Niagara IceDogs home opener in St Catharines set for October 9

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Published July 13, 2021 at 8:59 pm

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While the Niagara IceDogs, who play out of the Meridian Centre in St Catharine, start their OHL season on the road in Barrie on October 7, their home-opener is just two days later against perennial powerhouses, Oshawa.

Following the NHL’s regional-based structure, the iceDogs will play their most of 54-game schedule against only Eastern Division competition.

The sole exception will be a six game stint against the Erie Otters, a team based in Erie, Pennsylvania, who play in the Midwest Division.

Their longest home stand in front of their St Catharines fans will be a four-game stretch from March 19 to 26.

In total, the IceDogs will play Barrie eight times, Erie six times, Hamilton five times, Kingston four times, Mississauga eight times, North Bay eight times, Oshawa six times, Ottawa six times, Peterborough six times and Sudbury eight times.

In setting this year’s schedule, OHL Commissioner David Branch said, “The League chose to return to play this year with a schedule that would provide all teams the optimum opportunity for success.”

“We largely modeled the structure of games after the NHL this season, consisting of mainly regional play along with reduced travel and costs,” he added.

(IceDogs photo courtesy of the Meridian Centre)

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