Akil Thomas, Andrew Bruder and Justin MacPherson were all listed Monday by NHL Central Scouting in their final draft rankings. Among North American skaters for the June NHL draft in Dallas, Thomas was number 15, with Bruder at 114 and MacPherson ranked 201st.
The IceDogs successful 2017-2018 season came to an end in Hamilton in a 4-2 road loss Thursday night. Team Captain and 5 year Niagara forward Johnny Corneil scored the goal that started a late IceDogs comeback in the third.
The IceDogs had their way with visiting Hamilton for 40 minutes Wednesday night but couldn't hold a one goal lead, falling 4-2 in game four on home ice. It was Hamilton's first regulation win against the IceDogs in 10 tries this season.
Kirill Maksimov scored the winner 11:27 into overtime in game three as the IceDogs won 4-3 over Hamilton Monday night, with a chance to tie the series Wednesday. Stephen Dhillon stopped 47 shots, while Ben Jones scored one and added two assists in the victory.
At Monday night's IceDogs playoff game at the Meridian Centre, the team will give fans the chance to honour and support the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL. At Game 3 against the Hamilton Bulldogs, the IceDogs will be collecting donations, in support of the Humboldt Broncos.
Stephen Dhillon stopped 47 of 50 shots Saturday night in Hamilton but it wasn't enough as the IceDogs lost 3-2 in a second straight overtime game. Heading home for game three on Monday, Niagara trails the best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final 2-0.
The IceDogs have added size with Stephen Halliday as their second selection Saturday in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. Halliday, a 6'2", 203 lbs left winger from the Toronto Marlboros scored 36 goals and added 47 assists in 59 games.
The IceDogs selected defenceman Lleyton Moore from the Toronto Marlboros Saturday in round one of the OHL Priority Selection Draft. Moore at 5'7" and 170lbs in regarded as the best skating d-man available in the draft of 15 year old talent.
The IceDogs spotted the hometown Bulldogs a 4-0 second period lead Thursday night and then stormed back to tie it in regulation, only to fall 5-4 in overtime. The win means Niagara will be looking to tie the best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final at one Saturday night in Hamilton.
The Ontario Hockey League announced Wednesday the finalists for seven of the league’s major awards for the 2017-18 regular season. Coach Billy Burke, Goaltender Stephen Dhillon and Forward Sam Miletic were all nominated in four categories.
The IceDogs rode the strength of 3 power-play goals to a 5-2 win Saturday night over Oshawa at the Meridian Centre. Niagara wins best of seven Eastern Conference quarter-final the series over the Generals in five games.
The IceDogs scored four unanswered in the final 40 with Matt Philip in on all four in a 5-2 win Thursday night in Oshawa. The game four win gives Niagara a 3-1 edge in the Eastern semi-final with game five Saturday night in St Catharines.
Two goals and an assist from Sam Miletic as part of four unanswered in the third lead the IceDogs to a 6-1 Sunday afternoon win over Oshawa. Niagara now heads to Oshawa for game three with a 2-0 lead in the best of seven quarter-final Eastern Conference series.
Drew Hunter scored the game's first goal 9:31 into game one and the IceDogs never trailed, winning a hard fought 4-2 home ice win over Oshawa. With the victory, the 'Dogs hold a 1-0 series lead in the best of seven Eastern quarter-final with the Generals.
Friday night, the IceDogs open their best of seven quarter-final series on home ice versus the Generals, some tickets are still available. The 'Dogs have also announced a bus trip to Oshawa for game three and four.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.
Kirill Maksimov enjoyed a four point night while Johnny Corneil and Ben Jones each scored a pair in the IceDogs 6-3 Friday night win in Erie. With the win, Niagara has now secured home ice advantage in their first round playoff series with Oshawa.