Niagara Falls native Josh Astorino has started his season exactly as planned. The Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL had high hopes when they picked up the veteran with hopes of stabilizing the back end, and the 6’2 netminder has done just that. In 12 games this season Astorino is an astonishing 10-1-0-1 with a GAA of 2.21 and a sparkly Save Percentage of .921 while accumulating 304 saves thus far.
“Well you know I just wanted to be reliable in every situation for my team and someone they can count on” said Astorino about what his expectations were heading into the season. “You work hard all summer on and off the ice, I felt great heading into camp, and felt pretty good early but it’s a long year so I am prepared for what’s to come”
Astorino has been a long time member of the RLG community, dating back to his minor hockey days. We had a chance to catch up with owner Ryan Ludzik and asked him about Astorino’s early success “well of course I expected this, I believed in Josh all along. He’s a technically sound goalie who sees and reads the game very well. He uses his size accordingly and bring a sense of calmness to the game. Smart goalies like this who continue to work on their craft always find spots to play” said Ludzik. “I am sure a lot of schools and programs are starting to notice Josh as well and they should be, he has worked very hard and will continue to work hard to achieve his goals, I have all the confidence in the world in him” said Ludzik again.
Astorino is currently on an 8 game winning streak, and has recorded points for his club in his past 10 starts.
Goodluck from everyone at RLG Josh keep up the good work
The Niagara Icedogs opened the season with a dramatic victory in North Bay on Friday Night. With Stephen Dhillon still attending the Detroit Redwings camp, the Icedogs elected to start rookie netminder Colton Incze. The Oakville native would not disappoint, as he lead the Dogs to a 3-1 Win while earning third star. Incze made 32 saves, providing many key saves at crucial times when called upon. “well ya know, that’s a tough place to start on any night, never mind your first game in the league, Colton looked calm all night, he was there when we needed him, I was really impressed with his demeanor, he played a complete game” said goaltending coach Ryan Ludzik
The Icedogs are back in action this Friday night for the clubs Home Opener against the Kingston Frontenacs.
Niagara Icedogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon is attending the Detroit Redwings camp in Traverse City. Dhillon was the Niagara Icedogs rookie of the year last season and an instrumental part of the teams success. Dhillon also attended the Redwings rookie camp earlier this summer, as well as the Boston Bruins. Dhillons strong play earned him an invite back to Traverse City for the Detroit Redwings. The Buffalo native will be a key part of the Niagara Icedogs this upcoming season. We had a chance to catch up with Ryan Ludzik and asked him to comment on Dhillon, “Stephens game improved throughout the season last year, and continues to improve. We will rely on him this year and have a lot of confidence knowing he is our guy” said Ludzik.
Last years runner up for OHL goalie of the year and Carolina Hurricanes second round pick Alex Nedeljkovic is also in Traverse City. Nedeljkovic won his first start of the tournament against the New York Rangers in a thrilling 4-3 battle which needed overtime to settle the score.
Peterborough Petes netminder Dylan Wells made his first start for the Edmonton Oilers last night. The 5th round pick turned aside 35 saves en route to victory.
RLG wants to wish Stephen, Dylan and Alex the best of luck at their Development camps.
Niagara Falls native Josh Astorino has been signed by the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL. Astorino makes the jump after establishing himself an an elite goaltender in the GOJHL loop.
Astorino is no stranger to pressure situations, Josh won a championship for the Grimsby Peachkings during his rookie campaign. Astorino lead his team to a title in his first season of junior also being named Junior C goalie of the year.
Astorino’s stint with the Thorold Blackhawks earned him respect amongst his peers. With devotion and passion, Josh always leads by example. Astorino was runner up for player of the year twice, a league All-Star twice and a 5 time goalie of the month.
RLG reporter Mitch Vargus had a chance to catch up with Astorino VIA Skype. Vargus was abrupt when asking Astorino what his goals were for this season . “Well ya know I just want to take it game by game, I want to make an impact and give my team a chance to win every night. I know what I can do and I look forward to the challenge”. said the humble Astorino.
When asked about the change of league Astorino as usual was not phased “Of course there will be an adjustment but I have trained hard all summer, off and on the ice. I have gone over countless video sessions with Ludzy, made a few areas of my game stronger and I’m really excited to start this season”.
Astorino has been a long time student and instructor at the RLG camps. Everyone wishes him the best of luck in Georgetown!!!
Niagara Icedogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon has agreed to attend the Detroit Redwings camp. Dhillon will attend the clubs rookie camp, as well as the prospects camp held in Traverse City and the main camp. The Buffalo native appeared in 24 games for the dog during their 2015-16 campaign and was an instrumental part in the teams success. The rookie goaltender had a GAA of 2.69 and a SV% of .908.
RLG would like to congratulate Stephen
A lifetime dream came true for St Catharine’s native Dylan Wells on Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers selected Wells with the 123rd overall pick in the NHL draft.
RLG would like to congratulate Dylan!!
Niagara Falls native Joseph Murdaca finds himself in the middle of a great opportunity with highly potent and deep Mississauga Stealheads team. “The Doc” as he’s known as by his peers is no stranger to pressure situations having dealt with becoming the starting goaltender in only his second year of junior hockey with the Niagara Falls Canucks Junior B hockey Club. Murdacas first junior season as a rookie saw him earn play-off appearances with his club, where he earned runner up for league Rookie of the Year.
Murdacas strong first half of the season was enough for the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) to make a trade with the Saginaw Spirit involving three goaltenders but finding Joe a new home. Although Murdaca made leaps in a short amount of time, the young man knows the dedication it is going to take from being able to experience it. ” Training has become more intense, but for the better. This summers going to be better with more training and more on ice sessions” when asked about the biggest difference between Junior B and the Ontario Hockey League Joe was fast to point out the speed, “The OHL is 10 times faster, plays happen faster than they ever did in front of me. Getting to the gym to work on my speed and strength will be key in order to earn success”
We had a chance to catch up with RLG owner Ryan Ludzik who was quick to point out the fast progress of Murdaca “well ya know, he’s a big kid, he can move, squares up well and he continues to work at his craft. Joe understands the game and what he needs to put into it, to be successful at the OHL level and I’m looking forward to being a part of the process” said Ludzik.
Although a great opportunity awaits Murdaca, he will take nothing for granted this summer. A long time student and instructor at RLG camps, we wish him good luck this summer