IceDogs get back on track
Ryan VanNetten scored his first OHL goal as the Niagara IceDogs Kingston Frontenacs Sunday afternoon. Photo: OHL IMAGES.
The Niagara IceDogs got back into the win column for the only the second time in 2023 with a 5-2 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs in Ontario Hockey League Sunday afternoon in Kingston.
The win snaps an eight-game losing streak for the IceDogs, who last won Jan. 26 versus the Erie Otters.
“I am so happy and proud of the guys. They come to the rink every day and work hard at getting better,” Niagara coach Ryan Kuwabara said. “It is nice for them to get the win.”
The teams split a pair of goals in the first period as Kevin He scored for Niagara while Paul Ludwinski replied for Kingston.
The IceDogs took a 3-2 lead after two on goals by Ryan VanNetten, with his first OHL marker, and David Jesus. Gage Heyes had the Kingston goal.
Niagara controlled the third period and put the game away with a pair of late goals by He and Alex Assadourian.
Kuwabara was pleased with the execution.
“We played a team game and stuck to the game plan. We kept the game really simple and tried to work the puck around in their zone,” he said.
Josh Rosenzweig had another solid game in goal for Niagara kicking out 31 shots.
Friday in Ottawa, the IceDogs fell behind 6-0 en route to a 6-1 loss to the league leading 67’s. Logan Morrison netted four goals, Vinzenz Rohrer and Brady Stonehouse one each.
Assadourian replied for Niagara.
The IceDogs, 10-33-6-1, host the Barrie Colts in a rare Wednesday night home game before travelling to Mississauga Friday.
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