, college and how impactful they can be. We feel he has made an impact and he has helped us win hockey games. He has done a great job with the penalty kill and now the power play."
Of Pacan's 13 scores, four have been game-winning goals.
"He seems to be in the right place at the right time, and that line has been real solid for us," Williamson said. "We needed a bigger body to complement Friesen and Aggy and he has done that.
"And he's getting better and better with his skill level and that helps those guys too."
He feels Pacan's recent goal-scoring slump is symptomatic of the entire line's performance.
"I thought the whole line, even though Aggy has still been scoring, has struggled a little bit. I don't think they've come out of it to some extent and I'm hoping they can get back to when they were real hot in December."
Pacan isn't worried because the team has more than enough scoring to off set any lulls by one particular line.
"I think we haven't been doing as well, but it's a long season and it's better to happen now than in the playoffs."
STILL MOVING UP
Going 2-0-0-1 last week and knocking off the formerly seventh-ranked Saginaw Spirit, has helped the Niagara IceDogs to climb to seventh from eighth in the Canadian Hockey League's weekly rankings. It's the highest ranking for the IceDogs since they were rated fifth in the 2007-08 pre-season.
With a 41-5-1-2 record, the Saint John Sea Dogs continue to top the polls. Mississauga is ranked second, Saginaw is ninth and Ottawa is one of three squads receiving honourable mentions.
Niagara IceDogs linemates Ryan Strome and Freddie Hamilton were considered for this past week's OHL player-of- the-week honours. Strome led the league with nine points in three games, scoring once and adding eight assists, while Hamilton potted three goals and set up four others. Strome previously won the award for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.
Cody Lindsay of the Ottawa 67's won last week's OHL and CHL awards on the strength of back-to-back hat tricks.
Niagara IceDogs: Third in Eastern Conference with 31-11- 2-4 record, including 7-1-0-2 in past 10 games. Home record is 17-2-1-3. Power play ranked seventh (21.9%) and penalty kill seventh (81.1%).
Leading scorers: Ryan Strome 25-53-78; Freddie Hamilton 26-31-57; Andrew Agozzino 31-23-54; Alex Friesen 23-29-52; Darren Archibald 28-21-49.
Top goalie: Mark Visentin 18-4-2-4, .920 save percentage and 2.42 G.A.A.
Plus/minus rating: Dougie Hamilton +33; Agozzino +27; Jesse Graham and Ryan Strome +22; Friesen +21;
Penalty minutes: Victor Terreri 105; Dougie Hamilton and Jason Wilson 61; Strome 60; Agozzino 55.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:45 PM
The 'Dogs continued to put on the pressure in the third period as Andrew Agozzino picked up his 32nd goal of the season after accepting a perfect pass from Alex Friesen while on a two-on-one.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:12 PM
Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:34 PM
Archie just picked up an assist on the 4th tally,his 23rd point in 23 games as an Ice Dog.
The Freezer picks up his 31st assist on the year on the 6th Ice Dog goal of the night,scored by Agozzino.
Freezer's goal stand up as the winner in a 7-0 romp.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:00 PM
25 goals and 60 points on the year in a total of 60 games played.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:41 PM
Hopefully he'll be a good player somewhat similar to Mario Bliznak
Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:30 AM
"Dream until the dream come true"
Posted 12 March 2011 - 06:51 AM
Niagara IceDogs leading scorer Ryan Strome reached the 100 point mark by scoring both the tying and overtime game-winning goal to boost the squad to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa 67's at the Rona Centre Friday night.
The two goals give Strome a current total of 101 points, moving him into second place the OHL points race, and pushing Ottawa's Tyler Toffoli into the third place spot.
The physical tone was set early as over-aged defenseman and Ottawa native Tim Billingsley laid a massive hit on 67's top prospect Shane Prince around the 6:28 mark of the first. The hit appeared to be clean and no penalty was called, but Prince's helmet flew off on his way to the ice and he was slow to get up, but managed to skate off the ice with help.
Jake Cardwell took liberties to Billingsley's hit and the two dropped the gloves, but Cardwell received the instigator penalty and a ten minute misconduct.
Just 21 seconds after the fight, Alex Friesen jammed one past Ottawa netminder Shayne Campbell to give Niagara a 1-0 lead.
The lead wouldn't last long as rookie sensation Sean Monahan put home his 18th of the season at the 9:08 mark to even things up, 1-1.
The score would remain so after the first 20 minutes of play, and the game's emotional tone escalated right up to the intermission.
In the second period, the emotions were settled between the two teams and they played another 20 minutes of back and forth hockey, but neither club could beat their opposing goaltender, and the score remanded at a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes.
The 67's thought they had taken the lead early in the third, but the goal was waved off as Mark Visentin was interfered with in the crease, and the game remained tied.
That didn't discourage the home team as Ottawa's captain Thomas Nesbitt put his team ahead 2-1 at the 12:42 mark of the third with the help of Monahan and Cody Ceci.
Later in the period, IceDogs offensive stud Ryan Strome scored a huge goal for the squad at the 16:32 mark on the power play for his 31st tally of the season, and 100th point. The point made Strome the second player in the OHL to reach the 100 mark this season, only behind over-ager Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers.
Strome's goal would force the game into overtime with a 2-2 tie.
Just as he tied the game with a clutch goal late in the third, Ryan Strome essentially set up his own one-timer while working the power play with Dougie Hamilton to pot his 32nd goal of the season (101st point) and boost the IceDogs to their second overtime victory in as many nights.
The final score: 3-2
The IceDogs will take a day off before paying a visit to the Kingston Frontenacs this Sunday, Mar. 13, with the puck drop set for 2 p.m. Fans can catch the game as always on TVCogeco, The OHL Action Pack and 105.1 The River.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Friesen (26) (Gronvaldt, Agozzino) 6:49
1. OTT Monahan (18) 9:08
3. OTT Nesbitt (32) (Monahan, Ceci) 12:42
3. NIAG Strome (31) (D. Hamilton, Friesen) 16:32 (PP)
OT NIAG Strome (32) (D. Hamilton) (PP)
Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:27 PM
Andrew Agozzino led the Niagara IceDogs with two goals while Ryan Strome scored the shootout-winner as the 'Dogs defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3 Sunday afternoon in Kingston, improving their record to 43-16-2-4.
Agozzino's two goals give him 41 on the season, which is a new milestone for the IceDogs captain.
Both goaltenders, Mark Visentin and Franky Palazzese, played exceptional games in net for their respective teams as they both stopped over 40 shots each, while also making some key saves in the shootout.
Agozzino got things going early as he potted his 40th goal of the season just 3:44 into the first with the help of his linemates, David Pacan and Alex Friesen.
This season is the first time he has reached 40 goals in his OHL career, having surpassed his previous season-best of 37 goals and 66 points, which he set last year.
Agozzino's marker would be the lone goal of the period, and Niagara would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, also leading the shot clock 14-10.
The 'Dogs got things started again in the second period at the 4:07 mark as Steven Shipley sent a pass through the high slot to Darren Archibald, who dropped to one knee and one-timed the puck into the net from the right wing to put them up 2-0.
Kingston answered back at the 8:54 mark of the frame as Mitch Gaulton picked up his 8th of the season on the power play to cut the IceDogs' lead to 2-1 - a score that would hold up after 40 minutes of play.
Much like he did in the opening period, Andrew Agozzino converted early in the third to notch his second goal of the game and 41st of the season, increasing the Niagara lead to 3-1. Once again, the assists on Agozzino's tally went to Pacan and Friesen.
However, it didn't take long for the Fronts to reply with a goal of their own coming from Derek Froats just over two minutes later, bringing the game within one goal at a 3-2 score.
Kingston continued to put the pressure on in the latter half of the third, and Ethan Werek was able to beat Visentin at the 16:41 mark to tie the game 3-3, which would eventually force it into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime frame, the game would be forced into a shootout with a 3-3 tie.
After the first several shooters were unable to score, Ryan Strome continued to make his case as a top five draft pick as he scored the shootout winner, giving him game-winning goals in the past two consecutive road games.
The IceDogs return to action this coming Wednesday, Mar. 16 as they pay a visit to the Peterborough Petes at 7 p.m., before returning to Niagara to play the final two games of the regular season at home.
The 'Dogs will host the Mississauga Majors on Thursday, Mar. 17 at 7 p.m., before finishing the season Saturday, Mar. 19, also at 7 p.m. in a rematch against the Kingston Frontenacs.
Seats are still available for both home games, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early and help fill the Gatorade Garden City Complex in support of your IceDogs as they finish their most successful season since the team arrived in Niagara.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Agozzino (40) (Pacan, Friesen) 3:44
2. NIAG Archibald (36) (Shipley, Doan) 4:07
2. KNG Gaulton (8) (Werek, Durocher) 8:54 (PP)
3. NIAG Agozzino (41) (Pacan, Friesen) 5:04
3. KNG Froats (4) (Stokes) 7:12
3. KNG Werek (24) (Braithwaite) 16:41
Posted 27 March 2011 - 12:40 PM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:28 PM
The Niagara IceDogs defeated the Brampton Battalion by a score of 5-1 to take a 3-0 series lead in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,145 at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Tuesday night.
The IceDogs struck first as Jason Wilson put the puck past Cody St. Jacques after accepting a pass from Ryan Strome, who created a turnover in the neutral zone to make the play possible.
Freddie Hamilton then followed up with his second goal of the playoffs at the 14:37 mark of the first to give Niagara a 2-0 lead. Jason Wilson picked up his second point of the game tonight with an assist on the play, while Shayne Rover also added a helper in his return from a brief lower-body injury.
The IceDogs had a chance to make it 3-0 late in the period with a shot at the power play, but St. Jacques made some big saves for the Battalion to keep the game at a close 2-0 score heading into the first intermission.
Despite the 'Dogs 2-0 lead, Brampton was ahead on the shot clock 12-10.
The opening of the second period scoring didn't come until the 7:34 mark as Alex Friesen made a nifty back-handed pass from behind the Battalion net to an open David Pacan, who made no mistake in snapping it in from the slot to increase the Niagara lead to 3-0.
The remainder of the second period went both ways for the most part, but the IceDogs managed to squeeze in another goal with just 43 second left in the frame. to give them a commanding 4-0 lead.
This time, Andrew Agozzino would get the marker to record his first of the playoffs, while Alex Friesen added his second assist of the game.
After 40 minutes, the IceDogs had a 4-0 cushion over the Battalion, while also leading the shot clock 26-20.
The Battalion finally broke Visentin's five period shutout at the 8:02 mark of the third as Zach Bell put home his first of the playoffs with the help of Philip Lane to cut the Niagara lead to 4-1.
The IceDogs tried to keep the play in the Brampton zone as much as they could throughout the remainder of the third, and more rough stuff occurred as the period went on.
Darren Archibald would however score his fifth of the playoffs with under four minutes left in the third to make it 5-1 Niagara.
With a commanding lead late in the third, the IceDogs killed the clock and took their third straight victory over the Battalion, 5-1.
Game four of the quarterfinal series will take place this Thursday, Mar. 31 at 7 p.m. at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton.
Fans are reminded to sign up for the Bus Trip for his Thursday, which costs $40.00 and includes transportation and a ticket to the game.
For more information, please contact the IceDogs office at 905-687-DOG1 (3641), Nick Williams (email@example.com) or fill out the form at www.niagaraicedogs.net.
The game can also be caught live on TVCogeco, The OHL Action Pack and 105.1 The River.
Go Dogs Go!
Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:01 AM
he Niagara IceDogs completed a four-game sweep of the Brampton Battalion with a 4-1 victory in game four at the PowerAde Centre Thursday night, meaning the Battalion are eliminated from the playoffs and the IceDogs will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinal round.
In his second game back after recovering from an internal injury, Johnson Andrews opened the scoring in game four by making a solid individual effort to break into the offensive zone and beat St. Jacques with a firm wrist shot glove side to give the game a 1-0 score.
Philip Lane and Spencer Abraham created some quality scoring chances for the Battalion in the latter half of the first, while the Agozzino-Friesen-Pacan line had some good cycles going for the ‘Dogs to keep the pressure on.
Niagara took a 2-0 lead with 4:47 left in the first as Myles Doan put one past St. Jacques for his first of the playoffs from Darren Archibald and Steven Shipley.
The ‘Dogs would keep the 2-0 lead after 20 minutes while also leading the shot clock 8-7.
IceDogs captain Andrew Agozzino gave Niagara a 3-0 lead just 46 seconds into the second as he tipped in a Dougie Hamilton point shot while on a power play that carried over from the first period. Ryan Strome also notched an assist on the play.
Battalion defender Marcus McIvor then took a holding penalty shortly after the goal, and Agozzino picked up his second tally of the game with the man advantage to make it 4-0 IceDogs 3:02 into the second.
Although the IceDogs started the third on the power play, Battalion forward Sam Carrick was tripped up on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot while shorthanded. However, Carrick couldn't come up with a move creative enough to beat the hot goaltending of Mark Visentin, and the score remained 4-0 in Niagara's favour.
The Battalion finally struck back with just over 13 minutes left in the third as Stephon Thorne scored his second of the playoffs to break Visentin's shutout and give the game a score of 4-1.
The play was brought to four-on-three late in the third as Shayne Rover and Philip Lane went off for roughing, and Mike Schwindt took a cross-checking minor shortly after to put the Battalion on a power play.
The 'Dogs managed to kill off the four-on-three Battalion advantage, picking up a 4-1 victory to sweep Brampton in four games and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinal round of the 2011 OHL Playoffs.
IceDogs fans are reminded to stay tuned for announcements regarding the scheduling for round two of the playoffs.
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Andrews (1) (F. Hamilton, Graham) 4:21
1. NIAG Doan (1) (Archibald, Shipley) 15:13
2. NIAG Agozzino (2) (D. Hamilton, Strome) 0:46 (PP)
2. NIAG Agozzino (3) (F. Hamilton, Friesen) 3:02 (PP)
3. BRA Thorne (2) (Alberga, Tanski) 6:52
Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:08 AM
Generals Even Series With 6-4 Home Win Over IceDogs April 9, 2011
The Niagara IceDogs were defeated 6-4 by the Oshawa Generals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Saturday night to even the series 1-1.
Share The Niagara IceDogs were defeated 6-4 by the Oshawa Generals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Saturday night to even the series 1-1.
After a chippy start to the game, Alex Friesen opened the scoring with his first goal of the playoffs just under three minutes in, beating Peter De Silvo and giving the 'Dogs a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the tally, Ryan Strome went off for hooking and Alain Berger tied the game 1-1 with his 5th of the playoffs from Christian Thomas and Calvin de Haan.
Christian Thomas then picked up his second point of the game on the power play with a go-ahead goal at the 9:38 mark to give Oshawa its first lead of the game.
After the Gens scored back-to-back power play goals, the IceDogs got a chance with the man advantage and Ryan Strome capitalized as he ripped a shot past Di Silvo to notch his 3rd of the playoffs, tying the game once again.
Neither team could convert again throughout the remainder of the frame and the two teams would head into the dressing room with an even 2-2 score.
In the second period, both teams exchanged goals around the 11 minute mark starting with Nicklas Jensen for Oshawa and Darren Archibald for Niagara. Both players would notch their sixth of the playoffs to give the game a 3-3 score.
Once again, the game remained at a tight score going into the intermission, with Niagara leading the shot clock 20-14.
Early in the third, Steven Shipley thought he put the 'Dogs up 4-3, and although video evidence showed the puck crossed the line, it was ruled no-goal and the score remained 3-3.
Mitchell Theoret would however regain the lead with a solid individual effort that resulted in a highlight reel goal where he flipped the puck over a defenders stick and made a nifty deke to give the game a 4-3 score.
The Gens didn't give up and answered right back with two quick goals from Jensen and Boone Jenner to give them a 5-4 advantage at the approach of the midway mark.
After taking a minor penalty for high sticking (which the Generals killed off), Christian Thomas made it 6-4 Oshawa by letting a wicked wrist shot go upon breaking into the IceDogs zone at the 12:45 mark of the frame.
Coach Marty Williamson pulled Visentin early in efforts to tie the game, and the Gens took a penalty with just over two minutes left to give the 'Dogs a 6-on-4 power play opportunity.
However, the advantage wouldn't last long as Alex Friesen took a slashing penalty shortly after, bringing the play to 4-on-4.
Oshawa was able to hold Niagara off and the home team took a 6-4 win to even the series 1-1.
Game 3 will take place this Monday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at any IceDogs ticketing location as well as the arena box office, which opens at 5 p.m. on game day.
Go 'Dogs Go!
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Friesen (1) 2:43
1. OSH Berger (5) (Thomas, de Haan) 5:36 (PP)
1. OSH Thomas (6) (Jensen, de Haan) 9:38 (PP)
1. NIAG Strome (3) (Friesen, F. Hamilton) 10:58 (PP)
2. OSH Jensen (6) (de Haan, Berger) 11:00 (PP)
2. NIAG Archibald (6) (Shipley, Doan) 11:40
3. NIAG Theoret (2) (Terreri) 6:15
3. OSH Jensen (7) (Andreoff) 7:00
3. OSH Jenner (5) 8:30
3. OSH Thomas (7) (DeHart) 12:45
Posted 10 April 2011 - 11:17 AM
Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:22 PM
IceDogs Advance to Conference Finals
April 15, 2011
The Niagara IceDogs will advance to the Eastern Conference Final as they defeated the Oshawa Generals 7-3 to capture a 4-1 series victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gatorade Garden City…
Share The Niagara IceDogs will advance to the Eastern Conference Final as they defeated the Oshawa Generals 7-3 to capture a 4-1 series victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Friday night.
IceDogs alumni and current Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Luca Caputi was in attendance for Game 5 and performed the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice to kick things off.
The presence of the IceDogs record holder for most points in a single season must have had an impact on the current team as Darren Archibald opened the scoring just 40 seconds in, notching his 9th of the playoffs with the help of Dougie Hamilton and Steven Shipley.
Generals forward Andy Andreoff took a minor penalty shortly after, and Archibald put home his second of the game by blasting a wicked one-timer past Peter Di Silvo top shelf to make it 2-0 Niagara.
Right after that goal, Steven Shipley got his stick on a Mike Schwindt point shot, but the play was brought to review and determined the puck was deflected with a high-stick and it was ruled no goal.
Boone Jenner and Calvin de Haan took back-to-back penalties just past the five minute mark to give the ‘Dogs a 5-on-3, but the Gens killed it off and the scored remained 2-0.
The penalty kill gave Oshawa some momentum and Josh Graves was able to sneak one past Mark Visentin to cut the lead to 2-1 with Nicklas Jensen and Calvin de Haan picking up the assists.
Steven Shipley didn’t give up after having a disallowed goal and with some hard work in the Generals zone, he was able to pick the puck up in front of the Gens net from an akward bounce before wrapping it in to make it 3-1 Niagara at the midway mark of the first.
Ryan Strome then increased the lead to 4-1 by going five-hole on Di Salvo for his 6th of the playoffs with 5:24 left in the first.
The scoring frenzy continued late in the first as David Pacan blasted a shot from the point that made its way through traffic and into the net, giving the IceDogs a 5-1 lead.
However, the Generals managed to answer back with their second of the game coming from Christian Thomas to make it a 5-2 score.
Alain Berger took a checking from behind penalty during the final minute of the first as he leveled Archibald from behind, putting the IceDogs on the power play for the remainder of the period and to start the second.
Shots were 16-15 in favour of Oshawa after 20 minutes.
The Generals killed off the penalty and both teams seemed to hold each other at bay for the majority of the second period.
It wasn't until the 15:05 mark that Boone Jenner potted the first goal of the frame with the help of Berger to give the game a 5-3 score.
Jenner's goal would be the last bit of action in the second and the two teams skated into their dressing rooms with a 5-3 game after 40 minutes of play.
The third period began at a rather slow pace as both teams were playing a solid defensive game.
Ryan Strome took a penalty at the midway mark for spearing, earning him 4 minutes in the box, but the Generals then took two penalties to give the 'Dogs a 4-on-3 advantage.
Niagara immediately capitalized as Andrew Agozzino scored his 6th of the playoffs from Alex Friesen and Dougie Hamilton to make it a 6-3 game. Hamilton's assist was his third of the game.
David Pacan then followed up with his second of the game to give the 'Dogs a commanding 7-3 lead with just 4:53 to go in the game.
Niagara held on to its 7-3 lead to pick up the win and advance into the final against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
The IceDogs would like to congratulate the Oshawa Generals on a successful season and wish them the best of luck next year!
Stay tuned for more information regarding the scheduling of the Eastern Conference Final round.
Go 'Dogs Go!
- Jeff Blay, Media Relations
1. NIAG Archibald (9) (D. Hamilton, Shipley) 0:40
1. NIAG Archibald (10) (Shipley, Graham) 3:22 (PP)
1. OSH Graves (1) (Jensen, de Haan) 8:58
1. NIAG Shipley (1) (D. Hamilton, Agozzino) 10:33
1. NIAG Strome (6) (Wilson, Doudera) 14:36
1. NIAG Pacan (2) (Archibald, Wilson) 17:02 (PP)
1. OSH Thomas (9) (de Haan, Jenner) 17:48 (PP)
2. OSH Jenner (7) (Berger) 15:05
3. NIAG Agozzino (6) (Friesen, D. Hamilton) 11:45 (PP)
3. NIAG Pacan (3) (Agozzino, Friesen) 15:07
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