IceDogs fall in Sarnia, Windsor
Pano Fimis scored three goals this weekend as the Niagara IceDogs dropped games in Sarnia and Windsor. Photo by: OHL IMAGES.
It was a tough weekend for the Niagara IceDogs.
The IceDogs dropped a pair of road games, 8-4 at Windsor Sunday and 5-4 at Sarnia Saturday night.
The IceDogs, 3-5-2, have lost three straight since a 7-2 victory at home Oct. 15 versus the Flint Firebirds.
“As a whole, we are giving up too many chances that are completely avoidable,” Niagara coach Daniel Fitzgerald said. “Regardless of our lineup, we should be able to manage the game better.
“It’s a work in progress. We need to continue to eliminate the risk from our game.”
Sunday, the Spitfires raced out to a 5-0 before the six-minute mark of the second period. The IceDogs responded with three goals in the middle frame but still trailed 7-3 after 40 minutes.
Seven Windsor players hit the scoresheet: Oliver Peer, A.J. Spellacy, Ryan Abraham, Jackson McLlwain, Ethan Miedema, Bronson Ride and Colton Smith.
Pano Fimis paced the IceDogs with two goals while Declan Waddick added one.
Josh Rosenzweig permitted three goals on 18 shots in relief of starter Owen Flores, who was pulled after giving up five goals on 19 shots.
Saturday in Sarnia, the IceDogs were down 4-1 in the third before rallying for three goals to the tie game at 4-4 with just under nine minutes to play. The Sting responded with a goal by Sandis Vilmanis at the 16:25 mark to earn the win.
Aidan Castle had two goals while Fimis and Nathan Ribau also scored.
Rosenzweig made 26 saves in a losing effort.
The IceDogs host the London Knights Thursday and the Spitfires Friday.
“This week we need to drill down on the details,” Fitzgerald said. “We key in on three things we want to be very good at, but we seem to get away from those things at times. The commitment to those areas will lead to our long term success.”
Ice cubes: The IceDogs added winger Valdemar William Hull, a 2005-born Swiss import player, on a waiver claim. Hull was drafted 98th overall in the second round of the 2022 CHL Import Draft by the Mississauga Steelheads.
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