Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Tomasino and Sopa both score hat-tricks in IceDogs win

Kyen Sopa and Phil Tomasino both recorded hat-tricks for Niagara in their 8-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.

After back-to-back losses to Saginaw, Niagara found a way to get back in the win column.

Offensive explosion

Akil Thomas, Sopa, and Tomasino all had a great day offensively for the IceDogs.

“Right now our big guys are the ones that are doing the scoring for us, and to see a 6-point effort from Tomasino, a 5-point effort from Akil and Sopa it’s outstanding,” said head coach Billy Burke.

Sopa, the team’s leading goal scorer, scored three powerplay goals in the first 20 minutes for a first-period hat-trick.

The Swiss forward also added two assists to finish off his five-point night.

Sopa now has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in his seven games this season.

Thomas didn’t score a goal, but he recorded five assists for the IceDogs.

Thomas now has eight points in four games since returning from NHL training camp.

As impressive as Sopa and Thomas’ nights were, Tomasino stole the show Friday night.

Tomasino recorded the second IceDogs hat-trick of the game and added three assists as well.

As great as his offensive production has been, Tomasino wants to impact the team in more ways.

Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs
Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

“I think it’s good for me, you know for Burkie (Coach Billy Burke) to depend on me like that,” said Tomasino

“Being one of the older guys on the team, I want to do everything I can to help the young guys in terms of just little things on and off the ice.”

Coach Burke says Tomasino is a dynamic player and he expects big things from the alternate captain.

“I think 50-goals and 100-points is in reach for him, he’s a dominant player and he’s a first-round pick to the NHL for a reason.”

Strong showing on the powerplay

The IceDogs scored eight goals against the Frontenacs, four of those goals came with the man advantage.

Kingston gave the IceDogs seven powerplay opportunities, Niagara managed to convert on four of them.

Niagara has the fifth-best powerplay in the OHL right now, converting on 29.6% of their chances after Friday.

“To score on the powerplay and have it be a constant threat, it’s huge it really builds confidence on the bench,” said Burke.

Tynan plays big, again

After Stephen Dhillon graduated from the OHL, the IceDogs were left with some question marks in goal.

With Christian Sbaraglia unavailable for most of the season, Tucker Tynan has stepped up to fill that void.

The 17-year-old rookie has been a storyline in every IceDogs game this season, and Friday was no different.

Although he fought the puck a little more than he normally has, Tynan continued his strong play by stopping 38 of 42 shots for the win.

“He actually looked a little human tonight, but he made huge saves when we had breakdowns,” said Burke.

“He just has an unbelievable demeanor for a goalie, he’s very athletic and it builds confidence with the guys on the bench.”

Tynan has a 3-2-2 record through seven games, posting a 3.15 GAA and a .928 SV% this season, and has been a calming presence in the crease for Niagara.

“He’s a star in the making,” said Burke.

The IceDogs are off for a week but will have a rematch with Kingston on October 11th.