Ryan Strome had another stellar game for Niagara as he scored two beautiful goals to lead the IceDogs to a 5-2 victory over the Plymouth Whalers at the Gatorade Garden City Complex Thursday night. Jason Wilson, Alex Friesen, and David Pacan also continued to produce offensively for Niagara, while Mark Visentin had a solid game between the pipes to lead the team to a 9-4-1-0 record.
The first period was scoreless, but there was still no lull in action. The game had a physical tone right off the bat as Mitchell Theoret and Alex Friesen were throwing their weight around the for ‘Dogs, while the Whalers came out with some big hits of their own.
The IceDogs also created several quality scoring chances throughout the first period, but Whalers goaltender Scott Wedgewood was unstoppable between the pipes, and the score remained 0-0 going into the first intermission.
IceDogs scoring leader Ryan Strome kept his campaign going as he opened the scoring with a highlight-reel goal at the 5:41 mark of the second period.
Strome carried the puck up the gut into the Whalers zone with a solid individual effort and absolutely dangled the Plymouth defenders the followed up with a deke to beat Wedgewood, giving him seven goals on the season and the IceDogs a 1-0 lead.
Strome’s goal would be the lone goal of the second, and the score stayed at 1-0 in Niagara’s favour after 40 minutes of play.
The Whalers came out strong to start the third as Robbie Czarnik beat Mark Visentin to tie the game 1-1.
Mitchell Theoret and Nick Malysa tried to get things going for their teams by dropping the gloves midway through the third, both players connecting with a couple shots before tumbling to the ice.
Plymouth would be the first team to take momentum from the fight as Tyler Brown notched one to give his team a 2-1 lead at the 13:03 mark of the period.
The IceDogs then showed their appreciation to Theoret for answering the bell as they scored four unanswered goals late in the third.
Alex Friesen would score the tying goal on a beautiful play as he skated into the Plymouth zone, cut in front of the net and slipped one through the five-hole of Wedgewood.
Jason Wilson then scored what would be the game winning goal on a beautiful wrist shot bar-down from the slot after taking a perfect feed from Johnson Andrews to make the score 3-2.
Ryan Strome continued to wow as he scored an insurance goal shortly after by letting a nice wrist shot go while on a two-on-one to make the score 4-2.
The IceDogs would seal the deal with an empty netter from David Pacan in the dying minutes of the third to give them a 5-2 victory over the visiting Plymouth Whalers, improving their record to 9-4-1-0.
The IceDogs next game will take place Friday in Brampton as they visit the division rival Battalion with a start time of 7:30 p.m.
Niagara’s weekend will conclude Saturday evening as they will play host to the back-to-back Memorial Cup champions, the Windsor Spitfires, with the puck drop set for 7 p.m.
Plenty of great seats are still available for Saturday’s game, and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets from any IceDogs ticketing location and come support your first place IceDogs in what promises to be another thrilling match-up. For more information, please contact the IceDogs office at 905-687-DOG1.
For anyone who has been having trouble viewing IceDogs games on the OHL Action Pack, there has been an error in scheduling for the month of October, and certain games were not broadcast on the Action Pack. All IceDogs games should be viewable on the OHL Action Pack from November on.
– Jeff Blay, Media Relations
2. NIAG Strome, (7) (Shipley, Billingsley), 5:41
3. PLY Czarnik, (6) (Gilbert), 6:38 (PP)
3. PLY Brown, (6) (Heard, Livingston), 13:03
3. NIAG Friesen, (8) (Pacan, Schwindt), 13:21
3. NIAG Wilson, (5) (Andrews, Doan), 15:22
3. NIAG Strome, (8) (Shipley, Schwindt), 16:25
3. NIAG Pacan, (5) (Friesen, Billingsley), 19:30 (EN)
1. NIAG – 18 Ryan Strome
2. NIAG – 8 Alex Friesen
3. PLY – 27 Robbie Czarnik