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Posted: March 17th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Game 1 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at North Bay, 2 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

Posted: September 18th, 2013

REGULAR SEASON
x-denotes conference champion; * denotes playoff teams; y-denotes overall regular-season champion

Eastern Conference
East Division

1. Kingston*
2. Belleville*
3. Oshawa*
4. Peterborough
5. Ottawa
Central Division
1. x-Barrie*
2. North Bay*
3. Sudbury*
4. Mississauga*
5. Niagara*

Western Conference
Midwest Division

1. xy-London*
2. Guelph*
3. Erie*
4. Owen Sound*
5. Kitchener
West Division
1. Saginaw*
2. Plymouth*
3. Sault Ste. Marie*
4. Windsor*
5. Sarnia

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals

No. 1 Barrie def. No. 8 Niagara, 4-1
No. 2 Kingston def. No. 7 Oshawa, 4-1
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 6 Mississauga, 4-2
No. 4 Sudbury def. No. 5 Belleville, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 1 Barrie def. No. 4 Sudbury, 4-1
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 2 Kingston, 4-3
Finals
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 1 Barrie, 4-2

Western Conference
Quarterfinals

No. 1 London def. No. 8 Windsor, 4-0
No. 7 Sault Ste. Marie def. No. 2 Saginaw, 4-2
No. 3 Guelph def. No. 6 Plymouth, 4-2
No. 4 Erie def. No. 5 Owen Sound, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 1 London def. No. 7 Sault Ste. Marie, 4-1
No. 3 Guelph def. No. 4 Erie, 4-3
Finals
No. 1 London def. No. 2 Guelph, 4-2

League finals
No. 1 London def. No. 3 North Bay, 4-2

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

The Erie Otters made a deal for a defenseman. They traded two veteran performers to make it happen.
The Otters acquired defenseman Cory Genovese and two draft picks from Sudbury on Tuesday in exchange for forward Connor Crisp and defenseman Jimmy McDowell. The Otters also received Kingston’s third-round pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and Oshawa’s fourth-round pick in 2016.
“We like what he brings to the ice,” said Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager in a statement. “We gave up some significant players to get him, and that goes to show how much we believe in him.” Genovese, 18, a 6-foot 2-inch, 203-pounder from Hespeler, Ontario, had six points, a plus-8 rating and 87 penalty minutes in 62 games for Sudbury and Kitchener a season ago. He had 11 points, a plus-8 raring and 175 penalty minutes in 118 career OHL games.
“He’s a defensive defenseman and that’s what we needed,” coach Kris Knoblauch said in a statement. “We have a few young guys back there, and he can be a leader for them.” Crisp, 19, set career highs with 22 goals, 36 points and 139 penalty minutes in 63 games last season. He has 27 goals, 42 points and 188 penalty minutes in 117 games the past three seasons. McDowell set career highs with 14 goals and 33 points in 67 games last season. He had 15 goals, 42 points and a minus-52 rating in 92 games with the Otters.

Posted: June 27th, 2013

Erie Otters’ 2013-14 home schedule
October
5 – North Bay (formerly Brampton), 7 p.m. (Saturday)
9 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
12 – Saginaw, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
18 – Belleville, 7 p.m. (Friday)
19 – Ottawa, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
23 – Plymouth, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
26 – Peterborough, 7 p.m. Saturday)
November
8 – Oshawa, 7 p.m. (Friday)
9 – Sarnia, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
11 – Niagara, 2 p.m. (Monday)
15 – Sault Ste. Marie, 7 p.m. (Friday)
16 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
19 – Kitchener, 11 a.m. (Tuesday)
23 – Sudbury, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
28 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Thursday – Thanksgiving Night)
30 – Mississauga, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
December
11 – Mississauga, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
14 – London, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
31 – Kitchener, 6 p.m. (Tuesday – New Year’s Eve)
January
3 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Friday)
4 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
12 – Windsor, 2 p.m. (Sunday)
17 – Kingston, 7 p.m. (Friday)
18 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
24 – Niagara, 7 p.m. (Friday)
February
6 – Saginaw, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
8 – London, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
14 – Barrie, 7 p.m. (Friday)
15 – Niagara, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
26 – London, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
March
5 – Plymouth, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
7 – Windsor, 7 p.m. (Friday)
8 – Kitchener, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
15 – Sarnia, 7 p.m. (Saturday)

Posted: April 17th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid will play for his native Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 team at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which runs from Thursday through April 28 in Sochi, Russia. McDavid, 16, the OHL’s rookie of the year who had 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games this season, will be joined by 10 other OHL players on the 23-player roster – goaltender Spencer Martin (Mississauga), defensemen Chris Bigras (Owen Sound) and Roland McKeown (Kingston) and forwards Nick Baptiste (Sudbury), Sam Bennett (Kingston), Jason Dickinson (Guelph), Hunter Garlent (Guelph), Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound), Nick Ritchie (Peterborough) and Carter Verhaege (Niagara).
Canada begins the tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. against Slovakia, followed by games against Germany (Saturday at 4 a.m.), Switzerland (Monday at 4 a.m.) and Sweden (Tuesday at 4 a.m.). Medal-round play begins April 25 and is capped by the gold-medal and bronze-medal games April 28.

Posted: March 21st, 2013

Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the OHL playoffs:

Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals

No. 1 Belleville def. No. 8 Mississauga, 4-1
No. 2 Barrie def. No. 7 Kingston, 4-0
No. 6 Niagara def. No. 3 Oshawa, 4-2
No. 4 Brampton def. No. 5 Sudbury, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 6 Niagara, 4-2
No. 2 Barrie def. No. 4 Brampton, 4-1
Finals
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 2 Barrie, 4-3

Western Conference
Quarterfinals

No. 1 London def. No. 8 Saginaw, 4-0
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 7 Sarnia, 4-1
No. 3 Owen Sound def. No. 6 Sault Ste. Marie, 4-1
No. 5 Guelph def. No. 4 Kitchener, 4-3
Semifinals
No. 1 London def. No. 5 Guelph, 4-1
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 3 Owen Sound, 4-2
Finals
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 1 London, 4-3

League finals
No. 1W Plymouth def. No. 1E Belleville, 4-2

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: May 2nd, 2012

London, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Michael Houser of the London Knights is the 2011-12 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league.

Houser played an incredible 62 games between the pipes for the first place Knights backstopping the club to their fifth Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the OHL’s top regular season team. Also named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year, Houser posted a record of 46-15-0-1 tying the OHL single season record for most wins by a goaltender set by Andrew Engelage of the OHL Champion Windsor Spitfires in 2009.

“It’s a huge honour,” said Houser. “There are a lot of great players in the league, especially this year, and it is nice to be recognized. It’s an award that I couldn’t have won without the teammates in front of me. They play hard every night and they make my job a lot easier. A lot of thanks go out to them.”

Houser is just the fifth goaltender to receive the prestigious Red Tilson Trophy following Andrew Raycroft (Kingston 2000), Bill Harrington (Kitchener 1952), Glenn Hall (Windsor 1951), and Gil Mayer (Barrie 1949). He is also the fifth member of the Knights to win the award following Corey Perry in 2005, Jason Allison in 1994, Dave Simpson in 1982, and Dennis Maruk in 1975. The 19-year-old native of Wexford, PA, is also just the third American-born player to win the award following David Legwand (Plymouth 1998), and Pat Peake (Detroit 1993).

“We’re honoured to have had Michael on our team once again this season,” said Knights General Manager and Head Coach Mark Hunter. “He’s a leader both on and off the ice and is definitely one of our hardest workers setting an example for the rest of the team. Houser is one of the biggest reasons we finished first overall and have made it all the way to the Rogers OHL Championship Series and we’re pleased to see him receive the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year.”

Undrafted into the OHL, Houser joined the Knights prior to the 2009-10 season and has already played in 141 regular season contests. His 62 games played led all OHL goaltenders this season while his 1862 saves was also the league’s top mark. He finished second with six shutout victories while his goals-against-average of 2.47 was third-best in the league, and his save percentage of .925 ranked fourth overall.

In this year’s Western Conference Coaches Poll, he appeared in three categories and was considered the Best Shootout Goalie, the second Hardest Worker, and the third Best Puckhandling goalie. This season Houser stopped at least 30 shots in 36 different games including six games with 40 or more saves.

The Red Tilson Trophy is the most prestigious individual award presented by the Ontario Hockey League. Accredited media were asked to select their top three choices from the 20 nominees representing all 20 member clubs. Players received five points for a first place selection, three points for second place and one point for a third place selection.

In the 80 ballots collected, Houser received 182 points in the voting process and was listed as the number one selection on 30 of the submitted ballots. OHL Top Scorer Michael Sgarbossa of the Sudbury Wolves finished in second place with 164 voting points, ahead of Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s who received 106 voting points, and Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs who received 104 voting points.

The trophy is named in honour of Albert “Red” Tilson, who was killed in action in Europe during World War II. Tilson was the OHA scoring champion for the 1942-43 season after scoring 19 goals and 38 assists for 57 points in 22 games with the Oshawa Generals.

Other winners of the Red Tilson Trophy include Frank Mahovlich (Toronto 1957), Mike Foligno (Sudbury, 1979), Doug Gilmour (Cornwall 1983), Eric Lindros (Oshawa 1991), Brian Campbell (Ottawa 1999), Brad Boyes (Erie 2001 & 2002), Corey Locke (Ottawa 2003 & 2004), John Tavares (Oshawa 2007), Cody Hodgson (Brampton 2009), Tyler Seguin (Plymouth 2010), and Ryan Ellis (Windsor 2011).

Houser will be the OHL’s nominee for the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year Award presented at the CHL Awards Ceremony during the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan.

- From OHL news release

Posted: April 18th, 2012

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Michael Houser of the London Knights is the 2011-12 recipient of the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year award.

Houser posted a 46-15-0-1 record backstopping the Knights to their fifth Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the OHL’s top regular season team, and tied an OHL single season record for most wins by a goaltender. He becomes the third member of the Knights to win the award following Adam Dennis in 2006, and Steve Mason in 2007.

“I am proud to receive this award, it was a great season individually and most importantly from a team standpoint we were successful,” said Houser. “I was fortunate to have a good group of defencemen in front of me that made my job easy.”

Houser, a 19-year-old from Wexford, PA, is just the second American goaltender to win the award following Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson of Park Ridge, IL, who claimed the honour in 2001 with the Guelph Storm. This season Houser played in 62 games to lead all goaltenders, also leading the way with 1862 saves while finishing second with six shutout victories.

His goals-against-average of 2.47 was third-best in the league, and his save percentage of .925 ranked fourth overall. Houser opened the season with a shutout victory and five straight wins to claim the season’s first Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. He also recorded a season-high winning-streak of nine games from December 30 through January 22, and finished the season as the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for March. In total, Houser stopped at least 30 shots in 36 different games this season including six games with 40 or more saves.

“Michael has been a winning goaltender since he joined the team three years ago,” said Knights Goaltending Coach Bill Dark. “He has a high standard of work ethic and is a true leader of this team. Often times the more respected a goalie is among his teammates, the better the guys play in front of him, and that was certainly the case this year.”

The OHL Goaltender of the Year is awarded to the league’s most outstanding goaltender as selected by OHL General Managers. Teams were not permitted to vote for a goaltender from their own hockey club. Goaltenders received five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one point for a third place vote.

Houser received 74 points in the voting process while last year’s winner Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs finished in second place with 46 voting points. John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers finished in third place with 30 voting points.

The award was first presented in 1987-88 to Rick Tabaracci (Cornwall) with other notable winners including Andrew Raycroft (Kingston 1999-00), Ray Emery (Sault Ste. Marie 2001-02), and Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls who is the only goaltender to win the award twice in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Houser will be formally presented with the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award on Tuesday, June 5 at the OHL Awards Ceremony held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He is also the OHL’s nominee for the CHL Goaltender of the Year.

- From OHL news release

Posted: April 18th, 2012

The OHL will announce the recipient of the Goaltender of the Year award on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
The finalists are Igor Bobkov (Kingston), John Gibson (Kitchener), Michael Houser (London), Petr Mrazek (Ottawa), Mark Visentin (Niagara) and Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth).

Posted: September 22nd, 2011

Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the 2011-12 OHL season:

REGULAR SEASON

Eastern Conference

East Division

1. Oshawa

2. Ottawa

3. Peterborough

4. Kingston

5. Belleville

Central Division

1. Niagara

2. Mississauga

3. Sudbury

4. Brampton

5. Barrie

 

Western Conference

Midwest Division

1. London

2. Kitchener

3. Erie

4. Owen Sound

5. Guelph

West Division

1. Plymouth

2. Saginaw

3. Sarnia

4. Windsor

5. Sault Ste. Marie

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 8 Kingston, 4-0

No. 2 Oshawa def. No. 7 Sudbury, 4-2

No. 3 Mississauga def. No. 6 Brampton, 4-1

No. 4 Ottawa def. No. 5 Peterborough, 4-1

Semifinals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 4 Ottawa, 4-0

No. 3 Mississauga def. No. 2 Oshawa, 4-2

Finals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 3 Mississauga, 4-2

 

Western Conference

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 8 Owen Sound, 4-2

No. 2 London def. No. 7 Erie, 4-2

No. 6 Windsor def. No. 3 Saginaw, 4-3

No. 5 Sarnia def. No. 4 Kitchener, 4-2

Semifinals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 6 Windsor, 4-2

No. 2 London def. No. 5 Sarnia, 4-3

Finals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 2 London, 4-2

 

League finals

No. 1E Niagara def. No. 1W Plymouth, 4-2

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