OTTERS WATCH: Erie Otters vs. Owen Sound Attack

   February 15, 2011 6:42 pm    0

 

What: Owen Sound Attack (37-15-1-2) at Erie Otters (29-24-1-1)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (34 goals, 34 assists, 68 points), C Brett Thompson (37-29-66), C Phil Varone (25-38-63), RW Anthony Luciani (22-38-60), RW Shawn Szydlowski (33-25-58)

Owen Sound – C Joey Hishon (33-43-76), LW Garrett Wilson (35-39-74), LW Andrew Fritsch (24-28-52), RW Robby Mignardi (25-26-51), D Jesse Blacker (10-37-47)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters have won two straight, four of their last five and nine of their last 13 games. … They play nine of the next 11 games at home. … Varone has nine goals and 29 points in a career-high, 13-game point streak. … Szydlowski has goals in six straight games, three shy of equaling Brad Boyes’ franchise record set from Nov. 4-25, 2000. Szydlowski has 21 points in a career-high, 13-game streak. … Thompson has goals and points in five straight games (nine goals, 14 points). … Luciani has points in seven of the past eight games (five goals, 18 points). … McKegg hasn’t scored a goal in seven straight games, his longest drought since his rookie season in 2008-09. … G Ramis Sadikov (29-17-1-1 record, 2.91 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 2 shutouts) needs one win to become the franchise’s first goaltender with 30 wins in a season. Sadikov, who already holds the single-season record, ranks fifth on the Otters’ career list with 38 wins. … D Tyler Hostetter (6-13-19) has two goals in three games since returning from a three-month absence with a broken hand. … F Andrew Yogan (shoulder) could be medically cleared Thursday, a source speaking on condition of anonymity said. He’s expected to rejoin the team Thursday night or Friday morning, practice next week and play as early as Feb. 24 at Niagara. … Rookie LW Chris Marchese (shoulder) has resumed full-contact workouts this week. … As part of the club’s Macaroni Madness promotion, fans can purchase $4 tickets to tonight’s game and the March 2 game against Niagara by donating a box of macaroni and cheese. The food benefits the Erie City Mission. … The Buck Night game features $1 Smith’s hot dogs, Coca-Cola products, beer and popcorn.

Owen Sound – The Attack have won nine of their last 10 games to build a seven-point lead over Kitchener for the Midwest Division lead and a five-point edge over Saginaw in the Western Conference standings. … The teams meet for the final time in the regular season. The Attack have won four straight against the Otters after losing 4-0 in Erie Nov. 5. … Hishon and Wilson rank among the OHL’s top 10 goal scorers and point leaders. … They lead the highest-scoring team (233 goals). … Fritsch missed Saturday’s win against Plymouth because he was sick, according to the team’s website. Ds Matt Stanisz (8-27-35), plus-17) and Geoffrey Schemitsch (1-19-20, +17) were out with injuries, the website reported.

Up next: vs. Niagara (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

 

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