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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Burakovsky
-Gaunce-Wigle
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Murphy-Pettit-Betz

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden

Posted: March 21st, 2014

Now that I have a few moments to think about the back-and-forth affair that was Game 1 of the Erie Otters’ Western Conference quarterfinal series with Saginaw, here’s a few random thoughts…

* The Otters are set to stay in Erie through the 2018-19 season. It’s amazing how much has changed in the past 2 years, starting with the on-ice success and remodeled arena. It seemed like all the talk around this franchise was centered on the relocation rumors. There hasn’t been a word of that all season long. And perhaps, we won’t be talking about that for at least the next 5 years.
* Playoff jitters were obvious, but the players that seemed to overcome that really well were the rookies, namely Dylan Strome and Travis Dermott. They seemed to be comfortable in that electrified atmosphere. They also contributed three assists in the win.
Travis Wood isn’t a rookie, but he turned in a solid performance in his first postseason game. He used his speed and physicality to draw a penalty that led to a power-play goal.
* The Otters need to do a more consistent job of starting games faster. As G Devin Williams said, this team has been in that situation before, and they have overcome them multiple times. But that 2-0 first-period deficit will be much more difficult to overcome later in the postseason.
* It’s official (at least in my mind) – Andre

Andre Burakovsky

Burakovsky has the quickest shot in the OHL. As strong as Spirit G Jake Paterson was tonight (44 saves), he had no chance to stop Burakovsky’s quick release and accurate wrist shot on the tying goal early in the third period.
* Kudos to the Spirit, who have been throughout a difficult time off the ice but turned in an effort that was good enough to win, if not for the Otters’ potent power play, capped by Dane Fox‘s game-winner.
* Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch hinted at starting Williams in Game 2 Saturday night. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes with Oscar Dansk.
Knoblauch thinks things through, but he also seems to go off feel and hunches as well. I figured he would start Dansk in Game 1, since Knoblauch often said that Dansk is his No. 1 goaltender. But Dansk was pulled from two games late in the regular season, while Williams played well down the stretch. So Knoblauch went with Williams, and more importantly, stuck with him after the two early goals against.
* I’m not surprised that Knoblauch chose Cory Genovese over Darren Raddysh on defense. Raddysh is an up-and-coming player, but Genovese has past playoff experience. You want to have as much experience on the back end as possible at playoff time.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 21st, 2014

The Erie Otters are facing their first OHL playoff game in three years tonight, when they face Saginaw in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round series tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. I figured they would be excited, and they are. I also figured they would be nervous. But they don’t see to be.
Rookie Dylan Strome appeared calm to make his OHL debut. Same goes for captain Connor Brown said the team was focused and ready to play.
It will be interesting to see how the Spirit react to the start of the playoffs. It’s been a tumultuous time for that team, which is coping with the tragic death of teammate Terry Trafford. Hockey may be difficult to focus on given the circumstances. Or, they could respond with a spirited effort, much like the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball team in the 1990 NCAA Tournament when teammate Hank Gathers unexpectedly passed away.
Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups (with an asterisk next to the starters)…the first thing that jumps out at me is Devin Williams starting in net for the Otters. He has been more consistent than Oscar Dansk recently. But head coach Kris Knoblauch has consistently called Dansk his No. 1 goalie all season.
Also, D Darren Raddysh is scratched tonight. He battled the flu last weekend, but I would he’s a healthy scratch in favor of Cory Genovese.

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle*
Curtis-Strome-Pettit
Wood-Evans-Betz

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham*
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Williams*
Dansk

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy, D Darren Raddysh, C Quentin Maksimovich

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

Moutrey-Kea-Sadowy
Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*
Lodge-Stephens-Payne
Bennett-Alexeev-Addison

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton*
Prophet-Graham
Callaghan-DeSousa

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

SCRATCHES:G David Ovsjannikov, D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes, LW Blake Clarke

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: January 4th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Pettit*-Curtis-Wigle
Murphy-Evans-Betz
Maksimovich-Wood-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
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), TBD

OWEN SOUND ATTACK

FORWARDS
Hargrave-Cook-Gabriel*
Smith-Nastasiuk-Milne
Gabor-Gilligan-Brack
Heeps-Szypula-Annecchiarico

DEFENSE
Sharipzyanov-Rose
MacDermid-Schemitsch*
MacArthur-Walters

GOALTENDERS
Brandon Hope
Jack Flinn*

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

Referees: Sean Pindar, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Posted: December 31st, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPSw
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Murphy-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
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), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Marcantuoni-Bailey*
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar
Kohn-Meighan-Robinson
Cascagnette-Soper-Davies

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora*
Iafrate-Schmidt
Blaisdell-DiPerna

GOALTENDERS
Jordan DeKort*
Matthew Greenfield

Scratches: RW Scott Teskey, Paxton Leroux, Radek Faksa (World Juniors – Czech Republic)

Referees: Pat Myers, Brent Coloumbe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ray King

OTTERS WATCH
Kitchener Rangers (13-21-0-1) at Erie Otters (29-7-1-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to end their first losing streak of the season – three games – against a Rangers club that gave them trouble in their last two meetings. The Otters allowed 12 goals – nearly four goals above their season average of 2.5 per outing – in splitting those two games – a 9-6 home win Nov. 19 and a 6-2 loss in Kitchener this past Saturday. … The Otters lead the Western Conference by four points over third-place Guelph. West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie is five points back in second. … The Otters are a franchise-record 18-0-0-0 at home, which stands two wins shy of equaling the second-longest home streak in OHL history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … LW Dane Fox has no points in the last three games. He still leads the league with 41 goals and trails only linemate Connor Brown 71-67 in the race for the scoring title. … G Devin Williams has followed a career-best, 13-game winning streak with three straight losses. … D Jesse Saban and C Trent Fox have joined fellow 2013 draft pick Cole Mayo, a defenseman, in Erie. But there are no current plans for them to dress for games. … The Rangers are last in the West, but they are only three points behind eighth-place Plymouth in the three-team battle for the conference’s final playoff spot. … The Rangers are without leading scorer Radek Faksa (14 goals., 25 points), who’s playing for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … They have three promising young players in RWs Nick Magyar (10-15-25), Justin Bailey (14-11-25) and Darby Llewellyn (19-5-24).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 28th, 2013

Check out C Brendan Gaunce‘s first interview as an Erie Otter…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

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

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Mitchell-Garlent-Bertuzzi
McGinn-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
Milne-Suter-Auger*
Bauman-Horvat-Craievich

DEFENSE
McFadden-Trojanovic
Finn-Leslie
Baltisberger-Harpur*

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, C Robby Fabbri, RW Marc Stevens

Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Steve Picco; Linesmen: J.F. Menard, Ray King

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 11th, 2013

Check out videos from the Erie Otters’ Veterans Day festivities before and during the game…

Then after the game, head coach Kris Knoblauch provided an update on injured C Connor McDavid
While Dane Fox shared his thoughts on McDavid’s absence and the team’s 5-3 win against Niagara.

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: C Connor McDavid (upper-body injury), G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW/D Patrick Murphy (healthy)

NIAGARA

FORWARDS
Perlini-Verhaeghe-Ming
McCool-Maletta-DiFruscia*
Hughes-XXXX-Robinson
Fitzmorris-Protapovich-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Graham
Brosnan-Haydon*
Wilkie-Siebenaler

GOALTENDERS
Brent Moran*
Chris Festarini

Scratches: LW Matt Gillard, C Johnny Corneil, RW Mack Lemmon, D Aleksandar Mikulovich

Referees: Keith Kaval, Ryan Park; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Ryan Holmstead

Posted: November 9th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Hayden Hodgson (healthy)

SARNIA STING

FORWARDS
Goldobin-Latta-Moore*
Robichaud-Nikandrov-Carnevale
Brown-Kodola-Korostelev
Renaud-Ciccarelli-Bushnell

DEFENSE
DeAngelo-Duininck*
Core-Chapman
Hore-King

GOALTENDERS
Taylor Dupuis*
Brodie Barrick

Scratches: C Patrick White, D Connor Schlichting

Referees: Chris Carnegie, David Koziel; Linesmen: Ray King, Jesse Wilmot

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