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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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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 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

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

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

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 7th, 2014

Western Conference semifinals, Game 4 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch

Connor McDavid

Erie – LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points), C Connor McDavid (4-9-13), RW Connor Brown (3-9-12), C Brendan Gaunce (5-7-12), LW Andre Burakovsky (7-1-8), G Devin Williams (7-0-1 record, 1.90 goals-against average, .934 save percentage, 2 shutouts); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-3-1, 2.63, .914, 1

Matt Murray

shutout), D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7, minus-1 rating), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-4-6), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: The Otters hold a 3-0 series lead for the third time in franchise history. They won the first three games against Windsor and Barrie in the Western finals and league finals, respectively, in 2002. They lost Game 4 on the road both times before winning Game 5 to close out each series. … Williams is one of only five goaltenders in Otters’ history with a playoff shutout. He’s the only one with two. … The Greyhounds have been shut out four times all season. The Otters won three of those games. … Otters F Jake Evans recorded his first OHL playoff point with an assist in the Game 3 win.
Outlook: The Otters have plenty of motivation to close this series tonight – reach the conference finals for the first time since 2002, and avoid a second 1,200-mile round trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie
Otters lead series 3-0

Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie 1
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Erie 2, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 4 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 8th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch and forwards Connor McDavid and Brendan Gaunce following the Erie Otters’ 7-3 comeback win over Kitchener tonight…

Kitchener Rangers (22-39-2-1) at Erie Otters (48-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Windsor (Thursday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to complete a dominant – and perfect – three-game homestand against the Midwest Division rival Rangers. They beat Plymouth and Windsor by a combined 17-3 score. … But Kitchener, who has been eliminated from OHL playoff contention, has been a tough test for the Otters this season. Erie has a 3-2 lead in the season series, but has allowed six goals in three of those games, including a 9-6 home win Nov. 19. However, the Otters have shut out the Rangers twice. … The third-place Otters have pulled within three points of front-running Guelph in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Fourth-place London is one point behind the Otters in fourth. … The Otters set a new franchise single-season record for goals scored in the 6-1 win against the Spitfires on Friday. They enter tonight’s game at 284 goals. … The Otters also can set a new franchise mark for the fewest goals allowed in a season. They stand at 160 goals against. The 2000-01 club holds the mark of 171. … LW Dane Fox (60 goals, 39 assists, 99 points) needs one point to join RW Connor Brown (43-78-121) as the only Otters to reach 100 points in a season. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) rejoined the lineup Friday. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … The Rangers are ninth in the Western Conference. … RW Nick Magyar (17-24-41) is one of the league’s top rookies.

Posted: February 26th, 2014

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Burakovsky-McDavid-Brown
Fox-Strome-Curtis
Wood-Gaunce-Wigle*
Genovese-Murphy-Betz#

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
Dermott-Donnay
MacDermid-Abraham*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: C Jake Evans (sprained knee), C Kyle Pettit (upper body), D Justin Felker (healthy)

LONDON KNIGHTS

FORWARDS
Domi-Tierney-Anderson
Smith-Welychka-McCarron
M. Rupert-Horvat-R. Rupert*
MacDonald-Marner-Yakimovich

DEFENSE
Bender-Basso
Bell-Austin (former Otter)
Mermis-Zadorov*

GOALTENDERS
Jake Patterson*
Justin Tugwell

Scratches: G Anthony Stolarz (leg), LW Christian Dvorak, LW Tait Seguin, D Aiden Jamieson

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA

_______________________________________________________________________________

London Knights (42-12-1-4) at Erie Otters (44-13-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sarnia (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), at Saginaw (Saturday, 7:11 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after losing three of four games on their last road trip to face London in a game that will impact the race for home-ice advantage in the OHL playoffs. The third-place Otters have 90 points, one ahead of the fourth-place Knights, with nine regular-season games left apiece. … Erie remains five points behind No. 1 Guelph for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason. The Storm are off tonight before playing in North Bay on Thursday. … The Otters won three of the first five meetings in the six-game season series, including a 4-3 win in a shootout Dec. 14 and 7-2 win Feb. 8. … The Otters can tie the franchise’s single-season mark of 45 wins held by the 2000-01 club. … They also can set a new mark with their 27th home win, which would break a tie with the 2000-01 club. … The Otters are third in the league with 256 goals scored, behind only the Storm (295) and Knights (272). But the Otters have scored three goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games. … F

Jake Evans

Jake Evans (sprained knee) resumed skating Tuesday, a week earlier than originally expected. He could resume playing next week. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) could miss the rest of the regular season, although club officials hope he can play in the final game or two. … LW Dane Fox (56 goals, 37 assists, 93 points) has no goals and two points in his past four games. The league’s goal-scoring leader has four goals in his past 15 games. Fox and fellow Fs Nick Betz, Quentin Maksimovich and Patrick Murphy were scratched from Monday’s game in Sudbury for breaking unspecified team rules. … RW Connor Brown (41-72-113) has recorded points in 50-of-59 games. … RW Andre Burakovsky (32-36-68) snapped a five-game, goal-scoring drought in a 3-2 win at Sudbury on Monday. He has two goals and four points in nine games this month. … G Oscar Dansk (24-9-1-0 record, 2.35 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 6 shutouts) snapped a personal three-game losing streak with 22 saves on 24 shots against the Wolves. … London has won seven straight games since that lopsided loss in Erie earlier this month. … LW Max Domi (30-53-83) and C Chris Tierney (35-44-79) lead the Knights and rank among the top 15 in the league. … G Anthony Stolarz (21-4-1-1, 2.58, .925, 3 SHO) remains sidelined by a leg injury suffered a month ago. … The Otters (30.9 percent) and Knights (27.3 percent) are first and third in the league, respectively, on the power play.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 19th, 2014

Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at North Bay Battalion (30-21-4-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: North Bay Memorial Gardens – North Bay, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sudbury (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Kitchener on Monday. … The Otters are 17-9-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost two straight since winning six in a row. … The Otters play in North Bay for the first time since beating the Centennials 3-0 on Nov. 3, 2001. The Battalion moved from Brampton, Ontario, this season to become North Bay’s first club since the Centennials moved to Saginaw, Mich., after the 2001-02 season and was renamed the Spirit. … The Otters beat the Battalion 8-4 in their home opener Oct. 5. … Fs Jake Evans (lower body) and Kyle Pettit (upper body) didn’t travel with the team for this trip. Both underwent magnetic resonance imaging exams earlier this week, but club officials hadn’t learned results as of Wednesday. … The Otters are third in the OHL’s Western Conference, three points behind front-running Guelph and three ahead of fourth-place London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 12 games left, while the Knights have 11 left. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club.

Connor Brown

… RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 71 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 111 points) has points in 11 straight games (nine goals, 19 points) and 19 of his last 21 games overall. He has the longest active point streak in the league. … D Spencer

Spencer Abraham

Abraham
(5-26-31) has tied a career high in points set as a rookie with the Battalion in the 2010-11 season. He played two-plus seasons in Brampton from 2010-12. … The Battalion are tied for third with Kingston in the Eastern Conference and five points ahead of fifth-place Barrie, but they have played two more games than both teams. … The Battalion’s number to clinch a playoff spot stands at three points. … They are 16-8-1-2 at home this season. … Once again, the Battalion are playing stingy defense under 15th-year director of operations and head coach Stan Butler. They rank fifth with 167 goals against. … RW Barclay Goodrow (28-24-52) leads the team in scoring. No other player has more than 39 points. … Gs Jake Smith (19-11-3-1 record, 2.71 goals-against average, .898 save percentage, 2 shutouts) and Brendan O’Neill (10-10-1-1, 3.12, .885) have split time in net.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Posted: February 18th, 2014

Jake Evans

Here’s what I know about the status of injured Erie Otters Fs Jake Evans (lower body) and Kyle Pettit (upper body).
Evans underwent a MRI earlier today, but head coach Kris Knoblauch had not learned the results as of the start of today’s practice at Erie Insurance Arena. Pettit was examined earlier today, and will undergo a MRI on Wednesday. They won’t travel with the team for this weekend’s road trip to North Bay, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.
Here’s what I think I know…Pettit may be dealing with a shoulder injury. I didn’t see how was he was hurt early in Saturday’s game against NIagara. But I’ve been told that it appeared Pettit crashed shoulder first into the boards. Head coach Kris Knoblauch didn’t disclose too much, but he did say Pettit will be out “awhile.” Shoulder injuries can be troublesome for hockey players. Just ask RW Joel Wigle, who missed most of the offseason following surgeries on both shoulders, and then sat out two months with a fractured clavicle.
Meanwhile, Evans was tangled up with a defender during Monday’s game in Kitchener. That makes me wonder if it’s the same knee he injured during training camp (although Knoblauch said it wasn’t). Evans crashed awkwardly into the boards after getting tangled up with another player in August.
Neither player was made available to the media today. I hope to have an update on both players before the team leaves for North Bay on Wednesday.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 17th, 2014

The Erie Otters may have lost more than a game today in Kitchener. From what I’ve been told, F Jake Evans appeared to suffer an apparent leg injury in the loss. He left the game in the third period and didn’t return.
The Otters already are without C Kyle Pettit, who suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against Niagara. Patrick Murphy took Pettit’s place against the Rangers.
That’s two valuable role players knocked out of the lineup in a span of two games. Now we just have to learn the severity of these injuries, and how long they will be sidelined.
I’ll post an update on their respective conditions from Tuesday’s practice both here and on Twitter.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 4th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), TBD

OWEN SOUND ATTACK

FORWARDS
Hargrave-Cook-Gabriel*
Smith-Nastasiuk-Milne
Gabor-Gilligan-Brack
Heeps-Szypula-Annecchiarico

DEFENSE
Sharipzyanov-Rose
MacDermid-Schemitsch*
MacArthur-Walters

GOALTENDERS
Brandon Hope
Jack Flinn*

Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)

Referees: Sean Pindar, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Posted: December 31st, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPSw
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Murphy-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Marcantuoni-Bailey*
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar
Kohn-Meighan-Robinson
Cascagnette-Soper-Davies

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora*
Iafrate-Schmidt
Blaisdell-DiPerna

GOALTENDERS
Jordan DeKort*
Matthew Greenfield

Scratches: RW Scott Teskey, Paxton Leroux, Radek Faksa (World Juniors – Czech Republic)

Referees: Pat Myers, Brent Coloumbe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ray King

OTTERS WATCH
Kitchener Rangers (13-21-0-1) at Erie Otters (29-7-1-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to end their first losing streak of the season – three games – against a Rangers club that gave them trouble in their last two meetings. The Otters allowed 12 goals – nearly four goals above their season average of 2.5 per outing – in splitting those two games – a 9-6 home win Nov. 19 and a 6-2 loss in Kitchener this past Saturday. … The Otters lead the Western Conference by four points over third-place Guelph. West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie is five points back in second. … The Otters are a franchise-record 18-0-0-0 at home, which stands two wins shy of equaling the second-longest home streak in OHL history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … LW Dane Fox has no points in the last three games. He still leads the league with 41 goals and trails only linemate Connor Brown 71-67 in the race for the scoring title. … G Devin Williams has followed a career-best, 13-game winning streak with three straight losses. … D Jesse Saban and C Trent Fox have joined fellow 2013 draft pick Cole Mayo, a defenseman, in Erie. But there are no current plans for them to dress for games. … The Rangers are last in the West, but they are only three points behind eighth-place Plymouth in the three-team battle for the conference’s final playoff spot. … The Rangers are without leading scorer Radek Faksa (14 goals., 25 points), who’s playing for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … They have three promising young players in RWs Nick Magyar (10-15-25), Justin Bailey (14-11-25) and Darby Llewellyn (19-5-24).

- Victor Fernandes

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