ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The Niagara IceDogs capped off a banner-raising evening with a 4-2 victory over the Erie Otters in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday night.
Anthony DiFruscia's first OHL goal proved to be the winner for Niagara (1-0), while Joel Wigle, Steven Shipley on the power play and David Sysala also scored.
Connor Crisp had a power-play goal for Erie (0-1) and Nick Betz had a goal as well. The Otters were outshot 30-29 overall.
Festarini made 27 saves in the win over his former team. Oscar Dansk, in his OHL debut, turned aside 26 shots in the loss.
Erie's Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in the OHL's select draft, was held off the scoresheet in his debut. The 15-year old was granted exceptional status to play in the league this season.
The IceDogs raised their Central Division Champion, and Eastern Conference Championship banners to the arena's rafters before the game.
Generals 5, Petes 2
Lucas Lessio and Boone Jenner starred on the first day of the Ontario Hockey League's season.
They both scored a pair of goals Thursday to the lead the Oshawa Generals to a 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes.
At Peterborough, Ont., Matt Petgrave had three assists for Oshawa (1-0-0).
Menard and Pierog each scored a goal and as assist for Peterborough (0-1-0).
Colts 6, 67's 4@
At Ottawa, Anthony Camara had a hat trick to lead Barrie to a victory over the 67's.
Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele scored and added three assists for the Colts (1-0-0), while Erik Bradford and Brendan Bell rounded out the scoring.
Sean Monahan had a pair of goals and an assist for Ottawa (0-1-0), while Michal Cajkovsky and Remy Giftopoulos also scored.
Attack 6, Spitfires 1@
At Windsor, Ont., Cameron Brace scored twice as Owen Sound defeated the Spitfires.
Gilbert Gabor, Gemel Smith, Daniel Catenacci, Jaden Lindo all scored for the Attack (1-0-0).
Michael Clarke was the lone scorer for Windsor (0-1-0) with a power-play goal.