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Posted: February 17th, 2014

Erie Otters (43-10-2-0) at Kitchener Rangers (20-32-2-1)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium – Kitchener, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at North Bay (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Sudbury (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a four-game road trip with a matchup with the Midwest Division rival Rangers. Erie plays six of the next seven games on the road. … The Otters can move back atop the OHL’s overall standings with a win. They trail division rival Guelph by one point with 13 games left in the chase for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Otters have won three of the first four meetings in the six-game season series with the Rangers, including a split of the first two games in Kitchener. … They can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … They have won four straight and eight of their last nine games. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 70 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 110 points) has points in 10 straight games (nine goals, 18 points) and 18 of his last 20 overall. He has the longest active

Oscar Dansk

point streak in the league. … Oscar Dansk (23-6-1-0 record) and Devin Williams (20-4-1-0) are the first goaltending duo in Otters’ history with 20 wins apiece in the same season. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) has no timetable set for his return to the ice. He left Saturday’s game early after colliding awkwardly into the boards. … As of Sunday, club officials hadn’t heard from the league on whether RW Joel Wigle will be suspended for a game misconduct Saturday. Wigle was given a five-minute penalty for a check to the head of Niagara D Aleksandar Mikulovich. Wigle said he hit Mikulovich on the upper chest.

Joel Wigle

He said that Mikulovich’s arm struck him across the head while protecting himself. … The Rangers are ninth in the Western Conference, five points behind Plymouth for the eighth and final playoff spot. … They are 3-0-1-0 in their last four games. … They rank near the bottom of the league with 163 goals scored and 220 goals against. … RW Justin Bailey, a Buffalo native and Sabres prospect, leads the team with 25 goals and 43 points in 54 games. … RW Nick Magyar ranks fourth among all rookies with 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 31st, 2013

* denotes starters

Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson


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)




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

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, (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

Posted: January 25th, 2013

KITCHENER, Ontario – The Erie Otters’ postseason hopes continued to slip away Friday night.
Kitchener’s three-goal second period sent the Otters to a 5-1 loss in front of 7,294 fans at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Meanwhile, Saginaw and Windsor won Friday, leaving the Otters 13 points behind the eighth-place Spirit and nine behind No. 9 Windsor in the race for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot heading into today’s 7 p.m. rematch with the Rangers at Erie Insurance Arena.
The Otters (15-25-3-5), which have 20 games left in the regular season, have lost three straight games and six of their last seven. In the latest defeat, the Otters played the Rangers (27-14-1-5) to a scoreless tie. But rookie Justin Bailey‘s goal 46 seconds into the second period, and Tobias Rieder‘s goal 1 minute, 5 seconds later, sparked Kitchener’s run to a 3-0 lead. Ryan Murphy also scored midway through the period.
The Otters hoped to mount a comeback following J.P. Labardo‘s 16th goal of the season 3:02 into the third period. But Matia Marcantuoni scored at the 7:05 mark to regain the Rangers’ three-goal lead. Derek Schoenmakers capped the scoring with 2:29 left.
Devin Williams stopped 41-of-46 shots in a losing effort for the Otters, while Joel Vienneau made 31 saves on 32 shots for the Rangers.
Luke Cairns had an assist for the Otters. Murphy led Kitchener with a goal and two assists, while Ben Thomson had two assists. Otters defenseman Adam Pelech was given an indefinite suspension for his knee-on-knee hit against Saginaw’s Zach Bratina Wednesday. The league hasn’t issued an official ruling.