By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Check out interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch and C Michael Curtis following a 3-2 OT loss to Owen Sound tonight at Erie Insurance Arena – their first home loss in 20 games this season.

Erie Otters LW Dane Fox shared his secrets to success this season in this video interview…
Check out G prospect Daniel Dekoning‘s thoughts on his latest experience with the Otters…

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Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), LW Travis Wood (healthy)




Brandon Hope*
Jack Flinn

Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)

Referees: Joe Celestin, Korey Bannerman; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Owen Sound Attack (19-13-3-3) at Erie Otters (30-7-1-0)
When: Today and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Barrie (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters snapped a season-high, three-game losing streak with a 4-0 home win against Kitchener on New Year’s Eve. … The Otters put their franchise-best, 19-game home winning streak on the line in this two-game series against the Midwest Division rival Attack. The Otters can equal the second-longest home streak in OHL history with a win tonight (St. Catharines Fincups, 20 in a row in the 1976-77 season), and then move into the No. 2 spot with a win Saturday. The record is 33 straight games set by Sault Ste. Marie in the 1984-85 season. … The Otters will play their final two games without G Oscar Dansk, D Adam Pelech and Fs Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, who remain at international tournaments. … The Otters beat Owen Sound 3-2 in Erie on Oct. 9, one of six one-goal home wins this season. … RW Connor Brown (24 goals, 49 assists, 73 points) joins linemate Dane Fox (42-27-69) in having a strong chance to break the franchise record for points (Cory Pecker 99 in 2001-02). Brown also is on pace to break Zack Torquato‘s record of 62 assists in the 2009-10 season. … Head coach Kris Knoblauch said rookie D Cole Mayo, who made his OHL debut last Saturday, could play this weekend before rejoining his Tier II club. D Jesse Saban isn’t expected to play. C Trent Fox, another 2013 draft pick and Dane Fox’s younger brother, can’t play because he hasn’t signed with the club. … The Attack are sixth in the Western Conference. … C Gemel Smith, a Dallas Stars prospect, leads the way with 25 goals and 44 points. … Brandon Hope leads the Attack in goal with an 18-8-2-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout.
- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 3rd, 2012

Owen Sound turned a one-goal game into a rout in rapid-fire fashion.
The Attack scored four goals in a span of 2 minutes, 50 seconds early in the third period to pull away to a 6-1 win against the reeling Erie Otters in front of 2,702 at Erie Insurance Arena Saturday night. The Otters (4-10-1-2) head to Mississauga Sunday for a 2 p.m. game with a four-game losing streak. Connor Brown scored the lone goal for the Otters. Daniel Catenacci and Gemel Smith had a goal and two assists apiece for the Attack (12-2-0-2). The frontline duo combined for six goals and eight assists in the two-game sweep.
Owen Sound dominated from start to finish in the opening period, as they outshot the Otters 15-4 and took a 1-0 lead with 6:03 left on Kurtis MacDermid’s first OHL goal. The young defenseman’s seemingly innocent shot from the blue line slipped through a crowd and through Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk. Yet the Otters played a more spirited brand of hockey in the second, sparked by a power play that entered the game ranked fourth in the league at 26.9 percent. Brown scored off a rebound of Adam Pelech’s point shot – the captain’s seventh goal in the past five games and team-leading 13th of the season – to tie the score at 1 at the 7:18 mark.
But the Attack responded on the power play, with Cameron Brace firing a slap shot from the blue line off the left post and into the net – his 13th goal of the season – to snap the tie with 8:38 left in the period. The Otters finished the period with a 12-10 advantage in shots.
Then the Attack built a two-goal lead at 3-1 with the man advantage, as Smith was left open on the back post for a rebound goal 4:10 into the third period. His ninth goal of the season sparked the decisive stretch of four unanswered goals in less than three minutes.
Holden Cook bounced a shot from behind the net off Dansk’s pads and into the net for an unassisted goal and a 4-1 lead at the 5:55 mark of the period. Off the ensuing faceoff, Catenacci scored his 11th of the season 16 seconds later for a 5-1 Attack lead.
Then Gilbert Gabor turned into a 2-on-1 into a 6-1 Attack lead at the 7-minute mark. At that point, Owen Sound had more goals in the period (four) than the Otters had shots on goal (three). The Attack finished with a 40-22 advantage in shots.
Dansk stopped 34-of-40 shots in a losing effort, while rookie Connor McDavid’s 15-game point streak ended. He failed to record a point for the first time since the season opener Sept. 20 against Niagara. Brandon Hope stopped 21-of-22 shots to win for the Attack.
Meanwhile, 11 players recorded points for the Attack, which remained one point ahead of Barrie for the top spot in the league.

- Victor Fernandes