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Old 02-03-2019, 03:03 PM
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I will say this. Defense wins championships. You (IceDogs) can have all the offense in the world, but if can't keep the puck out of your own net (and this is no slam at Dhillon. It's about defense overall) then you can't won't win win it matters.

Best analogy I've heard recently with that, is the Maple Leafs. As I believe John Shannon said, "the Leafs need at least two more Jake Muzzin's."

Meaning they're still not good enough defensively despite Fredrik Anderson in goal.
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Old 02-03-2019, 03:23 PM
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This post is not intended to be an excuse but rather to gain some perspective in the result of one single game.

Narrative after this game: Ottawa was the better team and beat Niagara easily. Everyone agrees with that.

Hypothetical situation: Ottawa arrives in Niagara an hour before the game – playing their 3rd game in 3 nights – and are without Hoefenmayer, Chmelevski and Bitton – on the other side of the rink you have the IceDogs at home with Paquette, Lodnia and Bruder (all fully healthy for week) in the lineup.

Is the game narrative different?
You’re comparing Chmelevski to Lodnia and Bitten to Bruder? That’s a bit of a stretch. Chmelevski Is a top player in the league. Lodnia is a good hardworking player but by no means a star. This arriving an hour before the game is being so overplayed it’s funny. It was an hour, not 10 minutes. If it ended up a 4-3 game, maybe you could point at that as the difference in the game. But, when you get beat handily in every aspect of the game from the beginning to the end.... it’s nothing more than an excuse.

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Old 02-03-2019, 03:29 PM
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There are several well-respected OHL experts, without any affiliation to Niagara, that also believe the IceDogs can win it all.

Without bias and blinders, they're able to see things a lot differently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8YWbasvTCI
Since when does Sarnia play by play guy become an ďexpertĒ? If you look at the talent the Dogs have on paper, they should have a shot at it. Nobody has said theyíre not good or contenders. Does that mean that youíre not fan if you simply donít think theyíll beat Ottawa?
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You’re comparing Chmelevski to Lodnia and Bitten to Bruder? That’s a bit of a stretch. Chmelevski Is a top player in the league. Lodnia is a good hardworking player but by no means a star. This arriving an hour before the game is being so overplayed it’s funny. It was an hour, not 10 minutes. If it ended up a 4-3 game, maybe you could point at that as the difference in the game. But, when you get beat handily in every aspect of the game from the beginning to the end.... it’s nothing more than an excuse.
Not that much of stretch - that you can't answer the question?

99 Lodnia NHL - MIN (2017) Rd: 3 (#85) 30gm - 32 pts
**35 playoff games and an OHL championship to his name in 2017

99 Chmelevski NHL - SJ (2017) Rd: 6 (#185) 40gm - 54 points
**11 playoff games which amounts to two first round exits


00 Sam Bitten - Undrafted (#106 NHL Central Scouting – 2018 Final Draft Ranking)
00 Andrew Bruder - Undrafted (#114 NHL Central Scouting – 2018 Final Draft Ranking)

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Since when does Sarnia play by play guy become an “expert”? If you look at the talent the Dogs have on paper, they should have a shot at it. Nobody has said they’re not good or contenders. Does that mean that you’re not fan if you simply don’t think they’ll beat Ottawa?
Call him what you want - the point being that there are those, unbiased without blinder - that see the OHL playoffs unfolding very differently. Can't accuse those 3 of being homers can you?
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Youíre comparing Chmelevski to Lodnia and Bitten to Bruder? Thatís a bit of a stretch. Chmelevski Is a top player in the league. Lodnia is a good hardworking player but by no means a star. This arriving an hour before the game is being so overplayed itís funny. It was an hour, not 10 minutes. If it ended up a 4-3 game, maybe you could point at that as the difference in the game. But, when you get beat handily in every aspect of the game from the beginning to the end.... itís nothing more than an excuse.
Itís definitely being overplayed but it still doesnít help a team same with playing in a 3 in 3 weekend and playing a team like Ottawa as the last game (sometimes they are used asexcuses but sometimes itís just reality that those things matter and are part of the reason for an outcome )
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The three in three, two in a row on the road, is a bigger deal IMO than a late arriving bus.

Let’s face it ... we aren’t the favorites to win the East ... it’s not all that bad ....maybe that can help them with a catchy Playoff T-shirt slogan this year ! Maybe something like “Why not us 2.0?”

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The three in three, two in a row on the road, is a bigger deal IMO than a late arriving bus.

Let’s face it ... we aren’t the favorites to win the East ... it’s not all that bad ....maybe that can help them with a catchy Playoff T-shirt slogan this year ! Maybe something like “Why not us 2.0?”

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Great idea, maybe in basic black with an IceDogs logo in the middle?
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It's pretty easy what this years T-Shirt will say, #ALLIN
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I just found and read this article on the Boards site, Ice Dogs thread that was posted by a member from another team.
I think that it is no longer meaningful though.

http://theohlcollective.com/ontario-...ohl-standings/
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