When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Hershey Centre – Mississauga, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch
Erie – C Greg McKegg (10 goals, 16 assists, 26 points), C Mike Cazzola (9-15-24), D Tyler Hostetter (3-10-13), C Phil Varone (2-3-5 in 9 games), LW David Broll (2-8-10)
Mississauga – RW Justin Shugg (11-10-21), C Rob Flick (7-12-19), C Casey Cizikas (10-7-17), LW Devante Smith-Pelly (7-8-15), D Marc Cantin (3-10-13, plus-12)
Erie – The Otters head on the road after completing a five-game home stand with a 2-3 record. After today’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Majors, the Otters play three straight at home. … RW Anthony Luciani (broken right wrist) didn’t play in both games against Owen Sound this weekend after being deemed a game-time decision by coach Robbie Ftorek earlier in the week. Luciani hasn’t played since the Oct. 2 game against London. … The Otters split the two-game series with the Majors last season, winning 1-0 in a shootout on the road Feb. 15. The teams have split their meetings the past two seasons. … McKegg has points in three straight games and six of the past seven. … Cazzola has a five-game point streak. … Hostetter is tied for sixth among all defensemen in scoring.
Mississauga – The Majors, who have won seven straight and nine of their past 10 games, have the OHL’s best winning percentage (.875). … They have added a dangerous offense – their 69 goals rank third overall – to an always stingy defense. They have allowed a league-best 34 goals (2.1 per game). … The Majors are the league’s only unbeaten team at home (6-0). They have outscored opponents 27-11 in those games. … They are tied for fourth on the power play (21 percent) and fifth on the penalty kill (83.7). … Shugg ranks among the top 10 in goals. … Cantin, who won league and Memorial Cup championships with Windsor last season, is fifth among defenseman in scoring. … G J.P Anderson leads the league in wins (10), goals-against average (2.01) and shutouts (3) and ranks second in save percentage (.926).
Up next: vs. Guelph (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), vs. Saginaw (Friday, 7 p.m.)
- Victor Fernandes