The Niagara IceDogs used a strong finish to closeout the preseason with a 2-0 win over the Sudbury Wolves in St. Catharines on Saturday night. With the win the IceDogs finish the exhibition schedule with a 4-1 record.
The first period saw the goaltenders steal the show as both teams were held scoreless in the period. Brent Moran stopped eight shots in the period as the IceDogs outshot Sudbury 15-8.
It was much of the same in the second period as the goaltenders were perfect again stopping a combined 14 shots to keep it 0-0 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 8-6 for Sudbury.
The third period saw the game continue scoreless until Anthony DiFruscia continued his strong preseason by opening the scoring with only 5:25 remaining to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead. Mitchell Theoret would then add an insurance goal for the home side with only 4.1 seconds remaining to make it a 2-0 Niagara final. Final shots in the game favoured the IceDogs 26-24.
Brent Moran and Bo Bessette combined for the shutout with Moran stopping 16 shots in two periods of play and Bessette shutting things down in the third stopping 8 shots to preserve the combined shutout.
With the preseason now finished, the IceDogs shift their attention to their 2012/13 home opener this coming Thursday, September 20th at 7pm when the IceDogs host 2012 OHL number one pick Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. The game will be a special one for the IceDogs and their fans as the IceDogs will unveil their 2012 Central Division and Eastern Conference championship banners in a pregame ceremony. Tickets for Thursday's game are still available at all IceDogs ticketing locations, so be sure to grab your tickets today and don't miss out on what will be a historic day in Niagara IceDogs history!