Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: May 17th, 2014

Shaun Bily is experiencing life in the OHL this weekend during the Erie Otters’ rookie development at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
But it could be Otters’ main camp in August before he chooses between the OHL and the NCAA.
“I’m undecided,” said Bily, the Otters’ third-round pick in last month’s Priority Selection who last October committed to join Northeastern as part of the Hockey East Association school’s 2016-17 recruiting class. “This is a great place. I see a lot of potential here. This is definitely a place where you can develop and get ready for the next level. Education wise, Northeastern is one of the best. There’s a lot of things that play into it. I’m just going to figure it out as I go.”
Bily broke his leg after getting tangled up with an opposing player while taking a faceoff against Detroit-based Victory Honda in the opening game of the 2013-14 season with the New Jersey Titans U16 club. He essentially missed the entire season.
While he recovered, Bily figured Northeastern was the best option. Then the Otters drafted a center with first-round potential.
“I got the feeling he wanted to play here,” said managing partner/GM Sherry Bassin, who planned to speak further with Bily and his family this weekend. “It’s a heck of an opportunity for him.”
* Making names for themselves: C Trent Fox (13th round, 2013) showed some glimpses of his brother, former Otters LW Dane Fox - who set a franchise record and led the CHL with 64 goals this past season – during Saturday’s scrimmage.
The younger Fox scored twice – once off a rebound, another with a strong move through two defenseman before scoring off a backhand. But fans shouldn’t expect a 64-goal season in his future. “I’m a different player,” he said. “I just work hard every shift. … I’ll get pucks deep and go to work on their defense. He’s a pretty skilled guy. He’s got a nice shot.”
LW Kyle Maksimovich (3rd round, 2014), younger brother of F Quentin Maksimovich, displayed speed and stick skills, especially when teamed with newly signed free-agent C Alex DeBrincat. “It’s pretty fast-paced. You’ve got to get going to keep with the guys,” the younger Maksimovich said. “I”ve just got to come here and work hard and compete.
Check out what RW Taylor Raddysh (1st round, 2014) had to say about being at camp and the help he’s received from his older brother, D Darren Raddysh by clicking the above link.
* Filling in on D: The Otters lose OA Spencer Abraham and could lose Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Kurtis MacDermid (Los Angeles) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders) to the professional ranks. So there are spots up for grabs on the blue line for the 2014-15 season. “I think the younger guys are going to have to play a bigger role,” Jesse Saban (2nd round, 2013) said. “We’re going to have to step in and fill the same role” played by promising young Ds Raddysh and Travis Dermott.
“Hopefully we can make it happen,” Saban said.
* Memorable experience: Millcreek Township native Nick Wilcox is the only local player participating in camp.
“It’s really hard work, and it’s lot of fun,” said Wilcox, a junior at McDowell who played for the West Seneca (N.Y.) Wings and Fairview High School this past season. “I was nervous in the beginning, but I got over that. I started having a lot of fun.”
He wants to use this experience to prepare to play for the Buffalo Regals U18 team. “The guys that are here have worked as hard as me,” he said. “I see how good they are. I try to build off that. I feel like I’m going to carry it over into my season.”

- Victor Fernandes
 

Posted: May 14th, 2014

OHL All-Star Team
First team (voting points in parentheses)

C – Scott Laughton, Oshawa (62)
LW – Dane Fox, Erie (83)
RW – Connor Brown, Erie (88)
D – Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (93)
D – Slater Koekkoek, Windsor (55)
G – Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (67)
Coach – D.J. Smith, Oshawa (48)

Second Team
C – Connor McDavid, Erie (61)
LW Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (28)
RW – Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph (50)
D – Adam Pelech, Erie (52)
D – Nikita Zadorov, London (51)
G – Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (57)
Coach – Kris Knoblauch, Erie (47)

Third Team
C – Sam Bennett, Kingston (38)
LW – Max Domi, London (23)
RW – Nick Baptiste, Sudbury (19)
D – Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (34)
D – Matt Finn, Guelph (27)
G – Oscar Dansk, Erie (29)
Coach – Scott Walker, Guelph (38)
 

 

Posted: April 25th, 2014

Overagers Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox played their final OHL games tonight. But the Otters could lose X players of this team.
Here’s the list…

D Spencer Abraham (overager)
RW Connor Brown (Toronto – signed)
LW Andre Burakovsky (Washington – signed)
LW Michael Curtis (overager)
G Oscar Dansk (Columbus – unsigned)
D Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers – signed)
LW Dane Fox (Vancouver – signed & overager)
C Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver – signed)
D Kurtis MacDermid – (Los Angeles – signed)
D Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders – signed)

Brown, Burakovsky, Kurtis MacDermid, Troy Donnay, Brendan Gaunce and Adam Pelech may have played their final games in Erie, since all have signed NHL contracts. Oscar Dansk remains unsigned with Columbus. …

Posted: April 24th, 2014

Check out the Game 5 edition of Knoblauch Korner here

D Spencer Abraham shares his thoughts on facing the Storm in another elimination game…

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 5
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Series update: Guelph leads 3-1
Players to watch

Andre Burakovsky

Erie – G Devin Williams (9-2-1 record, 2.50 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (8 goals, 11 assists, 19 points), C Connor McDavid (4-15-19), RW Connor Brown (8-10-18), C Brendan Gaunce (6-10-16), LW Andre Burakovsky (10-3-13), D Adam Pelech (2-3-5, plus-6 rating), C Dylan Strome (3-6-9); Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (8-13-21), LW Kerby Rychel (7-14-21), RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), LW Jason Dickinson (5-13-18), G Justin Nichols (11-3-0, 2.86, .914, 1 SHO), C Robby Fabbri (9-8-17), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn(2-7-9, +9)
Fast facts: The start time was moved up from 7:30 p.m. to accomodate Sportsnet’s television broadcast in Canada. … Otters face a second straight elimination game after winning 5-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday. … They are 0-5 in Guelph this season, including 5-4 and 7-2 losses in Games 1 and 2 last week. … The Otters are looking to become the fifth team in league history to win a series after falling behind 3-0 in games. They are 0-5 all-time when trailing 3-0. Two of those series ended in four games, while two others ended in five games. The 1998 club pushed a first-round series with London to Game 7 before being eliminated. … Williams will start a second straight game and the fourth time oerall in this series. He stopped 26-of-28 shots in Game. … Erie’s No. 1 line of Brown, Fox and McDavid combined for three goals and seven points in Game 4 after being held to a combined one goal and four points in the series. … The Storm closed out Plymouth and London in the opening two rounds with Game 5 wins at home. … Nichols allowed three goals on 11 shots before being pulled in the first period Tuesday after stopping 80-of-87 shots in the first three games.
Outlook: The Otters overcame a big challenge in winning Game 4. Now they face a larger challenge – winning in Guelph for the first time all season.

– Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Guelph 7, Erie 1
Game 4 – Erie 5, Guelph 2
Game 5 – Today at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: April 24th, 2014

The OHL will announce the winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as Defenseman of the Year today at 3 p.m. Erie Otters D Adam Pelech is one of 6 finalists. Here is that list:

Trevor Carrick (Sudbury Wolves)
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)
Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires)
Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)
Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
(starters in bold italics)

 

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky
Wood-Gaunce-Wigle
Evans-Pettit-Murphy

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Williams
Dansk

Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

 Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden
 

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 3
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Series update: Guelph leads 3-0 (5-4 win in Game 1, 7-2 win in Game 2, 7-1 win in Game 3)
Players to watch

Connor Brown

Erie – G Devin Williams (8-2-1 record, 2.55 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points), C Connor McDavid (4-13-17), C Brendan Gaunce (6-9-15), RW Connor Brown (6-9-15), LW Andre Burakovsky (10-3-13), D Adam Pelech (2-4-6, plus-5 rating), C Dylan Strome (2-6-8); Guelph – RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), RW Zack Mitchell (7-13-20), LW Kerby Rychel (6-13-19), LW Jason Dickinson (5-13-18), G Justin Nichols

Justin Nichols

(11-2-0, 2.66, .919, 1 SHO), C Robby Fabbri (9-7-16), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn(2-6-8, +10)
Fast facts: The Otters face playoff elimination and the end of their season tonight. … Only four teams in league playoff history have overcome a 3-0 deficit in games to win a series. Peterborough (1st round vs. Kingston this season) was the most recent. Windsor was the last team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win in the conference finals (2010 vs. Kitchener). … The Otters have faced 3-0 series deficits five times in franchise history. They have been swept twice and lost in five games three other times, including in five games to Guelph in the opening round of the 1999 playoffs. Erie rallied to tie London in the first round in 1998 before losing Game 7. … The Otters’ loss in Game 3 was only their only fifth defeat at home this season (34-4-1). They had won the first four playoff games on home ice. … Guelph has outscored the Otters 14-3 in the last two games and 19-7 in the series. … Williams will start in net tonight. … Guelph’s top six forwards (16 goals, 33 points) have outscored Erie’s top two lines (5 goals and 11 points) in the series. … The Otters are 2-for-13 on the power play with two short-handed goals against in the series. The Storm are 4-for-21 with no short-handed goals against.
Outlook: Either win or the season is over for the Otters – and OHL careers end for overagers Fox, Spencer Abraham and Michael Curtis 

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 3-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Guelph 7, Erie 1
Game 4 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

 

Posted: April 21st, 2014

My colleague, John Dudley, describes the Erie Otters’ troubles well in his column today – “The question isn’t who will be in net for the Erie Otters” for Game 4 Tuesday. “The question is whether it matters.”
Devin Williams and Oscar Dansk had another tough night in goal against Guelph.
The tandem in net allowed seven goals on 41 shots, and have surrendered 19 goals on 97 shots in the first three games of the series. But as the Otters face a 3-0 series deficit, they face face more glaring issues.

Here’s just a few thoughts on that…

* The No. 1 line of Connor Brown, Dane Fox and Connor McDavid have been nearly non-existent in the series. The Storm have given McDavid (0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points) no time and space by taking away time and space and using a physical style. Without McDavid at his playmaking best, Brown (2-0-2) hasn’t enjoyed as many quality scoring chances as he did all season long. Fox (0-1-1) hasn’t played an active role on the offensive end throughout the series. Meanwhile, his frustration level has grown with each passing game – to the tune of 10 penalty minutes and a 10-minute misconduct that ended his evening early in Game 1.

* Puck possession was a huge key to success in the regular season, and in the first two series against Saginaw and Sault Ste. Marie. But aside from the start of Games 1 and 2, the Otters haven’t consistently sustained pressure in the offensive end. The more they have the puck, the less opportunity the Storm have to score.

* The Otters haven’t been mentally tough — letdowns after strong starts, allowing goals moments after scoring goals of their own, one bad penalty after another (13 short-handed situations overall in Game 3 tonight). And the Storm seemingly have taken advantage of every mistake.

* The Otters haven’t been aggressive on defense, which have given the Storm plenty of time and space. You can’t give that team any time and space and expect to win. But in the first three games, it seems like the Otters showed too much respect to the Storm from a defensive perspective. That has made life difficult for Williams (who will start Game 4 Tuesday) and Dansk. Perfect example – the Otters allowed only seven quality chances in the first two periods of Game 2 on Friday. The Storm scored on five of them.
 

Here’s what head coach Kris Knoblauch and D Adam Pelech had to say in the post-game news conference… 

Posted: April 20th, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 3
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream), Image Sports Network
Series update: Guelph leads 2-0 (5-4 win in Game 1, 7-2 win in Game 2)
Players to watch
Erie – G Devin Williams (8-1-1 record, 2.11 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points), C Connor McDavid (4-12-16), C Brendan Gaunce (6-9-15), RW Connor Brown (5-9-14), LW Andre Burakovsky (10-3-13), D Adam Pelech (2-3-5, plus-7 rating), C Dylan Strome (2-6-8); Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (7-12-19), LW Jason Dickinson (5-12-17), G Justin Nichols (10-2-0, 2.81, .916, 1 SHO), LW Kerby Rychel (5-12-17), RW Scott Kosmachuk (8-9-17), LW Brock McGinn (2-1-3 in 4 games), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (7-6-13), D Matt Finn(2-4-6, +8)
Fast facts: The Otters play the next two games at home, where they are 34-3-1 this season – including 4-0 in the playoffs. … They were 2-1 against the Storm at home in the regular season. … Nichols shut out the Otters 1-0 at EIA on Jan. 18. … Guelph has outscored the Otters 12-6 despite being outshot 63-56 in the series. … Williams could get the start tonight after Oscar Dansk allowed seven goals on 30 shots in Game 2 Friday night. Williams allowed five goals on 26 shots in the Game 1 loss. … Gaunce had an eight-game playoff scoring streak snapped in the Game 2 loss. … The Otters’ No. 1 line of Brown, Fox and McDavid, who finished among the league’s top four scorers in the regular season, has been held to a combined one goal and three assists in the series. … Mitchell leads the league in playoff scoring. Fox, Kosmachuk, Dickinson and Rychel are tied for second. … The Otters, which lead the league on the power play this season, are 1-for-7 with the man advantage and have alllowed a short-handed goal.
Outlook: The Otters have said they won’t be in trouble in this series until they play at home. Now they’re at home, and they have to win.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here
Western Conference finals and check out what D Kurtis MacDermid has to say about moving forward in this series.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 28 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: April 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Burakovsky
-Gaunce-Wigle
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Murphy-Pettit-Betz

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden

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