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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘guelph storm’
Posted: May 15th, 2014

Mastercard Memorial Cup schedule
at Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario 
Friday – Val d’Or (QMJHL champion) vs. London (Host club), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Guelph (OHL champion) vs. Edmonton (WHL champion), 4 p.m.
Sunday – London vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Monday – Guelph vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Edmonton vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Wednesday – London vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.
Thursday – Tie-breaker game (if necessary), 7 p.m.
Friday – Semifinal, 7 p.m.
Sunday – Championship game, TBD
 

Posted: April 30th, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
League finals (best-of-7 series)
No. 1W Guelph vs. No. 2E North Bay
Season series: Guelph won 2-0
Playoff recap: Guelph - def. No. 8 Plymouth 4-1 in Western Conference quarterfinals, def. No. 4 London 4-1 in semifinals, def. No. 3 Erie 4-1 in finals; North Bay - def. No. 7 Niagara 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals, def. No. 4 Barrie 4-2 in semifinals, def. No. 1 Oshawa 4-0 in finals
Players to watch
Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points), LW Kerby Rychel (8-15-23), RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), LW Jason Dickinson (5-14-19), G Justin Nichols (12-3-0 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Robby Fabbri (9-9-18), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn (3-7-10, plus-10 rating)
North Bay - RW Barclay Goodrow (11-10-21), G Jake Smith (12-5-0, 2.01, .919, 3 SHO), D Brenden Miller (3-12-15, +11), C Nick Paul (9-5-14), LW Ben Thomson (4-7-11), RW Alex Henriksson (7-3-10)
Fast facts: Guelph looks for its first league championship since the 2003-04 season and third in franchise history. … The Battalion have reached the finals in their first season since moving to North Bay from Brampton, Ontario. … The Battalion have never hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champion. But North Bay has won a title, in 1993-94 with the Centennials. The city had been without an OHL franchise since the Centennials moved to Saginaw, Mich., and became the Spirit in 2002. …Mitchell and Rychel lead the league in playoff scoring, with Goodrow two points behind them. … The Battalion rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Niagara in the opening round.
Outlook: The Battalion have been the feel-good story of the postseason. But that story won’t enjoy a happy ending.
Prediction: Storm in 6 games 

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – May 9 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – May 11 at North Bay, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – May 12 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: April 25th, 2014

Game 1, Thurs., May 1 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
Game 2, Fri., May 2 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
Game 3, Tues., May 6 Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
Game 4, Wed., May 7 Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
Game 5, Fri., May 9 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00*
Game 6, Sun., May 11 Guelph at North Bay, 2:00*
Game 7, Mon., May 12 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00*

*if necessary

Posted: April 25th, 2014

GUELPH, Ontario – There isn’t much to say about the Erie Otters’ season-ending 5-0 loss to Guelph in Game 5 of the OHL’s Western Conference finals.
It was all Storm from start to finish of a dominant performance, starting with 3 special-teams goals in the first period and ending with Justin Nichols’ 40-save effort.
The Otters had their moments – in this game and in this series. But aside from their Game 4 win on home ice, the Otters failed to capitalize on their chances in this series.
“Ultimately, they were the better team in these games,” Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch said.

Check out the post-game news conference with Knoblauch and captain Connor Brown here

Posted: April 25th, 2014

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
(starters in bold italics – starting lines/D pairings still to come)

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

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Williams
Dansk

Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz

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: April 24th, 2014

Check out the Game 5 edition of Knoblauch Korner here

D Spencer Abraham shares his thoughts on facing the Storm in another elimination game…

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 5
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Series update: Guelph leads 3-1
Players to watch

Andre Burakovsky

Erie – G Devin Williams (9-2-1 record, 2.50 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (8 goals, 11 assists, 19 points), C Connor McDavid (4-15-19), RW Connor Brown (8-10-18), C Brendan Gaunce (6-10-16), LW Andre Burakovsky (10-3-13), D Adam Pelech (2-3-5, plus-6 rating), C Dylan Strome (3-6-9); Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (8-13-21), LW Kerby Rychel (7-14-21), RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), LW Jason Dickinson (5-13-18), G Justin Nichols (11-3-0, 2.86, .914, 1 SHO), C Robby Fabbri (9-8-17), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn(2-7-9, +9)
Fast facts: The start time was moved up from 7:30 p.m. to accomodate Sportsnet’s television broadcast in Canada. … Otters face a second straight elimination game after winning 5-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday. … They are 0-5 in Guelph this season, including 5-4 and 7-2 losses in Games 1 and 2 last week. … The Otters are looking to become the fifth team in league history to win a series after falling behind 3-0 in games. They are 0-5 all-time when trailing 3-0. Two of those series ended in four games, while two others ended in five games. The 1998 club pushed a first-round series with London to Game 7 before being eliminated. … Williams will start a second straight game and the fourth time oerall in this series. He stopped 26-of-28 shots in Game. … Erie’s No. 1 line of Brown, Fox and McDavid combined for three goals and seven points in Game 4 after being held to a combined one goal and four points in the series. … The Storm closed out Plymouth and London in the opening two rounds with Game 5 wins at home. … Nichols allowed three goals on 11 shots before being pulled in the first period Tuesday after stopping 80-of-87 shots in the first three games.
Outlook: The Otters overcame a big challenge in winning Game 4. Now they face a larger challenge – winning in Guelph for the first time all season.

– Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Guelph 7, Erie 1
Game 4 – Erie 5, Guelph 2
Game 5 – Today at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: April 23rd, 2014

ERIE OTTERS

Goaltending
Devin Williams –
4.44 goals-against average, .851 save percentage
Oscar Dansk – 0-1 record, 6.93, .795

Defense
Adam Pelech – 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, -2 rating, 4 PIM
Cory Genovese – 1-1-2, -1 rating, 4 PIM
Travis Dermott – 0-1-1, -2 rating
Kurtis MacDermid – 0-1-1, -2 rating, 6 PIM
Troy Donnay – 0 points, -2 rating, 4 PIM
Spencer Abraham – 0 points, -3 rating, 4 PIM

Forwards
Connor Brown – 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 points, -3 rating, 4 PIM
Connor McDavid – 0-4-4, -4 rating
Andre Burakovsky – 2-1-3, -2 rating
Dane Fox – 1-2-3, -3 rating, 10 PIM
Michael Curtis – 0-3-3, -2 rating, 7 PIM
Dylan Strome – 2-0-2
Brendan Gaunce – 1-1-2, -3 rating, 4 PIM
Joel Wigle – 1-1-2, 2 PIM
Travis Wood – 0-0-0, +1 rating
Patrick Murphy – 0-0-0 -1 rating
Jake Evans – 0-0-0, -1 rating, 4 PIM
Nick Betz – 0-0-0, 2 PIM
Kyle Pettit – 0-0-0

GUELPH STORM
Goaltenders
Justin Nichols – 3-1-0 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .907 save percentage
Matthew Mancina – 0-0-0, 1.31, .969

Defense
Matt Finn – 0-4-4, +2 rating, 2 PIM
Nick Ebert – 0-4-4, +1 rating
Steven Trojanovic – 0-2-2, +1 rating, 2 PIM
Ben Harpur – 0-1-1, +5 rating, 4 PIM
Phil Baltisberger – 0-1-1, +4 rating, 2 PIM
Zac Leslie – 0-0-0, +1 rating, 6 PIM

Forwards
Scott Kosmachuk – 4-5-9, +4 rating, 2 PIM
Kerby Rychel – 5-3-8, +3 rating, 4 PIM
Robby Fabbri – 4-4-8, +5 rating, 4 PIM
Zack Mitchell – 3-3-6, +4 rating
Tyler Bertuzzi – 3-2-5, +5 rating, 4 PIM
Jason Dickinson – 1-3-4, +4 rating
Ryan Horvat – 1-1-2, -1 rating
Brock McGinn – 1-1-2, -1 rating, 4 PIM
Pius Suter – 0-1-1
Justin Auger – 0-1-1, -3 rating, 7 PIM
Marc Stevens – 0-0-0
Chadd Bauman – 0-0-0, -1 rating
Stephen Pierog – 0-0-0, -1 rating

 

 

 
 

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Now that looked like the Erie Otters club that won 52 games in the regular season.
The Otters finally played their game for the first time in this best-of-7 Western Conference championship series against Guelph in a game they had to win – Game 4 tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. It took facing playoff elimination and the end of their season to bring that out of this team. But they needed something after losing three straight in disappointing fashion.

* Goaltending - Devin Williams shook a subpar Game 3 – 5 goals on 27 shots before being pulled early in the third period – and two first-period goals (including one on the game’s first shot for the second straight night) to make 26 saves tonight.
Williams made the saves he needed to make – and a few more he had to make to keep momentum in the Otters’ favor. He (and Oscar Dansk, for that matter) didn’t make those saves in the first three games.
But tonight, Williams stymied the Storm on a couple of break-ins and a few odd-man rushes to maintain the two-goal lead.

* Responsible defense - The Otters allowed an early goal for the second straight game, but that wasn’t too alarming, even in that must-win situation. This team gave up early goals at times throughout the season, and they responded in typical fashion – blocking shots, clearing out the front of the net and limiting rebounds. They were finally back at it on D tonight.

* Puck possession & hard drives to the net - The Storm didn’t score over the final 2 periods. The D deserves credit, so do a group of forwards who helped out the D with puck possession and patience on the offensive end. And credit linemates Connor Brown and Dane Fox for looking like the players that led the OHL with 128 points (Brown) and 64 goals (Fox).
Brown had 2 goals and an assist. Fox had his first goal of the series and assist. And both had more chances to score.

But now comes the bigger test – Game 5 in Guelph on Friday night. The Otters are 0-5 in Sleeman Centre this season, including 5-4 and 7-2 losses in the first two games of the series. Storm captain Matt Finn said they were a bit overconfident because of the 3-0 series lead. Head coach Scott Walker said his team didn’t match the intensity that they expected to see from the Otters. I can’t imagine that will happen again Friday. The Storm want to close it out that night, because if they lose then it’s a brand-new series heading back to Erie for Game 6 on Saturday.

- Victor Fernandes

 

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
(starters in bold italics)

 

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

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Williams
Dansk

Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz

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: April 22nd, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 3
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Series update: Guelph leads 3-0 (5-4 win in Game 1, 7-2 win in Game 2, 7-1 win in Game 3)
Players to watch

Connor Brown

Erie – G Devin Williams (8-2-1 record, 2.55 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points), C Connor McDavid (4-13-17), C Brendan Gaunce (6-9-15), RW Connor Brown (6-9-15), LW Andre Burakovsky (10-3-13), D Adam Pelech (2-4-6, plus-5 rating), C Dylan Strome (2-6-8); Guelph – RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), RW Zack Mitchell (7-13-20), LW Kerby Rychel (6-13-19), LW Jason Dickinson (5-13-18), G Justin Nichols

Justin Nichols

(11-2-0, 2.66, .919, 1 SHO), C Robby Fabbri (9-7-16), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn(2-6-8, +10)
Fast facts: The Otters face playoff elimination and the end of their season tonight. … Only four teams in league playoff history have overcome a 3-0 deficit in games to win a series. Peterborough (1st round vs. Kingston this season) was the most recent. Windsor was the last team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win in the conference finals (2010 vs. Kitchener). … The Otters have faced 3-0 series deficits five times in franchise history. They have been swept twice and lost in five games three other times, including in five games to Guelph in the opening round of the 1999 playoffs. Erie rallied to tie London in the first round in 1998 before losing Game 7. … The Otters’ loss in Game 3 was only their only fifth defeat at home this season (34-4-1). They had won the first four playoff games on home ice. … Guelph has outscored the Otters 14-3 in the last two games and 19-7 in the series. … Williams will start in net tonight. … Guelph’s top six forwards (16 goals, 33 points) have outscored Erie’s top two lines (5 goals and 11 points) in the series. … The Otters are 2-for-13 on the power play with two short-handed goals against in the series. The Storm are 4-for-21 with no short-handed goals against.
Outlook: Either win or the season is over for the Otters – and OHL careers end for overagers Fox, Spencer Abraham and Michael Curtis 

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 3-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Guelph 7, Erie 1
Game 4 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

 

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