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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Western Conference semifinals (best-of-7 series)

No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5
Season series: Tied 1-1
First-round recap: Erie def. No. 6 Saginaw, 4 games to 1; Sault Ste. Marie def. No. 7 Owen Sound, 4-1
Players to watch: Erie – LW Dane Fox (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points), C Brendan Gaunce (4-4-8), RW Connor Brown (2-6-8), C Connor McDavid (2-6-8), LW Andre Burakovsky (6-1-7), G Devin Williams (4-0-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .893 save percentage); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-0-1, 2.38, .918, 1

Matt Murray

shutout) D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7, plus-4), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-3-5), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: Fox leads the league in playoff scoring, and is tied with Burakovsky for the lead in goals. … Murray earned the league’s player of the week award for totaling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in the final three games against Owen Sound. … The Otters won three of four one-goal games, including two of three in overtime, against Saginaw. … The Greyhounds won four straight games after losing the series opener to the Attack. … D Kurtis MacDermid (flu) will play tonight. … C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf) is listed as day-to-day. … McDavid (28-71-99) and Tolchinsky (31-60-91) ranked among the league’s top 10 scorers in the regular season after finishing among the top three rookie scorers a season ago. … WJET-AM/1400 will broadcast Games 2 through 4 and, if necessary, Games 5 through 7.
Outlook: The Greyhounds have home-ice advantage, but the Otters are a better team when they’re playing at their best – especially in net.
Prediction: Otters in 6 games

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie

Game 1 – Today at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 10 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 12 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary


No. 1 Guelph Storm vs. No. 4 London Knights
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
Season series: Tied 3-3
First-round recap: Guelph def. No. 8 Plymouth, 4 games to 1; London def. No. 5 Windsor, 4-0
Players to watch

Zack Mitchell

Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points), G Justin Nichols (4-1-0 record, 1.81 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, 1 shutout), LW Jason Dickinson (3-4-7), LW Kerby Rychel (1-6-7), D Zac Leslie (0-6-6, +5 rating), D Nick Ebert (4-1-5, +6)
London - C Chris Tierney (3-6-9), C Bo Horvat (4-4-8), C Ryan Rupert (1-7-8), LW Max Domi (2-4-6), D Nikita Zadorov (3-2-5, +4), G Jake Patterson (1-0-0, 3.00, .919)

Jake Patterson

Fast facts: Knights No. 1 G Anthony Stolarz (3-0-0, 2.00, .933) still has to serve the final 7 games of an 8-game suspension for striking Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with a stick in Game 3 of their first-round series. … Knights D Zach Bell will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg suffered in Game 4 against the Spitfires. … Storm C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87 in the regular season) missed the final four games of the first-round series reportedly because of a hit to the head from Plymouth D Yannick Rathgeb, who received a 10-game suspension. … LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85 in the regular season) still has to serve the final six games of an eight-game suspension for a hit to the head of Whalers RW Connor Sills in Game 3.
Outlook: Both teams head into the series short-handed, so I’ll stick with my original prediction
Prediction: Knights in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 10 at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 11 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: March 26th, 2014

The OHL handed out two lengthy suspensions today that could have a dramatic impact on the playoffs. London G Anthony Stolarz and Guelph LW Brock McGinn were given 8-game suspensions for separate incidents on Tuesday.
Stolarz struck Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with his stick in the Knights’ 10-2 win over the Spitfires. McGinn was punished for an open-ice hit to the head of Plymouth RW Connor Sills in the Storm’s 2-1 loss to the Whalers.
Both suspensions greatly affect their teams, starting with the loss of McGinn, who had 43 goals and 85 points in the regular season and had two goals and three points in Guelph’s first three playoff games.
But the loss of Stolarz makes the Knights vulnerable moving forward, and that could include in the Memorial Cup if the Knights are eliminated early in these playoffs. According to the league’s official statement, his status for the CHL’s championship tournament would be reviewed at that time if Stolarz hasn’t complete his suspension.
Peterborough C Michael Clarke also was suspended for 8 games because of a match penalty for cross checking Tuesday against Kingston.

Posted: February 26th, 2014

* denotes starters



Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: C Jake Evans (sprained knee), C Kyle Pettit (upper body), D Justin Felker (healthy)


M. Rupert-Horvat-R. Rupert*

Bell-Austin (former Otter)

Jake Patterson*
Justin Tugwell

Scratches: G Anthony Stolarz (leg), LW Christian Dvorak, LW Tait Seguin, D Aiden Jamieson

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA


London Knights (42-12-1-4) at Erie Otters (44-13-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Sarnia (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), at Saginaw (Saturday, 7:11 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after losing three of four games on their last road trip to face London in a game that will impact the race for home-ice advantage in the OHL playoffs. The third-place Otters have 90 points, one ahead of the fourth-place Knights, with nine regular-season games left apiece. … Erie remains five points behind No. 1 Guelph for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason. The Storm are off tonight before playing in North Bay on Thursday. … The Otters won three of the first five meetings in the six-game season series, including a 4-3 win in a shootout Dec. 14 and 7-2 win Feb. 8. … The Otters can tie the franchise’s single-season mark of 45 wins held by the 2000-01 club. … They also can set a new mark with their 27th home win, which would break a tie with the 2000-01 club. … The Otters are third in the league with 256 goals scored, behind only the Storm (295) and Knights (272). But the Otters have scored three goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games. … F

Jake Evans

Jake Evans (sprained knee) resumed skating Tuesday, a week earlier than originally expected. He could resume playing next week. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) could miss the rest of the regular season, although club officials hope he can play in the final game or two. … LW Dane Fox (56 goals, 37 assists, 93 points) has no goals and two points in his past four games. The league’s goal-scoring leader has four goals in his past 15 games. Fox and fellow Fs Nick Betz, Quentin Maksimovich and Patrick Murphy were scratched from Monday’s game in Sudbury for breaking unspecified team rules. … RW Connor Brown (41-72-113) has recorded points in 50-of-59 games. … RW Andre Burakovsky (32-36-68) snapped a five-game, goal-scoring drought in a 3-2 win at Sudbury on Monday. He has two goals and four points in nine games this month. … G Oscar Dansk (24-9-1-0 record, 2.35 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 6 shutouts) snapped a personal three-game losing streak with 22 saves on 24 shots against the Wolves. … London has won seven straight games since that lopsided loss in Erie earlier this month. … LW Max Domi (30-53-83) and C Chris Tierney (35-44-79) lead the Knights and rank among the top 15 in the league. … G Anthony Stolarz (21-4-1-1, 2.58, .925, 3 SHO) remains sidelined by a leg injury suffered a month ago. … The Otters (30.9 percent) and Knights (27.3 percent) are first and third in the league, respectively, on the power play.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 13th, 2013

London Knights (24-6-1-1) at Erie Otters (28-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Guelph (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
What to watch: Erie takes a nine-game winning streak into this matchup with the Midwest Division rival Knights, which have handed the Otters two of their four regulation losses this season in their first three meetings. … The win streak stands two shy of equaling the franchise record of 11 straight victories set earlier this season. … The Otters also put their franchise-record, 17-game winning home streak on the line. … The OHL-leading Otters (57 points) have a seven-point lead over London in the Western Conference standings. … London has won seven straight and 10 of their last 11 games following a 5-2 win against Guelph on Friday night. … The final three meetings in the six-game season series are in Erie. … Both teams are missing frontline players who are preparing for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden – G Oscar Dansk (16-3-1-0 record, 2.17 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 4 shutouts), D Adam Pelech (8 goals, 16 assists, 24 points; plus-23 rating) and RW Andre Burakovsky (23-24-47) and C Connor McDavid (12-38-50) for the Otters, Ds Tim Bender (1-2-3, +12) and Nikita Zadorov (2-4-6, +8 in 8 games) and Fs Josh Anderson (16-13-29) and Bo Horvat (16-28-44) for the Knights. … G Anthony Stolarz (20-3-1-0, 2.50, .926, 3 shutouts) should be available for the Knights. The London Free Press has reported that Stolarz leaves Sunday to attend the United States National Junior Team’s selection camp in Minneapolis. … Otters LW Dane Fox has goals and points in nine straight games (17 goals, 23 points). He can set a new franchise record for consecutive games with a goal tonight. He’s currently tied with Brad Boyes, who had goals in nine straight games from Nov. 4-25, 2000. … G Devin Williams has won 12 straight starts. … RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle) won’t play until after Christmas break.

- Victor Fernandes

* denotes starters



Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle), G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada)


Domi-Welychka-R. Rupert*

Bell-Austin (former Otter)

Jake Patterson*
Anthony Stolarz

Scratches: LW Matt Rupert (final game of 15-game suspension), C Bo Horvat (World Juniors – Canada), D Tim Bender (WJC – Germany), D Nikita Zadorov (WJC – Russia), RW Josh Anderson (WJC – Canada)

Referees: Joe Park, Chris Carnegie; Linesmen: Mike Zujko, Dave Pfohl

Posted: February 17th, 2013

Erie Otters at (17-32-3-5) at London Knights (39-12-2-2)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.; Friday at Sarnia, 7:05 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters have split the first four games of the six-game season series with the Midwest Division rival Knights, including a 4-3 win at Erie Insurance Arena Friday night. They meet for the final time March 13 in Erie. … The Otters are five points away from being officially eliminated from playoff contention. Any combination of Otters losses and Saginaw wins/overtime losses totaling five points will end Erie’s postseason hopes. … The Otters are on pace to earn the No. 2 pick in the OHL Priority Selection. They have the second-worst record in the league, behind only Ottawa (15-37-0-4). Peterborough stands third worst at 20-29-3-4. … C Connor McDavid (24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points) holds a three-point lead over Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (24-27-51) in the league’s rookie scoring race. Brampton LW Blake Clarke (18-25-43) trails McDavid by 11 points. … RW Connor Brown set a new single-season career high with his 26th goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to Kitchener Saturday night. He already has new career highs with 40 assists and 66 points. … C J.P. Labardo needs one goal for the first 20-goal season of his five-year OHL career. His 34 assists and 53 points nearly equal his totals from the previous four seasons. … C Luke Cairns (10-28-38) has set a new career best in assists and points. … F Dane Fox (12-16-28 in 28 games) has averaged a point per game since returning from a foot injury. He had two goals and an assist Friday against the Knights, his former team. … D Jimmy McDowell has 12 goals this season, four more than in his previous three seasons. He ranks among the league’s top goal-scoring defensemen. … G Oscar Dansk stopped 75-of-81 shots the past two games after allowing 16 goals on his previous 106 shots. … Rookie D Darren Raddysh has played 14 games as an affiliated player, although nine count toward the total of 10 allowed by league rules. He has been a healthy scratch the past two games. … The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win at Niagara Sunday. … They remain nine points ahead of Barrie by in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Knights are playing without RW Seth Griffith (33-49-82), who is reportedly out with a broken hand. … Rookie G Anthony Stolarz stopped 40-of-41 shots against the IceDogs after making 29 saves on 31 shots in relief of starter Jake Patterson Friday in Erie. … The Knights are 8-9 since posting a 24-game winning streak, which fell one shy of tying the CHL record. … They lead the league with 229 goals scored.

- Victor Fernandes