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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Niagara IceDogs @ Ottawa 67’s, March 11

Photo Courtesy Joel Smith (www.joelsmithphotography.ca)
Special thanks to Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) for the game preview.

Radio: 580 CFRA (Ottawa), 105.1 The River (Niagara)
TV: Rogers 22 (Ottawa), Cogeco (Niagara)

The Niagara Ice Dogs make their second and final visit to the nation’s capital to face the Ottawa 67’s at the RONA Centre tonight.  The 67’s have been hot at home winning their last 8 games in front of the home crowd.

The last time these two teams met was back on November 26th where Shane Prince scored the overtime winning goal for the 67’s in a 3-2 victory.  Petr Mrazek turned aside 37 or 39 shots to help secure the win. Andrew Aggozino scored his 6th goal vs the 67’s in a losing cause.

One winning streak will end tonight as both teams are coming off a couple big wins.  Niagara skated to a 4-3 overtime win after Darren Archibald scored his 35th of the season at the 2:11 mark in the extra frame.  The win boosted Niagara’s winning streak to 3 straight games.  Meanwhile, the 67’s are coming off 6 game winning streak capped off in Kingston Wednesday night.  Tyler Toffoli scored a pair of goals to help defeat the Frontenacs by a score of 5-1.

Story lines
•    Race to 100 points – Ryan Strome and Tyler Toffoli both have 99 points coming into tonight’s game
•    One winning streak ends – the Ice Dogs are on a 3 game winning streak, the 67’s are on a 6 game winning  streak
•    Battle of the brothers – Steven Shipley faces off against his younger brother Ryan Shipley

Previous meetings this season
Niagara 2 @ Ottawa 3 (Nov 26 2010) Final OT
Ottawa 3 @ Niagara 5 (Nov 20 2010) Final
Ottawa 2 @ Niagara 3 (Oct 15 2010) Final

Ottawa 67’s

42-19-1-2, 87 points
2nd Eastern Conference
HOME:  23-5-1-1

Leading scorers
Tyler Toffoli – 52 goals, 99 points
Shane Prince – 25 goals, 88 points
Ryan Martindale – 34 goals, 81 points

Top performers vs Ice Dogs
Ryan Martindale – 2 goals, 3 points in 3 games
Shane Prince – 1 goal, 3 points in 3 games
Marc Zanetti – 0 goals, 3 points in 3 games

Players to watch - draftees
Shane Prince (35th Domestic Skaters – NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings)

Injuries
Petr Mrazek, day-to-day, groin
Marc Zanetti, day-to-day, knee
Jon Carnevale, IR, concussion
Cosimo Fontana, IR, concussion
Julian Luciani, day-to-day, upper body


Niagara Ice Dogs

41-16-2-4, 88 points
3rd in the Eastern Conference
AWAY:  16-13-1-1

Leading scorers
Ryan Strome – 30 goals, 99 points
Freddie Hamilton – 36 goals, 80 points
Andrew Agozzino – 39 goals, 68 points

Top performers vs 67’s
Andrew Agozzino – 6 goals, 6 points in 3 games
Freddie Hamilton – 0 goals, 5 points in 3 games
Alex Friesen – 0 goals, 3 points in 3 games
David Pacan – 0 goals, 3 points in 3 games

Players to watch
Dougie Hamilton (7th Domestic Skaters – NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings)
Ryan Strome (19th Domestic Skaters – NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings)

Injuries
Johnson Andrews, Kidney
Milan Doudera, Shoulder

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