WELLS SIGNS WITH OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Dylan Wells to a three-year entry level contract.

Wells has just completed his third season with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, helping the Petes reach the Conference Finals

During the regular season, the 19-year-old Wells appeared in a career high 52 games, registering a 3.07 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. He tied for third in the OHL with 33 wins, and also shared the fourth best save percentage in the OHL at .916, among goaltenders with 30 games or more.

The 6’2″, 182-pound goaltender had an 8-4 record in the playoffs, with a 2.51 GAA, and a .930 SV% over 12 games.

The native of St. Catharines, Ont. was named OHL Playoff Player of the Week on April 17, after registering two road wins and making 66 saves as the Petes completed a four-game sweep of the Kingston Frontenacs. Wells also became the first goaltender in Petes history to score a goal, and ninth OHL goaltender all-time, when he scored a goal into an empty net to clinch a 6-2 victory and series win in Game 4 in Kingston.

Wells opened the playoffs with an eight-game winning streak, in which he had a 1.94 GAA and a .944 SV%.

He was also a finalist for the OHL Goaltender of the Year Award this past season, and was the Petes’ nominee for the Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the Year.

Wells played for Canada Red at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton, Ont. and attended the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence goaltending camp in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016.

Wells was selected by the Oilers in the 5th round, 123rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft

Dylan has been a long time student and instructor at RLG and we want to congratulate him on signing!!

stay tuned for live interview with Dylan Wells himself.

LUDZIK SIGNS EXTENSION WITH ICEDOGS

Niagara Falls native Ryan Ludzik is returning to his home town Niagara Icedogs for a third straight season. “Well my family and I am real excited to get this done, the opportunity and platform I have to work from is second to none. The organization is the leagues best from the front office to the head coach and everyone in between. The Burke’s have treated me like nothing but family since day one. I believe family always sticks together and together we will continue the winning way in Niagara”

When asked about future or short term goals Ludzik was short and to the point “plain and simple I want to get results and I want to win. I know we have the staff to deliver and the players as well to win.  I know our coaching staff will do their jobs, so I have to be prepaired to do mine along side them. I want my staff confident in their goalies each and every game, and that means they need to be confident in my ability to get the absolute most out of my guys. I look forward to working with the staff and organization again.

attached below is the link to the article from the Icedogs website

GO DOGS GO!

http://niagaraicedogs.net/article/ryan-ludzik-signs-contract-extension

ASTORINO; RAIDERS WIN OJHL BUCKLAND CUP

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Next up for the Georgetown Raiders is the Dudley Hewitt Cup which starts May 2. The Raiders rode their netminder Josh Astorino who was also named the OJHL “Goalie of the Year” for a long playoff run. Astorino came off a stellar regular season which saw him post a record of 28-3-2, wi a GAA of 1.93 and a SV% of .936.  Astorino kept pace during the playoffs and when it mattered most. Astorino went 9-6-1 during the post season while holding a GAA of 2.32 and a SV% of .926.

Josh has been a long time client and instructor at the RLG summer camps. We would all like to wish him the best of luck at the Dudley Hewitt!!

MURDACA THIRD STAR; DEFEATS OWEN SOUND 6-1 IN GAME 1 OF WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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Niagara Falls native Joseph Murdaca is emerging as a silent hero for the highly potent Erie Otters hockey club. Murdaca or “doc” as he likes to be called came into the postseason backing up Troy Timpano, but his steady play and clutch performances has earned him the starting job with the Otters.  Murdaca came into the postseason with an impressive 13-3-2 record in 19 regular season appearances with the Otters, while holding a GAA of 2.50 and a Save Percentage of .903.

Murdaca was a pivotal part in the departure of the London Knights in round 2, picking up two massive wins for his club. With the defeat in game 1 over the Owen Sound Attack Murdaca’s post season numbers are a perfect 3-0, with a GAA of .77 and a Save Percentage of .966.  “Well it’s been a great experience, the team has played well in front of me, the fans are electrifying and I’m just trying to take it shot by shot to give my team a chance to win” stated Murdaca.  Sometimes that’s all you need to do as a goalie. Shot by shot Murdaca has gained the respect and trust of his teammates and staff on his hockey club.

RLG Wants to wish Joe best of Luck in game 2!!

DHILLON AND WELLS FINISH AT THE TOP OF THE OHL

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Niagara Icedogs Stephen Dhillon, and Peterborough Petes netminder Dylan Wells have finished at the top of the OHL in several stats. The most impressive being total saves in the regular season. Stephen Dhillon led the entire OHL in saves with 2114, setting an all time record for the Niagara Icedogs club, while Dylan Wells finished second in the league with 1693. The two goalies each finished in the top 6 in save percentage with Dhillon holding a .914 percentage and Wells with a .916.  The two also finished top 4 in games played with Dhillon leading the entire OHL with an impressive 59 games and Wells fourth in the league with a total of 52.

 

ASTORINO NAMED OJHL GOALIE OF THE YEAR

Niagara Falls native Josh Astorino has been named the OJHL goalie of the year. Astorino played a total of 35 games while accumulating  28 wins to help guide his Georgetown Raiders to a division, conference and league championship.

Astorino finished second in the league in Goals Against Average with a 1.93, .01% from the league leader. More importantly Josh finished first in the league with a .936 save percentage. The Raiders are currently playing the Oakville Blades  in the conference finals. Josh has been a long time student as well as instructor at the RLG camps. We would like to congratulate and wish Josh the best of luck in the remaining post season. I