HOCKEYIceDog making the lower with Lumberjacks
One of many latest Niagara IceDogs will doubtless be among the many most-seasoned when play resumes within the Ontario Hockey League after a protracted layoff.
Whereas the IceDogs haven’t been on the ice since a highway sport towards the Ottawa 67’s on March 8, Danil Gushchin started taking part in in the US Hockey League in early November. Niagara’s first decide in final 12 months’s Canadian Hockey League import draft — and the second total choice — had 17 objectives and 22 objectives in 39 video games for the Muskegon, Mich., Lumberjacks heading into the weekend.
Moderately than maintain the San Jose Sharks prospect on the sidelines, the IceDogs loaned the 18-year-old native of Yekaterinburg, Russia, to Muskegon in the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
Gushchin, chosen by San Jose within the third spherical of the 2020 Nationwide Hockey League draft with the 76th total decide, is competing in his third season in Muskegon. He adopted by a 36-point rookie marketing campaign in 2018-19 — 16 objectives, 20 assists in 51 video games — with 22 objectives and 25 assists for 47 factors in 42 video games in his sophomore season with the Lumberjacks.
Throughout the low season, the 5-foot-10, 176-pound, left-hand shot dedicated to the IceDogs after being taken by the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League with the seventh decide in final 12 months’s import draft.
BASKETBALLTribune tourney awards sixth man bursary
A “function participant” whose team-first perspective was admired by coaches and teammates alike is the primary recipient of the Welland Tribune Basketball Event’s Bob Tomiuck Memorial Sixth Man Bursary.
Ryan Fitzgerald, a graduate of Notre Dame School Faculty in Welland now in his first 12 months finding out sport administration at Brock College, embodies all the things that made Tomiuck so useful to organizers of considered one of Ontario’s oldest highschool tournaments.
“Bob was a valued member of our committee who at all times gave 100% to make sure the Trib tourney was a hit,” event co-convener Don Larman mentioned. “Bob’s dedication to his colleagues and the event is what Ryan additionally dropped at his teammates and basketball program.”
Notre Dame head coach Mark Gallagher described Fitzgerald as a participant Tomiuck would have admired.
“He constantly labored arduous and, regardless that he was a job participant, he by no means complained and at all times put the group first,” Gallagher mentioned. “He was at all times the primary participant to cheer for a teammate or run off the bench in the beginning of a timeout to encourage and high-five the gamers on the ground.”
The bursary, value $300, honours the reminiscence of Tomiuck, a longtime event committee member who died of a coronary heart assault at age 70 in December 2019.
AUTO RACINGSt. Kitts racer opens season in Florida
Two top-five finishes positioned Mat Williamson sixth within the level standings when this 12 months’s DIRTcar Nationals wrapped up after 4 races at Volusia Speedway Park in east-central Florida.
The 30-year-old driver from St. Catharines adopted up fifth-, Eleventh- and fourth-place finishes by inserting eighth Friday evening. These showings within the abbreviated collection have been value US$2,450 in earnings and adequate to present him 561 factors, 10 behind Peter Bitten of Queensland, Australia, and 6 forward of Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., close to Niagara Falls.
Topping the standings, with one win, 594 factors and $6,100, was Max McLaughlin of Mooresville, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte.
Williamson, the 2019 Tremendous DIRTcar Sequence champion, raced to 16 victories and 35 top-five finishes in 50 begins.
Rain washed out Saturday evening’s fifth — and last — race in DIRTcar Nationals.