NEDELJKOVIC EARNS SHUTOUT/FIRST STAR AGAINST ROCKFORD

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Parma Ohio native Alex Nedeljkovic earned his first career shutout as a professional last night.  Nedeljkovic shut the door on the Rockford Icedogs Stopping all 32 shots directed his way, including a busy third period which saw Alex face a total of 14 shots. “Well ya know, I just wanted to give our team a chance, we played well in front of me, it was a complete game from the entire team” said Nedeljkovic. “We knew it was an important game, I felt good early, and we made the most of our opportunities”

The former Niagara Icedogs netminder is competing in his first season of pro hockey for the Charlotte Checkers.  Nedeljkovic’s victory over Rockford was his seventh win of the season.

RLG would like to congratulate Ned on his first Shutout and good luck!

ASTORINO NAMED OJHL GOALIE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

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The OJHL announced today that Georgetown Raiders netminder Josh Astorino has been named the Bardown Goaltender-of-the-Month for January after posting a 1.68 goals against average during the month.

Astorino has played a huge role this year in the Raiders continued success in sitting atop of the OJHL standings for much of the second half of the season. Posting a 6-1-0 record during January to lead the OJHL in wins, the 20-year old posted a sparkling 1.68 goals against average, along with a .945 save percentage in facing more than 200 shots throughout the month. Reeling off six consecutive victories, Astorino opened January with a 25-save shutout victory over Stouffville and went on to five key South-West Conference wins, including two, 30+ save performances. He finished the month with an impressive 34 save, 1-0 overtime loss, to their West Division rival Burlington Cougars.

His performance over the past two years, ultimately saw Astorino recruited by the Georgetown Raiders and he has not disappointed in 2016-17. Astorino currently leads the OJHL with a 1.97 goals against average, as well as a .935 save percentage in 33 games played, while posting a 27-3-1 record with two shutouts for the OJHL’s top club.

RLG would like to wish wish Josh best of luck heading into the post season and congratulate him on the “Goalie of the Month” honours for the month of January

 

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.