Bernd Franke, Postmedia Network

Bernd Franke, in the newspaper industry since 1977 and regional sports editor for the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune, was born to work in journalism: his parents met through a classified ad.


Kurtis Henry of the Niagara Falls Canucks grabs the puck from Tanner Ferreira of the St. Catharines Falcons in junior B playoff action at the Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines Friday. Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard

Back in the driver’s seat

The St. Catharines Falcons have rediscovered the knack for scoring on the power play, and just in time, too.

Peterborough Petes' Nikita Korostelev tips the puck at Niagara IceDogs' goalie Stephen Dhillon during Game 1 Eastern Conference quarter-final third period OHL action on Thursday at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough. (Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network)

Young 'Dogs lose, but learn playoff tricks

Class was in session Thursday night in Peterborough, where the young pups on the Niagara IceDogs got to experience playoff hockey at the Ontario Hockey League level for the first time.

St. Catharines Falcons Tanner Ferreira is called for a penalty after Niagara Falls Canucks goalie Zach Moore is upended in Golden Horseshoe junior. B playoff hockey Friday at the Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard

High flying Falcons win opener

Lucas Smilsky provided the offence, Owen Savory the defence and the St. Catharines Falcons extended their winning streak to 15 games in junior B hockey.

Mississauga Steelheads goalie Jacob Ingham knocks away a shot by Niagara IceDogs Ben Jones (3) in first-period OHL hockey action Thursday night at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network)

IceDogs stonewalled

The Niagara IceDogs may have lost a lot more than a game Thursday night.

oalie Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs defends the net against Niki Petti the Hamilton Bulldogs in OHL action at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Friday, March 10, 2017. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network Julie Jocsak

Top ’Dog in shootout

Stephen Dhillon is an IceDog according to the logo on the front of his jersey.

Aaron Haydon (28) of the Niagara IceDogs and an Erie Otter fight for the puck in this file photo. Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard/ QMI Agency

’Dogs don’t lose ground

When the Erie Otters decided to silence their critics, the Niagara IceDogs found the sound deafening.

Niagara IceDogs Oliver Castleman (15) turns to a loose puck in front of the Peterborough Petes net in OHL hockey action Friday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

’Dogs comeback peters out

A struggling start followed by a strong finish once again was not enough to return the Niagara IceDogs to the win column.

Kingston Frontenacs Eemeli Rasanen takes a shot as Niagara Ice Dogs Ben Jones, left and Johnny Corneil try to block the shot during Ontario Hockey League action at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Friday. Postmedia Photo

Penalties hound ’Dogs

The Niagara IceDogs spent too much time in the referees’ doghouse when they visited the Kingston Frontenacs in Ontario Hockey League Friday night.

Thousands of racing fans were on hand to watch Amis Gizmo win the 81st running of the Prince of Wales Stakes on Tuesday, July 26 at the historic Fort Erie Race Track. Amis Gizmo was one of eight in the field of Canada's finest thoroughbred horses as they competed in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. (Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/Postmedia Network)

Amis Gizmo wins Prince of Wales Stakes

Fort Erie’s biggest program on its all-too-short horse racing season featured full parking lots as far as the eye could see from the grandstand, and total wagering on one race in excess of $500,000.

Brian Taylor was a standout on the wrestling mat for Eastdale Secondary School and the Welland Wrestling Club.

Welland Wall of Fame wrestler went 36-1 in Grade 11

Wrestling wasn’t limited to the mats at the Welland YMCA when the Taylor brothers grew up on Eastdale Crescent, a stone’s throw from the high school they would dominate in the sport.

Autism brought to the forefront

Welland’s Main Street Bridge was illuminated in blue Saturday night in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, and flags were raised across Niagara two days later to encourage the participation of businesses and schools.