The Niagara IceDogs hit the ice Thursday for their first game since goaltender Tucker Tynan’s severe leg injury, and they made sure every minute was worthwhile.
Prior to the game, the IceDogs and their opponent, the Kingston Frontenacs, honored the first responders who helped save Tynan’s life after his injury Dec. 12 against the London Knights. Tynan suffered severe bleeding when he was cut by a skate blade after a collision in the crease. Trainers and paramedics treated Tynan on the ice before removing him on a stretcher.
Tynan later underwent successful surgery at a hospital in St. Catharines, Ont. He has since been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.
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Once the puck dropped, Niagara used a relentless forecheck to post a stunning 11-3 victory. Philip Tomasino, Oliver Castleman, Cameron Snow, Jonah De Simone and Anthony Agostinelli each netted two goals. Goaltender Christian Sbaraglia also had a strong performance filling in for Tynan, stopping 37 of 40 shots.
Moments after the dominant win, the IceDogs skated to center ice and dedicated the triumph to their 17-year-old netminder, raising his jersey in the air.
Tynan was 11-8-4 with a 3.80 goals-against average and .911 save percentage for the IceDogs prior to the injury. He was leading the OHL with 834 saves.
Niagara’s game vs. London was called off after Tynan’s injury, and the IceDogs postponed their next two games, which were scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15.