By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 15th, 2014

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk
Devin Williams*

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




Brent Moran*
Blake Richard

Scratches: LW Billy Jenkins, LW Brendan Perlini (shoulder), D Zach Wilkie

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA


Niagara IceDogs (18-29-2-5) at Erie Otters (42-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Kitchener (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete their six-game, regular-season series with Niagara tonight. They have won four of the first five. But the IceDogs handed the Otters one of only three home losses this season, 4-3, on Jan. 24 (25-2-1-0). … The Otters can tie the franchise’s single-season record of 26 home wins, set in 2000-01, with a victory. … They also can move closer to the franchise mark of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … Erie has won three straight and seven of eight since consecutive home losses to Guelph and Niagara midway through January. … The Otters trail the Storm by one point with 14 games left in the race for the OHL’s regular-season and Western Conference championships, which would secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, 69 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 109 points) has points in nine straight games and 17 of his last 19 overall. … LW Dane Fox (56-35-91) needs one point to move into the top five on the Otters’ single-season list. He would tie Greg McKegg (92 in 2010-11) for fifth, one behind fourth-place Zack Torquato (93 in 2009-10), four behind Rob Hisey (96 in 2003-04) and seven behind Cory Pecker (99 in 2001-02). … Brown and Fox are the league’s highest-scoring tandem since C Charles Sarault (22-86-108) and LW Reid Boucher (62-33-95) for Sarnia a season ago. … The IceDogs are ninth in the Eastern Conference with 43 points, one behind Ottawa for the eighth and final playoff spot. Nine point separate seventh-place Mississauga and 10th-place Belleville. … The IceDogs have lost two straight and seven of the last 10 games, including 7-1 and 9-2 home losses to Sudbury and Barrie in their last two outings. … LW Brendan Perlini (28-33-61) remains sidelined with a reported shoulder injury. … C Carter Verhaeghe (26-44-70) leads the IceDogs in scoring.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 27th, 2012

A weekend that began with such promise ended with a thud for the Erie Otters Saturday night.
Unlike their strong efforts in a convincing six-goal win against Saginaw Wednesday night and a shootout loss to Sault Ste. Marie Friday night, the Otters had little energy in a 5-2 loss to Sarnia in front of 2,648 fans at Erie Insurance Arena Saturday night.
Rookie center Connor McDavid had a goal and assist for the Otters (4-8-1-2), which dropped their second straight game and finished the three-game weekend series at home 1-1-0-1. McDavid, who extended his point streak to 14 straight games and has 18 points in 15 games, was one of the lone bright spots for a team that struggled to find consistency against the Sting (7-6-0-1).
The Otters entered the game with the OHL’s seventh-ranked penalty kill at 82.5 percent. But Sarnia’s third-rated power play burned the Otters for four goals on five chances in the game. Craig Duininck, who had one goal in his first 12 games, scored the first of his two power-play goals on assists from Nikolay Goldobin and Anthony DeAngelo 9 minutes, 47 seconds into the opening period.
Goaltender Oscar Dansk made several key stops, especially in close, to keep the Otters within a goal until Charles Sarault netted his sixth goal of the season, a power-play score 10:04 into the second period, to extend the Sting’s lead to 2-0. Sarnia’s lead reached 3-0 less than two minutes later, as Duininck scored his second goal of the night on assists from Goldobin and Bryan Moore.
The Otters crept within 3-1 on Connor Crisp’s sixth goal of the season – a loose puck in front that he slipped past Sting goaltender J.P. Anderson – with 1:45 left in the period. Moments later, Otters defenseman Adam Pelech was helped to the dressing room with a left ankle injury suffered while blocking a shot. Club officials believe Pelech suffered only a bruise, but he was expected to undergo x-rays. Pelech, who was hit with a shot on the same ankle in Friday’s game was seen walking gingerly outside the dressing room after the game. The Otters learned before the game that winger Nick Betz will miss at least the next six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Friday night for a ruptured appendix.
Then any momentum the Otters gained from Crisp’s goal vanished 53 seconds into the third period, as the Sting regained a three-goal lead at 4-1 on Reid Boucher‘s goal. McDavid provided a bit of a spark, as his steal in front of the Sting’s net and two nifty moves through traffic produced his seventh goal of the season and moved the Otters within 4-2 with 10:12 left in the game.
But Goldobin’s shot into an open net – Sarnia’s fourth power-play goal in five chances – with 1:30 left sealed the Sting’s win.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 5th, 2012

Sarnia Sting (19-14-1-4) at Erie Otters (5-30-1-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Up next: vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.)

Fast facts: The Otters return home for two games after losing all three games on an Eastern Conference trip to Barrie, Oshawa and Peterborough last weekend. … The Otters have posted two of their five wins against the Sting. They capped the first half with a 5-3 home win against Sarnia Dec. 17. … LW Sondre Olden (broken finger on right hand) hopes to play this weekend. He suffered the injury during his first shift in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championship’s Division I Group A tournament in Germany last month. He hasn’t played for the Otters since Dec. 3. … RW Connor Brown (14 goals, 26 points) was named OHL rookie of the month for December (6 goals, 10 points in 12 games). He leads the team in goals and ranks second in assists (12) and points. … LW Stephen Harper could miss this weekend’s games after reportedly being injured in Tuesday’s semifinal loss to Russia at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. … Sarnia could be without RW Nail Yakupov (21 goals, 53 points in 26 games). He led his native Russia against Sweden Thursday night in the gold-medal game of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Calgary, Alberta. … The Sting have lost five straight and seven of their 10 games to fall 10 points behind Plymouth in the West Division standings and slip to fourth in the Western Conference. … C Brett Thompson has 16 goals and 32 points in 22 games with the Sting. He has a goal and two points in two games against his former team. … The Sting acquired C Ryan Spooner (14-18-32 in 27 games) from Kingston on Thursday for 2011 first-round pick Ryan Kujawinski. … C Charles Sarault (14 goals, 60 points) leads the OHL in assists (46) and ranks second in scoring. He was named player of the month for December (5 goals, 23 points in 11 games).

- Victor Fernandes