POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:32 AM
The Niagara IceDogs earned a 5-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a 3-1 series lead over the Ottawa 67's.

Dalton Smith started the game off with his third shorthanded goal in as many games giving the 67's a 1-0 lead heading into the second.

Late in the second it was IceDogs' over-ager Andrew Agozzino who evened things up with his sixth goal of the playoffs.

In the third period, Tyler Toffolio ended his four game goaless streak  after driving to the net and putting the 67's in the lead. Two minutes later Agozzino once again pulled the IceDogs even with his third goal of the series. It was all IceDogs from there on out. Fellow over-ager, David Pacan, scored his seventh and eighth of the playoffs and Freddie Hamilton added an empty net goal to make it a 5-2 final.

Read the full recap on Niagaraicedogs.net OR Click Here to watch highlights

SCORING SUMMARY
1. OTT D. Smith, (4) (T. Graovac), 10:08 (SH)   
2. NIAG A. Agozzino, (6) (F. Hamilton, S. Rover), 17:42    
3. OTT T. Toffoli, (11) (C. Ceci), 4:03    
3. NIAG A. Agozzino, (7) (A. Friesen, B. Ritchie), 6:49    
3. NIAG D. Pacan, (7) (D. Hamilton, F. Hamilton), 7:41    
3. NIAG D. Pacan, (8) (F. Hamilton, D. Hamilton), 13:21 (PP)   
3. NIAG F. Hamilton, (5) (D. Pacan, D. Hamilton), 19:54 (EN)
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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:31 AM
Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret has found his goal scoring touch for the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals. He played hero in Game 1 with an overtime goal to lift the IceDogs to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa 67's, then helped Niagara take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 with a two-goal game.

Theoret was selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (185th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has three goals and three assists in 10 OHL Playoff games this year.

Theoret's teammate and fellow Islanders prospect Ryan Strome has one assist in each of the first three games of the Conference Finals. The Islanders first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2011 has six goals and 14 assists in 13 Playoff games this year.

Click the links below for game highlights to view Theoret's two game-winning goals.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:30 AM

OHL

Ryan Strome, Mitchell Theoret and the Niagara IceDogs have advanced to the Ontario Hockey League Conference Finals. They'll face the Ottawa 67’s in the seven-game series for the right to advance to the OHL Finals.

Ryan Strome and the Niagara IceDogs skate to the OHL Conference Finals
Strome, the Islanders’ first round pick (fifth overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is tied for third in OHL Playoff scoring with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 10 games. In just 46 regular season games, Strome scored 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists).

Theoret, the Islanders’ seventh round selection (185th overall) in 2011, has two assists in seven playoff games. He finished the regular season with 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 62 games. 

Andrey Pedan and the Guelph Storm fell in the opening round of the OHL Playoffs to the Plymouth Whalers. Pedan led all Storm defensemen in scoring with four points (one goal, three assists) in six playoff games. The Islanders’ third round selection (63rd overall) in 2011 posted career highs in 63 regular season games, with 10 goals and 30 assists.


QMJHL

Kirill Kabanov and the Shawinigan Cataractes were eliminated in Game 7 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Quarter Finals. Kabanov, the Islanders’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2010 Draft, led the Cataractes in scoring with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 11 games. He also posted career highs in 50 regular season games, with 21 goals and 34 assists.


WHL

Brenden Kichton’s Spokane Chiefs fell in Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Conference Semifinal to the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday, April 18. The Islanders’ fifth round selection (127th overall) in the 2011 Draft has been sidelined with an injury during the playoffs, but led all WHL defensemen this season with 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) in 71 regular season games.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 9:27 AM
Shawinigan 6 vs. Chicoutimi 7 (OT)

Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov scored a goal with three assists, but his Shawinigan Cataractes fell to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7-6 in overtime Friday in the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Playoffs.

The second-ranked Cataractes blew opened a 3-3 game with three goals in less than two minutes to start the third period, but Chicoutimi clawed back later in the frame to force overtime. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the game winner at 10:05 of the first overtime.

Kabanov had points on the first three Shawinigan goals and four of the first five. In five games this postseason, the Islanders' third round pick (65th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has three goals and five assists with a plus-5 rating. The Cataractes swept their opening-round series against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

 
Niagara 2 Brampton 1 (OT)

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome scored his sixth goal of the playoffs as the Niagara IceDogs earned a 2-1 overtime victory over the Brampton Battalion in game one of their Eastern Conference Semifinal on Friday night.

The IceDogs scored the opening goal for the sixth time in seven playoff games, as Strome snapped home his 11th point of the playoffs to make it 1-0 Niagara. David Pacan scored in overtime to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead in the second-round series.

Strome is tied for sixth in OHL Playoff scoring with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in seven games. Niagara teammate and fellow Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret has two assists in four games this postseason.

Niagara beat the Oshawa Generals 4-2 in the opening round of the playoffs. They travel to Brampton for game two on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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