IceDogs suf­fer bus scare

The Niagara IceDogs were side-swiped by a con­struc­tion truck head­ing back from Bar­rie

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KITCH­ENER — There was con­cern for a few sec­onds.

The Niagara IceDogs were head­ing home after de­feat­ing the Bar­rie Colts 3-1 in ex­hi­bi­tion ac­tion Thurs­day night when the team’s bus was side-swiped by a con­struc­tion truck while south­bound on High­way 400.

“It was a lit­tle scary at the time,” said IceDogs head coach Billy Burke. “It felt a lit­tle shaky at the front.”

No play­ers or team staff were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened around 10 p.m.

Burke de­scribed the col­li­sion as “mi­nor” and said there was some dam­age to the front of the bus.

“For­tu­nately the truck driver was fine and so were we,” added Burke.

The team pulled off on a ru­ral road to wait for the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice and was de­layed for about two hours be­fore re­turn­ing to St. Catharines.

“It sounded like it could have been worse,” said Burke.

“Cer­tainly this kind of thing is ev­ery­one’s worst night­mare in the wake of Hum­boldt. It was lit­tle spooky but ev­ery­one is OK.”

Six­teen play­ers and staff of the Hum­boldt Bron­cos hockey team died and an­other 13 were in­jured last April when the club’s bus was hit by a truck while en route to a play­off game in Saskatchewan.

The Bron­cos’ emo­tional sea­son opener against the Ni­pawin Hawks drew na­tion­wide at­ten­tion this past Wed­nes­day.

The de­fend­ing Saskatchewan Ju­nior Hockey League champs nipped the Bron­cos 2-1.

Thurs­day’s col­li­sion was the first for Niagara, ac­cord­ing to Burke.

“I re­mem­ber go­ing to Ot­tawa for a play­off game in 2012 and our bus broke down and we had to switch buses on the 401,” he said. “Other than that we’ve been pretty for­tu­nate.”

The IceDogs faced the Rangers in ex­hi­bi­tion ac­tion at the Aud Fri­day night.

The two teams will tango again Satur­day in an­other friendly, this time at the Beamsville Arena at 7 p.m.

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