NEDELJKOVIC CALLED UP TO NHL

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Niagara Icedogs alumni Alex Nedeljkovic has been called up to the big club. Ned will travel to Columbus to meet with the Carolina Hurricanes to back up their game against the Bluejackets. Ned is coming off back to back victories in the AHL, one of which earning first star of the game.

RLG would like to wish Alex the best of luck and congratulate him on his accomplishment. This is a great story about a young man getting back what he puts in.   Any young goaltender reading this needs to understand the time and effort Alex puts into his craft. Great role model for any young athlete.

Goodluck Ned

 

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nhl/carolina-hurricanes/article126903209.html

Attached is the NHL article

DYLAN WELLS NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK/ CHL GOALIE OF THE WEEK

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The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first half week ending December 18 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.95 and save percentage of .945.

Wells turned aside 103 shots in three games last week helping the Petes extend their winning-streak to eight-straight heading into the league’s holiday break. On Thursday night he made 30 saves before a national audience on Sportsnet earning second star honours in a 3-1 victory over the London Knights. He followed that performance with a 40-save effort Friday to earn first star of a 4-3 overtime win against the Kingston Frontenacs, then closed out the first half Sunday with 33 saves to earn second star recognition in a 5-2 win over the North Bay Battalion.

An 18-year-old from St. Catharines, ON, Wells is playing in his third career season with the Petes who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Wells ranks second in the OHL with 903 saves while carrying a record of 16-8-1-2 with a goals-against-average of 2.97 and tied for the league’s best save percentage at .920. He was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

ICEDOGS DHILLON ON TOP OF THE OHL AT HALFWAY POINT

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The Niagara Icedogs Stephen Dhillon has emerged as an elite goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League. At the halfway point of the season no goalie has played more minutes (1663) games started (28) or has saves (1,026). Dhillon has been the driving force in the Niagara Icedogs push for the playoffs. If there is any doubt of Dhillon’s significance to his hockey club, look no more than the fact that he has faced 40 or more shots in 15 of his 28 starts. Dhillon has 9 regular season wins this season, 6 of which he has faced over 40 shots in. While it’s safe to say Dhillon sees his fare share of rubber, he statistically is at the top of the league in Save Percentage. Dhillon holds a 9.15 SV%, which puts him at 5th overall in the OHL.  If the Icedogs hope to make the playoffs and have a long run like they did last year they will need every bit of Stephen Dhillon.

 

ICEDOGS;DHILLON STAY HOT! WIN BACK TO BACK

  img_0514The Niagara Icedogs inched up the standings this weekend with back to back wins. The streak started with a 5-1 victory over the division rivals Barrie Colts, followed by a 2-1 win over the high powered Sudbury Wolves. The Icedogs 2015-16 rookie of the year Stephen Dhillon got the start in both games. The Buffalo native came up big once again, turning aside 41 shots against the Colts, and another 44 saves in the Sudbury game. Dhillon is still the OHL leader for saves amungst goaltenders with a total of 601, while climbing to third overall in save percentage, boasting a 9.19 SV%. 

The Icedogs are back in action Wednesday in an afternoon game against the Hamilton Bulldogs.