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Posts tagged ‘Henri Ikonen’
Posted: January 17th, 2014

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)




Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: LW Ryan Verbeek, D Ted Nichol, D Ryan Hutchinson, D Matthew Watson, C Sam Bennett (groin)

Referees: Pat Myers, Jeff Campbell; Linesmen: Ray King, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner… as well as injury updates on RW Andre Burakovsky and C Dylan Strome.

Kingston Frontenacs (24-54-2-2) at Erie Otters (34-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won four straight games. … The Otters have won two straight at home since their lone loss of the season at EIA – a 3-2 overtime defeat to Owen Sound on Jan. 3. They haven’t lost in regulation at home (21-0-1). … The Otters are tied for fourth on the franchise’s single-season home wins list with 12 games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (concussion) aren’t expected to play, but they could skate lightly this weekend. … F Jake Evans (ill) will play tonight. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 30 assists, 81 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (28-60-88) needs three assists to break the franchise mark of 62 assists held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … G Oscar Dansk extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes, 18 seconds, the third longest in franchise history, with shutout wins the past two games. He posted the second-longest stretch (170:48) in October. Adam Munro set the mark of 234:36 in March 2001. … Dansk has stopped 220-of-227 shots and posted four of his OHL-best six shutouts in a personal nine-game winning streak. … Kingston C Samuel Bennett (26-40-66) may not play tonight because of a reported groin injury. Bennett, Otters C Connor McDavid‘s former teammate in minor hockey, was ranked No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list for the 2014 draft. He didn’t play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. … D Roland McKeown (8-24-32, plus-28), another former Marlboro, is rated 15th among North American skaters. … LW Henri Ikonen (13-31-44) won a gold medal with his native Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … The Frontenacs are third in the Eastern Conference.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 28th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie winger Hayden Hodgson figured he would be suspended for his hit that injured Kingston rookie forward Henri Ikonen last Sunday.
Four games, maybe five – but not 10. “I wasn’t really expecting such a harsh punishment,” he said Thursday after spending extra time on the Erie Insurance Arena ice working with coach Kris Knoblauch. “I’m really kind of ticked about how I’ll miss games next year.”
Hodgson, who will miss the final seven games of this season and the first three of the 2013-14 OHL season, said he was finishing a check as Ikonen cycled the puck near the boards. “I got him in the chest,” he said. “I think it was just a little bit late.” Ikonen’s injury, which has been reported as a concussion, led league officials to suspend Hodgson for 10 games. “I just think it could have been a better outcome,” he said.
Otters captain Connor Brown, who is out with a concussion, watched replays of the hit while doing video work during the loss to Kingston. “It looked a tad late,” Brown said. “But if (Ikonen) wasn’t injured, I don’t think it would have been a penalty. I thought it was an OK hit.”
Otters coach Kris Knoblauch said, “From our side, we think it’s too much. Kingston, they lose their player. They think it’s not enough.”
Either way, Hodgson has to accept not playing for the rest of this season.
“When I found out, I was kind of shocked,” he said. “I’m not going to play until next year, which is kind of depressing. I’ve just got to handle it. (I have to) work hard in practice and in the gym and just make the best of it.”

- Victor Fernandes