COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Saginaw Spirit

   September 18, 2014 1:00 am

SAGINAW SPIRIT Coach/GM: Greg Gilbert/Jim Paliafito 2013-14 finish: 33-30-4-1, 3rd in West Division, 6th in Western Conference Playoff finish: Lost to Erie 4-1 in conference quarterfinals Key players: RW Jimmy Lodge (19 goals, 27 assists, 46 points, 8 power-play goals; Winnipeg prospect), RW Nick Moutrey (15-26-41; Columbus prospect), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40; former Erie Otter),…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters, Spirit face off in key Game 4 matchup

   March 26, 2014 2:57 pm

Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 4 between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit… ERIE OTTERS FORWARDS Fox-McDavid-Brown* Evans-Gaunce-Wigle Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky Maksimovich (OHL playoff debut)-Pettit-Betz DEFENSE Pelech-Raddysh (OHL playoff debut)* MacDermid/Genovese-Abraham Dermott-Donnay GOALTENDERS Williams* Dansk SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy, D Darren Raddysh SAGINAW SPIRIT FORWARDS Locke/Alexeev-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter) Moutrey-Kea-Sadowy* Lodge-Stephens-Payne Clarke-Bennett-Addison DEFENSE…

OTTERS EXTRA: Former Otters Cairns capitalizing with Spirit

   March 25, 2014 9:20 pm

SAGINAW, Mich. – Luke Cairns waited his entire OHL career to gain consistency in his offensive game. He has achieved it at the right time. The Saginaw Spirit forward had four goals and six points in his final seven regular-season games, and followed that with two goals and three points in the first three games…

OTTERS WRAP-UP: Glaring mistakes on D headline Game 3 loss

   March 24, 2014 9:16 pm

SAGINAW, Mich. – Tonight’s wild back-and-forth between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit has left the Otters with a 2-1 series lead in this Western Conference quarterfinal series heading into Game 4 on Wednesday at Dow Event Center. Head coach Kris Knoblauch wasn’t happy with his team’s subpar defense, while Oscar Dansk wasn’t happy with…

OTTERS EXTRA: Preview of 1st-round series vs. Saginaw

   March 20, 2014 9:33 pm

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s take on the series in this edition of Knoblauch Korner… Western Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series) No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 6 Saginaw Spirit Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1 Season series: Erie won 3-1 Players to watch Erie – RW Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters complete brief road trip in Saginaw

   March 1, 2014 12:31 pm

Erie Otters (45-14-2-0) at Saginaw Spirit (30-26-4-1) When: Today, 7:11p.m. Where: Dow Event Center – Saginaw, Mich. On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: vs. Plymouth (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) What to watch: The Otters complete a two-game West Division trip before returning home for a three-game home stand against Plymouth, Windsor (Friday) and…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters look to snap 2-game home skid vs. Spirit

   February 6, 2014 8:25 am

Saginaw Spirit (25-21-4-1) at Erie Otters (39-10-2-0) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Erie Insurance Arena On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.) What to watch: The Otters begin a four-game home stand after completing a five-game road trip last weekend with a 4-1 record. … They split their…

OTTERS UPDATE: Look at the Central Division

   September 17, 2012 2:45 pm

This week, I’ll break down all 20 OHL clubs division by division and unveil my predictions for the 2012-13 season. Today, let’s look at the Eastern Conference’s Central Division (listed in alphabetical order): Barrie Colts Coach/GM: Dale Hawerchuk/Jason Ford 2011-12 finish: 40-23-3-2, 2nd division, 3rd conference Playoff finish: Lost to Ottawa in conference semifinals Key…

OTTERS WATCH: Erie Otters at Sudbury Wolves

   October 22, 2010 8:13 pm

What: Erie Otters (3-8-1-0) at Sudbury Wolves (3-6-1-0) When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Players to watch Erie – C Greg McKegg (8 goals, 13 assists, 21 points), C Mike Cazzola (6-12-18), RW Shawn Szydlowski (5-7-12), LW David Broll (2-5-7), D Tyler Hostetter…