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hockey123
12-10-2009, 09:06 AM
IceDogs' record belies effort



Posted By BERNIE PUCHALSKI

Posted 1 hour ago

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When play wrapped up in last weekend's Ontario Hockey League action, the Niagara IceDogs found themselves dead last in the 20-team league.
"We've played 18 one-goal games and there's a lot of games where a bounce here or a bounce there and we would have a lot better record than where we are now," IceDogs general manager Dave Brown said.
Brown doesn't feel anything has gone dramatically wrong with the IceDogs this season.
"I think this team works real hard. There's nights where we have struggled to get the big goal and we can't change the fact that we are one of the youngest teams in the league. That hasn't changed since September. We believe in our guys and we believe they will work hard to overcome these things."
A look at the standings and it's clear the team's 9-18-2-3 record isn't that bad in the Eastern Conference.
Niagara is only five points out of a playoff spot and seven points from a tie for fifth spot.
BETWEEN THE LINES
Niagara's trio of Reggie Traccitto (8-12-20), Marco Insam (4-9-13) and Josh Moes (2-10-12) place the IceDogs ninth in the league in terms of offensive production from their overagers.
Traccitto is the third-leading scorer among overage defencemen behind London's Steven Tarasuk (10-17-27) and Sault Ste. Marie's Michael Quesnele (6-18-24).
The combined production for the three IceDogs overagers is 45 points, which is above the league average of 40.7 points.
The five best teams in terms of offensive production from their overagers are Saginaw (87), Barrie (75), London (75), Sudbury (59) and Kitchener (57).
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Saginaw's top trio is made up of Tyler Murovich (9-10-19), Joe Pleckaitis (7-13-20) and Jordan
Skellett (14-34-48).
The five worst teams are Ottawa (seven), Belleville (eight), Sarnia (21), Oshawa (25) and Kingston (30). Two of Ottawa's overagers have yet to record a point this season and Belleville has only one overager.
Sarnia's overagers include goaltender Adam Courchaine (7-9-0-1, 3.19 GAA and .919 save percentage). Kingston
has only two overagers in its lineup.
Moes and Traccitto have been two of the top offensive performers for Niagara recently. Traccitto has three goals and two assists over the last four games and Moes has two goals and four assists over the past seven games.
Insam hasn't scored since a 6-3 win over Saginaw Nov. 12, but did record two assists in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to Sarnia.
QUIET ON TRADE FRONT
There is no news on possible trades involving defenceman Jay Gilbert and forward Chris DeSousa. Both players left the team because they were unhappy with their roles.
"Each day, we continue to discuss things, but as of right now, I would say we're no further," Brown said. "There hasn't been offers knocking the door down, that's for sure."
Despite the team's struggles, Brown feels no urgency to get a deal done.
"We can make lots of moves right now for the sake of making them. I can't make a trade for the sake of making a trade, but I don't think it makes any sense for our hockey team today or tomorrow."
DOGGONE SMART
IceDogs forward Freddie Hamilton is the OHL Central Division's Academic player of the month for November.
The 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Governor Simcoe student boasts a 98.2% average in his courses this fall. He was the 2008-09 winner of the Ivan Tennant Award as the top high school student in the OHL.
ICEDOGS THIS WEEK
AT PETERBORO THURSDAY Peterborough Petes: Fourth in Eastern Conference with 15-15-0-2 record, including 4-4-0-2 in last 10 games. Record is 6-7-0-1 at home and 9-8-0-1 on the road.
Local content: None.
Leading scorers: Ryan Spooner 14-28-42; Pat Daley 17-20-37; Jamie Doornbosch 7-22-29.
Top goalie: Jason Missiaen, 14-12-0-2, .904 save percentage, 3.89 goals against average.
NHL draft picks: RW Zack Kassian, first round, 13th overall by Buffalo Sabres in 2009 draft; D Barron Smith, seventh round, 188th overall by Toronto in 2009 draft; G Missiaen, fourth round, 116th overall by Montreal in 2008 draft.
Preliminary NHL draft rankings in OHL: C Spooner, 13th-ranked skater.
Previous meeting: Peterborough defeated Niagara 3-2 Nov. 21.
Top IceDogs vs. Petes: Matt Petgrave and Matt Baldassarra 1-0-1.
Top Petes vs. IceDogs: Kassian 1-1-2; Joey West and Doornbosch 1-0-1.
PETERBOROUGH SATURDAY See above.
PRO DOGS
Following are statistics for former Niagara IceDogs players who have moved on to the pro ranks. Skaters' stats are listed in order of games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes and goalies in order of record, goals against average and save percentage.
NHL
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues: 9-1-1-2-6.
Matt Corrente, New Jersey Devils: 7-0-0-0-15. AHL
Michael Swift, Lowell Devils: 23-7-6-13-19.
Luca Caputi, Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins: 23-9-9-18-29.
Drew Schiestel, Portland Pirates: 23-1-4-5-6.
Stefan Legein, Adirondack Phantoms: 17-7-0-7-15.
Scott Fletcher, Providence Bruins: 2-0-0-0-2.
ECHL
Sebastian Dahm, Alaska Aces: 6-5-0-2.90-.908.
Jeremy Smith, Cincinnati
Cyclones: 6-4-0-1-2.45-.908.
TOP DOGS
Following are the top ranked teams in the Canadian Hockey League, as chosen by a panel of NHL scouts:
1. Windsor Spitfires, OHL, (25-3-0-4).
2. Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL, (28-4-1-0).
3. Barrie Colts, OHL, (25-4-0-1).
4. Calgary Hitmen, WHL, (23-8-1-0).
5. Saskatoon Blades, WHL, (21-6-0-3).
6. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, OHL, (21-6-2-0).
7. Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL, (22-8-1-1).
8. Tri-City Americans, WHL, (21-8-0-0).
9. Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL, (21-9-0-2).
10. Quebec Remparts, QMJHL, (20-7-2-3).
Honourable mentions: Kitchener Rangers (21-7-1-2); Brandon Wheat Kings (20-11-0-2); Moncton Wildcats (18-10-1-2).

hockey123
12-10-2009, 09:22 AM
I'm glad every time Brown or McCourt are quoted they act like nothing is wrong. This team is in last place in a twenty team league, so far this season has been an epic failure. I get that they are young, but the young forwards do not even play. Teams like Brampton, Oshawa and Belleville are also very young but seem to be getting better as the season goes on, the Dogs are getting worse.

Phil Margonis
12-10-2009, 11:08 AM
"we can't change the fact that we are one of the youngest teams in the league"- McCourt

he loves pointing that out too. that's the 2nd time recently he's made sure to mention that in the paper. easy excuse for him it seems

*The Whalers team of a decade ago that featured NHLers Stephen Weiss and Justin Williams, operated under the motto 'confident, not cocky' en route to winning a conference title with 45 regular-season wins.
The 2009-10 Colts carry a motto of 'check your ego at the door' and it's worked well so far.

Icedogs motto is "we lose every game but we're the 3rd youngest team in the league"

*- taken from yesterday's barrie Examiner

three dog night
12-10-2009, 11:48 AM
The icedogs should be playing better now lets us hope the bounces go our way land we get back in the race

hockey123
12-10-2009, 12:11 PM
I'd like to see how their average age would compare to other teams in the league when you take out the guys that get little to no icetime. Knezic, J. Shaw, Baldersarra, Theoret, Maisonville, heck even Wood is still listed as a scratch I believe. The only 92's and 93's on this team that look like they're going to be above average players at this point are the Hamilton's, Fritsch, Petgrave, Rover and Visetin. The rest look like spare parts at this point and their lack of playing time only goes to show that the coach feels the same. If they're going to lose, developing players while they're doing it is essential and something they have been failing at since this team moved here. They have always wanted to run with a short bench. The young players that find themselves on one of the top 3 lines play the rest don't. They often play 3 games in 3 days and completely burn out the top line while the kids are left rotting on the bench. I noticed this year in paticular when they do play the fourth line often times they are out there with the bottom pair of d-men playing that night. This is setting them up to fail IMO.

AlphaDog
12-10-2009, 02:29 PM
^^ I agree. If we're going to lose, do it with giving the young kids more ice time. Whether we lose 3-2 or 6-2, we still get 0 points in a loss. So why not develop some talent while doing so.

three dog night
12-10-2009, 11:23 PM
Now it is nineteen one goal games just four wins in these close contest let us hope things even out soon