Jonah De Simone got on the scoresheet yet again in a high scoring exhibition game against the Petes.
The game didn’t look like a typical pre-season game, both teams played at a high pace and battled hard every shift.
Peterborough managed to get the best of the IceDogs 6-5 in a shootout in the last home pre-season game for Niagara.
Anthony Agostinelli impresses
The pre-season is a great chance for players to make their case for a roster spot and Anthony Agostinelli made a good case to make the team with his play on Friday.
Agostinelli played a lot for Niagara, including a chance to play on the IceDogs’ top powerplay unit.
The rookie made the most of his opportunity, using his size and speed to get to the slot and score his first goal of the preseason.
🚨 @aagostinelli3 gets us on the board 47 seconds into the game!
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— Niagara IceDogs (@OHLIceDogs) September 13, 2019
“He’s a guy we were high on in his draft year, a local Buffalo guy, he’s very smart, very strong and he’s a good player,” said IceDogs’ Head Coach Billy Burke.
“He’s the real deal, were putting him with veterans and he’s keeping up.”
De Simone continues strong pre-season
Niagara’s Jonah De Simone has been impressive all pre-season, and his strong play continued Friday night.
The forward has scored in every pre-season game this year and added two more goals against the Petes.
De Simone leads the team in goals, and points during the pre-season. He has stepped up in the absence of Akil Thomas and Philip Tomasino.
Despite losses, Burke remains impressed
The last thing that counts during the exhibition schedule is a team’s record but Niagara hasn’t managed one win in four tries.
Despite the losses, Burke and the IceDogs have like what they’ve seen from their team.
“We are happy, we really worked hard and competed tonight,” said Burke.
“We’re seeing improvements on almost a daily basis, we’re able to make adjustments and the guys are able to pick them up.”
Burke believes if the team keeps playing and battling the way they did Friday night the results will start coming.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted but the process is there, the blocks are there and the wins are going to start coming for us.”
McTavish annoys the IceDogs all night
Petes’ forward Billy N was a thorn Niagara’s side all throughout Friday’s game.
The 16-year-old scored two points, dominated the face-off circles and chirped every IceDog as they skated by the Petes bench.
McTavish’s two points were well earned, and the rookie should have had two more goals if not for the crossbar.
On a night where the IceDogs were the better team for most of the night, McTavish helped spark the Petes towards a win.
Look ahead at the home opener
With the regular season right around the corner, the IceDogs now have to begin preparations for the Sudbury Wolves.
Quinton Byfield and the Wolves come to the Meridian Centre next Thursday and Burke knows it’ll be a good test.
“We know Sudbury plays hard, we know they’re probably the team to beat in our division,” said Burke.
“Byfield looks like he’s ready to have a monster year so, we know it’s going to be a big test for our guys.”