Junior hockey roundup: IceDogs lose in OT: Canucks still perfect in Junior B
The Niagara IceDogs head into a busy week with a 3-2-1 record following a 5-4 overtime loss to the Mississauga Steelheads in their last game Friday.
Kirill Maksimov had a pair of goals for the IceDogs while rookie Kyen Sopa and Matthew Philip added singles. Akil Thomas had three assists.
Colton Incze got the start in net and permitted four goals on 10 shots before being replaced by Stephen Dhillon, who finished up making 24 saves on 25 shots.
The IceDogs were without defencemen Elijah Roberts, Liam Ham and Drew Hunter, who were all out with injuries. Forward Bradey Johnson was moved back to play defence.
The IceDogs are home to Barrie Thursday, in Barrie Saturday and at Sudbury Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
ICEDOGS ADD NETMINDER
The IceDogs inked goaltending prospect goaltender Christian Sbaraglia
The Mississauga native was drafted in the sixth round, 106th overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.
Sbaraglia is regarded as a goaltending prospect in his age class. At the age of 15, he became one of the youngest players to announce an NCAA commitment after verbally agreeing to attend Penn State University.
“This is a very exciting signing for us in Niagara,” Niagara general manage Joey Burke said. “Being able to add a player of Christian’s calibre is a huge testament to the work our entire staff has put in over the past two years.
“Adding Christian provides us with goaltending depth for years and allows us to continue our tradition of having elite goaltenders in Niagara.”
In his minor midget season, Sbaraglia led the Vaughan Kings to Game 7 of the Greater Toronto Hockey League semifinals and to a semifinal appearance at the 2017 OHL Cup.
The Pelham Panthers improved to 8-1 with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Lockport Regals in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action.
Nicholas Kidd made 21 saves in net for the shutout.
Noah Caoerchione, Eli Palfreyman and Mike Butterfield scored for the Panthers.
The Regals fell to 0-8.
The Panthers also topped the Fort Erie Meteors 8-1.
Adam Sholz, Chris Webber and Brodie Thoms had two each while Jared Hill and Dylan Bigger also scored.
Alex McAteer had the lone Fort Erie goal.
Kilty B’s 8 Junior Canadians 5
The Hamilton Kilty B’s continued their strong start to the season with a win at Welland.
T.J. Hughes and Jacob Thompson scored a pair of goals each for Hamilton, which improved to 7-1.
Tanner Bennecke, Jacob Croucher, Joshua Houston and Joshua Ballet added singles.
Mario Zitella, Matt Baumann, Quinn Chevers, Jacob Thomason and Kellan Rosenbaum scored for the Junior Canadians, who dropped to 2-6.
Standings: 1. Niagara Falls 9-0; 2. Pelham 8-1; 3. Hamilton 7-1; 4. St. Catharines 4-3; 5. Thorold 2-6; 6. Welland 2-6; 7. Fort Erie 1-7; 8. Lockport 0-8.
Wednesday: Welland at Lockport, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Pelham at Thorold, 7 p.m.; Fort Erie at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Friday: Hamilton at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.; Lockport at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Pelham at Fort Erie, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday: Niagara Falls at Pelham, 2:30 p.m.; St. Catharines at Welland, 7 p.m.
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