Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: September 26th, 2013
OTTERS EXTRA: Otters head west to face Sarnia, Windsor

Erie Otters (1-1-1-0) at Sarnia Sting (1-1-0-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: RBC Centre – Sarnia, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Windsor (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), vs. North Bay (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: Rookie LW Andre Burakovsky will play tonight after missing Wednesday’s 2-1 loss in Saginaw because of a delay in his immigration paperwork. … LW Stephen Harper (bruised shoulder) didn’t play against the Spirit. His status will be determined before the game. … RW Hayden Hodgson will make his season debut tonight after completing a 10-game suspension incurred late last season. … The Otters’ first three games were decided by one goal. … The Otters, which allowed more than 300 goals per season the past two years, has surrendered seven goals in three games (2.3 per game). They also have outshot opponents 120-98. … The Otters complete a five-game road trip this weekend. … Sarnia swept the four-game season series from the Otters last year, including two wins by one goal. … The Sting lost their home opener last weekend to Oshawa on a goal with 12 seconds left, but rebounded with a 3-1 win in Windsor on Friday. … Sting RW Nikolay Goldobin led all rookies, including Otters C Connor McDavid, in scoring a season ago with 68 points. … The Windsor Star reports that Spitfires LW Chris Marchese, a former Otters’ first-round pick, will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday. Marchese reportedly missed time a season ago with a concussion before finishing with nine goals and 24 points in 39 games with the Spitfires. He suffered a shoulder injury as a rookie with the Otters in the 2010-11 season (3 goals, 10 points in 40 games).

- Victor Fernandes

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