Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 18th, 2010
OTTERS WATCH: Erie Otters at Ottawa 67′s

What: Erie Otters (27-23-5-2) at Ottawa 67’s (30-21-4-3)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Civic Centre – Ontario, Ontario

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

Players to watch

Erie – C Zack Torquato (28 goals, 49 assists, 77 points), C Greg McKegg (30-37-67, 13 power-play goals), C Mike Cazzola (27-38-65), RW Anthony Luciani (24-27-51), LW Andrew Yogan (23-25-48)

Ottawa – C Cody Lindsay (34-39-73), RW Tyler Toffoli (30-34-64), LW Anthony Nigro (15-36-51), RW Thomas Nesbitt (28-21-49), LW Dalton Smith (18-17-35)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters conclude a four-game road trip with a traditionally difficult East Division trip to Ottawa, Belleville and Kingston. … The Otters are 3-9 on that trip since posting their last winning record (2-1) in the 2004-05 season. … They have lost five straight against the 67’s since a 5-3 win in Ottawa on Dec. 29, 2006. … The Otters snapped a season-high, seven-game road losing streak with a 1-0 shootout win at Mississauga St. Michael’s on Monday. … They are 8-15-3-2 on the road. … The Otters are seventh in the Western Conference – two points behind sixth-place Sault Ste. Marie, three behind No. 5 Saginaw and seven ahead of No. 9 Guelph. The top eight teams qualify for the OHL playoffs. … G Adam Courchaine, pictured above (7-4-0-0 record, 2.76 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, 1 shutout in 11 games with the Otters), a native of the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, Ontario, has won his past three starts and five of his last six. He made at least 30 saves in all six games (.953 save pct.). … He silenced the Majors, the Otters’ first shutout win since March 6 (1-0 in overtime vs. Sarnia). … Torquato had a four-game point streak snapped Monday. … McKegg’s streak of four straight games with a goal and point ended Monday. He has eight goals and 13 points in the past eight games. … Cazzola also had a four-game point streak snapped Monday. … Torquato (tied for 5th), McKegg (tied for 12th) and Cazzola (tied for 16th) remain among the league’s top 20 in scoring. … Torquato ranks sixth in assists, while Cazzola and McKegg are in the top 20. … McKegg is among the top 20 in goals. … RW Shawn Szydlowski, pictured at right (15-20-35), who has a season-high, six-game point streak, is expected to play after missing Monday’s game because he was ill. … D Tyler Hostetter (head) is expected to play tonight after missing the past six games. … D Mitch Gaulton was expected to arrive in Erie Thursday to have his right elbow reevaluated. … Luciani has two goals in his past 14 games.

Ottawa – The 67’s lead the East Division by nine points over Kingston. … The 67’s are one of four teams in the 10-team Eastern Conference with a winning record. … They are 19-8-0-2 in the 10,000-seat Civic Centre. … Lindsay ranks among the top 10 in goals and points and top 20 in assists. … Toffoli is in the top 20 in goals. …  The 67’s are sixth in the league with 206 goals scored and eighth with 183 goals against. … C Ryan Martindale (16-37-53), a highly touted prospect in the 2010 NHL draft, didn’t play in Thursday’s win against Peterborough. … D Tyler Cuma (2-15-17, plus-8 rating), who signed with the Minnesota Wild in July, also didn’t play. … The 67’s had 15 skaters – three below the maximum allowed – against the Petes. … LW Corey Cowick, an Ottawa Senators prospect, has nine goals and 12 points in 17 games since returning from a reported shoulder injury.

Up next: at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), at Kingston (Sunday, 2 p.m.)

- Victor Fernandes

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