Windsor - October 14, 2012 - The Windsor Spitfires continue their 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season this afternoon with a home game against the Niagara Ice Dogs at WFCU Centre. This is the only scheduled visit by the Ice Dogs to Windsor. Puck drop is set for 2:05pm.
Mississauga Ice Dogs
The Ice Dogs have a 5-4-1-0 record and sit third in the Central Division standings. Islanders prospect Ryan Strome leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with 13 points in ten games. Brett Ritchie is second with ten in the same number of games. Niagara comes into this afternoon’s game following a 4-3 overtime road loss to the Sarnia Sting on Saturday.
The Spitfires record sits at 4-3-0-2 and looked really energized in a 7-4 victory on Thursday against the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Habs prospect Brady Vail leads Windsor in scoring with 12 points in nine games. Spits rookie star Josh Ho Sang scored his first OHL goal on Thursday night and now has five points. Jaroslav Pavelka has played well and has carried the majority of the load for the Spits.
Players to Watch
NIA - Jesse Graham (New York Islanders draftee)
NIA - Ryan Strome (New York Islanders draftee)
NIA - Dougie Hamilton (Boston Bruins draftee)
NIA - Mitchell Theoret (New York Islanders draftee)
WSR - Ben Johnson (New Jersey Devils draftee)
WSR - Michael Clark (Colorado Avalanche draftee)
WSR - Nick Ebert (Los Angeles Kings draftee)
WSR - Brady Vail (Montreal Canadiens draftee)
WSR - Kerby Rychel (NHL Central Scouting “A” List)
WSR - Jordan Maletta (NHL Central Scouting “C” List)
WSR - Josh Ho Sang (#5 Overall OHL Pick)
It is expected that Christopher Festarini will get the start for the Ice Dogs, while Pavelka is believed to be getting the nod in the Windsor cage.
Tonight, the Spitfires play game three of a four games home stand. Next Thursday, Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters will be the opponent.
The Ice Dogs are the defending Eastern Conference Champions. The young IceDogs are led by a pair of NHL first-round draft picks: Strome (NYI, 5th overall, 2011) and Dougie Hamilton (BOS, 9th overall, 2011). The Hamilton pick is one of two that the Bruins received from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal.
It is always a good time to go see a Spits game, but even better on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon. The Detroit Tigers don’t take on the New York Yankees until 4:07 pm. If you haven’t taken in a Spitfires game this year…today would be a great day to do so!