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Ottawa 67's vs Niagara IceDogs - Game 2 Review

by Susan Tromanhauser (@TromanSue)

The Ottawa 67s have evened up the series by soundly defeating the Niagara Ice Dogs 7-4.


Niagara coach Marty Williamson knew immediately what looked outwardly as a good start for the Ice Dogs was nothing but. Within the first few minutes the Ice Dogs outshot the visiting 67s 9-0. “We were way too pretty, over passing pucks but we weren’t fundamentally sound.” And he was right because at the 10:00 mark of the first period the onslaught began.


Nicholas Foglia opened up the scoring for Ottawa. This was his second goal of the series as Foglia scored the only Ottawa goal in the opening game of the conference finals on Friday evening. Then began a flurry of scoring with goals by Cody Ceci, Dalton Smith, Shane Prince making it 4-0. Alex Friesen finally got a shot past Ottawa goal tender Petr Mrazek.


The second period opened with a Brett Ritchie power play goal for the Ice Dogs and for a brief moment a Dougie Hamilton goal from the point brought the Ice Dogs within one goal. However the momentum was quickly lost as Mike Cazzola scored a fifth goal for Ottawa a minute later.


A sixth Ottawa goal from Sean Monahan finally chased Niagara goalie Mark Visentin from the net. He has had an outstanding season since returning from the World Juniors in January but Sunday was definitely not his night. Chris Festarini took his place in net and did an admirable job keeping the Ottawa blitz of goals down to just one more from Jake Cardwell.


David Pacan scored a goal for the Ice Dogs in the dying seconds of the game. However there was no celebration of the goal as the Dogs knew the game was ending with a 7-4 loss.


Following the game both teams got on their respective buses and headed north to prepare for game three of the Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa. When asked if Visentin will be back in the net for game three tomorrow night, Williamson’s quick reply was “Absolutely!”


Dog Bytes:

  • Six is the most goals Mark Visentin has given up all season.
  • The Ice Dogs out shot Ottawa 48-35
  • Ottawa went 3-for-5 on the power play with one short-handed goal
  • Niagara’s power play was 2-for-6
  • Ottawa captain Marc Zanetti has been suspended indefinitely until a decision is made on discipline following a kick to the head of Niagara’s Tom Kuhnhackl during Friday’s series opening game.
  • It was another sell out at “the Jack” with 3145 in attendance
  • The 50-50 draw was once again over $3000.00

Ottawa 67's vs Niagara IceDogs Series Preview

by Alex Quevillon (@A_Quevillon)

The Ottawa 67’s will meet the Niagara Ice Dogs in the Eastern Conference Finals, and while these two teams finished right next to each other in the standings, their paths to get to the third round couldn’t be any more different.

Niagara made quick work of the Bramtpon Battalion in a four-game sweep, while the 67’s allowed the Barrie Colts to tie the seventh and deciding game of their series with eight seconds left in regulation, before Brett Gustavsen put the series away for good with an overtime winner.

The struggles that Ottawa faced playing lower seeds (although Barrie wasn’t far behind), mixed with their poor record against the Ice Dogs this year, make OHL fans believe that this will be a very short series in Niagara’s favour.

For Ottawa to win:

As tired as the 67’s may be, they have to try and catch the well-rested Ice Dogs flat-footed and get to Mark Visentin early on – something they’ve had no trouble doing this season.

In the Ice Dogs’ two visits to the Nation’s Capital this season, Visentin allowed goals on four of the first nine shots he faced. He was pulled in November in a 5-2 loss, while he recovered nicely in the second game and helped hand Ottawa a 5-1 loss.

(See: Is Mark Visentin Ready to Fall? - Brandon Sudeyko)

The 67’s are going to have to flex their physical muscles in this series. In their lone win on the year, they played their most physical game of the season and that, combined with Visentin’s poor performance at the time, the then-visiting Ice Dogs were out of the game early.

For Niagara to win:

Niagara needs to pepper Petr Mrazek, keep the 67’s to the perimeter and get under their skin. With the Ice Dogs’ offencive ability, a stacked defence with guys like Jamie Oleksiak, Dougie Hamilton and Brock Beukeboom, and the styles of play employed by the likes of Andrew Agozzino and Alex Friesen, none of those should be any problem for the one-seed.

Mrazek was highly criticized for the number of goals he has allowed from long-range so far in the postseason but when he was called upon in high pressure situations, he did somewhat step up to the plate. We’ll see how well he does against a team that sends shots his way all game, not to mention get in his face on numerous occasions. Ottawa’s netminder doesn’t shy away from scrums, but Niagara could use that to get him off his game.

Much like the 67's had to try to avoid in the first two rounds, Niagara can't get into any bad habits early in the series. They were pretty dominant in their first two series wins against Oshawa and Brampton, and won the season series 3-1 with 18 goals for and 10 against, so the Ice Dogs should be set.

Bad Blood:

Niagara has been a hated team in Ottawa since a game last March where Thomas Nesbitt and Shane Prince were knocked out of the 67’s lineup via unnecessary cheapshots from Myles Doan and Tim Billingsley respectively. The first re-match between these two teams here in Ottawa this season was a heated one, but not as nasty as last year’s event.

With this history and the aformentioned antagonizing skills of a pair of Ice Dogs, mixed with the boatloads of toughness these two teams possess, we may be in for a physical and perhaps even nasty third round. Am I predicting that this series will re-enact the Flyers and Penguins? Not quite. But it should be more hostile than the second round for these two squads.

Another Makeshift Asylum:

Well, Barrie’s attempt to mock our asylum was laughable to say the least. Now, the 67’s get to put up with another group of wannabe hooligans. The drummer in Niagara doesn't even bother with a real drum, electing instead to bang straight on the glass (an infraction that would have you escorted out of the J. Benson Cartage Centre). Even still, you won't see Chris Byrne ask the refs for them to stop (See: Hawerchuk, Dale)

Prediction: Niagara in Six


Niagara IceDogs vs Brampton Battalion Game 2 Review

by Dwayne Williams (@Notsoheavyd)

Patience young man – patience. That was the theme of last night’s match at the ‘Bunker’ in Brampton between the visiting #1 Niagara Icedogs and the #4 Battalion squad. The Battalion started their defensive stance in this game with a 'no-panic' dump and chase mindset and were content to meet the Icedogs near the red line to disrupt their offensive plans – hoping for a break of their own. It was working well - in fact the shots on goal for both teams were very low throughout the game (24 vs 23 for the Icedogs). The Visitors would open the scoring near the end of the first period. Alex Freisen would collect a loose puck on a turnover near centre ice and skirt around the Battalion defender to fire a low shot past the Battalion's Machovsky. (Freisen would add an assiston the last goal of the game to push his playoff total to second best in the OHL -- 5 goals and 10 assists).

The second period would be a territorial challenge for both teams as neither would be able to garnish more than a handful of scoring chances. Near the halfway mark of the second period a scrum would breakout behind the Niagara net - when all was said and done Captain Agozzino would be dumped onto the ice - Freisen, Goodrow and Mackie would all spend time in the penalty box for their misdeeds. The Dogs would run an efficient setup on the ensuing powerplay, but tender Machovsky would stand tall and keep the Dogs off the scoreboard.

Miles Doan would give the visitors a huge lead (as this series has gone so far) with a goal from the slot off a nifty backhand pass from Dougie Hamilton. Rookie Carter Verhaghe would collect his third point of the post-season on the play. Seven and half minutes later the Battalion would take control of the puck in their offensive zone, and with some patient stickhandling, timely passing and soft defensive coverage, they managed to setup Captain Carrick in the slot for a quick snap shot to put the Battalion behind 2-1. The Icedogs would continueto control the puck and thwart Brampton’s attempt to tie things up. In the dying minutes of the game Dougie Hamilton would fire another shot to the net which Pacan was able to direct past the Brampton tender for the insurance marker. Niagara would take home a 2-0 series lead and patiently wait for the next match on Tuesday night at 7 pm .


Tom Kuhnhackl took a shot off the forearm early in the third period and required some consult with the team trainer. He missed a few shifts but did not leave the bench area. The line of Strome / Hamilton and Kuhnhacklwere kept off the scoreboard in this game with very little open ice for them to operate on. Sam Carrick is the only Battalion player in the top 50 for playoff scoring so far this season – Niagara has 8 players in the top 50. 3 Stars were Visentin, Freisen and Carrick. Both teams rolled all 4 forward lines during this game.


Brampton Battalion vs Niagara IceDogs Game 1 Review

by Dwayne Williams (@notsoheavyd)

Review of OHL Round 2 Game #1 Between #1 Niagara Icedogs and #4 Brampton Battalion.

Responsible, predictable, and reasonable. While these are all characteristics that you would value in a new employee or business partner – do they work in hockey? Of course they do – and the Brampton Battalion are a shining example of taking care of their areas, not taking chances and sticking to their systems. The fans at the Ole Tyme Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines were not treated to a back and forth ‘pond hockey’ type of contest – rather they were presented with a tight checking – grind-it out format. In the first period the Icedogs would try to take the balance of play, but they found out early that the Battalion were not going to hand the game over to the home side without some stiff opposition.

Late in the period Ryan Stome came flying in on the right wing – completed a nifty toe drag to out wait the defended and popped a slick wrist shot past Brampton’s Machovsky late in the first period for the first goal of the game. In the second period the Battalion would push back and pressure the Icedogs’ defence into some turnovers leading to some reasonable chances to score on Mark Visentin. The Brampton goal resulted from some gritty work down low in the offensive corner – the puck squirted out to Carrick who then pushed it along to McIvor who would put his point shot to the upper corner of the net. Between McIvor and the net there were at least 4 players that made it very difficult for any goaltender to have a clear view of the oncoming puck.

On offence, the Icedogs have been able to set up their precision passing plays for most of the season against most teams. The Battalion would frustrate them tonight by blocking shots, getting sticks/skates/equipment in the way of their passes and generally keeping the home squad ‘to the outside’. The Battalion’s plan of attack was to barrage the net with as many shots as possible from anywhere inside the blue line. With that being said the shots on net were skewed in favour of the Battalion 45-36 but the Icedogs would have more quality scoring chances than the visiting team throughout the game.

The linesmen earned their keep tonight as there were numerous icing infractions – especially by the Battalion who were comfortable with clearing their zone when the Icedogs would put too much pressure on them. The referees were not too busy calling penalties as both teams were physical in the checking department, but played within the rules most of the time. In overtime there was a goal mouth scramble that seemed to last for 30 seconds. The Dogs were pressing hard but couldn’t get the puck over the line. A penalty shot was called as the defender (Miller) had his hand on the puck in the crease. A penalty shot was awarded to the Icedogs. As the crowd was going crazy, Brett Ritchie was selected from the list of Coach Williamson’s offensively skilled options. He would come directly at Machovsky and take a blocker side shot that would completely miss the net. As the crowd exhaled, the home squad would continue to press hard to get the overtime winner. The overage line of Freisen, Agozzino and Pacan would be put out to finish the job. After some gritty work on the boards, the puck would squirt over to David Pacan near the slot – he would fire a low shot through the tender’s pads to give the Icedogs the win.

Before the game it was reported that some of the Icedogs equipment was stolen from the team’s dressing room (watch kijiji and report it please!) – included in the theft was Mark Visentin’s goalie pads. This did not seem to be a distraction for the goalie or the team during this match. The Icedogs did not steal this victory – they earned it. Stars for the game were Pacan (1) and goaltenders Visentin (2) and Machovsky.

Next game is at 2 PM in Brampton – should be a dandy series !!


February 26th - Kingston vs. Niagara

by John Duncan (@FrontsFocus)

Tired Fronts Fall in Niagara

This afternoon marked the return of Frontenac forward Billy Jenkins to St. Catharines to face the team that drafted him, the Niagara Ice Dogs.  In his first 73 OHL games, with Niagara, Jenkins had 3 goals and 8 assists, in a limited role.  The centre didn't get much ice time with the Dogs, behind forwards like Ryan Strome, Andrew Agozzino, and Freddie Hamilton. The Frontenacs traded for Jenkins on January 5, the same day they traded Ryan Spooner to the Sarnia Sting for Jenkins' current linemate, Ryan Kujawinski. Since joining the Fronts, Jenkins has 6 goals and 21 points in 22 games.  


Unfortunately for Jenkins, and the rest of his teammates, the afternoon didn't go as planned.  A combination of superior talent, and hungry disposition (because of their frustrating  3-2 loss to Mississauga on Friday night) of their opponents, and a case of bus legs, spelled disaster for the Frontenacs.  A quirk in the schedule had the Fronts play at home against the Knights on Friday night, get on the bus immediately, play in Erie Pennsylvania on Saturday night, and on to St. Catharines this afternoon. 


A sellout crowd of 3145 at the Garden City Arena cheered the Ice Dogs on to a 9-3 victory this afternoon. Lead by a two goal, two assist afternoon by Canadian World Jr. defenseman, Dougie Hamilton, and a four assist performance by overager Andrew Agozzino, the Ice Dogs cruised to an easy win.


Igor Bobkov started, but gave up 4 goals on the first 9 Niagara shots, and was lifted at 5:45 of the first period, in favour of backup Jacob Riley. 


The Fronts had reason to celebrate early in the game when rookie Jacob Smith scored his first goal in the OHL. This goal tied the game at 1. Jacob had been the odd forward out recently, and was a healthy scratch, as the Fronts are as healthy as they've been, all season. Smith has played in 50 of the Fronts 60 games in his rookie year.


The Ice Dogs then rattled off 5 consecutive goals, before Ryan Kujawinski notched his 13th of the season, late in the first, on the powerplay.  The Ice Dogs were up 6-2, and outshot the Frontenacs 21-13.  This was the first time Kingston had given up 20 shots in a period, this season.


The sell out crowd continued to encourage the home team, and they responded by scoring three more goals in the second on 19 more shots.  Czech import Petr Beranek scored in the second for the Frontenacs, assisted by Smith, and Kujawinski, giving the latter two a goal and an assist on the afternoon.


The final period was scoreless, but the damage had already been done. The final score was 9-3 for the Ice Dogs.


The Frontenacs faced the league's best on Friday night, and the Eastern Conference leaders this afternoon, with predictable results.  They salvaged two points in Erie last night.


A Belleville Bull regulation loss this afternoon, kept the Fronts' slimmest of playoff hopes alive.  If the Fronts win each of their remaining games and the Bulls do not get a single point, the Fronts will make the playoffs, as the eight seed. Considering that the Bulls have 9 games remaining, and the Frontenacs have 8, the chances of this happening are slim, indeed.


The Frontenacs play their next three games on the road, beginning on Wednesday night at the Yardman Arena, against the Bulls. They then travel to Guelph on Friday night, and Owen Sound on Saturday night.