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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 6th, 2014

Windsor Spitfires (36-24-3-0) at Erie Otters (47-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue a three-game homestand that began Wednesday with an 11-2 win against Plymouth, which set a new franchise record for home wins in a season (27). … The club’s highest goal total since Jan. 14, 2011 (a 12-3 win over Barrie) moved the Otters within three goals of matching the franchise mark of 281 held by the 2010-11 club. They are on pace to score 300 goals. … They also can set a new franchise mark for the fewest goals allowed in a season by surrendering 11 or fewer in their final five regular-season games. The 2000-01 club holds the mark with 171. … The Otters, which have won three straight and four of their last five games, trail front-running Guelph by five points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. London trails the Otters by one point in the race for third place following a 4-0 win against West Division champion Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.. … The Otters and Spitfires meet twice in the next week in what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. The teams split the first two games, with the Otters losing 8-4 in Windsor on Sept. 28 and winning 9-0 at home Jan. 12. … LW Dane Fox (59 goals, 39 assists, 98 points) needs one goal to become the first player in franchise history to score 60 goals and two points to join RW Connor Brown (43-75-118) as the only Otters to reach 100 points. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend. … G Devin Williams headed home to Saginaw, Mich., earlier this week to take mandatory standardized tests at his home school. He missed Wednesday’s game and could miss this weekend’s games. G prospect Daniel Dekoning was recalled to fill his spot. … The Spitfires are fifth in the Western Conference, but can finish as low as seventh. … RW Joshua Ho-Sang (30-53-83) and C Brady Vail (31-48-79) rank among the league’s top 20 scorers. … D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, plus-44) joins Otters D Adam Pelech (9-40-49, +43) among the top six defensemen in scoring and plus-minus.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

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: December 12th, 2013

Erie Otters (27-4-1-0) at Niagara IceDogs (8-19-2-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Jack Gatecliff Arena – St. Catharines, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Guelph (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won eight straight games, their second-longest winning streak of the season. They won a franchise-record 11 in a row from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2. … They have won four straight on the road to improve to 10-4-1-0 away from Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are without C Connor McDavid and D Adam Pelech, who left the club today to join the Canadian National Junior Team in hopes of earning a roster spot for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. … RW Andre Burakovsky, who left Wednesday’s game against Mississauga in the third period after being slashed across the wrist, is expected to play tonight. … Burakovsky and G Oscar Dansk play their final games before joining their native Sweden for World Juniors. … G prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team today to fill in for Dansk. … LW Dane Fox (pictured at right) has goals and points in eight straight games (15 goals, 20 points). He can tie the franchise record for consecutive games with a goal tonight. Brad Boyes scored goals in nine straight games from Nov. 4-25, 2000. … The Otters won the first two meetings with the IceDogs by a combined 11-3 score. … The IceDogs have the OHL’s second-worst record. … They have lost eight of their last 10 games to fall to ninth in the Eastern Conference. They trail Ottawa by three points in the race for the final playoff spot. … They have been outscored 138-102 this season. … C Carter Verhaeghe (16 goals, 29 assists, 45 points) and LW Brendan Perlini (16-25-41) lead the IceDogs’ offense. … G Chris Festarini, a former Otter, has a 5-9-1-2 record, 4.08 goals-against average and .869 save percentage in 19 games this season. He has five losses and a no-decision in his past six outings and one win in his last 11 games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 11th, 2013

Mississauga Steelheads (13-17-1-2) at Erie Otters (26-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping three game in Peterborough, Ottawa and Kingston this past weekend. … The Otters are a franchise-best and OHL-best 16-0-0-0 on home ice. They are four wins behind the second-longest home winning streak in league 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. … The Otters can complete a four-game sweep of the season series with the Steelheads. They won the first three games by a combined 20-1 score, including 7-1 at home Nov. 30. … Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to replace G Oscar Dansk, the reigning CHL goaltender of the week who, along with RW Andre Burakovsky, leaves the team Friday to join their native Sweden to prepare for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. C Connor McDavid and D Adam Pelech leave the team Thursday to join Canada for World Juniors. … The club recalled D prospect Cole Mayo on Tuesday, and will add D prospect Jesse Saban to the roster after Christmas break. Head coach Kris Knoblauch plans to dress both rookies for games after the break. … LW Dane Fox wasn’t suspended for his slew-footing match penalty Sunday in Kingston. League officials deemed the penalty shouldn’t have been called. … Fox has goals and points in seven straight games (13 goals, 18 points). … Dansk and G Devin Williams have combined for seven shutouts, which leads the league and stands one shy of the franchise record of eight, set by J.F. Perras and Adam Munro in the 2000-01 season. … C Dylan Strome is tied for third among all rookies with 19 points. … The Steelheads have lost seven straight and nine of their last 10 games to fall to sixth in the Eastern Conference. … They have been outscored 137-94 this season. … It’s “Coats for Kids Night” at the game. Fans donating a child’s winter coat can purchase as many as four tickets to the game at $5 apiece. Coats will be donated to the Inter-Church Ministries.

- Victor Fernandes

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy) RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Barwell-Cianfrone-Goldberg*
MacIntyre-Foy-Smoskowitz
Belding-Babintsev-Jammes
Rasulov-Clark-Gerhart

DEFENSE
Carrick-Walsh*
Burnside-Graves
Zottl-DiTomaso

GOALTENDERS
Spencer Martin*
Dawson Carty

Scratches: C Nathan Bastian, LW Damian Bourne, D Sean Day

Referee: Keith Kaval; Linesmen: Ray King, Eric Komorek

Posted: December 11th, 2013

The Erie Otters have begun making arrangements to fill in roster spots during international tournament time.
Defense prospect Cole Mayo joined the team Tuesday to fill in for departing D Adam Pelech, who along with C Connor McDavid leave Thursday to join Team Canada for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. The club also plans to recall D Jesse Saban, another 2013 OHL draft pick, after Christmas break. Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to fill in for World Junior-bound G Oscar Dansk.
However, there are no plans to recall any forward prospects to replace RW Andre Burakovsky, who will join Dansk on Team Sweden for World Juniors, and rookie C Dylan Strome, who will represent Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Fs Quentin Maksimovich, Patrick Murphy and Travis Wood will fill in those spots, while veterans like C Kyle Pettit will take on greater roles.

On Tuesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the team’s moves and this week’s games…

* On not overlooking Mississauga & Niagara: “I think it’s just fundamentals – doing things that are important, really stressing defense. If our defense is good, we’ll get opportunities offensively. If we’re just looking at the offensive side of the game, we’ll probably still get offensive chances, but we’ll probably be giving up a lot of chances against. We don’t want to get into a running match. Defense is very important.
“We kind of have two weekends of back-to-back games – middle of the week and two at the end (of the week). Certainly, you look at the ones on the weekend being more important just because (they’re) division rivals and the importance on those (games). The games on the weekend are important. But if you let the games get away that you should have won, those are just as important. We’re just looking at the two games this week against Niagara and Mississauga.

* On Mayo and Saban: Right now, Cole is not expected to play (in games) this week. That’s our plan. Certainly hope it stays that way. But if there was an injury or something did happen, we would need an extra defenseman. It’s just good to have those players. It is for depth, but also we wanted to call those guys up throughout the year at different times – this being one of them, and (Saban) after Christmas – where those guys are having the opportunity to practice with us so they can get comfortable with the speed of our game.
They’re working on their skills. We’re very happy with how they have improved. They’re getting lots of responsibilities. (Mayo) is getting power-play time, top pairing defensively, penalty kill, everything. So we’re very happy. But that level he’s playing at and the level we’re at is different. I think it’s just like sending our players to World Juniors or spending extra time in the American Hockey League at the beginning of the season or NHL camp. They learn a lot from that. Hopefully (Mayo) learns a little bit with the time spent with us.

- 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

Posted: November 8th, 2013

Big news of the night…G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury) had what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor procedure done today. He’s out a few days. Daniel Dekoning has been recalled to back up Devin Williams
UPDATE ON DANSK: Head coach Kris Knoblauch said Dansk would miss a week, 2 weeks max. That could be as many as another 6 games (5 at home)

* Check out rookie D Travis Dermott‘s post-game interview here

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)

PETERBOROUGH PETES

FORWARDS
Dal Colle*-Sterk-Busch
Latour-Laughton*-Cassels
Manchurek*-Hughes-Dundas
Wallace-Harding-Smith

DEFENSE
Desrocher-Brown
Kuronen-Suellentrop*
Carlisle*-Petschenig

GOALTENDERS
Daniel Altshuller*
Shawn Mabley

Scratches: G Kenny Appleby, LW Owen McDade, RW Matt Hore, D Daniel Robertson, D Mitchell Vande Sompel

Referees: Chris Thornton, Garrett Rank ; Linesmen: Kevin Hastings, Dustin McCrank

Posted: September 20th, 2013

The Erie Otters left for Guelph, Ontario, earlier today to play their season opener against the Midwest Division rival Storm. Three prospects – G Daniel Dekoning and Ds Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo – didn’t make the trip.
Instead, they were cut from the roster and reassigned to their Tier II clubs. That leaves the Otters with 25 players (including rookie LW Andre Burakovsky, who remains in NHL camp with the Washington Capitals). That also leaves the Otters with only one player from the 2013 OHL draft class – first-round pick Dylan Strome. Saban and Mayo were second-round and third-round picks, respectively.
The Otters face the Storm tonight with 6 available D, since rookie Travis Dermott serves a 1-game suspension for a slew foot against Niagara in a preseason game Sept. 2. The club is also without 3 veteran forwards – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (suspension) and Joel Wigle (shoulders). They have 12 available forwards overall. There had some talk of possibly cutting the forward. But that hasn’t happened at this point, and I don’t imagine it will happen with 4 forwards out of the lineup.

- Victor Fernandes

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