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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Kitchener Rangers’
Posted: August 18th, 2014

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome (#19) faces a big second OHL season ahead of him (Erie Times-News)

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome (#19) faces a big second OHL season ahead of him (Erie Times-News)

Look beyond Dylan Strome‘s offensive numbers to find just how good of a debut season he had with the Erie Otters.
He finished sixth among all rookies with 39 points (10 goals, 39 points in 60 games), well behind the one player picked ahead of him in the 2013 OHL draft – Ottawa C Travis Konecny (league-best 26 goals and 70 points in 63 games). But Strome (No. 2 overall pick) arguably developed the most well-rounded game among that group a season ago.
Strome didn’t have to be a front-end scorer for the Otters a season ago. The league’s third-highest scoring team (312 goals) had plenty of dangerous offensive performers, led by Connor Brown (45-83-128), Dane Fox (64-43-107), Connor McDavid (28-71-99) and Andre Burakovsky (41-46-87).
Only McDavid is assured of returning this season. So it’s time for Strome to take his games, especially on offense, to the next level. He has the size, speed, skill and work ethic to have a huge year.
He’s already projected as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NHL draft. He has the demeanor and maturity to block that out and focus on the task at hand – keeping the Otters among the top teams in the league for a second straight season.

Travis Konecny

Travis Konecny

2013-14 OHL rookie scoring leaders
C Travis Konecny, Ottawa – 26 goals, 44 assists, 70 points (63 games)
C Mitchell Marner, London – 13 goals, 46 assists, 59 points (64 games)
LW Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie – 24 goals, 27 assists, 51 points (68 games)
RW Nick Magyar, Kitchener – 20 goals, 26 assists, 46 points (66 games)
RW Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie – 19 goals, 21 assists, 40 points (62 games)
C Dylan Strome, Erie – 10 goals, 29 assists, 39 points (60 games)

Up next: Will the real Darren Raddysh please step forward? Find out the answer to question Monday on the Shootout blog and Twitter at www.Twitter.com/GoErieHockey.

* Let’s talk Otters: Join Victor Fernandes for the training camp edition of Otters Talk on Aug. 25 from 7-8 p.m. by heading to the Shootout blog. Can’t join in at that time? Post your questions on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoErieHockey or send an e-mail to victor.fernandes@timesnews.com, and then check out a recap of the chat on Shootout and Twitter.

Posted: June 24th, 2014

The Erie Otters will headline opening night of the 2014-15 OHL season, when they visit Saginaw Sept. 24 at Dow Event Center in a rematch of a Western Conference first-round series won by the Otters in five games this past season. The other game features Kitchener traveling to Owen Sound for a Midwest Division matchup.
The league will unveil the complete season schedule on Wednesday.
 

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: March 4th, 2014

Plymouth Whalers (25-30-0-7) at Erie Otters (46-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Windsor (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a three-game homestand over the next four days after sweeping games in Sarnia and Saginaw this past weekend. … The Otters can add to their franchise record for wins in a season that they set with a 4-2 win against the Spirit last Saturday. … The third-place Otters, who have six games left, trail first-place Guelph by seven points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Storm beat Kitchener 2-0 Tuesday night. Erie remains one point ahead of fourth-place London, who was idle Tuesday. … The Otters can set a new franchise record for home wins in a season tonight. They are tied with the 2000–01 club, which won 26 home games. They are 7-3-1-0 at home since starting the season with a franchise-record 19 straight wins. … C Connor McDavid (21 goals, 61 assists, 82 points) has moved into the league’s top 10 in scoring. He has moved into second, behind teammate Connor Brown (41-74-115) on the league’s assist list. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) won’t play tonight, but head coach Kris Knoblauch said he hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend’s games. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … G Oscar Dansk struggled in February with a 3-4-0-0 record, 3.29 goals-against average, .879 save percentage in seven games last month. His overall numbers are 26-9-1-0, 2.36, .913 and 5 shutouts. … The Whalers can clinch the Western Conference’s final playoff spot tonight with a win, an overtime loss or a shootout loss. They lead ninth-place Kitchener by 10 points with six games. … The Whalers have scored 172 goals, the second fewest in the league. … C Zach Lorentz leads the Whalers with 25 goals and 49 points. RW Ryan Hartman has 23 goals and 48 points. … G Alex Nedeljkovic (23-25-0-7, 2.91, .925, 1 shutout) is a top prospect in net for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. … The Otters hold the final Springhill Suites Big Assist night of the season tonight with Macaroni Night, when fans can purchase a discounted $5 ticket by donating a macaroni dinner that will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

- Victor Fernandes

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, www.ottershockey.com (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

The Erie Otters snapped a 3-game losing streak – and in the process, extended their franchise-record, home-winning streak to 19 games – in a 4-0 win against Kitchener tonight at Erie Insurance Arena.
Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, linemates Connor Brown and Dane Fox (who had a goal and assist apiece, and G Devin Williams (who netted his 4th shutout of the season and the Otters’ 8th overall).
Also, rookie D Cole Mayo made his OHL debut tonight…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 31st, 2013

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* 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

Posted: November 19th, 2013

The Erie Otters overcame G Oscar Dansk’s shaky return to game action and a disappointing defensive effort to beat Kitchener 9-6 on Tuesday at Erie Insurance Arena.

Check out the post-game news conferences by clicking the following links…

Adam Pelech

Oscar Dansk

Dane Fox

Kris Knoblauch

Posted: November 19th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie Dylan Strome headlines Team Ontario’s roster for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Dec. 29-Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Murphy-Strome-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: G Daniel Dekoning (healthy), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Faksa-Bailey
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar*
Thomson-Meighan-Teskey
Davies-Kohn-Learn

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora
McEneny-Iafrate*
Blaisdell-Schmidt or Gilbert (game-time decision)

GOALTENDERS
Matthew Greenfield*
Jordan DeKort

Scratches: LW Jimmy Soper, D Dmitri Sergeev, LW Matia Marcantuoni

Referees: Seth Ferguson, Pat Myers; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Mike Harrington

Posted: November 19th, 2013

The Erie Otters face a rare morning game today against Kitchener at Erie Insurance Arena. Before Monday’s practice, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on preparing to play early, as well focusing on the last-place Rangers after key wins against contenders Guelph and Sault Ste. Marie this past weekend…

“It is a little bit tougher, because we got so excited about the games on the weekend. Now we’re playing a team that’s near the bottom (of the OHL standings), but is playing well of late. So we could be getting in trouble if we overlook this team. We really can’t do anything (about preparing for a morning game). We trust the players wake up early enough and take care of themselves, (like) a proper breakfast (and) doing those (kinds of) things. Other than that, really we can’t do much. You trust that the players can prepare like it’s a regular game.
I think it will be easier for the school players. I think it’s difficult for school players to get out of school, rush to the rink and get ready to play those games. So I think it will be a little bit better to actually get to sleep in, as opposed to getting to school at 7:30 (a.m.). I think for them it’s a benefit. For the older guys, there is a little bit of transition. But I think we’re a mature team and very focused on putting in the preparation to be successful. I think that’s most of the difference (from) last year and this year. Our older players are willing to do those little things, because ultimately they are important.”

Now check out how RW Patrick Murphy prepared for this game…