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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 23rd, 2014

Erie Otters (43-13-2-0) at Sudbury Wolves (30-19-3-6)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. London (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete what has been a winless road trip by returning to Sudbury to play a game that was postponed Friday night because of a damaged pipe underneath the ice. … The Otters tied a season high with three straight losses with an 8-2 defeat in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night, their most lopsided loss of the season. … They have been outscored 16-5 during this trip. … The Otters are 17-11-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost four straight. … The Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp, who has 24 goals,

Connor Crisp

47 points and 114 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Wolves this season. … The Otters beat the Wolves 5-2 on Nov. 23 at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters have slipped to fourth in the OHL’s Western Conference, five points behind front-running Guelph and one behind London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 10 games left, while the Knights have nine left. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … D/LW Cory Genovese returns to Sudbury, where he played 25 games in the 2012-13 season. … The Wolves, one of four teams to clinch playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, lead the Central Division and are second in the conference. But they are only one point ahead of Kingston and North Bay. … The Wolves are 11 games over .500 despite having only a plus-2 goal differential (194 for, 192 against). … RW Nicholas Baptiste (38-37-75) and C Matthew Campagna (15-51-66) lead the Wolves. … LW Nathan Pancel (40-25-65) has missed the past four games with a reported injury.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at Sudbury Wolves (30-17-3-6)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:07 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Kitchener on Monday and a 2-0 loss in North Bay on Friday. … The Otters haven’t lost more than three games in a row this season. … The Otters are 17-10-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost three straight. … The Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp, who has 24 goals,

Connor Crisp

46 points and 108 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Wolves this season. … The Otters beat the Wolves 5-2 on Nov. 23 at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are third in the OHL’s Western Conference, three points behind front-running Guelph and three ahead of fourth-place London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 12 games left, while the Knights have 11 left. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 71 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 111 points) had an 11-game point streak snapped by the Battalion. … D/LW Cory Genovese returns to Sudbury, where he played 25 games in the 2012-13 season. … The Wolves, one of four teams to clinch playoff spots in the Eastern Conference lead the Central Division and are second in the conference. But they are only one point ahead of Kingston and North Bay. … The Wolves are 13 games over .500 despite having only a plus-5 goal differential (190 for, 185 against). … RW Nicholas Baptiste (37-36-73), LW Nathan Pancel (40-25-65) and C Matthew Campagna (15-50-65) lead the Wolves. … The matchup features four of the league’s top seven goal scorers – the Otters’ Dane Fox (56) and Brown, Pancel and Baptiste for Sudbury.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 23rd, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Strome-Curtis-Burakovsky*
Harper-Evans-Betz
Maksimovich-Pettit-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Genovese
Felker-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), D Darren Raddysh (healthy), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy)

SUDBURY WOLVES

FORWARDS
Pancel-Campagna-Baptiste
Crisp-Kahun-Schmalz*
Desrochers-Harris-Huether
Burgess-Zeppieri-Cull

DEFENSE
LeBlanc*-Duininck
Cummins*-Eccles
Capobianco-Clapham

GOALTENDERS
Franky Palazzese*
Troy Timpano

Scratches: D Kevin Raine, D Evan de Haan, RW Dominik Kubalik, RW Brody Silk

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA

Sudbury Wolves (10-8-3-3) at Erie Otters (19-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to rebound at home after having a six-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss at London on Friday night. … Despite the loss, they still have won 16 of their last 18 games. … The Otters have won a franchise-record 13 straight home games. They are an OHL-best 13-0-0-0 at home. … They are expected to play in front of a sellout crowd, which should break the franchise’s single-game attendance record of 5,711, set in the Oct. 5 home opener against North Bay. … This matchup features the return of former Otters F Connor Crisp, who was traded to the Wolves along with overage D Jimmy McDowell in September in the deal for D Cory Genovese. Sudbury traded McDowell to Sarnia on Nov. 13 in exchange for overage D Craig Duininck. … Crisp, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick, has eight goals and 16 points in 24 games this season. He’s tied for second in the league with 61 penalty minutes. … Wolves rookie D Khadyn Butterfly, who was cut from Otters training camp in August, has no points in three games for the Wolves. … C Matthew Campagna leads the Wolves with 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists). Campagna is tied with Otters C Connor McDavid for the league lead in assists. … Otters RW Connor Brown stands third with 27 assists. On Friday, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. … LW Nathan Pancel ranks second in the league with 22 goals, one behind Otters LW Dane Fox. … RW Nicholas Baptiste has 18 goals and 33 points. … The Wolves have scored 86 goals this season, but rank near the bottom of the league with 102 goals against.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 21st, 2013

The Erie Otters begin an intriguing weekend in London tonight against the Midwest Division rival Knights, which have bolstered by the addition of Ds Zach Bell (trade from North Bay) and Nikita Zadorov, who was returned to the club from the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Then the Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp and the Sudbury Wolves in front of what’s expected to be a franchise-record crowd in a sold-out Erie Insurance Arena.
Head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the weekend with me before Thursday’s practice…

* On playing in London for a third time: “At the beginning of the year, (the Knights) were picked to be the best team in the league. With their additions right now, a lot of teams still figure they’re the best. I know the (CHL) rankings say otherwise. But if you ask most people, not considering the records, they’re the team to beat. Certainly it will be a challenge for us.”
* On first two trips to London: “Game 1, we were really excited to play that game. We were the ones who were really excited (and) had so much to prove. (In) the second game, they were in the same situation, where they had a lot to prove and things had been going well for us. We were figuring we would show up and play a good hockey game and everything would be fine. We just didn’t have the same intensity they did.”
* On facing former Otter Connor Crisp on Saturday: “We’ve played a lot of former players. It happens all the time. There’s certainly some pretty good players on Sudbury. I think he got there, and it was a great start for him. We haven’t really talked much about his return. It’s just going to be about this upcoming weekend. Sudbury is a good hockey game, and obviously London is too. So it will be very similar to what happened last weekend, with the Soo and Guelph.”
* On playing in front of an anticipated sellout crowd Saturday: “The guys have really enjoyed the atmosphere that we’ve had. (The) Guelph (game) was something else. That type of game, that kind of emotion from the fans will be tough to match. But it will be exciting in a different kind of way, where we’re expecting a full rink. It will certainly be a loud crowd, and certainly I assume it’s going to be an exciting hockey game because two good hockey teams (are) playing on Saturday.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

Here’s Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin‘s take on the trade…
* On wanting to acquire Cory Genovese: “(He’s) a strong defensive defenseman that can take care of the front of the net. We’ve been giving up too many goals. … We believe in this guy a lot.”
* On trading Connor Crisp, Jimmy McDowell: “You have to give up something to get (something in return). We believe very strongly that are forwards are pretty good. … We were very very happy with (overage D Spencer) Abraham and also (with) McDowell. That’s who (Sudbury) wanted.”
* On what lies ahead: “I don’t think we’re done tinkering with the team yet. We have to see how it goes. We don’t have any plans for anything specifically. We’ll keep listening. If we feel we have an opportunity to get experienced players, we’ll look at it.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

The Erie Otters made a deal for a defenseman. They traded two veteran performers to make it happen.
The Otters acquired defenseman Cory Genovese and two draft picks from Sudbury on Tuesday in exchange for forward Connor Crisp and defenseman Jimmy McDowell. The Otters also received Kingston’s third-round pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and Oshawa’s fourth-round pick in 2016.
“We like what he brings to the ice,” said Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager in a statement. “We gave up some significant players to get him, and that goes to show how much we believe in him.” Genovese, 18, a 6-foot 2-inch, 203-pounder from Hespeler, Ontario, had six points, a plus-8 rating and 87 penalty minutes in 62 games for Sudbury and Kitchener a season ago. He had 11 points, a plus-8 raring and 175 penalty minutes in 118 career OHL games.
“He’s a defensive defenseman and that’s what we needed,” coach Kris Knoblauch said in a statement. “We have a few young guys back there, and he can be a leader for them.” Crisp, 19, set career highs with 22 goals, 36 points and 139 penalty minutes in 63 games last season. He has 27 goals, 42 points and 188 penalty minutes in 117 games the past three seasons. McDowell set career highs with 14 goals and 33 points in 67 games last season. He had 15 goals, 42 points and a minus-52 rating in 92 games with the Otters.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs meet in the preseason for the second time in three days. This time, it will be a 2 p.m. matchup today at Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Otters capped their week-long training camp Saturday with a 6-3 win against the IceDogs at Mercyhurst Ice Center in their first of six exhibition games. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky combined for five goals and 14 points in the win.
McDavid, the OHL’s reigning rookie of the year, led the way with a goal and five assists. Brown had two goals and three assists. Burakovsky, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, had two goals – including the game-winner – and an assist in his Otters debut.
After today’s game, the Otters conclude the preseason with three more games – at Barrie on Friday at 7:30 p.m., against Owen Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. at P&H Centre in Hanover, Ontario, at Kitchener on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and against Mississauga on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Caledon East Arena in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, eight players leave the club Tuesday to attend NHL rookie camps – Brown (Toronto), Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).
Dansk, Donnay and Fox are set to play in the NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Thursday at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
Donnay and the Rangers face Carolina on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues at 7 p.m. Dansk and the Blue Jackets play Carolina on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Rangers and Buffalo at 4 p.m. St. Louis meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. Donnay and Dansk will face off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jackets-Rangers game. St. Louis faces Detroit at 7 p.m. The final day of games is next Monday.
Brown joins former Otters forwards David Broll and Greg McKegg in the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament, which begins Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Chicago at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The Maple Leafs face Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Ottawa on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Burakovsky will attend the Capitals’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The camp ends with a game against Harper and the Flyers’ rookies next Monday at 3 p.m. The Flyers’ rookie camp runs from Friday through Sunday at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Crisp will attend the Canadiens’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 31st, 2013

Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, confirmed today that the club is signing F Quentin Maksimovich (11th-round pick, 2012).
In other news, the roster for tonight’s game is expected to be a mix of veterans and prospects. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky is expected to play together tonight.
Meanwhile, the Otters will lose eight players to NHL rookie camps and/or tournaments Tuesday – Brown (Toronto), Andre Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), G Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 29th, 2013

TEAM RED
2 Travis Dermott – D
4 Jimmy McDowell – D
5 Jesse Saban – D
6 Troy Donnay – D
7 Gregory Allen – D
8 Andre Burakovsky – LW
10 Connor McDavid – C
11 Connor Crisp – C
12 Kyle Pettit – C
13 Nick Betz – RW
14 Travis Wood – LW/D
15 Blake Jones – C
16 Matt Marsden – C
17 Jordan Dunin – C
18 Trent Fox – C
19 Cameron Etherington – RW
20 Connor Brown – RW
21 Justin Felker – D
30 Cosimo Lazzarino – G

TEAM BLUE
2 Adam Pelech – D
3 Darren Raddysh – D
4 Spencer Abraham – D
5 Cole Mayo – D
6 Khadyn Butterfly – D
7 Patrick Murphy – D
8 Dane Fox – LW
9 Michael Curtis – LW/C
10 Jake Evans – C
11 Stephen Harper – LW
12 Dylan Strome – C
13 Hayden Hodgson – RW
14 Quentin Maksimovich – C
15 Fabrizio Ricci – LW
16 Thomas Lattavo – RW
17 Jeff St. Pierre – RW
18 Cristiano DiGiacinto – RW
19 Nolan Dunn – LW

31 Daniel Dekoning – G
32 Oscar Dansk – G

Posted: August 28th, 2013

Erie Otters G Devin Williams expects to begin skating next week. He will be pain free when that happens – for the first time in a long time.
He spent a long stretch of the 2012-13 OHL season dealing with groin problems, which earlier this summer he learned were sparked by a sports hernia. “Everything I pushed off the post or went down (in the butterfly position), I felt so much pain,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to get back up.”
Nearly a half-dozen doctors couldn’t find the cause of the problem. Finally, he went to a specialist in Philadelphia, who discovered the hernia. That same specialist performed surgery on Williams last month. “It’s all good now,” said Williams, who expects to be ready for the regular season.
* On the mend: RW Joel Wigle has returned to the ice and begun lifting weights for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the AC joints and remove bone chips in both shoulders in the spring. Yet he won’t be ready to play until October. “I’m taking it slow,” said Wigle, who played through pain a season ago.
* Feeling young again: The move to Erie has made overage F Michael Curtis “feel like I’m a 16-year-old again,” he said. Yet he enters his fifth season in the league because he does the work he said “that other guys don’t want to do. That’s probably why I’ve been in the league so long.”
* Taking the same approach: Veteran winger Connor Crisp is focused on winning a league championship, as he has every season. The only difference now, he said – “I’ve got somebody watching over me.” That somebody is the Montreal Canadiens, which picked him in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Regarding his approach on the ice, he said, “I don’t think anything changes.”
* Small frame, big game: Rookie C Frank Pucci, a 12th-round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, is listed at 5 feet 5 inches and 127 pounds. But he stood out the first two days at camp. “I feel like I’m doing well,” said Pucci, who arrived at camp wanting to make club officials notice him “by carrying the puck through the three zones and making plays.”
Note: Pucci didn’t survive the opening round of cuts Wednesday.

- Victor Fernandes