Junior hockey roundup: IceDogs wrap up pre-season; Canucks top Falcons again
The Niagara IceDogs wrapped up their pre-season schedule with a 6-3 loss to the Kitchener Rangers at the Fleming Centre in Beamsville.
The Dogs were without Ben Jones, Akil Thomas, Ivan Lodnia, Daniel Bukac, and Kirill Maksimov, who are away at camp with their respective NHL teams.
Rookie Jake Uberti, Oliver Castleman and Philip Tomasino scored for Niagara.
The IceDogs also dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout at Kitchener.
Castleman, Ian Martin and Matthew Philip scored for the IceDogs. The Rangers scored twice in the shootout.
The IceDogs open the season in Mississauga against the Steelheads in a Sunday matinee game. They host the Kingston Frontenacs Friday, Sept. 28 in their home opener.
Canucks 6 Falcons 1
The Niagara Falls Canucks made it two in a row over the St. Catharines Falcons with a 6-1 victory at the Gale Centre Sunday night in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action.
Patrick McCabe led the way for the Canucks with a pair of goals while Garrett Downie, David D’Agostino, Philippe Angervill and Brandon Bastasin added singles.
Andrew Somerville replied for the Falcons, who have been outscored 12-4 in their first two games of the season by the Canucks.
Zach Moore made 20 saves in goal for the win.
The Falcons are home to Fort Erie Friday.
The Canucks welcome the Thorold Blackhawks Friday.
Junior Canadians 4 Meteors 3
The Welland Junior Canadians opened their season with a 4-3 win over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors.
Jarett Olbruck scored twice for the winners while Michael Arch and Mario Zitella added singles.
Cail Cirillo had two goals and Logan Warner one for Fort Erie.
Panthers 4 Regals 1
The Pelham Panthers made it two in a row to start the season with a win in their home opener over the Lockport Regals.
Michael Marchesan, Michael Olszewski, Zach Thompson and Jared Hill scored for Pelham.
Alex Stinis replied for the Regals.
Blackhawks 3 Meteors 2 OT
Nick Gidney scored the winner as the visiting Thorold Blackhawks improved to 2-0 with a win at the Leisureplex.
Nicholas Rubino and Cam Lightfoot also scored for the winners.
Michael Masotti and Evan Miller replied for the Meteors.
Rookie Chase Grsic made 24 saves in net for the win.
The Hawks are home to Hamilton Thursday and in Niagara Falls Friday.
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