The Erie Otters face Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa on Friday night at Erie Insurance Arena in their first game since London ended their franchise-record, 11-game winning streak last weekend. What does head coach Kris Knoblauch expect from his team?
“I want to see us respond. We’ve been pretty consistent throughout the year. We’ve responded well after losses. (Last Sunday) we played London, a good team, and we got outplayed. I certainly want to see how we respond. We’ve had a little bit of adversity. We haven’t had much (adversity) this year. It will be nice to see how we respond to that.”
* Making a name for themselves: Knoblauch said his team’s identity – a team with two scoring lines and multiple offensive threats that could play a run-and-gun style but focuses on patience offensively and a responsible approach on defense – has begun to emerge this season.
“If a team can know what they’re about and where their strengths are and play to them, then you’re going to have success more times than not. I think we’re starting to identify what we are and what kind of team we are. So as long as we stick to that, we should be able to put together winning streaks as opposed to those losing streaks.”
On Friday’s matchup with Oshawa:
“Oshawa has probably got the hottest line right now. I would say the (Scott) Laughton-(Michael) Dal Colle-(Cole) Cassell line, certainly they’ll be getting a lot of attention from us just because they’re a good line, very good at scoring a lot of goals. We’ll have to do our best to limit their opportunities.”
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