COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: North Bay Battalion

   September 12, 2014 1:00 am

NORTH BAY BATTALION Coach/GM: Stan Butler 2013-14 finish: 38-24-4-2, 1st in Central Division, 4th in Eastern Conference Playoff finish: Won Eastern Conference championship, lost to Western Conference champion Guelph 4-1 in league finals Key players: G Jake Smith (23-12-3-1 record, 2.52 goals-against average, .904 save percentage, 4 shutouts), C Nick Paul (26-20-46; Ottawa prospect), D…

VIC’S PICKS: Generals will beat Battalion, advance to OHL finals

   April 14, 2014 9:00 pm

Defense will be on display in the Eastern Conference championship series between Oshawa and North Bay. The Generals (187 goals against) and Battalion (189) ranked second and third, respectively, in the regular season – behind the Erie Otters (170). They have been equally stingy in the playoffs, with the Generals allowing 13 goals in a…

OTTERS UPDATE: Rangers send Otters to another loss

   January 25, 2013 8:09 pm

KITCHENER, Ontario – The Erie Otters’ postseason hopes continued to slip away Friday night. Kitchener’s three-goal second period sent the Otters to a 5-1 loss in front of 7,294 fans at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Meanwhile, Saginaw and Windsor won Friday, leaving the Otters 13 points behind the eighth-place Spirit and nine behind No. 9 Windsor…

OTTERS UPDATE: New goalie Brown, Otters fall short against Rangers

   March 10, 2012 9:37 pm

The Erie Otters had a new goaltender in for the second straight game. Keinan Brown, on emergency loan from Peterborough, made 33 saves in his Otters’ debut Saturday night at Tullio Arena. But that wasn’t enough, as the Otters lost to Kitchener 6-4 in front of 3,245 fans. The Otters (10-48-3-3) are assured of setting…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters suffer their 13th straight loss

   December 3, 2011 7:47 pm

It’s one month and counting for the Erie Otters. Their winless streak reached 13 straight games with a 3-1 loss to Kitchener in front of 2,947 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night. The Otters haven’t won since a 3-2 win in Guelph on Nov. 4. The Otters, which have a CHL-worst 3-24-0-1 record, tied the…

OTTERS UPDATE: Maaskant’s OT winner snaps 8-game losing skid

   October 29, 2011 6:54 pm

Liam Maaskant chose the perfect time to score his first OHL goal. “Absolutely,” the rookie defenseman said after his goal 3:22 into overtime snapped the Erie Otters’ eight-game losing streak in a 4-3 win against Kitchener in front of 2,329 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night. Maaskant’s shot from the point slipped through a crowd…

OTTERS UPDATE: Maaskant's OT winner snaps 8-game losing skid

   October 29, 2011 6:54 pm

Liam Maaskant chose the perfect time to score his first OHL goal. “Absolutely,” the rookie defenseman said after his goal 3:22 into overtime snapped the Erie Otters’ eight-game losing streak in a 4-3 win against Kitchener in front of 2,329 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night. Maaskant’s shot from the point slipped through a crowd…