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Tough guy Neuber leads Majors to home-opener victory over IceDogs

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Linemates Anthony Tapper and Kyle Neuber each scored a goal and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors made their first home game of the 2008-09 Ontario Hockey League season a triumphant one with a 3-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs Friday night.

Neuber, known more for his toughness than his offensive skills, scored his second goal of the season late in the second period and it proved to be the game-winner as the St. Michael's Majors won their third in a row.

"I'm working hard and I'm just trying to progress every day," said the 19-year-old Neuber, who scored four goals all of last season while racking up 133 penalty minutes in 54 games. "Hopefully, I'm going to get some chances to chip in here and there and maybe generate a little more offence this year."

Tapper's first goal of the season midway through the first period staked Mississauga (3-1-0-0) to a 1-0 lead. Jesse Messier had the other goal for the Majors. He scored into an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third period.

Thomas Middup had the lone goal for the IceDogs (2-2-1-1). It came with eight minutes remaining in the third.

Niagara netminder John Cullen stopped 34 shots. Mississauga goalie Chris Carrozzi made 19 saves.

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