The winners of the Niagara IceDogs beat the ice on Thursday for their first game since a serious leg injury by banker Tucker Tynan and made sure every minute was worth it.
Before the game, the IceDogs and their opponent, Kingston Frontenacs, paid tribute to the first correspondents who helped save Tynan’s life after his December 12 injury against the Knights of London. Tynan suffered severe bleeding when he was cut from a skate blade after a collision in the crease. Trainers and paramedics received Tanan on ice before removing him on a stretcher.
Tynan later underwent successful surgery at a hospital in St. Louis. Catharines, Ont. It has since been unloaded and is expected to make a full recovery.
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After the fall, Niagara used an unbroken mark to put up a stunning 11-3 victory. Philip Tomasino, Oliver Castleman, Cameron Snow, Jonah De Simone and Anthony Agostinelli each scored two goals. Banker Christian Sbaraglia also had a strong performance by completing Tynan, stopping 37 of 40 shots.
Moments after the dominant victory, the IceDogs drove on the ice and dedicated the triumph to their 17-year-old friend, lifting his shirt up in the air.
Tynan was 11-8-4 with an average of 3.80 goals and a 0.911 serve for the IceDogs before the injury. He was an OHL leader with 834 saves.
Niagara’s game against London was cut short after Tanin’s injury and the IceDogs postponed the next two games, scheduled for December 14 and 15.