5 Things: Dog Fight Part 5
Hamilton Home Record: 22-8-0-3
Niagara Away Record: 12-13-5-2
GP: 46 G: 23 A: 48 PTS: 71
GP: 60 G: 33 A: 54 PTS: 87
- Who Will Play Whom?
On Thursday night, the Steelheads became the 8th and final Eastern Conference team to clinch a spot in the 2018 OHL Playoffs. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, the question is; who will play who in the playoffs? With the Bulldogs and Colts having both clinched first place in their divisions, the top 2 spots in the Eastern Conference are locked up. However, the final placing of the remaining six teams is still to be determined. The IceDogs currently sit 5th in the East, but they could finish anywhere between 3rd and 8th place.
- Gunning for Top Spot
Hamilton’s Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0
The Bulldogs will look to get back to their winning ways as they saw their 6-game win streak snapped after a 6-3 loss to Barrie Wednesday night. The offence has been on track as of late, scoring 3 or more goals in each of their last 6 games, averaging 4 goals per game over that stretch. With Barrie’s overtime loss to Owen Sound Thursday night, the Bulldogs need just 3 more points to clinch 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
- Road Woes
Niagara’s Last 10 Games: 4-4-2-0
Games away from the Meridian Centre have not been kind to Niagara as of late. The IceDogs are 0-6-2-1 in their past 9 road games, and have averaged 4 goals against per game over that stretch. However, the IceDogs arrive at FirstOntario Centre Saturday night having won their last two games, including an 8-2 beat down on the Flint Firebirds on Thursday night.
- Who’s Hot?
The overager forward from Troy, Michigan has been heating up over the past 5 games. Moore has 5 points and 25 shots on goal in that span, including a 2 goal first star performance against the Oshawa Generals March 3rd. Moore has fit in nicely since coming to the Bulldogs in late November with 36-points (9-goals;27-assists) in the 39 games he’s played with the Black and Gold.
With 8 points in his last 5 games, the former Toronto Marlboro is having a great year for the IceDogs. Thomas has a point-per-game rating of 1.19 and his plus/minus is up a whopping 28 points from last year. Thomas is eligible for the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and was recently ranked 10th on the North American skaters list by NHL Central Scouting.
- Battle for the K-9 Cup
Head to Head Records
HAM 1-2-0-1 NIAG 3-0-1-0
This will be the 5th of 6 meetings between the two Eastern Conference clubs this year. The battle for the K-9 Cup is not over quite yet, as the Bulldogs can tie the season series by winning the remaining 2 regular season games in regulation.
Brandon Saigeon has the hot hand for the Black and Gold against the IceDogs this year with 5-points in the season series so far. On the opposing side, Ben Jones has enjoyed playing against the Bulldogs this year with 9 points in the 4 games.
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