Adrien Beraldo came up big in his home debut for the IceDogs, racking up two-points to help Niagara take down the Windsor Spitfires.
After six straight losses, the IceDogs have won two of their last three and have a three-game point streak.
Niagara is now 7-11-3-1 on the season, good for third in the Central Division.
Adrien Beraldo shines in home debut
Beraldo had already played three games for the IceDogs but Saturday was the first time he suited up on home ice.
He didn’t disappoint, recording his first goal as an IceDog and setting up Ivan Lodnia’s OT winner with 1.1 seconds left. He now has three points in four contests as an IceDog.
“I didn’t even realize it was his first home game,” said Head Coach Billy Burke.
“He’s just been such a calming influence for us, he’s been in the OHL for a couple of years, he’s tough, he’s composed got a great shot and great hands.”
After losing Mason Howard and Elijah Roberts to injuries and trading away Drew Hunter, Niagara needed help on defence and Beraldo has fit in perfectly.
“He’s been a great addition and it feels like he’s been here all year,” said Burke.
Niagara Suppresses Windsor’s Offence
A common theme for the 2019-2020 Niagara IceDogs has been giving up a lot of shots to their opponents.
In 22 games played this season Niagara has given up a total of 937 shots, that’s an average of 42.6 shots against per game.
Allowing your opponent to consistently put up 40+ shots per night is not a successful formula in the OHL but Niagara suffocated the Spitfire’s offensive attack.
“I actually had to double check to see that we were up in shots, it’s usually the other way around,” said Burke.
The IceDogs out shot Windsor 37-26, lightening the load on rookie goalie Tucker Tynan.
Tynan came up big when needed on an “easier” night for the Niagara goaltender.
Through his 17 games, Tynan faces on average 39.6 shots per game so dealing with only 26 is something that he welcomed. The rookie netminder has a .911 save percentage, good for fifth among goalies with 10 games under their belt this season.
“Outstanding effort from the defence and obviously Tucker once again.”
“There were some huge opportunities for them, Windsor’s a great team and Tucker was able to stand tall.”
A big win at home after two weeks on the road
The IceDogs haven’t played a lot of home games this month but Saturday gave them a chance to impress their home fans.
Fans were sent home happy after Ivan Lodnia scored a last second goal in overtime to secure the Niagara win.
Coach Burke loved the spark the team played with in front of their own fans.
“Our fan support is outstanding, it’s obviously a tough year for us looking at our makeup but fans come in and pack the building,” said the IceDogs coach.
“We love it here, there’s no secret.”
Niagara will only play one more home game for the rest of the month.
-The IceDogs picked up three of a possible four points against two of top teams in the OHL (Peterborough and Windsor).
– Ivan Lodnia continues to impress, the forward now has 10 goals and 18 points in 11 games this season.
– IceDogs forward Andrew Bruder made his case for Niagara goal of the year with this beauty in the third period:
— Niagara IceDogs (@OHLIceDogs) November 17, 2019
Next up the IceDogs will host the Erie Otters on Thursday.
Niagara will look to get their first win in this matchup as the Otters have taken the first two.