Saturday night saw a lively crowd out to the leisureplex when the Fort Erie Meteors played host to the Niagara Ice Dogs.
The Ice dogs took on the Windsor Spitfires in their second exhibition game. With the Spitfires coming out on top with a score of 6-4.
The two teams played an evenly matched 3 period game going back and forth a few times.
Akil Thomas of the Ice Dogs was drafted in the first round to the LA Kings. He will be a strong leader for the Ice dogs this season. When talking about the experience of travelling for exhibition game he said” its a little weird not playing at home but its still really cool going out to the different communities in the niagara region and have that packed house feeling. We are a young group so we obviously won’t be the team we were last year, but it gives us the opportunity to exceed expectations and teach the younger guys.”
Though Thomas did not suit up for this particular game he said “It was a pretty good experience in Fort Erie. It’s a great arena and a good rink for a Jr. B team.” The Ice Dogs will play the Sudbury Wolves for their first home regular season game will be September 19 at the Meridian Center in St. Catharines.
While the Ice Dogs took to the ice the hosts were busy working with the volunteers selling 50/50. They also mingled with local fans before the upcoming season starts Saturday September 14 at 7:15 at home. The money raised at this game from the gate, puck toss and 50/50 were donated back to both the Jr. Bs and Fort Erie Minor hockey from the Ice Dogs.