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Posted: April 11th, 2014

GUELPH, Ontario – The Erie Otters and Guelph Storm – the OHL’s top two teams in the regular season – will meet for a chance to play for a league championship.
The Storm edged Midwest Division rival London 5-4 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night at Sleeman Centre to close out the series and clinch a matchup with the Otters in the best-of-seven conference finals, which begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in Guelph. The Storm (52-12-2-2) and Otters (52-14-2-0) had the top two records in the league.
The top-seeded Storm also will host the third-seeded Otters in Game 2 Friday at 7:30 p.m. before the series heads to Erie Insurance Arena for Games 3 and 4 on April 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. If necessary, the Storm would play at home in Game 5 on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 7 on April 28 at 7 p.m. The Otters would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m.
The Storm won the regular-season series 4-2.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph 
Game 1 - Thursday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 - April 21 at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 - April 22 at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - April 25 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 - April 26 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 - April 28 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*

* If necessary

Posted: January 20th, 2014

Andre Burakovsky

Andre Burakovsky seemed like he was itching to get back on the ice as practice began today at JMC Ice Arena. He stood by the gate as teammates stepped onto the ice. But like fellow forward Dylan Strome, Burakovsky had to wait until the final 20 minutes of practice to skate for the first time since suffering head injuries from hits to the head in back-to-back games a week ago.
Both are finally symptom free, and passed off-ice workouts like riding stationary bikes this past weekend. So they skated lightly and without contact today. If symptoms don’t return Tuesday, the on-ice workout will intensify a bit in the afternoon practice. They hope to resume full practices with the team later in the weeks in hopes of playing Friday night against Niagara at Erie Insurance Arena.
Speaking of practice, Connor McDavid wasn’t at JMC today. No need

Connor McDavid

for fans to hold their breath, though. He was back home in Newmarket, Ontario, undergoing standard physical testing that, I’m assuming, is common among top players like himself. He’ll be back on the ice with the team on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the players seemed to be in good spirits for their first on-ice session since a stinging 1-0 loss to Guelph at EIA this past Saturday night, which coupled with the Storm’s 6-1 win against Kingston on Sunday, dropped the Otters one point behind the Storm in the race for the OHL and Western Conference regular-season titles and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
The players began practice with a ‘Let’s Go Otters’ chant, and even showed off a little for kids that stuck around the rink after the public skating session ended. The Otters will be at JMC the rest of the week because of Erie BayHawks basketball…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 31st, 2013

The Erie Otters snapped a 3-game losing streak – and in the process, extended their franchise-record, home-winning streak to 19 games – in a 4-0 win against Kitchener tonight at Erie Insurance Arena.
Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, linemates Connor Brown and Dane Fox (who had a goal and assist apiece, and G Devin Williams (who netted his 4th shutout of the season and the Otters’ 8th overall).
Also, rookie D Cole Mayo made his OHL debut tonight…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 19th, 2013

The Erie Otters overcame G Oscar Dansk’s shaky return to game action and a disappointing defensive effort to beat Kitchener 9-6 on Tuesday at Erie Insurance Arena.

Check out the post-game news conferences by clicking the following links…

Adam Pelech

Oscar Dansk

Dane Fox

Kris Knoblauch

Posted: October 26th, 2013

Peterborough Petes (7-5-0-1) at Erie Otters (11-2-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at London (Nov. 3, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won nine straight games, their longest streak since the OHL title-winning season in 2001-02. They can equal the franchise record of 10 consecutive wins, set by the 1997-98 club and matched in 2001-02, with a victory tonight. … The Otters are atop the league standings with 23 points, two ahead of Sault Ste. Marie and four ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa. … The Otters have the league’s second-best winning percentage (.821), behind only Sault Ste. Marie (.846). … C Connor McDavid has assists and points in nine straight games. He has 16 assists and 20 points in that span. He leads the league in assists, two ahead of teammate Connor Brown. … C Dane Fox is tied for the league lead with 14 goals. … Brown leads the league with 29 points, while McDavid (tied for sixth with 25 points) and Fox (eighth with 23 points) also rank among the top 10. … D Cory Genovese serves the third game of a five-game suspension for a match penalty last Saturday against Ottawa. … The Otters have the league’s top power play (32.8 percent) and penalty kill (88.9 percent). … The Otters (6-0-0-0) are one of only two teams with undefeated home records (Guelph 7-0-0-0). … They have a plus-14 goal differential at home (32-18). … Peterborough has allowed a league-worst 66 goals, and have been outscored by 17 goals. The Otters are second overall with 64 goals scored, and have a plus-27 goal differential (64-37). … The Petes are a better road team (4-1-0-1) than home team (3-4-0-0). … They are next to last in the league on the penalty kill at 65.2 percent (23 goals allowed on 66 chances). … C Eric Cornel (6 goals, 12 points) and LW Nick Ritchie (6-6-12) lead the team in scoring. … The Petes’ goaltending tandem of Andrew D’Agostini (4-4-0-0 record, 4.50 goals-against average, .883 save percentage) and Michael Giugovaz (3-1-0-1, 5.00, .844) have struggled this season. In contrast, Otters G Oscar Dansk leads the league with 10 wins, is tied for the lead with two shutouts and ranks among the top three with a 2.00 GAA and .922 save percentage.

- Victor Fernandes

Dominant run
Key statistics from the Otters’ five-game winning streak:

Goals for - 48 (5.3 per game)
Goals against - 19 (2.1 per game)
Shots on goal for - 324 (36.0 per game)
Shot on goal against - 221 (24.5 per game)
Power play - 14-for-43 (32.5 percent)
Penalty kill - 36-for-38 (94.7 percent)

Posted: October 7th, 2013

The Erie Otters will wear special Cancer Awareness jerseys for home games Wednesday against Owen Sound and Saturday against Saginaw at Erie Insurance Arena. The club will offer those jerseys to the general public for purchase, as well as hold a raffle for Connor McDavid‘s jersey, following Saturday’s game. Raffle tickets, which cost $25 or five for $100, can be purchased this week at the Otters’ East Eighth Street office or during both games. Proceeds benefit the Regional Cancer Center.
Cancer survivors also can buy discounted tickets to those two games at the Otters’ office this week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Survivors will be recognized during the intermissions of both games. For more information, call (814) 455-7779 or send an e-mail to

Posted: October 7th, 2013

The Erie Insurance Arena has testing the sound system before Otters practice today. Although I could hear PA announcer Dean Pepicello and the music during Saturday’s home opener, apparently people on the bottom level couldn’t hear well. The players had a difficult time hearing their names being called during pre-game introductions. Now I can’t hear anything except the ringing in my ears…
By the way, the Cornerstone Crew – the team I play for in the Erie Adult Hockey League – makes their debut in the newly renovated EIA on Oct. 19, before the Otters’ game against Ottawa. I don’t imagine we’ll draw 5,711 fans to that game.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 1st, 2013

Posted: September 30th, 2013











Posted: September 30th, 2013

Erie Otters Fs Connor McDavid and Andre Burakovsky missed practice today. Actually, they were out of the country until today.
Burakovsky had to stay in Canada after Saturday’s game in Windsor because his immigration paperwork wasn’t complete. McDavid also stayed across the border to be checked out for what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor stretched muscle in his lower back area. Bassin said Burakovsky’s paperwork is now done and McDavid is fine. Both are on their way back to Erie.
In other news, winger Joel Wigle faces regular contact in practice this week. So head coach Kris Knoblauch is hopeful he can play in Saturday’s home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance. He could fill in for winger Stephen Harper, who will miss the game for his match penalty (slew footing) against the Spitfires and faces a possible longer suspension. D Cory Genovese also could be suspended for his major cross-checking penalty and game misconduct on Saturday.
C Jake Evans was back on the ice after sitting out against the Spitfires because he was sick.
Meanwhile, captain Connor Brown (2-4-6 in 3 games) was considered for OHL player of the week, but he was beaten out by Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith (5-1-6 in 2 games).

- Victor Fernandes

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