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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 11th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Guelph leads series 3-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Guelph 4, London 2
Game 4 – Guelph 6, London
Game 5 – Today at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters win series 4-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Erie 2, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 4 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie 2, OT

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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals win series 4-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 1
Game 4 – Oshawa 5, Peterborough 2

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Barrie 2, North Bay 1
Game 4 – Barrie 7, North Bay 4
Game 5 – Today at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Barrie, 6:00 p.m.
Game 7 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 10th, 2014

Erie Otters left wing Dane Fox broke Cory Pecker‘s franchise record for goals this season. Now Fox has placed his name alongside Pecker for another reason. Fox captured the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s Overager of the Year in a nearly unanimous vote to join Pecker (2001-02) as the only players in franchise history to win this award.

Fox.DaneFox, 20, who led the league with 64 goals and was second to linemate Connor Brown with 107 points in the regular season, received 93-of-95 voting points to outdistance North Bay right wing Barclay Goodrow (34 points) and Sault Ste. Marie center Tyler Gaudet (30). His 64 goals were the most in the league since John Tavares (72 in 2007).

Fox, who signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks earlier this season, topped his goal total (54) from the first four seasons of his five-year career. His point production nearly matched his career total (119) from the previous four years. He will receive his award at the OHL Awards Ceremony June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed and honored to receive this award,” Fox said in a statement. “There were a lot of great players up for this. I am pretty excited to be taking this home, but I am still focused on the main goal. I want to win a championship in my final OHL season. That’s the trophy I want.”

Overager of the Year voting

(votes in parentheses)

LW Dane Fox, Erie (93) — 64 goals, 107 points (67 games)

RW Barclay Goodrow, North Bay (34) — 33 goals, 67 points (63 games)

C Tyler Gaudet, Sault Ste. Marie (30) — 26 goals, 61 points (65 games)

 

 

Posted: April 10th, 2014

The Southern Tier Xpress, a new North American Tier III Hockey League club that will play out of Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, N.Y., will hold tryouts May 16-18 at JSBIA. The franchise also will have a two-team feeder system – Under-16 and Under-14. Tryouts for those teams are set for April 21, 23 and 24 from 6-9 p.m. at JSBIA.

For more information or to register for tryouts, send an e-mail to SouthernTierXpress@gmail.com.

 

Posted: April 10th, 2014

The Erie Otters clinched their first berth in the OHL’s Western Conference finals with a Game 4 win over Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday. Check out post-game interviews, courtesy of Erie Times-News colleague Tom Reisenweber by clicking here

Posted: April 8th, 2014

The Erie Otters have eight prospects from the 2014 OHL draft that will participate in the U16 OHL Gold Cup, which is set for May 8-11 at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario. The tournament features eight teams with the top 160 under-16 players in Ontario. Here are the Otters prospects with tournament team in parentheses:

Kyle Maksimovich (GTHL Blue)
Taylor Raddysh (GTHL Blue)*
Mitchell Byrne (GTHL Red)
Cole Evans (GTHL Red)
Taylor Egan (HEO)
Jack Gill (HEO)
Colton Point (NOHA)
Jake Lawr (OMHA Black)

Posted: April 7th, 2014

Western Conference semifinals, Game 4 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch

Connor McDavid

Erie – LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points), C Connor McDavid (4-9-13), RW Connor Brown (3-9-12), C Brendan Gaunce (5-7-12), LW Andre Burakovsky (7-1-8), G Devin Williams (7-0-1 record, 1.90 goals-against average, .934 save percentage, 2 shutouts); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-3-1, 2.63, .914, 1

Matt Murray

shutout), D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7, minus-1 rating), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-4-6), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: The Otters hold a 3-0 series lead for the third time in franchise history. They won the first three games against Windsor and Barrie in the Western finals and league finals, respectively, in 2002. They lost Game 4 on the road both times before winning Game 5 to close out each series. … Williams is one of only five goaltenders in Otters’ history with a playoff shutout. He’s the only one with two. … The Greyhounds have been shut out four times all season. The Otters won three of those games. … Otters F Jake Evans recorded his first OHL playoff point with an assist in the Game 3 win.
Outlook: The Otters have plenty of motivation to close this series tonight – reach the conference finals for the first time since 2002, and avoid a second 1,200-mile round trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie
Otters lead series 3-0

Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie 1
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Erie 2, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 4 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 7th, 2014

NHL Central Scouting unveils its final rankings for the 2014 Entry Draft on Tuesday. Erie Otters G Devin Williams may or may not make the list. But he likely impressed a group of scouts that numbered at least 15 with his 29-save effort and second straight shutout in a 2-0 Game 3 win against Sault Ste. Marie.
His teammates also deserve some credit for their strong defensive performance in front of him.
Here’s what D Troy Donnay and LW Andre Burakovsky had to say after the game.
Also, check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s post-game news conference…

Posted: April 7th, 2014

Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 3 between the Erie Otters and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (starters to follow)…

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle*
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Wood-Murphy-Betz

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham*
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Williams*
Dansk

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf), D Darren Raddysh (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

SAULT STE. MARIE GREYHOUNDS
FORWARDS
Bunting-Miller-Speers
Mallette-Corson-Goetz
Watling-Gaudet-Dupuy*
Tolchinsky-McCann-Fritsch

DEFENSE
Nurse-Ganly*
Jenkins-Gudbranson
Hore-White

GOALTENDERS
Matt Murray*
Brandon Halverson

SCRATCHES: RW Jorgen Karterud, RW Bryan Moore, D David Ecclesd, C Charley Gaaskamp

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here

Western Conference semifinals, Game 3 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch

Connor McDavid

Erie – LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points), C Connor McDavid (4-8-12), RW Connor Brown (3-9-12), C Brendan Gaunce (5-6-11), LW Andre Burakovsky (6-1-7), G Devin Williams (6-0-1 record, 2.20 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 1 shutout); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-2-1, 2.71, .910, 1

Matt Murray

shutout), D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-4-6), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: The Otters are 4-2 in their playoff history when holding a 2-0 series lead. Sault Ste. Marie handed the Otters one of those losses – in the 2000 Western semifinals. … The No. 1 line of Brown, Fox and McDavid combined for three goals and eight assists in Game 2 after totaling one point in Game 1. … Burakovsky has no points in the past three games after contributing six goals and seven points in the first four games against Saginaw in the first round. … Gaunce has points in five straight games and six of seven in the playoffs. … Williams recorded the Otters’ first playoff shutout since 2009 and fifth in franchise history in Game 2. … The Otters are 2-for-10 on the power play and 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the series. … Nurse, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, has no points and a minus-4 rating in the series. … McCann and D Kyle Jenkins are the only Greyhounds with points in the series.
Outlook: The Otters have never swept a playoff series in their history. They can move one step closer to doing that with a win at home, where they have a 32-3-1 record this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 7th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Series tied 1-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary
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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Battalion lead series 2-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday Barrie, 6:00 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 5th, 2014

Future Otters
The Erie Otters’ picks in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection:
Round (No.) Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) Hometown 2013-14 club (statistics)

1. (19) RW Taylor Raddysh (6-0, 190) Caledon, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (25 goals, 52 points)
2. (28) G Jake Lawr (6-2, 150) Caledon, Ont. Halton Hurricanes (12-8-3 record, 53 goals against, 1 shutout)*
3. (45) C Shaun Bily (5-11, 170) Doylestown, Pa. New Jersey Titans U16 (1 goal, 24 games)#
3. (59) LW Kyle Maksimovich (5-6, 150) Oakville, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (24 goals, 58 points)
5. (85) D Mitchell Byrne (5-11, 175) Brampton, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (28 points, 32 penalty minutes)#
6. (119) D Taylor Egan (5-11, 172) Carp, Ont. Ottawa Valley Titans (26 points, 12 penalty minutes)
7. (130) LW Riley MacRae (6-0, 155) Dundas, Ont. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (7 goals, 22 points)^
7. (139) D Zack Hoffman (6-1, 164) Newcastle, Ont. Clarington Toros (25 points, 42 penalty minutes)
8. (159) RW Jack Gill (6-0, 185) Brockville, Ont. Upper Canada Cyclones (8 goals, 26 points)
9. (179) D Cole Evans (6-3, 190) Toronto, Ont. Vaughan Kings (7 points, 6 penalty minutes)
10. (199) D Jordan Sambrook (6-1, 162) Markham, Ont. South Central Coyotes (18 points, 40 penalty minutes)
11. (219) LW Christian Girhiny (5-10, 131) Thorold, Ont. Southern Tier Admirals (9 goals, 19 points)
12. (239) LW Holdyn Lansink (5-11, 171) Clinton, Ont. Huron Perth Lakers (16 goals, 29 points)
13. (259) D Bailey Newton (5-10, 153) Oakville, Ont. Halton Hurricanes (6 points, 20 penalty minutes)
14. (279) G Colton Point (6-3, 231) North Bay, Ont. North Bay Trappers (3.47 goals-against average)
15. (299) D Noah Tooke (5-10, 185) London, Ont. London Jr. Knights (3 points, 8 penalty minutes)
* Pick originally owned by Owen Sound; # Picks originally owned by Mississauga; ^ Pick originally owned by Saginaw

Check out a scouting report on the Otters’ draft class by clicking the link

Listen to GM Sherry Bassin‘s thoughts on his draft class…

Cream of the crop
First-round picks in the OHL Priority Selection:
No. Club Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) Hometown 2013-14 club (statistics)

1. Sarnia D Jakob Chychrun (6-2, 195) Boca Raton, Fla. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (16 goals, 43 points)
2. Kitchener C Adam Mascherin (5-9, 197) Maple, Ont. Vaughan (40 goals, 70 points)
3. Ottawa LW Travis Barron (6-1, 175) Belfountain, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (23 goals, 41 points)
4. Belleville C Brandon Saigeon (6-1, 184) Grimsby, Ont. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (28 goals, 57 points)
5. Mississauga C Michael McLeod (6-2, 175) Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (21 goals, 57 points)
6. Niagara C Logan Brown (6-5, 210) Chesterfield, Mo. Indiana Ice (14 goals, 25 points)
7. Plymouth C William Bitten (5-9, 146) Gloucester, Ont. Ottawa Jr. 67′s (36 goals, 78 points)
8. Owen Sound D Victor Mete (5-9, 157) Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (12 goals, 30 points)
9. Peterborough C Jonathan Ang (5-10, 148) Markham, Ont. Markham Waxers (28 goals, 42 points)
10. Saginaw C Tye Felhaber (5-10, 174) Pembroke, Ont. Ottawa Valley Titans (38 goals, 72 points)
11. Sudbury C Michael Pezzetta (6-1, 201) Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Senators (11 goals, 26 points)
12. Windsor D Logan Stanley (6-6, 209) Waterloo, Ont. Waterloo Wolves (28 points, 95 penalty minutes)
13. Barrie LW Givani Smith (6-1, 192) Thornhill, Ont. Mississauga Senators (17 points, 71 penalty minutes)
14. North Bay C Zachary Poirier (6-0, 185) Mountain, Ont. Upper Canada Cyclones (21 goals, 38 points)
15. Kingston D Reagan O’Grady (6-1, 180) Brampton, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (24 points, 27 penalty minutes)
16. Oshawa C Cliff Pu (6-0, 168) Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (23 goals, 47 points)
17. Sault Ste. Marie C Anthony Salinitri (5-10, 153) Windsor, Ont. Windsor Jr. Spitfires (23 goals, 40 points)
18. London LW Max Jones (6-2, 190) Rochester, Mich. Honeybaked U18 (22 points, 121 penalty minutes)
19. Erie RW Taylor Raddysh (6-0, 190) Caledon, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (25 goals, 52 points)
20. Guelph C Matthew Hotchkiss (6-2, 192) Whitby, Ont. Whitby Wildcats (27 goals, 53 points)

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