CAMP COUNTDOWN: #4 – Dermott moves to the forefront on back end

   August 21, 2014 1:00 am

Adam Pelech quietly went about his business on and off the ice in his four seasons with the Otters. Sometimes, you took for granted his importance, especially on defense, because of his consistency. But if he doesn’t rejoin the Otters (and I don’t foresee a scenario in which the New York Islanders would return him…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #9 – Needing OAs at their best

   August 16, 2014 1:00 am

Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox brought different skills to the ice every night as the Erie Otters’ overagers in the 2013-14 season. Abraham, who I thought would be the odd OA out when training camp opened last August, saved his best OHL season for last with a more solid two-way game (8-27-35, +29,…

OTTERS EXTRA: Bily still undecided, young D vying for spots and other camp notes

   May 17, 2014 6:09 pm

Shaun Bily is experiencing life in the OHL this weekend during the Erie Otters’ rookie development at Mercyhurst Ice Center. But it could be Otters’ main camp in August before he chooses between the OHL and the NCAA. “I’m undecided,” said Bily, the Otters’ third-round pick in last month’s Priority Selection who last October committed…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters trio concludes OHL career

   April 25, 2014 8:59 pm

Overagers Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox played their final OHL games tonight. But the Otters could lose X players of this team. Here’s the list… D Spencer Abraham (overager) RW Connor Brown (Toronto – signed) LW Andre Burakovsky (Washington – signed) LW Michael Curtis (overager) G Oscar Dansk (Columbus – unsigned) D Troy…

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters, Storm lineups for Game 4 tonight at EIA

   April 22, 2014 2:49 pm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS (starters in bold italics)   ERIE OTTERS Forwards Fox-McDavid-Brown Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky Wood-Gaunce-Wigle Evans-Pettit-Murphy Defense Genovese-Pelech MacDermid-Abraham Dermott-Donnay Goaltenders Williams Dansk Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz GUELPH STORM Forwards Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk McGinn-Horvat-Auger Bauman-Suter-Pierog Defense Finn-Trojanovic Leslie-Ebert Baltisberger-Harpur Goaltenders Nichols Mancina  Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden   Edited with BlogPad Pro

OTTERS POSTGAME: Dansk, Otters D overwhelmed by Storm

   April 18, 2014 9:31 pm

GUELPH, Ontario – Oscar Dansk‘s struggles in net continued tonight, but he had plenty of help in allowing seven goals on 30 shots in a 7-2 loss to Guelph tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The OHL’s stingiest scoring defense in the regular season has been unable to handle wave after wave…

OTTERS EXTRA: Lineups for Western Conference finals, Game 2

   April 18, 2014 3:28 pm

Western Conference finals, Game 1 Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm TONIGHT’S LINEUPS Starters in bold italics ERIE OTTERS Forwards Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle Fox-McDavid-Brown Curtis-Strome-Evans Murphy-Pettit-Betz Defense Genovese-Pelech MacDermid-Abraham Dermott-Donnay Goaltenders Dansk Williams Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy) GUELPH STORM Forwards Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk McGinn-Horvat-Auger Bauman-Suter-Pierog Defense Finn-Trojanovic Leslie-Ebert Baltisberger-Harpur Goaltenders Nichols Mancina Scratches: Craievich,…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters’ D, Dansk’s debut and more in Game 3 tonight

   March 24, 2014 3:14 pm

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Otters look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Saginaw in Game 3 tonight at Dow Event Center. How they fare against the Spirit’s top line of Kristoff Kontos, Eric Locke and former Otter Luke Cairns will play in a key role in making that happen. The trio combined for…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters' D, Dansk's debut and more in Game 3 tonight

   March 24, 2014 3:14 pm

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Otters look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Saginaw in Game 3 tonight at Dow Event Center. How they fare against the Spirit’s top line of Kristoff Kontos, Eric Locke and former Otter Luke Cairns will play in a key role in making that happen. The trio combined for…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters begin 3-game northern trip in North Bay

   February 19, 2014 10:15 pm

Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at North Bay Battalion (30-21-4-2) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: North Bay Memorial Gardens – North Bay, Ontario On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: at Sudbury (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) What to watch: The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3…