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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: August 11th, 2014

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome scored the first goal in Canada’s 5-1 opening-day win over Switzerland at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Piestany, Slovakia.
Here’s the updated schedule…

Today - Canada 5, Switzerland 1
Tuesday - Canada vs. Sweden, 8 a.m.
Wednesday - Canada vs. Slovakia, 11:30 a.m.
Friday - Semifinal/consolation games, TBD
Saturday - Gold & bronze-medal games, TBD

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Posted: February 15th, 2014

Here’s an update on players with Erie ties playing in the Olympic men’s and women’s hockey tournament:

F Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Canada (Mercyhurst, 2006-09, 2010-11) – 3 goals (16 SOG), 1 assist in 3 games
D Arvid Rekis, Latvia (Otters, 1996-2000) – 0 points (1 SOG), 4 PIM in 3 games
F Sondre Olden, Norway (Otters, 2011-12) – 0 points (2 SOG) in 2 games

Posted: February 12th, 2014

Here’s the television schedule for notable men’s hockey games featuring the United States, Canada, Norway (former Erie Otters F Sondre Olden) and Latvia (former Otters D Arvid Rekis) at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

Olympic men’s hockey schedule
at Sochi, Russia

(all games broadcast live)
Preliminary round – Today
Switzerland 1, Latvia 0
Preliminary round – Thursday
United States vs. Slovakia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Canada vs. Norway, noon USA
Preliminary round – Friday
Latvia vs. Czech Republic, 3 a.m. MSNBC
Norway vs. Finland, noon MSNBC
Canada vs. Austria, noon USA
Preliminary round – Saturday
United States vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Latvia vs. Sweden, noon USA
Preliminary round – Sunday
Norway vs. Austria, 3 a.m. USA

Sondre Olden


United States vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Canada vs. Finland, noon USA
Qualification round – Tuesday
4 games – teams TBD, 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and noon NBCSN, USA, MSNBC
Quarterfinals – Wednesday
4 games – teams TBD, 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and noon USA, MSNBC, NBCSN
Semifinals – Feb. 21
Quarterfinal winners, 7 a.m. and noon NBCSN
Bronze-medal game – Feb. 22
Semifinal losers, 10 a.m. NBCSN
Gold-medal game – Feb. 23
Semifinal winners, 7 a.m. WICU

TV at a glance
* NBCSN: DirecTV – Channel 220, DISH Network – Channel 159, Time Warner Cable – Channel 324
* MSNBC: DirecTV – Channel 356, DISH Network – Channel 209, Time Warner Cable – Channel 29
* USA: DirecTV – Channel 242, DISH Network – Channel 105, Time Warner Cable – Channel 27

Posted: January 5th, 2014

Connor McDavid

* Russia 2, Canada 1: Canada, which features Otters teammates Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, couldn’t overcome an early 2-0 deficit in the bronze-medal game on the way to missing out on a medal for the second straight year. Russia (4-3-0) took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov. Meanwhile, goaltender Andrei Vasilevski (30 saves) kept Canada (4-2-1) off the scoreboard until Josh Morrissey‘s goal 7 minutes, 10 seconds into the third period.

Adam Pelech


Pelech assisted on the goal for his point of the tournament. He also had two shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in seven games. McDavid, the first 16-year-old to play for Canada since Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby in 2004, was held scoreless to finish with a goal, four points and 10 shots on goal.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
Semifinals – Saturday

Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Posted: January 4th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk will play for the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Dansk stopped 26-of-27 shots to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 2-1 semifinal win against Russia today. Sweden (6-0-0) moves into Sunday’s 1 p.m. final against Finland, which kept the Otters’ duo of Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech from a chance at the tournament championship. Canada faces Russia in the bronze-medal game at 9 a.m.
Dansk carried a shutout into the third against Russia (3-3-0), until Damir Zhafyarov scored 6 minutes, 37 seconds into the period. But Dansk held off the Russians the rest of the way to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout. Burakovsky was held without a point for the second straight game.
He has three goals and seven points in six games. Filip Forsberg and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Sweden, which can win gold for the second time in three years.
* Finland 5, Canada 1: Finland snapped a 2-2 tie on Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen‘s goal with 4:24 left in the second period. Then Finland (4-1-1) sealed the win and today’s matchup against Sweden with two third-period goals. McDavid, who was held without a point, has one goal and four points in six games for Canada (4-1-1), which hasn’t won gold at World Juniors since 2009. Pelech was held scoreless and had a plus-1 rating. He has no points and a plus-1 rating in six games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today
Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game: Canada (4-1-1) vs. Russia (3-3-0), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game: Sweden (6-0-0) vs. Finland (4-1-1), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable – Channel 324)

Posted: January 3rd, 2014

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden has blazed through the IIHF World Junior Championship behind a roster led by Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk.
Burakovsky ranks third on the team with three goals and seven points in five games, while Dansk has a 4-0-0 record, 1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout, to lead unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into today’s 9 a.m. semifinal against Russia (3-2-0).
The winner will earn a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game against the winner of today’s 1 p.m. semifinal between Canada (4-0-1) and Finland (3-1-1). The Canadians, which feature Otters teammates Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, have endured ups and downs throughout the tournament. But Canada enters today’s matchup on a roll after capturing Group A with a 3-2 win against the United States on New Year’s Eve and a 4-1 quarterfinal victory against Switzerland on Thursday.
McDavid (goal and four points in five games) and Pelech (no points and even plus-minus rating in five games) could meet Burakovsky and Dansk on Sunday in the gold-medal game or the 9 a.m. bronze-medal game. NHL Network will televise all four games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV: All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today

Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Andre Burakovsky

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden is on a roll at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk are big reasons why.
Burakovsky had two assists, while Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced, in a 6-0 quarterfinal win against Slovakia today that moved unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into the semifinals. Sweden faces Russia (3-2-0), a 5-3 winner against the United States (3-2-0), on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The other semifinal on Saturday features Canada (4-0-1), which has the Otters’ duo of center Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, meeting Finland (3-1-1) at 1 p.m. The winners will play for the gold medal Sunday at 1 p.m. The losers will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 9 a.m. NHL Network will televise all four games.
Burakovsky has three goals and seven points in five games. Dansk has a 4-0-0 record,

Oscar Dansk

1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in four games.
* Canada 4, Switzerland 1: McDavid and Pelech were held without a point, but Canada advanced to the semifinals for the 16th straight time with a two-goal third period that broke open a one-goal game today and clinched a matchup with Finland, a 5-3 winner against Czech Republic (2-3-0). Curtis Lazar scored 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third to open a 3-1 lead. Derrick Pouliot’s goal with capped the win with 6:11 left capped the victory.
McDavid has a goal and four points in five games. Pelech has no points and an even plus-minus rating.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All medal-round games on NHL Network*
Quarterfinals – Jan. 2
Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0
Semifinals – Saturday
Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: December 31st, 2013

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Oscar Dansk stopped 23-of-25 shots and Erie Otters teammate Andre Burakovsky had an assist to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 3-2 win against Russia on Tuesday that clinched first place in Group B at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Sweden (4-0-0) faces Slovakia (1-3-0), the fourth-place team in Group A, in the last of four quarterfinal games on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on NHL Network.
Burakovsky, who assisted on a goal that opened a 2-0 lead late in the first period, has three goals and five points in four games in the tournament. Dansk has a 3-0-0 record, 2.33 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in three starts.
At Sydney, Nova Scotia, Otters rookie Dylan Strome and Ontario (5-1) continue preliminary-round play at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge today at 6 p.m. against Russia (0-1-0 entering today’s game against Germany.
Check back for an update on C Connor McDavid, D Adam Pelech and Canada, who’s facing the United States today in Group A play.

Posted: May 16th, 2013

Add another major publication – Sports Illustrated – to the always growing list of media outlets throughout North America that have done feature stories on hockey phenom Connor McDavid since he joined the Erie Otters as a 15-year-old at the start of the 2013-14 OHL season.
Sports Illustrated has a four-page article in its latest magazine entitled “The Next Next Next One.” McDavid, the highly touted No. 1 pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who’s already expected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, also has been featured by media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today and ESPN.com, The Hockey News, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail in Toronto) and Le Journal de Montreal.
McDavid, 16, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, finished second among all OHL rookies with 66 points in the regular season. He won a gold medal, and led all scorers with 14 points in seven games, with Canada in the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.

Posted: May 16th, 2013

There’s added local flavor on the ice in Helsinki, Finland today at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Erie native Keith Kaval is officiating today’s game between host Finland and Slovakia. Former Erie Otters goaltender Jaroslav Janus is on Slovakia’s roster, but he’s scratched for this game. He has an 0-2 record, 3.00 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in two games in the tournament.
Former Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly, a forward with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, is playing for Canada. He has a goal and three points in seven games.
UPDATE: Kaval will travel to Stockholm, Sweden to officiate in the tournament’s medal round.