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!!
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.
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
The Niagara Icedogs have earned a playoff spot for an impressive tenth straight season. The Dogs are set to open the 2016-17 OHL Playoffs this Thursday against the Peterborough Petes on the road.
Niagara Icedogs Stephen Dhillon has passed former Icedog Mark Visentin for most saves in a single season. Dhillon currently sits first in the league in saves with a remarkable 400 more than the second place Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Dhillon has made 2022 saves while still having three games remaining. Dhillon passed Visentin who is now the teams second highest save leader with 1637 during the 2009-10 campaign. Dhillon is one of only 5 goalies (now including Stephen Dhillon) in the history of the OHL to record 2000 saves in a single season, joining an elite and short list of goaltenders in the prestigious league. What makes Dhillon’s stats even more impressive is that he has been able to do so while holding a .916 save percentage which currently places him 5th in the league.
The Icedogs were in action today, where Dhillon provided his team with 33 saves en route to a 7-1 victory over the North Bay Battalion in a crucial game, which helped the Icedogs move up in the standings closer to clinching a playoff spot.
Congrats Steve on an amazing accomplishment, but this is only the beginning!
Niagara Icedogs have inched two points closer to a playoff spot riding the strong performance of Buffalo native Stephen Dhillon. The Icedogs goaltender along with his squad found themselves down by two goals early in the game, this did not hinder Dhillon’s game however. This marks the eleventh time Dhillon recorded a win while facing 40 or more shots. Dhillon made several key saves at big moments none more pivotal than a short handed one timer save on a seam pass within the dying seconds of the second period to keep the game tied. Dhillon stopped both attempts in the shootout to secure a victory for his fellow teammates.
The Icedogs return to action this Sunday at the Meridian Centre hosting the North Bay Battalion in a massive playoff race game. North Bay is behind the Icedogs by just two points.