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.