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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Finalists for the OHL’s seven major awards:

Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player of the Year)
Barrie – D Aaron Ekblad (23 goals, 30 assists, 53 points, +7 rating)
Belleville – LW Remi Elie (29-39-68)

Connor Brown

Erie – RW Connor Brown (45-83-128)
Guelph – LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85)
Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91)
Kitchener – RW Justin Bailey (25-18-43)
London – LW Max Domi (34-59-93)
Mississauga – C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44)
Niagara – LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71)
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67)
Oshawa – C Scott Laughton (40-47-87)
Ottawa – G Philippe Trudeau (22-32-3-3 record, 4.03 GAA, .900 save %, 1 SHO)
Owen Sound – D Chris Bigras (4-22-28, -11)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74)
Plymouth – G Alex Nedeljkovic (26-27-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SHO)
Saginaw – LW Dylan Sadowy (27-9-36)
Sarnia – RW Nikolay Goldobin (38-56-94)
Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (32-11-1-0, 2.57, .921, 6 SHO)
Sudbury – RW Nick Baptiste (45-44-89)
Windsor – D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, +44)

Matt Leyden Trophy (Coach of the Year)
Bob Boughner, Windsor (37-28-3-0 record, 1st round of playoffs)
Stan Butler, North Bay (38-24-4-2, 1st round of playoffs)
Todd Gill, Kingston (39-23-3-3, 1st round of playoffs)
Kris Knoblauch, Erie (52-14-2-0, 2nd round of playoffs)
D.J. Smith, Oshawa (42-20-0-6, Eastern Conference champion, 2nd round of playoffs)
Scott Walker, Guelph (52-12-2-2, OHL regular-season champion, 2nd round of playoffs)

Goaltender of the Year
Daniel Altshuller, Oshawa (31-13-0-3, 2.56, .917, 2 SHO)

Oscar Dansk

Oscar Dansk, Erie (29-9-1-0, 2.39, .909, 6 SHO)
Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (32-11-1-0, 2.57, .921, 6 SHO)
Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (26-27-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SHO)
Franky Palazzese, Sudbury (27-23-2-7, 2.97, .916, 5 SHO)
Jake Smith, North Bay (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SHO)

Defenseman of the Year
Trevor Carrick, Sudbury (22-29-51, -6)
Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (23-30-53, +7)
Slater Koekkoek, Windsor (15-38-53, +18)
Roland McKeown, Kingston (11-32-43, +38)
Adam Pelech, Erie (9-45-54, +52)

Adam Pelech


Nikita Zadorov, London (11-19-30, +30)

Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
LW Lawson Crouse, Kingston (15-12-17)
D Travis Dermott, Erie (3-25-28, +35)
C Travis Konecny, Ottawa (26-44-70)
LW Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (24-27-51)
C Mitchell Marner, London (13-46-59)
RW Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (19-21-40)

Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
C Cameron Brace, Belleville (31-26-56)
LW Dane Fox, Erie (64-43-107)
C Tyler Gaudet, Sault Ste. Marie (26-35-61)
RW Barclay Goodrow, North Bay (33-34-67)
RW Eric Ming, Niagara (33-17-50)
RW Zack Mitchell, Guelph (31-52-83)

William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year)
LW Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (39-56-95, 34 PIM)
LW Jason Dickinson, Guelph (26-52-78, 42 PIM)
C Stephen Harper, Belleville (13-35-48, 37 PIM; former Otter)
C Connor McDavid, Erie (28-71-99, 20 PIM)
C Chris Tierney, London (40-49-89, 12 PIM)
RW Spencer Watson, Kingston (33-35-68, 16 PIM)

Posted: March 26th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Erie Otters are one of five teams that can close out first-round series tonight. They are up 3-1 against Saginaw heading into Game 5 tonight at Dow Event Center following a 7-3 win in Game 4 Wednesday night. Check out interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, LW Dane Fox and D Adam Pelech following a win that moved the Otters one step closer to capturing their first OHL playoff series win since beating Sarnia in the opening round in 2004.
Meanwhile, London can sweep Windsor tonight at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, while Oshawa, Kingston and Barrie also can cap off 4-game sweeps tonight on the road.
Here’s the updated schedule…

Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Plymouth 2, Guelph 1
Game 4 – Guelph 7, Plymouth 2
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Guelph leads series 3-1

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Sault Ste. Marie 5, Owen Sound 3
Game 4 – Sault Ste. Marie 2, Owen Sound 0
Game 5 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Sault Ste. Marie leads 3-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Saginaw 7, Erie 6, OT
Game 4 – Erie 7, Saginaw 3
Game 5 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Erie leads series 3-1

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – London 10, Windsor 2
Game 4 – Today at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at London, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Monday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.*
London leads series 3-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 5, 2OT
Game 4 – Today at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Oshawa leads series 3-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Niagara 2, North Bay 0
Game 4 – Today at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Niagara leads series 2-1

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 2
Game 4 – Today at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Kingston leads series 3-0

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Barrie 6, Sudbury 4
Game 4 – Today at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Barrie leads series 3-0

* If necessary

Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s take on the series in this edition of Knoblauch Korner

Western Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 6 Saginaw Spirit

Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch

Oscar Dansk

Erie – RW Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points in the regular season), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, plus-52 rating), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0 record, 2.39 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, 6 shutouts)
Saginaw – D Jesse Graham (11-43-54, +3), C Kristoff Kontos (25-50-75), C Eric Locke (26-34-60), G Jake Paterson (24-18-2-0, 3.41, .906, 2 SO), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40, former Otter)
Fast facts: The Otters finished the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and a league-best 30-3-1-0 record at home. … Brown, Fox and McDavid finished among the top four scorers overall to lead an offense that ranked third with a franchise-record 312 goals. … Erie led the league with a franchise-best 170 goals against, which was at least 17 fewer than any other team. … Erie had seven players with 50 points or more, while the Spirit had three. … Pelech and Graham finished tied for third in points among defensemen. … Cairns had 10 goals and 26 points in 42 games since being acquired from Belleville. … Erie native Brian Allen has served as the Spirit’s equipment manager for the past four seasons.
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit in net, on defense and up front. The Spirit also enter the playoffs coping with the recent death of teammate Terry Trafford. Both will be too much for the Spirit to overcome.
Prediction: Otters in 4 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Windsor Spitfires (36-24-3-0) at Erie Otters (47-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue a three-game homestand that began Wednesday with an 11-2 win against Plymouth, which set a new franchise record for home wins in a season (27). … The club’s highest goal total since Jan. 14, 2011 (a 12-3 win over Barrie) moved the Otters within three goals of matching the franchise mark of 281 held by the 2010-11 club. They are on pace to score 300 goals. … They also can set a new franchise mark for the fewest goals allowed in a season by surrendering 11 or fewer in their final five regular-season games. The 2000-01 club holds the mark with 171. … The Otters, which have won three straight and four of their last five games, trail front-running Guelph by five points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. London trails the Otters by one point in the race for third place following a 4-0 win against West Division champion Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.. … The Otters and Spitfires meet twice in the next week in what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. The teams split the first two games, with the Otters losing 8-4 in Windsor on Sept. 28 and winning 9-0 at home Jan. 12. … LW Dane Fox (59 goals, 39 assists, 98 points) needs one goal to become the first player in franchise history to score 60 goals and two points to join RW Connor Brown (43-75-118) as the only Otters to reach 100 points. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend. … G Devin Williams headed home to Saginaw, Mich., earlier this week to take mandatory standardized tests at his home school. He missed Wednesday’s game and could miss this weekend’s games. G prospect Daniel Dekoning was recalled to fill his spot. … The Spitfires are fifth in the Western Conference, but can finish as low as seventh. … RW Joshua Ho-Sang (30-53-83) and C Brady Vail (31-48-79) rank among the league’s top 20 scorers. … D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, plus-44) joins Otters D Adam Pelech (9-40-49, +43) among the top six defensemen in scoring and plus-minus.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Posted: February 26th, 2014

The Erie Otters scored the game’s first three goals, but they followed that by allowing the final five goals – including Chris Tierney’s tiebreaker on the power play with 1:37 left in the game – in a 5-3 loss to Midwest Division rival London in front of 3,672 fans tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. With their fourth loss in the last five games, the Otters (44-14-2-0) fall back into fourth in the OHL’s Western Conference – one point behind the Knights (43-12-1-4). Andre Burakovsky led the Otters with a goal and assist.

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch’s post-game news conference here

Here’s D Adam Pelech‘s post-game interview…

Posted: February 7th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown*
Curtis-Gaunce-Burakovsky
Strome-Pettit-Wigle
Genovese-Evans-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

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

LONDON KNIGHTS

FORWARDS
M. Rupert-Horvat-R. Rupert
Domi-Tierney-Anderson*
Smith-McCarron-Welychka
Yakimowicz-Marner-Seguin

DEFENSE
Austin (former Otter)-Bell*
Mermis-Zadorov
Bender-Basso

GOALTENDERS
Jake Patterson*
Justin Tugwell

Scratches: G Anthony Stolarz (leg), LW Christian Dvorak, RW Owen MacDonald, D Aiden Jamieson

Referees: Scott Ferguson, Scott Oakman; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

London Knights (35-11-1-4) at Erie Otters (40-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Barrie (Friday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters and Midwest Division rival Knights meet for the fifth of six regular-season games after splitting the first four matchups. They complete the season series Feb. 26 in Erie. … The Otters beat London 4-3 in a shootout in Erie on Dec. 14. … The Otters snapped a two-game home skid with a 3-0 win against Saginaw on Thursday. … The Otters are tied for second on the franchise’s single-season list with 23 home wins with nine games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … The Otters are one of four teams in franchise history to reach the 40-win mark. They trail the 2000-01 club (franchise-record 45 wins) by five victories with 16 regular-season games left. … RW Connor Brown (37 goals, 68 assists, 105 points) has points in seven straight games and 15 of his last 17 overall. … Gs Oscar Dansk (tied for first with 6 shutouts) and Devin Williams (tied for second with 5) rank among the OHL’s top four in that category. … The Otters have 11 shutout wins, two behind the league record (13 by London, 2004-05). … London, which has clinched a playoff spot, stands fourth in in the Western Conference following a 7-3 win against Owen Sound on Friday night. … C Chris Tierney (33-40-73) and LW Max Domi (26-47-73) rank among the league’s top 10 scorers. … LW Gemel Smith had four goals and 12 points in his first 12 games since being acquired from Owen Sound before the league’s trade deadline. … Former Otters D Brady Austin (6-17-23) ranks among the top 10 in the league with a plus-38 rating. … Erie and London have eight players in the top 20 in plus-minus, led by Otters D Adam Pelech (sixth at plus-37) and the Knights’ Tierney (fourth at plus-39).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Gaunce-McDavid (or Maksimovich)-Wigle
Fox-Curtis-Brown
Evans-Pettit-Wigle*
Strome-Raddysh-Betz

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Connor McDavid (lower body)??, D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

NIAGARA ICEDOGS

FORWARDS
Perlini-Verhaeghe-DiFruscia
XXXX-Cornell-Ming
McCool-Knott-Fitzmorris*
Gillard-Hughes-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Haydon
Brosnan-Siebenaler
Mikulovich-Dunn*

GOALTENDERS
Jon D’llario*
Blake Richard

Scratches: RW Jordan Maletta, C Alexander Protapovich, D Zach Wilkie

Referees: T. J. Foster, Joe Celestin; Linesmen: Dustin McCrank, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Niagara IceDogs (16-24-2-4) at Erie Otters (35-8-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), at Oshawa (Sunday, 6:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete a four-game home stand before starting a five-game road trip in Belleville on Saturday night. … They look to rebound from a 1-0 home loss to Guelph last weekend – their first regulation loss at home in 23 games (22-1-1) – that dropped them into third place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Storm. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (head) could play tonight after skating in a full-contact practice Thursday. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) is expected to play despite missing most or all of practice the past three days. … The Otters won the first three meetings in the six-game season series with the IceDogs by a combined 18-5 score. Erie scored at least five goals in all three games. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker’s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (31-61-92) needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … D Spencer Abraham has moved into the top 20 in scoring by defensemen with 27 points (5 goals, 22 assists). … Niagara D Luke Mercer (2-27-29) also ranks in the top 20. … McDavid and D Adam Pelech had six-game point streaks end in the loss to Guelph. … The IceDogs are tied for seventh with Mississuga in the Eastern Conference standings, four points ahead of ninth-place Ottawa and eight ahead of last-place Belleville. … LW Brendan Perlini (28-32-60) and C Carter Verhaeghe (21-39-60) rank among the top 15 scorers.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 18th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Gaunce-McDavid-Wigle
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Maksimovich-Raddysh-Murphy

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech*
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM

FORWARDS
Bauman-Suter-Stevens
McGinn-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell*
Horvat-Pierog-Auger

DEFENSE
Ebert-Leslie
Harpur-Baltisberger*
Trojanovic-Finn

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, RW Adam Craievich, LW Ryan Migliaccio, LW Tyler Bertuzzi, D Garrett McFadden

Referees: Jason Faist, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Ryan Holmstead

Guelph Storm (33-8-2-1) at Erie Otters (35-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Niagara (Friday, 7 p.m.), at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters and Storm take respective five-game winning streaks into a matchup between the top two teams in the Western Conference. Erie (OHL-best 72 points) leads Guelph (second overall with 69) by three points heading into the final meeting in the six-game, regular-season series. Both teams are unbeaten at home, with the Storm leading 3-2. … The Otters are a league-best 22-0-1 at home, while the Storm are No. 1 in the league on the road (14-6-2-0). … The Otters (32.1 percent) and Storm (26.5) are first and third, respectively, on the power play. … The Otters (87.3 percent) and Storm (83.7) are 1-2 on the penalty kill. … The Storm lead the way in scoring offense (213 goals), with the Otters in second (207). … The Otters are first in scoring defense (108 goals against), while the Storm are tied for second (124). … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (31-61-92) needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … C Connor McDavid (15-47-62) has four goals and 15 points in a six-game point streak, including nine points in the past two games. … D Adam Pelech has 15 points – all assists – in a six-game point streak, including seven in the past two games. … RW Scott Kosmachuk (32-29-61) leads the Storm, followed by LW Brock McGinn (27-27-54) and RW Robby Fabbri (28-22-50). … LW Kerby Rychel, who played for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, has three goals and nine points in seven games since joining the Storm in a deal with Windsor in early December. C Brendan Gaunce, who was acquired from Belleville a week earlier, has 11 goals and 21 points in 19 games with the Otters.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 12th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, Oscar Dansk, Connor Brown and Dane Fox from a 9-0 win over Windsor…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky
Maksimovich-Pettit-Wigle
Murphy-Raddysh-Betz

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech*
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (upper body, day-to-day), C Jake Evans (ill), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

WINDSOR SPITFIRES

FORWARDS
Yazkov-Giftopoulos-Povorozniouk
Johnson-Vail-Ho-Sang*
Moore-Janes-DiGiancinto (FA in Otters training camp)
Hughes-Cobham-Bilcke

DEFENSE
Koekkoek*-Diodati
Sanvido-Bateman
Brown-Burns*

GOALTENDERS
Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: D Liam Murray, D Trevor Murphy (concussion), LW Brody Milne, RW Chris Marchese (shoulder – former Otter)

Referees: Steve Pico, Jason Goldenberg; Linesmen: Ryan Holmstead, Jordan Browne

Windsor Spitfires (25-15-2-0) at Erie Otters (33-7-2-0)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kingston (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping a two-game road trip in Barrie and Owen Sound to extend their winning streak to three games. … Erie’s top-ranked scoring defense overcame five goals against in a 6-5 win against the Colts with a record-setting 4-0 win in Owen Sound. G Oscar Dansk‘s league-best fifth shutout of the season was the team’s ninth shutout win, a new single-season franchise record. … Dansk has stopped 50-of-51 shots in two games since returning from the IIHF World Junior Championship. … D Adam Pelech (0 goals, 4 points) and Fs Andre Burakovsky (0-5-5), Connor McDavid (1-2-3) and Dylan Strome (0-0-0) have combined for one goal and 12 points since their return from international competition. … Burakovsky has points in a career-high 11 straight games and 18 of his last 20. … D Kurtis MacDermid has no points, a plus-3 rating and four penalty minutes in two games since being acquired from Owen Sound on Thursday. … The Otters allowed a season-high goal total in an 8-4 loss in Windsor on Sept. 28. … The Spitfires have lost four straight games, a 5-4 OT defeat in Niagara on Saturday, to fall eight points behind fourth-place London in the race for a top-four finish in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the OHL playoffs. … They are led by C Brady Vail (21-32-54)and D Slater Koekkoek (10-25-35, league-best plus-39), who were the subject of trade speculation earlier in the week but remain with the Spitfires.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

The Erie Otters head on the road for back-to-back games in Barrie tonight and Owen Sound on Friday night.
On Wednesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on facing the Colts and Attack in the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner.
Knoblauch and D Justin Felker also spoke on how the players are handling the natural uncertainty that surrounds OHL trade deadline week.

Erie Otters (31-7-2-0) at Barrie Colts (20-16-1-2)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Barrie Molson Centre – Barrie, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Owen Sound (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), vs. Windsor (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: Barrie’s game at Owen Sound on Wednesday was postponed because of inclement weather and poor travel conditions. Tonight’s game and Erie’s game in Owen Sound on Friday are still scheduled, but the team should receive official word before they leave at 11:30 a.m. today. … G Oscar Dansk, D Adam Pelech and Fs Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome rejoin the team for their first game since leaving last month for international tournaments. … G Devin Williams starts tonight, head coach Kris Knoblauch said, so Dansk has time to recoup mentally from playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. Dansk should start a game this weekend, namely Sunday’s matchup with Windsor at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters split a two-game series with Owen Sound last weekend, which included their first home loss of the season. … They are 2-3-1 in their last six games. … The Otters snapped a 0-for-10 streak on the power play with a goal on their only chance in last Saturday’s win against the Attack. They are 3 for their last 31, but remain the best in the OHL at 29.4 percent. … Erie’s lead in the Western Conference has shrunk to three points over Guelph and four over London. … The Otters remain second in the latest CHL top 10 poll, followed by Guelph at No. 3, London at No. 5 and Oshawa at No. 10. … The Otters (100 goals against) and Colts (115) are first and fourth, respectively, in the league. … The Otters are second with 182 goals scored, while the Colts are eighth with 143. … The Colts are fourth in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of North Bay. … The Colts acquired RW Joseph Blandisi, a Colorado Avalanche prospect with 21 goals and 37 points in 37 games, from Ottawa on Wednesday in exchange for C Erik Bradford and third-round picks in 2015 and 2016. … Former Otters D Liam Maaskant has four points, a plus-3 rating and 32 penalty minutes in 28 games with Barrie this season. … Mackenzie Blackwood (10-10-1-1 record, 2.77 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, 1 shutout) and Daniel Gibl (7-6-0-1, 2.55, .919, 1 shutout) have been a solid pair in net for the Colts.

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