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Posted: April 10th, 2014
Posted: March 5th, 2014

PIHL Class AA playoff schedule
First round
March 3

No. 1 Bishop Canevin 7, No. 8 North Hills 2
No. 2 Cathedral Prep 7, No. 7 Chartiers Valley 4
No. 4 Hampton (13-8-1) 3, No. 5 Plum (12-7-3), 2
March 4
No. 3 Armstrong 7, No. 6 Greater Latrobe 3
Semifinals – Tuesday
at RMU Island Sports Center, Coraopolis

Cathedral Prep (17-4-2) vs. Armstrong (17-5-1), 7 p.m.
Bishop Canevin (21-2-0) vs. Hampton (14-8-1), 9 p.m.
PIHL Penguins Cup final – March 17
at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
Cathedral Prep-Armstrong winner vs. Bishop Canevin-Hampton winner, TBD

Lakeshore Hockey League playoff schedule
Semifinals – Thursday
at Erie Insurance Arena

No. 3 Fairview (3-3-2) vs. No. 2 Jamestown (4-3-1), 6:45 p.m.
No. 1 Meadville (7-0-1) vs. No. 4 Fort LeBoeuf (0-8-0), 8:30 p.m.
Championship game – Monday (site TBD)
Fairview-Jamestown winner vs. Meadville-Fort LeBoeuf winner, TBD

Posted: March 4th, 2014

Harbor Creek will meet Baldwin for the PIHL Open division’s Nailers Cup championship on Wednesday at 8:40 p.m. at RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh. The game was postponed this past Sunday because of wintry weather.
In other high school playoff news, the Lakeshore Hockey League semifinals are set for Thursday at Erie Insurance Arena. Fairview faces Jamestown (N.Y.) at 6:45 p.m., while Meadville faces No. 4 Fort LeBoeuf at 8:30 p.m. The date, time and location for the championship game hasn’t been determined.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

The PIHL Open division’s Nailers Cup championship game between Harbor Creek (21-1-0) and Baldwin (21-1-1), scheduled for today at 8:20 p.m. at RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh because of the wintry weather. The new date and time haven’t been determined yet.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Jane Pagano (Contributed/Connecticut College)

Erie native Jane Pagano, 19, a freshman defenseman with NCAA Division III Connecticut College in New London, Conn., was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s player of the week for totaling two goals and an assist in a two-game split last week. She is tied for the team lead with nine goals and tied for third with 14 points.
Pagano, who completed her high school career last year at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., and with the Massachusetts Spitfires, ranks fifth among defensemen in the conference with 14 points. The Camels (10-11-3, 4-9-3) begin their seventh consecutive trip to the NESCAC playoffs Saturday at 1 p.m. at Middlebury (Vt.) College.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Erie native Justin Mercier has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. Read more by clicking here

Posted: January 14th, 2014

Check out NHL Central Scouting’s full list of prospects in the midterm rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and then find out why the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta, will play a key role in how the draft unfolds…

Posted: January 13th, 2014

Posted: November 22nd, 2013

Posted: October 24th, 2013

Erie Otters (10-2-1-0) at London Knights (8-3-1-0)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Peterborough (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won eight straight games, their longest streak since the 2010-11 club finished the regular season with eight consecutive wins. They are two wins shy of equaling the franchise record set in 1997-98 and matched in 2001-02. … The Otters (21 points) lead the OHL’s Western Conference, four points ahead of London. …The Otters lost four of six meetings with the Knights a season ago, including all three in London. The Otters have a 4-24-2 record in their past 30 trips to London in the past decade. … Linemates Connor Brown and Dane Fox had nine-game and seven-game point streaks snapped in a 5-2 home win against Plymouth on Wednesday. … Brown still leads the league with 29 points, and is tied for the lead with linemate Connor McDavid in assists with 18. Fox is in a four-way tie for first with 13 goals. … The trio leads an offense that ranks third in the league with 59 goals. … McDavid has points in eight straight games. … D Adam Pelech is tied for third among defensemen with 11 points. … RW Hayden Hodgson missed practice Thursday because he was ill. His status for tonight’s game is unknown. … The Otters went 0-for-4 on the power play against Plymouth, the first time they haven’t scored with the man advantage in a game this season. … The Otters entered Thursday sixth overall with 36 goals against and second on the penalty kill (88.5 percent). … The Otters (30.5) and Knights 29.6 are first and second on the power play. … C Bo Horvat and C Chris Tierney lead the Knights with 13 points apiece. … London has lost D Olli Maatta to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fellow D and first-round pick Nikita Zadorov remains with the Buffalo Sabres. But the Knights are second overall with 31 goals against, including a 3-0 home win against Kitchener on Thursday.
Victor’s take: The first 10 minutes will be the key to success for the Otters. Budweiser Gardens has been a house of horrors for them in the past. They need to handle what should be a spirited Knights club in front of what should be a sellout, or at least close to one. If the Otters survive that, they will build confidence that will carry later into the game. If they don’t, the Knights will build momentum, and most likely, a comfortable lead. And let’s not forget the special teams battle. Both teams rank among the league’s top 5 on the power play and penalty kill.

Tale of the tape
Stat comparison between the Otters and Knights:
Category Otters Knights
Goals for 59 (4.5/game) 49 (4.0/game)
Goals against 36 (2.7) 31 (2.5)
Power-play pct. 30.5 29.6
Penalty-kill pct. 88.5 83.9
Penalty minutes 208 203
Home/road 4-2-1-0 (road) 6-1-0-0 (home)