IceDogs rally past Otters; Avalanche sink Blackhawks
The newest member of the Niagara IceDogs made a great first impression.
Sam Miletic, picked up at the overage trade deadline earlier this week, had a goal and two assists as the IceDogs rallied to defeat the Erie Otters 5-4 in a shootout at the Meridian Centre Thursday.
Miletic added a goal in the shootout for good measure, along with Akil Thomas.
“He brings a lot of character to the team,” IceDogs winger Danial Singer said of Miletic in a televised interview following the game. “He’s a huge point guy . . . I think he’s going to help us young guys learn how to win.”
Miletic, Singer, Drew Hunter and Ben Jones scored for the IceDogs, who rallied from a 4-2 deficit after two.
Kyle Maksimovich had two for Erie, Maxim Golod and Ivan Ladnia one each.
Stephen Dhillon made 31 saves in goal for Niagara.
The IceDogs now face the Barrie Colts Friday. The IceDogs can move into a tie for first with a win.
“We just have to play our game and stick to our style,” Singer said. “We have to get bodies on them and get pucks to the net and we’ll come out with a win.”
The Ancaster Avalanche defeated the Thorold Blackhawks 7-2 Thursday night In Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action at the Thorold Arena.
Thorold led 2-1 after one period before the Avs rallied for three goals in each of the final two periods.
Liam VanLoon and Yianni Skropolis each had two for the winners while Matthew Bridgwater, Dirk Stadig and Kyle Kennery added singles.
Mitch Britton and Spencer Blackwell replied for the Hawks.
The win improves Ancaster’s record to 27-7-1. They had 55 points, four up on the St. Catharines Falcons for second place. The Falcons have a game in hand.
The Hawks are 13-16-3-3.