Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: November 16th, 2013
OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

Guelph Storm (16-3-1-1) at Erie Otters (17-3-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kitchener (Tuesday, 11 a.m.)
What to watch: Tonight’s game features two of the top four teams in the CHL top 10, with the Otters fourth and Storm at No. 2. … The Otters’ top-ranked defense (OHL-best 49 goals against and 5 shutouts) faces the league’s high-scoring team (111 goals). … The Storm tied a season high with nine goals in a home win against Peterborough on Friday. They have scored at least five goals 14 times this season. … The Otters are second overall with 94 goals scored, while the Storm are seventh with 65 goals against. … The Otters have the league’s best winning percentage (.833) and are tied with Oshawa atop the league standings with 35 points, one point ahead of the Storm and Sault Ste. Marie. … The Otters have won four straight and 15 of their last 16 games. … They extended their franchise record with an 11th straight home win Friday against Sault Ste. Marie. … The five shutout wins are three shy of the franchise record of eight set in the 2000-01 season. … Erie and Guelph have five players among the league’s top 10 in scoring – RW Connor Brown (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points), LW Dane Fox (21-15-36) and C Connor McDavid (5-29-34) for the Otters; RW Scott Kosmachuk (18-17-35) and LW Brock McGinn (17-17-34) for the Storm. … C Hunter Garlent (5-23-28) also ranks among the top 20. … The Storm have seven players with at least 20 points. … C Robby Fabbri (10-14-24) is serving a 10-game suspension.

Players to watch
D Adam Pelech, Erie
Stats: 5 goals, 15 points, +15
* He teams with Darren Raddysh to shut down opposing team’s top lines every night. He faces his toughest test of the season against the league’s highest-scoring offense.

RW Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph
Stats: 18 goals, 35 points (6 PP goals)
* The Winnipeg Jets prospect is off to another great start this season. He headlines an offense that has scored at least 17 more goals than any other team.

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Maksimovich-Strome-Murphy

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: G Daniel Dekoning (healthy), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Hayden Hodgson (sore wrist), D Justin Felker (healthy)

GUELPH STORM

FORWARDS
Kosmachuk-Garlent-Mitchell*
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-McGinn
Milne-Suter-Auger
Bauman-Stevens-Craievich

DEFENSE
Baltisberger-Harpur*
Finn-Trojanovic
McFadden-Leslie

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, C Robby Fabbri (suspension), C Ryan Horvat

Referees: Mike Cairns, Darryl Wolfe Linesmen: Jesse Wilmot, Adam Harris

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