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Posted: March 7th, 2012

The Erie Otters’ goaltending troubles continued Wednesday night.

Plymouth scored 10 goals on 39 shots against 2009 draft pick Adam Wood, who was recalled from the Clarington Eagles’ Junior C club Wednesday, in the Whalers’ 10-6 win at Tullio Arena.

The Otters (10-47-3-3) entered the game off a 13-4 loss at Niagara Sunday, which saw forward Connor Crisp allow 13 goals on 45 shots as the emergency goaltender in place of injured Ramis Sadikov.

That prompted the Otters to bring in Wood and J.P. Cesario, who was an emergency loan from Owen Sound. The West Division-leading Whalers (44-17-2-1) capitalized on Erie’s struggles in net.

Mitchell Heard and Austin Levi led the way with two goals and an assist apiece. Tom Wilson, Stefan Noesen and Garrett Meurs had a goal and assist apiece for the Whalers.

Stephen Harper had his first OHL hat trick for the Otters. Sondre Olden had a goal and two assists while Luke Cairns had a goal and assist. Erie began the night with an injured list that included goaltenders Sadikov and Devin Williams, defensemen Jimmy McDowell and Nathan Glass and forward Nick Betz. Crisp, who made his season debut Sunday against Niagara as the emergency goaltender, also was scratched.

They also were short two skaters. Then rookie defenseman Travis Wood was injured in the first period on a high hit from from the Whalers’ Wilson. Wood was taken off the ice wearing a neck brace and on a stretcher and was taken a local hospital. No official word from the Otters after the game on Wood’s condition.

Yet the Otters built a 3-1 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

Cairns opening the scoring 4:27 into the game on assists from Dane Fox and Adam Pelech. Plymouth tied the score on Heard’s goal 46 seconds later. But Kris Grant scored at the 6:47 mark, followed by Harper’s goal 1:01 later to hand the Otters a two-goal lead.

Yet Heard’s second goal of the period, scored with 53 seconds left in the first, sparked a barrage of six consecutive goals that propelled the Whalers to a 7-3 lead. Plymouth scored the final five goals of that decisive stretch in the opening 10:25 of the second period. Cody Payne ended the second with Plymouth’s second short-handed goal for an 8-4. He scored 1:28 after Harper scored during a 5-on-3 opportunity.

At the 5:03 mark of the third, Harper scored his 24th goal of the season to complete his first career hat trick and move the Otters within 8-5. But Levi and J.T. Miller scored 1:08 apart to build a 10-5 Whalers’ lead. Olden’s goal capped the high-scoring game.

- Victor Fernandes




Whalers 10, Otters 6

Plymouth  2  6  2  —  10

Erie  3  1  2  —  6

1st Period — 1. Erie, Luke Cairns 14 (Fox, Pelech), 4:27. 2. Plymouth, Mitchell Heard 27 (Meurs, Jones), 5:13. 3. Erie, Kris Grant 3 (Brown, Cairns), 6:47. 4. Erie, Stephen Harper 22 (Olden), 7:48. 5. Plymouth, Heard 28 (unassisted), 19:07. Penalties — Payne (P) interference, 10:37; McGuire (E) instigator, 12:59; McGuire (E) 5-min. fighting, 12:59; Wilson (P) 5-min. fighting, 12:59; McGuire (E) 10-min. misconduct, 12:59; McGuire (E) game misconduct, 12:59; Fox (E) 5-min. fighting, 16:53; Miller (P) 5-min. fighting, 16:53.

2nd Period — 6. Plymouth, Stefan Noesen 34 (Rakell, Wilson), :20. 7. Plymouth, Austin Levi 4 (Noesen, Rakell), 3:35. 8. Plymouth, Alex Aleardi 33 (unassisted), 5:27 (sh). 9. Plymouth, Garrett Meurs 20 (Heard), 6:59. 10. Plymouth, Tom Wilson 8 (unassisted), 10:25. 11. Erie, Harper 23 (Pelech, McCarthy), 17:28 (pp). 12. Plymouth, Cody Payne 5 (Devane), 18:56 (sh). Penalties — Fox (E) 10-min. misconduct, 3:35; Devane (P) high sticking, 4:30; Meurs (P) high sticking, 10:39; Whaley (P) holding, 16:26; Trutmann (P) tripping, 17:20.

3rd Period — 13. Erie, Harper 24 (Olden), 5:03. 14. Plymouth, Levi 5 (Whaley), 10:51. 15. Plymouth, J.T. Miller 24 (Whaley, Levi), 11:59. 16. Erie, Sondre Olden 11 (Evans, Harper), 16:40. Penalties — Jones (P) interference, 2:51; Fox (E) 5-min. fighting, 6:50; Jones (P) 5-min. fighting, 6:50; Malysa (P) slashing, 13:27.

Shots on goal — Plymouth, 10-15-14—39; Erie, 10-6-11—27.

Goaltenders — Plymouth, Matt Mahalak (7 shots, 4 saves), Scott Wedgewood 25-9-2-1 (21 shots, 18 saves); Erie, Adam Wood 0-1-0-0 (39 shots, 29 saves).

Power plays — Plymouth (0-1), Erie (1-7).

Referees — Joe Park, Pat Myers. Linesmen — Ryan Holmstead, Ray King.

Attendance — 2,256.


Three stars

* Austin Levi, Whalers (2 goals, assist) ** Stephen Harper, Otters (3 goals, assist) *** Mitchell Heard, Whalers (2 goals, assist)

Posted: September 2nd, 2011

The Erie Otters cut nine pr0spects Friday to trim their roster to 26 players heading into Saturday’s 7 p.m. preseason opener against Niagara at Tullio Arena.

Two 2011 OHL draft picks – goaltender Devin Williams (fifth round) and defenseman Troy Saunders (12th round) – headlined the list.

Other picks cut were left wing Eric Kimmerly (11th round in 2010), right wing Ralph Cuddemi (11th round in 2010), center Matthew Wildman (seventh round in 2009) and goaltender Adam Wood (eighth round in 2009).

The final two free-agent invites – Erie native Nick Jenkins, a left wing who plays for Fort LeBoeuf, and left wing Jordan Martin – also were cut.

* Enjoying time off: Coach Robbie Ftorek appreciated the club’s off-ice conditioning program this week. But the workouts left players physically exhausted.

“It’s hampered a little bit our on-ice stuff,” Ftorek said. So he cancelled Friday’s off-ice workouts and turned the morning scrimmage into a practice focusing on fundamentals, such as breakouts, defensive techniques and power plays.

“That will help us (Saturday night) in the game or at least allow them to have an idea of what we’re looking to have done in the game,” Ftorek said, “and they’ll get a good rest in between. It’s given them a good break. So we hope that will be beneficial for us.”

* Tough test: The IceDogs will arrive in Erie on Saturday with roughly 16 veterans for the preseason game. Meanwhile, the Otters will play primarily young players. “Some of our young guys’ eyes are going to be opened,” Ftorek said. “Our guys are playing pretty good, but it’s not a game. You know how the intensity picks up in a game. It will be interesting to see how they respond.”

- Victor Fernandes





Posted: August 31st, 2011

Hurricane Irene battered the East Coast late last week. But the large, powerful storm actually did Sondre Olden a favor.

Olden, the Erie Otters’ top pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, turned 19 Monday. Since Irene cancelled his flight from Oslo, Norway, to New York City this past weekend, the Norwegian-born right wing was able to celebrate his birthday at home with his family.

“But finally I’m here,” Olden said Wednesday after entering Tullio Arena for the first time.

He flew from Oslo to Toronto – with a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany – on Tuesday. He arrived in Toronto at 7 p.m. But he didn’t arrive in Erie until 2 a.m. Wednesday after a two-hour delay at the United States-Canadian border because of visa issues.

The total length of his trip was about 15 hours. But after sleeping in Wednesday morning, “I’m ready to start (playing) on the ice,” Olden said.

Olden and the Toronto Maple Leafs, which selected him (as well as Otters captain Greg McKegg) in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, want Olden to play with the Otters so he will learn the North American game, which is more physical than the European style and also played on smaller ice surfaces. “It was not a hard decision,” Olden said.

Olden is best known for being a playmaker who handles the puck a lot. He had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points for MoDo in Sweden last season, as well as represented Norway at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo last winter. But he said Leafs officials yelled at him for not shooting the puck enough. “So I have to shoot the puck more now,” he said. “I will try to score some goals this year.”

Olden said he hopes for a long, bright hockey career in North America. “I want to play in North America forever,” he said. “I hope it’s a great start for me to learn to play here. It’s a new start (to) my hockey career. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”

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Posted: March 10th, 2011

Check out a story on Erie Otters goaltending prospect Adam Wood by clicking here.

Posted: March 1st, 2011

What: Niagara IceDogs (38-15-2-4) at Erie Otters (33-26-1-1)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (41 goals, 38 assists, 79 points), C Brett Thompson (40-34-74), C Phil Varone (29-43-72), RW Shawn Szydlowski (36-32-68), RW Anthony Luciani (27-41-68)

Niagara – C Ryan Strome (28-64-92), LW Freddie Hamilton (32-41-73), C Andrew Agozzino (35-27-62), D Dougie Hamilton (11-39-50, plus-29), RW David Pacan (16-29-45)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters’ magic number to clinch an OHL playoff spot stands at one. They can secure that point with a win in regulation, a win in overtime or shootout and an overtime or shootout loss. … The Otters (68 points) remain seventh in the Western Conference, five points out of fourth (which secures home-ice advantage in the first round) but only three points ahead of No. 8 Guelph (65). Fourth-place Plymouth (73), No. 5 Windsor (72) and the Storm have a game in hand. The Otters and London (69 entering Tuesday’s game against Kitchener) are even in games played. … G Ramis Sadikov (32-17-1-1 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 2 shutouts) returned to practice this week after missing the past week and a half with a leg injury. But it doesn’t appear he will play tonight, since rookie call-up Adam Wood remains with the team. … Interim starter Chris Festarini (1-8-0-0, 5.39, .833) recorded his first career win in a 2-1 home win against Kitchener on Saturday. … The Otters were 8-3 in February. … Their 33 wins are tied for fourth on the franchise’s single-season list, one behind the 2009-10 club. … McKegg is tied for fifth with Cory Pecker (41 goals in 2000-01) on the franchise’s single-season goals list. … Luciani has goals in three straight games and points in five straight (four goals, eight points). He needs one point to set a new single-season career high. … The Otters can tie the six-game, regular-season series with the IceDogs with a win. The home team has won the previous five meetings. … Varone had an OHL-best 2.18 points per game in February (24 points in 11 games). … The Otters (243 goals) need 28 goals in the last seven games to equal the franchise mark of 271 set in 1998-99. … As part of the club’s Macaroni Madness promotion, fans can purchase $4 tickets to tonight’s game by donating a box of macaroni and cheese. The food benefits the Erie City Mission. … The final Buck Night game of the season features $1 Smith’s hot dogs, Coca-Cola products, beer and popcorn.

Niagara – The IceDogs trail Mississauga St. Michael’s by eight points with nine games left in the battle for the Central Division and Eastern Conference titles. … Strome (upper-body injury) rejoined the lineup last weekend. … LW Darren Archibald (33-23-56) didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Brampton. … C Alex Friesen (24-32-56), who ranks third overall in assists and points, has missed the past six games with an injury. … The IceDogs have lost three straight road games. They are 16-12-1-1 on the road, compared to a league-best 22-3-1-3 at home. … Coach Marty Williamson returns to the bench after serving a five-game suspension for being ejected from a Feb. 17 loss to Owen Sound. The IceDogs were 2-3 without him. … They have the league’s second-best defense (171 goals against). … The IceDogs (857 penalty minutes) and Otters (859) are two of the league’s least penalized teams.

Up next: at Guelph (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), vs. Sarnia (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 25th, 2011

The Erie Otters handed the Peterborough Petes a win Friday night.

The Petes, which entered the game 20 games below the .500 mark, scored late to post a 6-5 win in front of 3,229 at Tullio Arena Friday night.

Austin Watson scored his 30th goal of the season off a goal-mouth scramble with 47.4 seconds left to snap a 5-5 tie and end the Otters’ eight-game home winning streak.

The Otters (32-26-1-1) jumped on the Petes early, as captain Greg McKegg sealed his first 40-goal season by scoring off assists from Mike Cazzola and Shawn Szydlowski 1:42 into the opening period.

Yet the Otters squandered several scoring chances as the period progressed, including Phil Varone’s miss on a penalty shot with 8:33 left in the period. They also failed to capitalize on a power play in the period.

Moments after the penalty expired, Petes rookie Lino Martschini scored his 17th goal of the season off a 2-on-1 rush to tie the score at 1 with 2:11 left in the period.

The Otters started the second period strong as well. Anthony Luciani turned a cross-ice pass from Varone into his 25th goal of the season and a 2-1 lead 43 seconds into the period. But a fortunate bounce allowed the Petes to tie the score at 2 four minutes later. Petes winger Zach Tatrn’s cross-crease pass deflected off Otters forward Shawn Szydlowski’s skate and past rookie goaltender Chris Festarini.

Then at the 8:06 mark, Kalle Ekelund scored for a 3-2 Petes’ lead. Festarini, who started in place of injured Ramis Sadikov (leg) for the second straight night, allowed both second-period goals on four shots.

Watson followed with a goal on an assist from former Otter Jeremy Gottzmann for a 4-2 lead with 7:47 left in the period. Alan Quine’s goal 1:10 later ended Festarini’s night after five goals on 14 shots, including four on seven second-period shots. Rookie call-up Adam Wood replaced him in net.

The frustrated crowd cheered when Wood stopped a slow rolling puck his way. The crowd awakened on Varone’s 29th goal of the season, scored 22 seconds after Quine’s goal. Then a big hit from Otters defenseman Brett Cook, which led to Petes rookie Slater Koekkoek’s instigator penalty, led to a late power play. The Otters capitalized on the chance, as Szydlowski scored his 36th goal of the season on an assist from Varone with 15 seconds left in the period to send the Otters into the third down 5-4.

The Petes didn’t record a shot on goal after Wood entered the game with 6:37 left in the second.

Meanwhile, the Otters capped the three-goal comeback to a 5-5 tie on Luciani’s power-play score, his second goal of the night, on assists from Thompson and rookie Luke Cairns 2:46 into the third.

But Watson poked a loose puck past Wood, the last of seven shots against, to seal the Petes’ win.

Austin (two goals), Quine (goal, assist) and Gottzmann (two assists) led the Petes (19-38-1-1). Varone (goal, two assists) had three points for the Otters. Luciani (two goals), Szydlowski (goal, assist), Thompson (two assists) and Cazzola (two assists) had two points apiece.

- Victor Fernandes


Petes 6, Otters 5

Peterborough  1  4  1  —  6

Erie  1  3  1  —  5

1st Period — 1. Erie, Greg McKegg 40 (Cazzola, Szydlowski), 1:42. 2. Peterborough, Lino Martschini 17 (Trecapelli), 17:49. Penalties — Szydlowski (E) boarding, 10:12; Trecapelli (P) hooking, 15:32. Penalty shot — Varone (E) no good, 11:27.

2nd Period — 3. Erie, Anthony Luciani 25 (Varone, Thompson), :43. 4. Peterborough, Zach Tatrn 5 (unassisted), 4:56. 5. Peterborough, Kalle Ekelund 8 (Quine, Walchessen), 8:06. 6. Peterborough, Austin Watson 29 (Gottzmann), 12:13. 7. Peterborough, Alan Quine 24 (Walchessen), 13:23. 8. Erie, Phil Varone 29 (Austin), 13:45. 9. Erie, Shawn Szydlowski 36 (Varone, Cazzola), 19:45 (pp). Penalties — Austin (E) tripping, 16:33; Ekelund (P) slashing, 16:43; Walchessen (P) hooking, 17:54; Shields (E) diving, 17:54; Koekkoek (P) instigator, 19:37; Cook (E) 5-min. fighting, 19:37; Koekkoek (P) 5-min. fighting, 19:37; Koekkoek (P) 10-min. misconduct, 19:37.

3rd Period — 10. Erie, Luciani 26 (Thompson, Cairns), 2:46 (pp). 11. Peterborough, Watson 30 (Walchessen, Gottzmann), 19:12. Penalties — Watson (P) tripping, 2:39; Appio (E) 5-min. fighting, 10:31; Murduff (P) 5-min. fighting, 10:31; Bezruchko (P) slashing, 15:09; Szydlowski (E) roughing, 17:05; Walchessen (P) interference, 19:55.

Shots on goal — Peterborough, 7-7-9—23; Erie, 10-15-11—36.

Goaltenders — Peterborough, Bryce O’Hagan 10-19-1-0 (36 shots, 31 saves); Erie, Chris Festarini (14 shots, 9 saves), Adam Wood 0-1-0-0 (9 shots, 8 saves).

Power plays — Peterborough (0-3), Erie (2-6).

Referees — Joe Celestin, Jason Faist. Linesmen — Kevin Hastings, Ben Wilson.

Attendance — 3,229.

Three stars

* Anthony Luciani, Otters (2 goals) ** Austin Watson, Petes (2 goals) *** Phil Varone, Otters (goal, 2 assists)

Posted: February 24th, 2011

Rookie goaltender Chris Festarini will start in goal for the Erie Otters tonight at Niagara in place of Ramis Sadikov (leg), who missed practice all week and is being held out for precautionary reasons.

“One game at a time,” said Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, who hasn’t ruled out Sadikov for the team’s final two games of the weekend – at Tullio Arena Friday against Peterborough and Saturday against Kitchener. “There’s no reason to rule it out.”

Rookie Adam Wood has been recalled to serve as backup. He made his OHL debut in an 8-7 win at Niagara last season.

Festarini (0-7-0-0 record, 5.97 goals-against average, .828 save percentage in 13 career games) is still searching for his first OHL win. He is 0-7-0-0 with a 5.62 GAA and .834 save % in 12 games this season.

He has a 0-4 record with a 5.25 GAA and .852 save % in four starts. Yet he posted the best performance of his career in a 3-0 loss at Niagara Jan. 13, as he stopped 37-of-40 shots.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 23rd, 2011

What: Erie Otters (32-24-1-1) at Niagara IceDogs (36-14-2-4)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: Gatorade Garden City Complex – St. Catharines, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (38 goals, 38 assists, 76 points), C Brett Thompson (40-31-71), C Phil Varone (28-40-68), RW Shawn Szydlowski (35-29-64), RW Anthony Luciani (23-41-64)

Niagara – LW Freddie Hamilton (29-39-68), C Andrew Agozzino (34-26-60), LW Darren Archibald (31-23-54), D Dougie Hamilton (11-38-49, plus-30), C David Pacan (15-29-44)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters have tied a season-high with five straight wins. They also have won seven of eight and 12 of their last 16 games. … They are 7-1 in February. … The Otters and IceDogs have split the first four meetings in the six-game season series, with each team winning twice at home. … G Ramis Sadikov (32-17-1-1 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 2 shutouts) hasn’t practiced this week because of a leg injury. His status for tonight’s game will be determined today. Rookie G Adam Wood, who started two games last season (2-0, 6.00 goals-against average, .812 save percentage), likely would be recalled if Sadikov can’t play. … Varone has 12 goals and 34 points in a career-high, 16-game point streak. He has the longest active streak in the OHL and the fourth-longest overall. … Thompson can tie the franchise record for most consecutive games with a goal (Brad Boyes 9 from Nov. 4-25, 2000). His eight-game streak is the league’s longest active streak and one shy of the season high set by Sault Ste. Marie C Daniel Catenacci (9 from Nov. 12-Dec. 5). … Thompson (fifth), McKegg (sixth) and Szydlowski (ninth) rank among the league’s top 10 in goals. No other team has more than two. … Thompson needs two goals to match his career high of 42, set last season with Sault Ste. Marie. He also has an eight-game point streak (12 goals, 19 points). … Szydlowski has points in 15 of the last 16 games (15 goals, 27 points). … Luciani has points in nine of his last 11 games (six goals, 22 points). … F Andrew Yogan (shoulder) had no points and a minus-2 rating in his season debut Saturday.

Niagara – C Ryan Strome (27-63-90) is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury suffered in a Feb. 17 loss to Owen Sound, according to the team’s website. Strome, one of the league’s top playmakers and scorers, missed the last two games – both losses. … C Alex Friesen (24-32-56) has missed the past three games with an injury. … Coach Marty Williamson serves the third game of a five-game suspension for being ejected from that loss to the Attack. … The IceDogs, which have the league’s second-best defense (163 goals against) have lost three straight by a combined 19-6 score. … G Mark Visentin (23-7-2-4, 2.43, .919, 4 SO) has lost three straight (6.04 goals-against average, .804 save percentage).

Up next: vs. Peterborough (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2010

Goaltending prospect Adam Wood, who won consecutive starts in an emergency role for the Erie Otters last season, headlined the list of 10 players cut from training camp following Friday’s workouts.
That leaves the club with 30 players entering Saturday’s 5 p.m. preseason opener against the Niagara IceDogs at Tullio Arena.
Six prospects from the 2010 OHL Priority Selection – defenseman Nathan Glass and forwards Connor Brown, Drake Caggiula, Mitchell Eisenberg and Brandon Johnston and Jesse Schwartz. The other cuts were forwards from the 2009 draft – Johnny McGuire, Mitchell McIntosh and Matthew Wildman.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 2nd, 2010

The Erie Otters drafted Brady Austin in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection as a defenseman.

But he finished the 2009-10 season at forward.

Austin’s versatility led to increased ice time. Yet, defense remained his first choice. “I talked to the coaches and said that’s what I want to play this year,” Austin said before Thursday’s scrimmage at Tullio Arena. “That’s what I focused on all summer with my skating coach.”

Now he will get his wish. Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, said Austin will return to defense for the 2010-11 season. He has defense this week at training camp.

Austin joins five defensemen in the rotation – Brett Cook, Mitch Gaulton, Derek Holden, Tyler Hostetter and David Shields – who have at least two full seasons of OHL experience. Bassin said the team will carry eight defensemen to start of the regular season. That leaves two open spots for players such as Adam Pelech, a 2010 second-round pick, and Evan Accettura.

* Looking sharp: The Otters have formed an expanded partnership with United Way, headlined by United Way Night on Oct. 16 at Tullio Arena, club officials announced at a news conference on Wednesday. The Otters will face the Ottawa 67′s wearing special gray sweaters, pants and socks with red, white and blue trim. The words “LIVE UNITED” appear on the lower back of the sweater.

Proceeds from ticket and jersey sales will benefit the United Way’s 2010 Campaign.

“Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow,” R.J. Zonna, United Way of Erie County’s senior vice president, said in a prepared statement.

The Otters will have a second specialty jersey night on Feb. 5 against the Windsor Spitfires to celebrate the 15-year-old franchise’s 1,000th game. The design will be unveiled at a later date, along with the list of Otters’ alumni attending the game.

* A different Gazdic: Mark Gazdic has worn his older brother Luke‘s Texas Stars helmet during training camp this week. “It feels cool,” said the younger Gazdic, who was able to wear it since Luke, who’s in the Dallas Stars‘ organization, will attend NHL training camp later this month.

But don’t expect him to play like his brother, the Otters’ former physical winger. There are few similarities between their styles. Mark, a defenseman and the Otters’ 10th-round pick in the 2009 OHL draft, prefers a finesse approach, since he’s smaller (6 feet, 170 pounds) than Luke, who’s listed at 6 feet 3 inches and 228 pounds.

“I’m more agile and I make good plays,” he said. Mark will play a physical game, as he proved in separate fights against fellow 2009 pick Johnny McGuire on Wednesday and veteran Brett Appio on Thursday. In contrast, Luke was one of the OHL’s most feared fighters.

“It’s not my style of game,” Mark said.

* Memorable experience: Goaltender Adam Wood experienced it all in his two-game trial by fire with the Otters last season.

On New Year’s Eve in St. Catharines, Ontario, the night then-No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Janus signed with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Wood learned he would start in his first OHL game 20 minutes before facing the Niagara IceDogs. He stopped 33-of-40 shots in an 8-7 win. Two nights later, he allowed five goals on 24 shots in his home debut against the Guelph Storm. Yet he still earned a 7-5 win. In all, Wood, a 2009 eighth-round pick, had a 2-0-0-0, record 6.00 goals-against average and .813 save percentage.

Now he’s ready for more. “I feel like I’m ready for more experience this year, more confidence,” Wood said. “I feel I can do it.”

Wood joins veteran Ramis Sadikov and 2009 fifth-round choice Chris Festarini as the remaining goaltenders in camp.

* News and notes: Bassin made no cuts following Thursday’s workouts, leaving the roster at 40 players. More cuts will be made on Friday. … Accettura left the ice during Thursday’s scrimmage with an apparent injury, but it wasn’t considered serious.

- Victor Fernandes

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