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.
Johnny Corneil scored the overtime winner exactly half-way through the extra period as the IceDogs prevailed 3-2 over visiting Hamilton for Niagara's fifth win in six meetings versus the Bulldogs. Stephen Dhillon was also big stopping 41 shots for the IceDogs fifth straight victory.
IceDogs forward Kirill Maksimov has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. A year ago, the Oilers signed 'Dogs captain Ryan Mantha to an entry-level contract as well.
Kirill Maksimov had a goal and two assists in an all important IceDogs 5-3 road win in Hamilton. With the victory, the 'Dogs jump past Oshawa again for fourth in the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage in round one of the playoffs.
Matt Philip scored twice and added an assist in the IceDogs 8-2 win Thursday night over Flint.Ben Jones also counted a pair while Kirill Maksimov added three assists in the IceDogs 30th win of the year.
The IceDogs jumped back into fourth in the OHL East with a 4-2 home ice win over Peterborough. Coming into the game, Niagara was guaranteed an 11th straight trip to the OHL playoffs, the only Eastern team that make that boast.
The Barrie Colts scored three in the second and three in the third to break open a 1-all first period, winning 7-2 over the IceDogs at the Meridian Centre. Kirill Maksimov's 32nd in the opening period and Willie Lochead's 4th in the final period scored the Niagara goals.
In the biggest game of the season to date, the IceDogs stormed back from two down Saturday night, to defeat North Bay 4-2. With the win, Niagara takes over sole possession of fourth in the OHL's Eastern Conference.
The Niagara IceDogs accumulated 40 shots in a Friday road matchup in Mississauga but still fell 4-0. That sets up Saturday's home date with North Bay as the game of the year, with both teams in a statistical tie for fourth in the OHL's Eastern Conference.
Stephen Dhillon made 43 saves, including a season high 23 in the first, in an IceDogs 4-1 win over visiting Saginaw Thursday night. Kirill Maksimov scored a pair and added an assist against his former team, while Liam Ham, Ben Jones and Sam Miletic all had multi-point games.
On January 28th, the IceDogs were a shot away from a record setting third 3 in 3 weekend sweep but it was not to be, losing in a North Bay shootout. Since then, the team has gone winless in ten including a Monday afternoon overtime loss in Peterborough 4-3.
A night of deflections went the way of the visitors as the IceDogs fell 6-3 to visiting Owen Sound. In the 'Dogs first game in a 6 game in 9 days stretch, the home side was unable to hold a third period one goal lead.
The IceDogs fell behind 6-2 in the third period and staged a furious comeback only to fall a goal short losing 6-5 in Ottawa. Sam Miletic, the OHL’s Player of the Month for January notched his 25th of the year in the loss.