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Darren Archibald | #49 | RW/LW

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glad to see a prospect that doesn't resemble our other prospects :P

This organization needs someone big with a chip on their shoulder..

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<br />11 points in 10 games with the Ice Dogs!<br />
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We have 2 players with the disposition of junkyard dogs scoring at better than a point a game for the Ice Dogs.

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We have 2 players with the disposition of junkyard dogs scoring at better than a point a game for the Ice Dogs.

Cant wait to see this guys play :)

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This guy is lookin like a steal right now. How does one adapt to a new team just like that?

Maybe he is a bit like Rick Nash...getting by on individual ability and drive regardless of what his team does...? dont know.

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Archie and Alex giving it a 1-2 punch.

IceDogs Drop Frontenacs 6-2

Dougie Hamilton led the Niagara IceDogs to a 6-2 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs with a goal and two assists in front of another sold-out crowd at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Sunday afternoon. Darren Archibald also notched two goals and an assist for the 'Dogs in their convincing win over the visiting Fronts.

Mark Visentin stopped 30 shots and picked up an assist in his first game back in net for the IceDogs since the IIHF World Junior tournament in Buffalo, while Jason Wilson, Andrew Agozzino and Johnson Andrews also potted goals for Niagara.

The IceDogs kicked things off at the 11:15 mark of the first on the power play as the Hamilton brothers collaborated efforts with Freddie making a cross-crease pass right onto the stick of brother Dougie who was pinching in from the point. Dougie made no mistake in one-timing the puck into the net to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead.

The Frontenacs looked outplayed until the dying minutes of the period when Nathan Moon was the first to score for his team after an awkward play behind the IceDogs net, before Mark Visentin's World Junior teammate Erik Gudbranson potted a goal from the point to put Kingston up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Things got rough just past the midway mark of the second as Erik Gudbranson seemed to be on a mission to drop the gloves as he went after a much smaller Alex Friesen in front of the Kingston net. After several players took roughing penalties, Gudbranson's double minor put the IceDogs on a four minute power play.

Andrew Agozzino converted almost right away with the man advantage to pick up his 25th goal of the year, before Darren Archibald followed up soon after with a wrist shot from the top of the circle to put the IceDogs up 4-2 - both goals came on the power play.

The second period ended on a physical note as Johnson Andrews went toe-to-toe with Connor Stokes after Stokes was pestering the IceDogs throughout the majority of the game. Both players were throwing bombs but Andrews' landed the majority until he slipped to the ice and Stokes took four late shots, striking Andrews' head while he was lying on the ice.

After sitting out for the remainder of the period, both players would return in the third.

The IceDogs did a great job killing off a five-on-three and a few other minor penalties in the third period, and things calmed down quite a bit in the final frame allowing the 'Dogs to stay composed and hold onto the lead.

The Fronts pulled their goalie in the final minute in efforts to tie the game, but Darren Archibald scored on the open net to pick up his second of the game before Johnson Andrews came back after his fight and scored a beautiful breakaway goal with just 15 seconds left to give Niagara a 6-2 win over Kingston.

The IceDogs will return to action this coming Thursday, Jan. 13 as they host Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Greg McKegg and the Erie Otters 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. For more information, please contact the IceDogs office at 905-687-DOG1.

- Jeff Blay, Media Relations

Scoreboard:

1. NIAG D. Hamilton (6) (F. Hamilton, Strome) 11:15 (PP)

1. KGN Moon (22) (Jones) 18:06 (PP)

1. KGN Gudbranson (5) 18:18

2. NIAG Wilson (8) (Graham) 7:20

2. Agozzino (25) (D. Hamilton, Archibald) 10:35 (PP)

2. Archibald (23) (D. Hamilton, Friesen) 11:09 (PP)

3. Archibald (24) 19:20 (EN)

3. Andrews (3) (Mercer, Visentin) 19:45

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Now Alex and Archie are both Alternate captains.

The Canucks scouting success rate is blowing me away.

Niagara IceDogs overage forward Darren Archibald has been named an alternate captain, following the departure of former alternate captain Dylan MacEachern.

Archibald will join captain Andrew Agozzino and alternate captain Alex Friesen as part of the IceDogs on-ice leadership group.

Archibald was acquired from the Barrie Colts in a trade in early December and signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks shortly after joining the IceDogs.

The Newmarket native is in his third OHL season and has 76 goals and 78 assists for 154 points in 163 carrer OHL games, including 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points in 14 games with the IceDogs.

The IceDogs would like to congratulate Darren on being named one of our alternate captains and look forward to his continued success.

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I wonder if he will go to Manitoba at the end of the year? I guess it all depends on how the playoff situations are for both the Ice Dogs and the Moose. I think the Ice Dogs will make it pretty far, although the Moose are in a pretty good spot too.

Edited by canucklehead44

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Well, unless the Icedogs implode, they will be going deep this year. They are 3rd in their conference right now, and Archibald has given them a big boost. I don't think he'll have a chance to join the Moose until next season.

Edited by avelanch

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The IceDogs do seem to have a good team, so hopefully Archibald and Friesen have a good long playoff run. Everyone was all hyped up when Hodgson took his Battalion team to the OHL Finals in '09, and Sauve had a nice run to the QMJHL Finals too last year. So hopefully Friesen and Archie can make it 3 years in a row. Going on long playoff runs like that is invaluable experience that you just can't simulate in training or other modes of development.

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Archie scored the first goal in OT tonight as Niagara won 5-4 over the Sudbury Wolves.

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