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Posted: November 27th, 2012

Erie Otters RW Johnny McGuire‘s open-ice hit on Kitchener rookie RW Darby Llewellyn in Saturday night’s game has prompted an automatic review from OHL officials, league Vice President Ted Baker said Tuesday.
Baker said the league expects to make at least a preliminary ruling before the Otters’ 7 p.m. game Wednesday against Plymouth at Erie Insurance Arena. Baker didn’t rule out issuing an indefinite suspension if the review process isn’t complete in time for the game.
The league was awaiting video from the Otters of McGuire’s first-period hit, which led to a 5-minute charging penalty and game misconduct and reportedly left Llewellyn with a concussion. The game wasn’t available on the OHL Action Pak, the league’s broadcast television package.
League officials have reviewed the referees’ report from the game. Baker said the report remains confidential as the review process continues. Baker simply said the referees determined McGuire’s hit warranted the penalties he received during the game.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 6th, 2012

The shootout already had ventured into the ninth round. Yet Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk wanted it to last longer.
After eight failed attempts, Dansk hoped to give his teammates another chance against London Saturday night at Erie Insurance Arena. But Knights rookie Kyle Platzer scored the only goal of the nine-round marathon to hand the Otters a 4-3 loss in front of 2,667 fans.
The Otters (2-3-1-1) settled for one point and three out of four during their two-game weekend homestand. Meanwhile, the Knights (4-2-0-0) earned their second straight win despite squandering a two-goal, second-period lead. Dansk finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in regulation and overtime before his stellar effort in the shootout. His counterpart, Kevin Bailie, had 26 saves on 29 shots through 65 minutes of action and several more quality saves in the shootout.
No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Stephen Harper scored for the Otters. Brown added an assist for a two-point outing.
Seth Griffith and Bo Horvat had a goal and assist apiece for the Knights, while Max Domi added a goal.
McDavid continued his impressive start to his rookie season by scoring 1 minute, 55 seconds into the opening period – his third goal in two nights and fourth goal in seven games. He slid past the Knights’ defense and slipped a shot past Bailie to hand the Otters a 1-0 lead. But that lead didn’t last long, as Domi tied the score at 1 at the 6:23 mark with his fourth goal of the season.
Domi escaped a crowd of defenders behind the Otters’ net and squeezed a shot between the right post and Dansk’s left pad. Then Griffith, who burned the Otters for three goals in an 8-2 Knights’ win in London Sept. 21, scored his seventh goal in six games to snap the 1-1 tie with 8:28 left in the period. Griffth tied Oshawa’s Boone Jenner for the OHL lead in goals.
The Otters dominated at the start of the second. They held the Knights without a shot on goal for nearly eight minutes. Meanwhile, the Otters’ offense generated several quality scoring opportunities. Yet while Bailie stymied the Otters, including key saves in close on Johnny McGuire and Luke Cairns, Bo Horvat scored on the Knights’ first shot of the period to build a 3-1 lead at the 7:56 mark.
But the Otters converted their first power play of the game, as Brown turned a fortunate bounce off a defender in front of the net into his fourth goal of the season. His rebound to Bailie’s left with 2:48 left in the period sent the Otters into the third trailing 3-2.
Then the Otters capitalized on their second power play of the game 9:27 into the third to complete the comeback. After Nick Betz stole the puck from a Knights defender, linemate Jake Evans found Harper in front for his fourth goal of the season.
Harper appeared to give the Otters a 4-3 lead on a power play late in regulation. But the officials whistled the play dead for offsides, a call Harper disagreed with but Otters coach Robbie Ftorek defended. Scott Harrington nearly sealed the Knights’ win in overtime, but his shot from the point glanced off the post and into the ground. Then the Otters killed off a power play in the final 1:32 of the extra period, sending the game into the shootout. But the Otters couldn’t beat Bailie, while Platzer slipped a shot through Dansk’s pads
* News and notes: Head coach Dan Bylsma and former forward Bill Guerin headlined a group of Pittsburgh Penguins officials at the game. Knights defensemen Harrington and Olli Maatta are Penguins prospects. … Scott Howson, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ executive vice president of hockey operations and general manager, attended both games this weekend to watch Dansk, the NHL club’s second-round draft pick this past June. … The Otters scratched Anthony Cortellessa (flu) and Dane Fox (broken foot). Liam Maaskant, Justin Felker and Mitch Eisenberg were healthy scratches. Maaskant and Eisenberg haven’t dressed for a game this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 5th, 2012

The renovations at Erie Insurance Arena aren’t finished yet. But the Erie Otters already feel at home.
Connor McDavid scored twice, and Oscar Dansk made 34 saves, in their home debut to lead the Otters to a 5-1 win in front of a home-opening crowd of 3,474 fans Friday night. Stephen Harper had a goal and assist, while Connor Brown and J.P. Labardo added two assists apiece.
The Otters (2-3-1-0) snapped a two-game losing streak. Brampton fell to 2-3-0-1.
The Otters were excited to finally play at home after spending the first five games on the road. Then in a heartwarming and emotional pregame ceremony, the club honored Anna Ftorek, the youngest daughter of Robbie Ftorek and Wendy Ftorek who died July 21 at the age of 23, by unveiling a banner in her memory and dedicating the season to her. The players also exchanged hugs with the Ftorek family.
The Otters used that spark to gain momentum early, and then took a 1-0 lead on a goal from an unlikely source – Johnny McGuire. The physical winger scored his first goal of the season – and his fourth in 64 career OHL games – 8:48 into the opening period.
The Otters’ offense sputtered after that. The defense, which allowed 40 or more shots in every game of last weekend’s three-game trip to Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa, surrendered 13 shots on goal in the period to a Battalion club averaging two goals per game.
Yet rookie goaltender Dansk stopped them all. He stood strong in the second perod as well with 14 more saves. Meanwhile, No. 1 pick McDavid scored in his home debut – his second goal and seventh point of the season – to hand the Otters a 2-0 lead at the 6:06 mark. The rookie center redirected Brown’s cross-ice pass past goaltender Jake Smith before barreling into the net.
Brampton began the third on the power play, as Brown took a holding penalty as time expired in the second. But the Otters capitalized instead, with Luke Cairns scoring short-handed from in close on an assist from J.P. Labardo 10 seconds into the period.
Blake Clarke‘s wrist shot from in front – his second goal of the season – ended Dansk’s bid for his first OHL shutout 7:30 into the third period. But the Otters responded with 4:51 left, as Harper slipped past the Battalion’s normally staunch defense for his third goal of the season and a 4-1 Otters’ lead. Harper tied Brown for the team lead in goals. McDavid tied them in goals two minutes later.
McDavid posted his first career two-goal game, on assists from Brown and Labardo, to open a four-goal advantage at 5-1.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 31st, 2012

The Erie Otters cut 5 more players from training camp today, leaving the roster at 28 heading into tonight’s preseason opener against Niagara at Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster, Ontario.
The latest cuts included 2011 draft picks Sean Darroch and Justin Maiolino, who had brief stints with the Otters last season, and free agents Aidan Muir, Sebastian Stangherlin and Lucas Venuto.
Here’s a list of the remaining players in camp:

Veterans: RW Nick Betz, RW Connor Brown, G Keinan Brown, C Luke Cairns, LW Anthony Cortellessa, C Connor Crisp, D Troy Donnay, C Mitch Eisenberg, C Jake Evans, C Dane Fox (injured), D Nathan Glass, LW Stephen Harper, D Liam Maaskant, LW Mac McDonnell, D Jimmy McDowell, RW Johnny McGuire, RW Sondre Olden (expected to join the team Monday), D Adam Pelech, G Devin Williams, D/LW Travis Wood

Prospects: G Oscar Dansk (signed), D Justin Felker (agreed to terms), RW Hayden Hodgson (agreed to terms), C Blake Jones, D Artem Kuleshov (unsigned, expected to join the team Monday), C Connor McDavid (signed), D Patrick Murphy (signed), C Kyle Pettit (signed)

Posted: August 25th, 2012

(subject to change)
Goaltenders (5)

Oscar Dansk – 2012 CHL Import Draft (1st round), 2012 NHL Entry Draft (Columbus, 2nd round)
Daniel DeKoning – 2012 OHL Priority Selection
Jake Ireland – 2012 OHL Priority Selection
Nate Miller – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (9th round; Millcreek Township native)
Devin Williams – Veteran

Left defense (9)
Kyle Allan – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (15th round)
Greg Allen – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (6th round)
Travis Dermott – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (9th round)
Justin Felker – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (2nd round)
Kris Grant – Veteran
Artem Kuleshov – 2012 CHL Import Draft (2nd round)
Adam Pelech – Veteran
Sebastian Stangherlin – Free-agent invite
Travis Wood – Veteran

Right defense (10)
Troy Donnay – Veteran
Nathan Glass – Veteran
Nathan Kohler – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (14th round)
Liam Maaskant – Veteran
Jimmy McDowell – Veteran
Patrick Murphy – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (5th round; played 9 games with Erie in 2011-12)
Darren Raddysh – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (5th round)
Riley Robertson – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (3rd round)
Troy Saunders – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (12th round)
Francesco Tolfa – Free-agent invite

Centers (9)
Luke Cairns – Veteran
Jake Evans – Veteran
Blake Jones – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (14th round)
Justin Maiolino – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (13th round; played 2 games with Erie in 2011-12)
Connor McDavid – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (No. 1 overall)
Mac McDonnell – Veteran
Aidan Muir – Free-agent invite
Kyle Petit – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (2nd round)
Bryan Sienerth – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (13th round; Millcreek Township native)

Left wing (10)
Anthony Cortellessa – Veteran
Connor Crisp – Veteran
Jordan Dunin – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (7th round)
Mitch Eisenberg – Veteran
Nathan Feric – Free-agent invite
Dane Fox – Veteran (fractured foot; not expected to participate in camp)
Stephen Harper – Veteran
Quentin Maksimovich – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (11th round)
Lucas Venuto – Free-agent invite
Kurt Wolff – Free-agent invite

Right wing (7)
Nick Betz – Veteran
Connor Brown – Veteran, 2012 NHL Entry Draft (Toronto, 6th round)
Sean Darroch – 2011 OHL Priority Selection (8th round; played 7 games with Erie in 2011-12)
Hayden Hodgson – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (3rd round)
Thomas Lattavo – 2012 OHL Priority Selection (6th round)
Johnny McGuire – Veteran
Sondre Olden – Veteran

Posted: March 10th, 2012

Kitchener Rangers (39-22-1-1) at Erie Otters (10-47-3-3)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Up next: vs. Guelph (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.), at Guelph (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)

Fast facts: Connor Crisp will play his first game of the season at forward. Crisp, who had been out since undergoing shoulder surgery in September, made his season debut as the emergency goaltender last Sunday at Niagara. … G Keinan Brown has joined the team on emergency loan from Peterborough. Brown, 19, who played three games for the Petes a season ago, had a 19-8-1-1 record, 3.47 goals-against average and .902 save percentage with Cobourg (Ontario Junior A Hockey League) this season. … Brown teams with G J.P Cesario, 18, who joined the team Wednesday on emergency loan from Owen Sound. The Otters are still without Gs Ramis Sadikov and Devin Williams, who are out with concussions. … Rookie D Travis Wood was released from a hospital late Wednesday night after tests were negative. Wood, who was injured in Wednesday’s loss to Plymouth, was set to undergo cognitive tests to determine the extent of his injury. … The Otters are assured of at least equaling the franchise record for fewest wins in a season. They trail the 2006-07 club (15 wins) by five wins with five games left. The 2006-07 team also holds the mark for most losses in regulation (50). … The Otters have clinched the No. 1 pick in the OHL Priority Selection next month. They also will have the No. 3 pick in the CHL Import Draft in June, behind the worst QMJHL and WHL clubs, respectively. … RW Connor Brown (24 goals, 26 assists, 50 points) and LW Stephen Harper (24-11-35) are tied for second with Kitchener C Radek Faksa (26-33-59) for the OHL’s rookie lead in goals. Brown ranks third in assists and second to Faksa in points among rookies. … RW Johnny McGuire begins serving a two-game suspension for his game misconduct (aggressor in a fight) Wednesday against Plymouth.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: March 8th, 2012

Niagara C Alex Friesen won’t be suspended for his collision with Erie Otters G Ramis Sadikov in Sunday’s game, OHL vice president Ted Baker confirmed today.

Sadikov suffered an apparent concussion on the play 1 minute, 45 seconds into the game, which forced Otters forward Connor Crisp to enter the game as the emergency goaltender. Friesen received a major charging penalty and game misconduct, which prompted an automatic review by the league.

Yet Baker said league officials “felt it was more a collision as opposed to a player going out of his way to hit the goaltender.” Baker pointed to Sadikov being out of the crease. Baker also said Friesen was looking back at the play as he skated to the net.

In related news, Baker has seen Internet footage of Plymouth RW Tom Wilson‘s hit that injured Otters rookie D Travis Wood in the first period Wednesday at Tullio Arena.

Baker said the play doesn’t warrant an automatic review, since Wilson wasn’t penalized. But league commissioner David Branch plans to review the same Internet footage, and league officials have requested video of the play from the Otters, because Wood was injured and taken to the hospital. If deemed necessary, Baker said league officials will review the play for possible disciplinary action.

Wood was taken off the ice wearing a neck brace and on a backboard and transported to a local hospital. Wood, whose tests were negative, is listed as day-to-day. He was released from the hospital late Wednesday night. He will undergo cognitive tests in the next few days to determine the extent of his injury.

However, the league will conduct an automatic review of Otters RW Johnny McGuire‘s game misconduct Wednesday. He was penalized for being the aggressor in a fight with Wilson seconds after the faceoff that followed Wood’s injury. Baker said the league could issue their rulings as early as later today.

- Victor Fernandes




Posted: February 9th, 2012

Erie Otters (7-38-3-2) at Saginaw Spirit (24-22-0-5)

When: Friday, 7:11 p.m.

Where: Dow Event Center

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Up next: at Windsor (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), vs. Niagara (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)

Fast facts: The Otters have scored a combined one goal in a two-game losing streak after scoring 14 goals in the previous two games, both wins. … The Otters, which have allowed an OHL-worst 237 goals, have surrendered three goals or fewer in seven of their last 11 games. … The Otters are 28 points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 18 games left. Any combination of Erie losses and wins by eighth-place Guelph or Sault Ste. Marie totaling nine points would eliminate the Otters. … LW Stephen Harper (17 goals, 5 assists, 22 points) leads all players from the 2011 OHL draft class with 17 goals. He’s tied for third among all rookies in goals and among the top 20 in points. … RW Connor Brown (18-17-35) ranks second among rookies in goals, third in points and fifth in assists. … RW Johnny McGuire is expected to serve a one-game suspension for a game misconduct Wednesday against Owen Sound. He fought LW Daniel Zweep at the start of the first period. … LW Anthony Cortellessa (sore back muscle) rejoined the lineup Wednesday after missing both of last weekend’s games. … The Otters have lost five straight overtime or shootout games after posting wins against Kitchener (4-3 in OT) and Guelph (3-2 in SO) on consecutive nights Oct. 28-29. … Saginaw has won three straight and earned points in nine of 10 games (7-1-0-2) to move into sixth in the West standings. The Spirit are three points behind fourth-place Sarnia. … The Spirit are 23-14-0-5 since starting the season 1-8. … The Spirit are sixth in the OHL with 185 goals scored, but are in the bottom five with 205 goals against. Yet they posted their first shutout win of the season in a 3-0 victory against the Otters last Saturday. … C Vincent Trocheck, a Pittsburgh native, is tied for fourth in the league with 40 assists and tied for seventh with 65 points. … LW Josh Shalla ranks among the top 15 in goals (26). … The broadcast of Saturday’s game at Windsor can be heard on a tape-delayed basis after the Erie BayHawks game.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: February 7th, 2012

Owen Sound Attack (23-21-3-4) at Erie Otters (7-38-3-1)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Up next: at Saginaw (Friday, 7:11 p.m.), at Windsor (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.)

Fast facts: The Otters fell short of their first three-game winning streak of the season in a 3-0 home loss to Saginaw on Saturday. … The Otters have been shut out four times this season. But they scored 14 goals in the two games before the loss to the Spirit. … The Otters, which have allowed an OHL-worst 235 goals, have surrendered three goals or fewer in six of their last 10 games. … The Otters are 29 points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 18 games left. Any combination of Erie losses and wins by Guelph or Sault Ste. Marie totaling eight points would eliminate the Otters from contention. … RW Connor Brown (18 goals, 35 points in 49 games) ranks second among OHL rookies in goals and third in points. … LW Stephen Harper (16-5-21) is tied for third on the rookie goal-scoring list and among the top 20 in points. … C Dane Fox (20-23-43 in 45 games) has points in seven of 11 games since being acquired from London last month. He has seven goals and 11 points in 11 games overall. … RW Johnny McGuire (hand) and D/RW Tyler McCarthy (ill) rejoined the lineup last weekend after missing eight and six games, respectively. … LW Anthony Cortellessa (sore back muscle) missed both of last weekend’s games. … The Attack are tied with Saginaw for fifth in the West, six points ahead of eighth-place Guelph and Sault Ste. Marie. … They have won four straight against the Otters since a 7-5 loss in the series opener Oct. 7. … LW Mike Halmo (33-33-66 in 51 games) ranks third in the league in goals. He has nearly matched his combined total from the previous three seasons (36 goals in 181 games). … C Gemel Smith (20-25-45) ranks among the top 20 North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list. … C Jarrod Maidens (12-11-23 in 28 games) hasn’t played since Nov. 30 reportedly because of concussion-like symptoms. He is ranked 21st among North American skaters.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: February 2nd, 2012

Brampton Battalion (27-13-3-6) at Erie Otters (6-37-3-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Up next: vs. Saginaw (Saturday, 7 p.m.), vs. Owen Sound (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)

Fast facts: The Otters snapped a 12-game winless streak, the third longest in franchise history, in a 7-4 win at Sudbury last Saturday. They also snapped an 11-game winless skid on the road that night. … The Otters have lost four straight at home, but the last three were by two goals or fewer. They lost by a goal in their last two home games (3-2 vs. Niagara Jan. 20 and 2-1 in overtime to Peterborough Jan. 21). … The Otters, which have allowed an OHL-worst 228 goals, surrendered three goals or fewer in five of their last eight games. … The league’s worst offense (111 goals) tied a season high last Saturday with seven goals. The Otters also scored seven in a 7-5 home win against Owen Sound Oct. 7. … RW Johnny McGuire (hand) was held out of last weekend’s games despite making the trip, while D Jimmy McDowell (ill) missed the Sudbury game. Both are expected to play this weekend. … D/RW Tyler McCarthy (ill) returned to practice this week. He has missed the past six games. … The Battalion have used the league’s stingiest defense (125 goals against) to move within percentage points of first-place Niagara in the Central Division and within four points of Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa. … They have scored the fifth fewest goals in the league (147). … G Matej Machovsky ranks among the top five in goals-against average (2.21) and shutouts (5). He also ranks sixth in wins (18) and is tied for 12th in save percentage (.910). … Rookie G Keegan Wilson has a 9-4-3-2 record, 2.56 GAA, .904 save percentage and one shutout. … The Battalion (6 shutouts) trail only Niagara (8) on the league’s list. … Jason Ward, the Battalion’s first-year assistant coach and a former NHL player, played for the Otters from 1996-98.

- Victor Fernandes


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