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Posted: January 30th, 2014

Erie Otters (38-9-2-0) at Owen Sound Attack (21-20-3-3)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre – Owen Sound, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Saginaw (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete the three-game road trip against the Midwest Division rival Attack after clinching their first OHL playoff spot since the 2010-11 season with an 8-1 win at Niagara on Thursday night. … The Otters head into the final two regular-season meetings with the Attack with a 3-0-1 mark in the series. The only blemish was a 3-2 overtime loss Jan. 3, which was the Otters’ first loss at Erie Insurance Arena this season. … C Connor McDavid (15 goals, 50 assists, 65 points) needs two points to set a new single-season career high. He had 65 points as a rookie a season ago. … LW Dane Fox (52-35-87) has one goal in his last six games. He still needs two goals to break Cory Pecker‘s single-season franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Andre Burakovsky (29-34-63) has five goals and 10 points in

Andre Burakovsky

four games since returning from a head injury. He has points in a career-high 16 straight games, the longest active streak and fourth longest overall in the league this season. He’s two points shy of equaling the franchise record of 18 games in a row, held by Tim Connolly (Jan. 1-Feb. 13, 1998) and Rob Hisey (Oct. 2-Nov. 18, 2004). … The Attack have lost three straight to slip to seventh in the Western Conference, three points behind sixth-place Saginaw. … They have lost eight of their 10 last games. … They are 18th in the league with 141 goals scored. In contrast, the Otters are second with 227 goals. … RW Holden Cook leads the Attack with 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists), while RW Zach Nastasiuk has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists).

- Victor Fernandes

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 3rd, 2012

Owen Sound turned a one-goal game into a rout in rapid-fire fashion.
The Attack scored four goals in a span of 2 minutes, 50 seconds early in the third period to pull away to a 6-1 win against the reeling Erie Otters in front of 2,702 at Erie Insurance Arena Saturday night. The Otters (4-10-1-2) head to Mississauga Sunday for a 2 p.m. game with a four-game losing streak. Connor Brown scored the lone goal for the Otters. Daniel Catenacci and Gemel Smith had a goal and two assists apiece for the Attack (12-2-0-2). The frontline duo combined for six goals and eight assists in the two-game sweep.
Owen Sound dominated from start to finish in the opening period, as they outshot the Otters 15-4 and took a 1-0 lead with 6:03 left on Kurtis MacDermid’s first OHL goal. The young defenseman’s seemingly innocent shot from the blue line slipped through a crowd and through Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk. Yet the Otters played a more spirited brand of hockey in the second, sparked by a power play that entered the game ranked fourth in the league at 26.9 percent. Brown scored off a rebound of Adam Pelech’s point shot – the captain’s seventh goal in the past five games and team-leading 13th of the season – to tie the score at 1 at the 7:18 mark.
But the Attack responded on the power play, with Cameron Brace firing a slap shot from the blue line off the left post and into the net – his 13th goal of the season – to snap the tie with 8:38 left in the period. The Otters finished the period with a 12-10 advantage in shots.
Then the Attack built a two-goal lead at 3-1 with the man advantage, as Smith was left open on the back post for a rebound goal 4:10 into the third period. His ninth goal of the season sparked the decisive stretch of four unanswered goals in less than three minutes.
Holden Cook bounced a shot from behind the net off Dansk’s pads and into the net for an unassisted goal and a 4-1 lead at the 5:55 mark of the period. Off the ensuing faceoff, Catenacci scored his 11th of the season 16 seconds later for a 5-1 Attack lead.
Then Gilbert Gabor turned into a 2-on-1 into a 6-1 Attack lead at the 7-minute mark. At that point, Owen Sound had more goals in the period (four) than the Otters had shots on goal (three). The Attack finished with a 40-22 advantage in shots.
Dansk stopped 34-of-40 shots in a losing effort, while rookie Connor McDavid’s 15-game point streak ended. He failed to record a point for the first time since the season opener Sept. 20 against Niagara. Brandon Hope stopped 21-of-22 shots to win for the Attack.
Meanwhile, 11 players recorded points for the Attack, which remained one point ahead of Barrie for the top spot in the league.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 2nd, 2012

Connor Brown and Connor McDavid continued their impressive offensive play Friday night. But that wasn’t enough to keep the Erie Otters from their third straight loss, 6-3, to Western Conference-leading Owen Sound in front of 2,395 at Erie Insurance Arena.
Brown scored two goals, giving five goals in the past three games and a team-leading 12 on the season, and McDavid added a goal and assist for the Otters (4-9-1-2). But Daniel Catenacci and Gemel Smith had two goals and two assists apiece for the Attack (11-2-0-2), while Jordan Binnington stopped 20-of-23 shots for his eighth win in nine tries (8-0-0-1) against the Otters.
The Attack jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, as Holden Cook scored unassisted from in close 1:27 into the opening period. Then Jaden Lindo fired a wrist slot from the right wing past Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk at the 8:08 mark to build a two-goal lead.
However, Brown’s consecutive power-play goals – his 11th and 12th goals of the season, as well as fourth and fifth in the past three games – allowed the Otters to overcome a sluggish start and erase that deficit. Brown flipped a bad-angle shot from the corner off Binnington and inside the left post to move the Otters within 2-1 with 8:44 left in the period.
McDavid’s pinpoint pass to Brown in front tied the score at 2 with 5:59 left in the period. McDavid extended his point streak to 15 straight games. He has points in 15 of his first 16 career games. Yet the more experienced Attack gained momentum through their aggressive, attacking style. Owen Sound outshot the Otters 20-3 in the period, including Smith’s rebound in close with 4:11 left in the period that snapped the 2-2 tie. Dansk (32 saves on 38 shots) made several key saves, including on a shorthanded breakaway moments after the Attack took the lead. Owen Sound also began the third with 1:33 left on a power play. But moments after coming out of the penalty box, McDavid stole the puck at the Otters’ blue line and scored on an end-to-end rush to the the score at 3 at the 1:55 mark.
Yet the Attack responded quickly to take a 4-3 lead, as Catenacci scored on a rebound in front 1:05 after McDavid’s goal. Then Catenacci’s second goal of the night and 10th of the season, scored with 8:28 left, handed the Attack a two-goal lead. The Attack sealed the win on Smith’s second goal of the game with 4:17 left.
* News and notes: Troy Donnay left the game after appearing to block a shot with his right foot. His status for tonight’s game against the Attack is unknown. Adam Pelech was able to play Friday despite a bruised left ankle suffered while blocking shots in consecutive games last weekend. … Otters coach Robbie Ftorek altered his top two lines by moving Luke Cairns to the wing alongside McDavid and Brown on the No. 1 line and putting J.P. Labardo in between Connor Crisp and rookie Hayden Hodgson on the second line.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 11th, 2010

OWEN SOUND, Ontario – Fresh off snapping a winless streak in London on Friday night, the Erie Otters (15-15-1-1) hoped to do the same in Owen Sound where they hadn’t won in regulation in five years, but that remained the case as the Attack grabbed a 6-1 win Saturday night at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The loss was only Erie’s second in 11 games.

The first period belonged to the Attack, who grabbed three goals in the first 20 minutes of play to take a 3-0 lead. Owen Sound out-shot Erie, 18-12, in the first period.

Erie picked up their play in the second period, which got off to a good start as Brett Appio blasted a shot from the left point over the left shoulder of Jordan Binnington 2:14 into the frame for his fourth goal of the season. Binnington stopped the other 18 shots by Erie in the period, protecting Owen Sound’s two-goal lead going into the third.

The Attack took control of the game in the third period, starting with a fluky goal by Liam Heelis at 5:37. Owen Sound effectively put the game away on Bobby Mignardi‘s second goal of the night while on the power play, which chased Ramis Sadikov out of the net. Holden Cook completed the scoring for Owen Sound with just over three minutes left to play.

Binnington continued his mastery of the Otters with 42 saves, improving his record to 3-0-0-1 over Erie in his young career. Phil Varone‘s team-leading eight-game point scoring streak was snapped, and the loss was the first for Sadikov in regulation since November 12. The Otters complete their road trip on Sunday against the Guelph Storm at 2:00 p.m.

- From Erie Otters news release