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Posted: January 5th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk won medals today at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
But it wasn’t the medal they wanted – gold. The Erie Otters duo and their Swedish teammates settled for silver after a 3-2 overtime loss to Finland in the gold-medal game.
Heavily favored Sweden (6-1-0) lost for the first time in the tournament when Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen slid around the defense and slipped a shot under Dansk’s pad 9 minutes, 42 seconds into the extra period to secure Finland’s first World Juniors championship since 1998. Finland is the fifth different winner since 2009.
Dansk, the third-string goaltender on Sweden’s silver-medal team last year, finished the

Andre Burakovsky

tournament with a 5-1-0 record, and ranked second and third overall, respectively, in goals-against average (1.79) and save percentage (.928). Dansk was awarded a Directorate Award as the tournament’s best goaltender.
Ristolainen was named the top defenseman, while Sweden’s Filip Forsberg was named the top forward. Burakovsky, a native of Malmo, was held without a point for the third straight game to finish with three goals and seven points in seven games. Finland (5-1-1) held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in regulation, but Sweden rallied to tie each time. Christian Djoos‘ power-play goal with 9:07 left in the third period forced overtime.

IIHF World Junior Championship recap
at Malmo, Sweden
Semifinals – Saturday

Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Posted: January 5th, 2014

Connor McDavid

* Russia 2, Canada 1: Canada, which features Otters teammates Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, couldn’t overcome an early 2-0 deficit in the bronze-medal game on the way to missing out on a medal for the second straight year. Russia (4-3-0) took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov. Meanwhile, goaltender Andrei Vasilevski (30 saves) kept Canada (4-2-1) off the scoreboard until Josh Morrissey‘s goal 7 minutes, 10 seconds into the third period.

Adam Pelech


Pelech assisted on the goal for his point of the tournament. He also had two shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in seven games. McDavid, the first 16-year-old to play for Canada since Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby in 2004, was held scoreless to finish with a goal, four points and 10 shots on goal.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
Semifinals – Saturday

Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Posted: January 4th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk will play for the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Dansk stopped 26-of-27 shots to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 2-1 semifinal win against Russia today. Sweden (6-0-0) moves into Sunday’s 1 p.m. final against Finland, which kept the Otters’ duo of Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech from a chance at the tournament championship. Canada faces Russia in the bronze-medal game at 9 a.m.
Dansk carried a shutout into the third against Russia (3-3-0), until Damir Zhafyarov scored 6 minutes, 37 seconds into the period. But Dansk held off the Russians the rest of the way to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout. Burakovsky was held without a point for the second straight game.
He has three goals and seven points in six games. Filip Forsberg and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Sweden, which can win gold for the second time in three years.
* Finland 5, Canada 1: Finland snapped a 2-2 tie on Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen‘s goal with 4:24 left in the second period. Then Finland (4-1-1) sealed the win and today’s matchup against Sweden with two third-period goals. McDavid, who was held without a point, has one goal and four points in six games for Canada (4-1-1), which hasn’t won gold at World Juniors since 2009. Pelech was held scoreless and had a plus-1 rating. He has no points and a plus-1 rating in six games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today
Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game: Canada (4-1-1) vs. Russia (3-3-0), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game: Sweden (6-0-0) vs. Finland (4-1-1), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable – Channel 324)

Posted: January 3rd, 2014

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden has blazed through the IIHF World Junior Championship behind a roster led by Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk.
Burakovsky ranks third on the team with three goals and seven points in five games, while Dansk has a 4-0-0 record, 1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout, to lead unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into today’s 9 a.m. semifinal against Russia (3-2-0).
The winner will earn a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game against the winner of today’s 1 p.m. semifinal between Canada (4-0-1) and Finland (3-1-1). The Canadians, which feature Otters teammates Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, have endured ups and downs throughout the tournament. But Canada enters today’s matchup on a roll after capturing Group A with a 3-2 win against the United States on New Year’s Eve and a 4-1 quarterfinal victory against Switzerland on Thursday.
McDavid (goal and four points in five games) and Pelech (no points and even plus-minus rating in five games) could meet Burakovsky and Dansk on Sunday in the gold-medal game or the 9 a.m. bronze-medal game. NHL Network will televise all four games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV: All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today

Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Andre Burakovsky

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden is on a roll at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk are big reasons why.
Burakovsky had two assists, while Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced, in a 6-0 quarterfinal win against Slovakia today that moved unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into the semifinals. Sweden faces Russia (3-2-0), a 5-3 winner against the United States (3-2-0), on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The other semifinal on Saturday features Canada (4-0-1), which has the Otters’ duo of center Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, meeting Finland (3-1-1) at 1 p.m. The winners will play for the gold medal Sunday at 1 p.m. The losers will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 9 a.m. NHL Network will televise all four games.
Burakovsky has three goals and seven points in five games. Dansk has a 4-0-0 record,

Oscar Dansk

1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in four games.
* Canada 4, Switzerland 1: McDavid and Pelech were held without a point, but Canada advanced to the semifinals for the 16th straight time with a two-goal third period that broke open a one-goal game today and clinched a matchup with Finland, a 5-3 winner against Czech Republic (2-3-0). Curtis Lazar scored 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third to open a 3-1 lead. Derrick Pouliot’s goal with capped the win with 6:11 left capped the victory.
McDavid has a goal and four points in five games. Pelech has no points and an even plus-minus rating.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All medal-round games on NHL Network*
Quarterfinals – Jan. 2
Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0
Semifinals – Saturday
Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: January 1st, 2014

The NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, is set for today at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. But six time zones away in Malmo, Sweden, four Erie Otters – G Oscar Dansk (Sweden), D Adam Pelech (Canada), C Connor McDavid (Canada) and RW Andre Burakovsky (Sweden) are preparing for medal-round play at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Here’s the upcoming schedule of games, which can be seen on the NHL Network (DIRECTV – Channel 215; DISH Network – Channel 157; and Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)…

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)

On TV: All medal-round games on NHL Network
Quarterfinals – Thursday
United States (3-1-0) vs. Russia (2-2-0), 6 a.m.
Czech Republic (2-2-0) vs. Finland (2-1-1), 8:30 a.m.
Canada (3-0-1) vs. Switzerland (2-2-0), 11 a.m.
Sweden (4-0-0) vs. Slovakia (1-3-0), 1:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday
Canada-Switzerland winner vs. Czech Republic-Finland winner, 9 a.m.
U.S.-Russia winner vs. Sweden-Slovakia winner, 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game, 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game, 1 p.m.

Andre Burakovsky

Andre Burakovsky
Games: 4
Goals: 3
Assists: 2
Points: 5

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Oscar Dansk

Oscar Dansk
Games: 3
Record: 3-0-0
GAA: 2.33
Save pct.: .910

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Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid
Games: 4
Goals: 1
Assists: 3
Points: 4

________________________________________

Adam Pelech

Adam Pelech
Games: 4
Assists: 0
Points: 0
Plus-minus: 0

Posted: December 31st, 2013

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters center Connor McDavid picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the IIHF World Junior Championship.
He scored the go-ahead goal 3 minutes, 54 seconds into the third period in Canada’s 3-2 win against the United States today that clinched first place in Group A. Canada (3-0-1) will face Switzerland (2-2-0) Group B’s fourth-place team, in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m. The U.S. (3-1-0) finishes second in Group A and faces Russia (2-2-0), Group B’s third-place team, on Thursday at 6 a.m.
The other quarterfinals feature Sweden (4-0-0), led by Otters teammates Oscar Dansk and Andre Burakovsky, facing Slovakia (1-3-0) at 1:30 p.m., and Czech Republic (2-2-0) facing Finland (2-1-1) at 8:30 a.m.
NHL Network will televise all four games, as well as the semifinals on Saturday and the gold-medal and bronze-medal games on Sunday.
McDavid’s goal snapped a 1-1 tie. Curtis Lazar‘s goal gave Canada a 3-1 lead less than three minutes later. Stefan Matteau scored for the U.S. with 2:45 left. But Canada held on for their second straight comeback win. Canada rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Monday.
McDavid has one goal and three assists in four games. Otters defenseman Adam Pelech has no points and an even rating for Canada.

Posted: December 31st, 2013

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Oscar Dansk stopped 23-of-25 shots and Erie Otters teammate Andre Burakovsky had an assist to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 3-2 win against Russia on Tuesday that clinched first place in Group B at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Sweden (4-0-0) faces Slovakia (1-3-0), the fourth-place team in Group A, in the last of four quarterfinal games on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on NHL Network.
Burakovsky, who assisted on a goal that opened a 2-0 lead late in the first period, has three goals and five points in four games in the tournament. Dansk has a 3-0-0 record, 2.33 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in three starts.
At Sydney, Nova Scotia, Otters rookie Dylan Strome and Ontario (5-1) continue preliminary-round play at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge today at 6 p.m. against Russia (0-1-0 entering today’s game against Germany.
Check back for an update on C Connor McDavid, D Adam Pelech and Canada, who’s facing the United States today in Group A play.

Posted: December 30th, 2013

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters C Connor McDavid had the tying goal disallowed in the third period.
But Jonathan Drouin scored the equalizer with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left, and Nic Petan added the go-ahead goal with 2:46 left, in Canada’s 5-3 preliminary-round win against Slovakia at the IIHF World Junior Championship on Monday. Petan’s empty-netter with 1:20 left capped the win that improved Canada’s record to 2-0-1 heading into Tuesday’s 11:30 a.m. game against the United States (3-0-0) in a battle for first place in Group A on the final day of preliminary round play.
Canada needs to win in regulation to win the group. The game can be seen on NHL Network. Otters Fs Nick Betz and Patrick Murphy shared their thoughts and predictions on the much-anticipated matchup in this video interview.
McDavid had no points and two shots on goal in the game. He has no goals, three points and seven shots on goal in three games. Otters D Adam Pelech also was scoreless. He has no points and a plus-2 rating in the tournament.
Otters RW Andre Burakovsky and G Oscar Dansk leads Group B-leading Sweden (3-0-0) into Tuesday’s 8 a.m. game against Russia (2-1-0). Burakovsky has three goals and four point in three games. Dansk has a 2-0-0 record, 2.50 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in two games.

Posted: December 13th, 2013

London Knights (24-6-1-1) at Erie Otters (28-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Guelph (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
What to watch: Erie takes a nine-game winning streak into this matchup with the Midwest Division rival Knights, which have handed the Otters two of their four regulation losses this season in their first three meetings. … The win streak stands two shy of equaling the franchise record of 11 straight victories set earlier this season. … The Otters also put their franchise-record, 17-game winning home streak on the line. … The OHL-leading Otters (57 points) have a seven-point lead over London in the Western Conference standings. … London has won seven straight and 10 of their last 11 games following a 5-2 win against Guelph on Friday night. … The final three meetings in the six-game season series are in Erie. … Both teams are missing frontline players who are preparing for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden – G Oscar Dansk (16-3-1-0 record, 2.17 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 4 shutouts), D Adam Pelech (8 goals, 16 assists, 24 points; plus-23 rating) and RW Andre Burakovsky (23-24-47) and C Connor McDavid (12-38-50) for the Otters, Ds Tim Bender (1-2-3, +12) and Nikita Zadorov (2-4-6, +8 in 8 games) and Fs Josh Anderson (16-13-29) and Bo Horvat (16-28-44) for the Knights. … G Anthony Stolarz (20-3-1-0, 2.50, .926, 3 shutouts) should be available for the Knights. The London Free Press has reported that Stolarz leaves Sunday to attend the United States National Junior Team’s selection camp in Minneapolis. … Otters LW Dane Fox has goals and points in nine straight games (17 goals, 23 points). He can set a new franchise record for consecutive games with a goal tonight. He’s currently tied with Brad Boyes, who had goals in nine straight games from Nov. 4-25, 2000. … G Devin Williams has won 12 straight starts. … RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle) won’t play until after Christmas break.

- Victor Fernandes

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* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce-Brown*
Curtis-Strome-Murphy
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Maksimovich-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Felker-Raddysh
Genovese-Abraham*
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle), G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada)

LONDON KNIGHTS

FORWARDS
Domi-Welychka-R. Rupert*
Dvorak-Tierney-Marner
Seguin-Platzer-McCarron
Elie-MacDonald-Jamieson

DEFENSE
Bell-Austin (former Otter)
Basso-Mermis*
Defarias-Centorame

GOALTENDERS
Jake Patterson*
Anthony Stolarz

Scratches: LW Matt Rupert (final game of 15-game suspension), C Bo Horvat (World Juniors – Canada), D Tim Bender (WJC – Germany), D Nikita Zadorov (WJC – Russia), RW Josh Anderson (WJC – Canada)

Referees: Joe Park, Chris Carnegie; Linesmen: Mike Zujko, Dave Pfohl

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