By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: February 13th, 2014
OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters face off vs. Ekblad, Colts at EIA

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)


Kreis-Maaskant (former Otter)-Pastorious


Daniel Gibl*
Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: D Jake Dotchin, RW Joseph Blandisi, C Mitchell Theoret

Referees: Pat Myers, Darryl Wolfe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Cory Piche


Barrie Colts (28-22-1-2) at Erie Otters (41-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Niagara (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters hope to complete a sweep of their four-game home stand before starting a four-game road trip Monday against the Midwest Division rival Rangers. … They have won six of seven games since consecutive home losses to Guelph and Niagara midway through January. … The Otters trail the Storm by one point with 15 games left in the race for the OHL’s regular-season and Western Conference championships, which would secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … Erie won 6-5 in Barrie on Jan. 9 in a game in which the Otters built a 5-2 lead early in the second period but squandered that lead by the end of that period. Rookie D Travis Dermott scored the winning goal 7 minutes, 40 seconds into the third. … The Otters need five wins to break the franchise record of 45 set by the 2000-01 club. … The Otters have 24 home wins, three shy of breaking the franchise record of 26 set in 2000-01. They have seven regular-season home games left. … RW Connor Brown (39 goals, 68 assists, 107 points)

Connor Brown

has points in eight straight games and 16 of his last 18 overall. He has a 17-point lead in the league’s scoring race over linemate Dane Fox (55-35-90). … Fox needs 10 points to join Brown as the only players in franchise history to reach the 100 mark in a season. … Barrie, which has won three straight games, ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference, five points behind fourth-place North Bay. The top four teams earn home-ice advantage in the first round. … The Colts are the second-most penalized team in the league (884 minutes). The Otters have the No. 1 power play (31.6 percent). … LW Andreas Athanasiou (40-39-79) had a career-high five goals and seven points in a 9-2 win at Niagara on Thursday to move into a tie for third in the league. … D Aaron Ekblad (19-24-43) is tied for fifth among all defensemen in scoring. He stands third among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm report for the 2014 draft. … Former Otters D Liam Maaskant has two goals, five points and 47 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Colts this season.

- Victor Fernandes

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