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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: June 26th, 2014

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has been described as wide open with several players capable of being the No. 1 pick.
That may be true, yet the player that should be picked first overall tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia seems simple to me – Barrie D Aaron Ekblad. Why? Because I’ve always

Aaron Ekblad

believed you build a winning team from back to front.
Ekblad is the total package on defense – a big (6-4, 217 pounds) shutdown D who’s strong, physical, quick and agile on his skates. He can produce consistently on the offensive end, and has the hockey intelligence to spearhead the power play.
The Florida Panthers, who have the No. 1 pick, already have promising young D on the roster – Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov – but they should pounce on Ekblad quickly. If not, the Buffalo Sabres should say thanks to the Panthers for passing on him, and quickly make Ekblad their pick at No. 2.

Check out these NHL.com videos on Ekblad and other top draft prospects

Now check out some mock drafts…

* Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News

* NHL.com overview
* NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman
* NHL.com’s Mike G. Morreale
* NHL.com’s Steven Hoffner

First-round order 
1. Florida
2. Buffalo
3. Edmonton
4. Calgary
5. N.Y. Islanders
6. Vancouver
7. Carolina
8. Toronto
9. Winnipeg
10. Anaheim (from Ottawa)
11. Nashville
12. Arizona
13. Washington
14. Dallas
15. Detroit
16. Columbus
17. Philadelphia
18. Minnesota
19. Tampa Bay
20. San Jose
21. Buffalo (conditional from St. Louis)
22. Pittsburgh
23. Colorado
24. Anaheim
25. Boston
26. Montreal
27. Chicago
28. Tampa Bay (from N.Y. Rangers)
29. Los Angeles
30. New Jersey 

 

 

Posted: April 11th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Guelph leads series 3-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Guelph 4, London 2
Game 4 – Guelph 6, London
Game 5 – Today at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters win series 4-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Erie 2, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 4 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie 2, OT

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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals win series 4-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 1
Game 4 – Oshawa 5, Peterborough 2

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Barrie 2, North Bay 1
Game 4 – Barrie 7, North Bay 4
Game 5 – Today at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Barrie, 6:00 p.m.
Game 7 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 7th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Series tied 1-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary
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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Battalion lead series 2-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday Barrie, 6:00 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 4th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Storm lead series 1-0

Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – Sunday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday 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

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday 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
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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals lead series 1-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Battalion lead series 1-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – Sunday at North Bay, 2:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at Barrie, 6:00 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Travis Konecny

Ottawa 67′s C Travis Konecny was named OHL rookie of the year today after leading all rookies with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in the regular season. Konecny, the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, earned 91 out of a possible 95 voting points.
London C Mitchell Marner and Barrie LW Andrew Mangiapane, who were second and third, respectively, with 59 and 51 points, finished second and third in voting with 37 and 21 points.
Konecny (91 voting points) and Mangiapane (68) also earned spots on the league’s All-Rookie first team, along with Erie Otters D Travis Dermott (66), Sault Ste. Marie RW Blake Speers (81), Oshawa D Mitchell Vande Sompel (50) and Barrie G Mackenzie Blackwood (72).

OHL All-Rookie Teams
(Voting points in parentheses)
First team
C – Travis Konecny, Ottawa (91)
LW – Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (68)
RW – Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (81)
D – Travis Dermott, Erie (66)
D – Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (50)
G – Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie (72)

Second team
C – Mitchell Marner, London (56)
LW – Lawson Crouse, Kingston (59)
RW – Nick Magyar, Kitchener (45)
D – Stefan LeBlanc, Mississauga (45)
D – Sean Day, Mississauga (43)
G – Matthew Mancina, Guelph (58)

Posted: April 1st, 2014

No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Game 1, Fri., April 4 Peterborough at Oshawa, 7:05
Game 2, Sun., April 6 Peterborough at Oshawa, 6:05
Game 3, Tues., April 8 Oshawa at Peterborough, 7:05
Game 4, Thurs., April 10 Oshawa at Peterborough, 7:05
Game 5, Fri., April 11 Peterborough at Oshawa, 7:05*
Game 6, Sun., April 13 Oshawa at Peterborough, 7:05*
Game 7, Tues., April 15 Peterborough at Oshawa, 7:05*

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Game 1, Fri., April 4 Barrie at North Bay, 7:30
Game 2, Sun., April 6 Barrie at North Bay, 2:00
Game 3, Tues., April 8 North Bay at Barrie, 7:30
Game 4, Thurs., April 10 North Bay at Barrie, 7:30
Game 5, Fri., April 11 Barrie at North Bay, 7:30*
Game 6, Sun., April 13 North Bay at Barrie, 6:00*
Game 7, Tues., April 15 Barrie at North Bay, 7:00*

*if necessary

Posted: April 1st, 2014

North Bay used two third-period goals to rally past Niagara in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight and capture the series. Meanwhile, Peterborough completed an improbable comeback from a 3 games to none deficit in their series with Kingston with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 tonight. Check out the final first-round scores…by the way, I finished the first round with a 7-1 series record. Sudbury’s loss to Barrie was the lone blemish

Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
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 – Guelph 8, Plymouth 3
Guelph wins series 4-1

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 – Sault Ste. Marie 6, Owen Sound 1
Sault Ste. Marie wins 4-1

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 – Erie 3, Saginaw 2, OT
Erie wins series 4-1

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 – London 4, Windsor 3
London wins series 4-0

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 – Oshawa 4, Mississauga 3, OT
Oshawa wins series 4-0

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 – Niagara 5, North Bay 3
Game 5 – North Bay 4, Niagara 3
Game 6 – North Bay 5, Niagara 1
Game 7 – North Bay 2, Niagara 1
North Bay wins series 4-3

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 – Peterborough 3, Kingston 1
Game 5 – Peterborough 6, Kingston 5, OT
Game 6 – Peterborough 5, Kingston 4
Game 7 – Peterborough 2, Kingston 1, OT
Peterborough wins series 4-3

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 – Sudbury 2, Barrie 1
Game 5 – Barrie 7, Sudbury 0
Barrie wins series 4-1

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

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

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

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 – Today at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – March 31 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Erie leads series 2-0

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at London, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 31 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at London, 7 p.m.*
London leads series 2-0

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

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday 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 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Oshawa leads series 2-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday 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 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

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

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

* If necessary

Posted: March 18th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, Mississauga 24-38-1-5
Season series: Oshawa won 3-1
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points), C Scott

Scott Laughton

Laughton (40-47-87), G Daniel Altshuller (31-13-0-3 record, 2.56 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (24-49-73), RW Dylan Smoskowitz (29-17-46)
Mississauga – D Sean Day (6-10-16, minus-35), G Spencer Martin (24-33-1-4, 3.54, .899, 3 SO), C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44), LW Josh Burnside (12-27-39), RW Andrew Goldberg (17-16-33)
Outlook: Forget that the Steelheads beat Oshawa in their first meeting of the season. These aren’t the same Steelheads, and the Generals are much stronger. This series won’t be close.
Prediction: Oshawa in 4 games
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No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Season records: North Bay 38-24-4-2, Niagara 24-35-3-6
Season series: Tied 3-3
Players to watch
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67), G Jake Smith (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SO), LW Vincent Praplan (19-34-53), C Nick Paul (26-20-46), C Brendan Miller (8-24-32, +14)
Niagara – C Carter Verhaeghe (28-54-82), LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71), LW Anthony DiFruscia (25-27-52), RW Eric Ming (33-17-50), D Luke Mercer (5-34-39)
Outlook: The hard-working IceDogs will give the Battalion a battle. But defense wins in the playoffs, and the Battalion are known for defense.
Prediction: Battalion in 6 games
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No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Season records: Kingston 39-23-3-3, Peterborough 32-30-0-6
Season series: Kingston won 4-2
Players to watch

Sam Bennett

Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91), LW Henri Ikonen (25-45-70), RW Spencer Watson (33-35-68), D Roland McKeown (11-32-43, +38), G Matt Mahalak (28-19-1-1, 3.59, .890, 3 SO)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74), C Hunter Garlent (20-49-69), RW Eric Cornel (25-37-62), C Michael Clarke (21-27-48), G Andrew D’Agostini (25-21-0-2, 3.40, .901, 4 SO)
Outlook: The Frontenacs dominated the first four games in the season series. Yet the Petes responded with wins in the final two meetings. They will carry that momentum over into this series.
Prediction: Petes in 7 games
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No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Season records: Barrie 37-28-1-2, Sudbury 33-24-3-8
Season series: Sudbury won 5-3
Players to watch
Barrie – LW Andreas Athanasiou (49-48-95), D Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

(23-30-53, +7), LW Zach Hall (16-54-70), LW Andrew Mangiapane (24-27-51), LW Brendan Lemieux (27-26-53)
Sudbury – RW Nicholas Baptiste (45-44-89), LW Nathan Pancel (42-32-74), C Matthew Campagna (15-59-74), D Trevor Carrick (22-29-51), C Connor Crisp (28-27-55, former Otter)
Outlook: The Wolves made bold moves at the trade deadline. They struggled down the stretch, but now is the time to make those moves pay off.
Prediction: Sudbury in 7 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 13th, 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
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

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

BARRIE COLTS

FORWARDS
Mangiapane-Hooey-Athanasiou
Lemieux-Fawcett-Hall*
Scott-James-Labanc
Kreis-Maaskant (former Otter)-Pastorious

DEFENSE
Laser-Ekblad*
Webster-Clutsam
Garcia-Carrick

GOALTENDERS
Daniel Gibl*
Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: D Jake Dotchin, RW Joseph Blandisi, C Mitchell Theoret

Referees: Pat Myers, Darryl Wolfe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Cory Piche

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Barrie Colts (28-22-1-2) at Erie Otters (41-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Niagara (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters hope to complete a sweep of their four-game home stand before starting a four-game road trip Monday against the Midwest Division rival Rangers. … They have won six of seven games since consecutive home losses to Guelph and Niagara midway through January. … The Otters trail the Storm by one point with 15 games left in the race for the OHL’s regular-season and Western Conference championships, which would secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … Erie won 6-5 in Barrie on Jan. 9 in a game in which the Otters built a 5-2 lead early in the second period but squandered that lead by the end of that period. Rookie D Travis Dermott scored the winning goal 7 minutes, 40 seconds into the third. … The Otters need five wins to break the franchise record of 45 set by the 2000-01 club. … The Otters have 24 home wins, three shy of breaking the franchise record of 26 set in 2000-01. They have seven regular-season home games left. … RW Connor Brown (39 goals, 68 assists, 107 points)

Connor Brown

has points in eight straight games and 16 of his last 18 overall. He has a 17-point lead in the league’s scoring race over linemate Dane Fox (55-35-90). … Fox needs 10 points to join Brown as the only players in franchise history to reach the 100 mark in a season. … Barrie, which has won three straight games, ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference, five points behind fourth-place North Bay. The top four teams earn home-ice advantage in the first round. … The Colts are the second-most penalized team in the league (884 minutes). The Otters have the No. 1 power play (31.6 percent). … LW Andreas Athanasiou (40-39-79) had a career-high five goals and seven points in a 9-2 win at Niagara on Thursday to move into a tie for third in the league. … D Aaron Ekblad (19-24-43) is tied for fifth among all defensemen in scoring. He stands third among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm report for the 2014 draft. … Former Otters D Liam Maaskant has two goals, five points and 47 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Colts this season.

- Victor Fernandes

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