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Posts tagged ‘Kitchener Rangers’
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, (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 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

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

* 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: 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…

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

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



Blaisdell-Schmidt or Gilbert (game-time decision)

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…

Posted: November 4th, 2013

Check out an updates on former Erie Otters G Tyson Teichmann.

Posted: September 18th, 2013

This week, I’m breaking down all 20 OHL clubs and unveiling my predictions for the 2013-14 season. Today it’s the Western Conference (listed in alphabetical order):


Erie Otters
Coach/GM: Kris Knoblauch/Sherry Bassin
2012-13 finish: 19-40-4-5, 5th division, 10th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Connor McDavid (25 goals, 41 assists, 66 points; OHL rookie of the year in 2012-13), RW Connor Brown (28-41-69; Toronto prospect), G Oscar Dansk (11-23-3-3 record, 4.11 goals-against average, .888 save percentage; Columbus prospect), D Adam Pelech (8-32-40; N.Y. Islanders prospect), C Dane Fox (19-17-36)
Key losses: C J.P. Labardo (24-38-62; committed to University of New Brunswick), C Connor Crisp (22-14-36; traded to Sudbury), D Jimmy McDowell (14-19-33; traded to Sudbury)
Outlook: The Otters have pieces in place to make a run at the playoffs this season, including a No. 1 line of McDavid, Brown and CHL first-round pick Andre Burakovsky, that should be one of the best in the league. But defense will determine if the Otters reach the postseason for the first time in three years.

Guelph Storm
Coach/GM: Scott Walker/Mike Kelly
2012-13 finish: 39-23-2-4, 4th division, 5th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Kitchener 4-1 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: RW Scott Kosmachuk (35-30-65; Winnipeg prospect), RW Zack Mitchell (22-34-56; Carolina prospect), D Zac Leslie (12-28-40, plus-16; Los Angeles prospect), LW Jason Dickinson (18-29-47; Dallas Stars prospect), LW Brock McGinn (28-26-54; signed with Carolina)
Key losses: G Garret Sparks (36-17-0-4, 2.65, .917, 7 SO; signed with Toronto), C Tanner Richard (11-51-62; signed with Tampa Bay)
Outlook: The Storm are ready to make a deep playoff run with a solid defense and skilled frontline. That’s as long as their goaltending tandem of Matthew Mancina and Jason DaSilva, who have a combined seven games of OHL experience, play to their potential.

Kitchener Rangers
Coach/GM: Troy Smith/Murray Hiebert
2012-13 finish: 39-20-1-8, 3rd division, 4th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-1 in conference semifinals
Key players: RW Justin Bailey (17-19-36; Buffalo prospect), D Evan McEneny (6-28-34, +7), C Radek Faksa (9-22-31 in 39 games; signed with Dallas), LW Brent Pedersen (14-16-30; Carolina prospect), LW Matia Marcantuoni (7-18-25; Pittsburgh prospect)
Key losses: D Ryan Murphy (10-38-48; signed with Carolina), G Josh Gibson (17-9-0-1, 2.41, .928, 1 SO; signed with Anaheim), LW Joshua Leivo (29-44-73; signed with Toronto), RW Tobias Rieder (27-29-56; signed with Phoenix), LW Matt Puempel (35-12-47; signed with Ottawa), D Frank Corrado (7-38-45; signed with Vancouver)
Outlook: Smith and Hiebert replace former coach/GM Steve Spott, who left the Rangers after more than a decade to become head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The Rangers have enough talent to win, led by a solid lineup featuring Bailey (Buffalo Sabres), Faksa (Dallas Stars) and McEneny.

London Knights
Coach/GM: Dale Hunter/Mark Hunter
2012-13 finish: 50-13-2-3; 1st division, 1st conference
Playoff finish: Won league championship, lost to Portland (WHL) in Memorial Cup semifinals
Key players: C Max Domi (39-48-87; signed with Phoenix), LW Bo Horvat (33-28-61; signed with Vancouver), G Anthony Stolarz (13-3-1-1, 2.29, .920, 1 SO; Philadelphia prospect), D Olli Maatta (8-30-38, +9; Pittsburgh prospect), D Nikita Zadorov (6-19-25, +33; Buffalo prospect)
Key losses: RW Seth Griffith (33-48-81; signed with Boston), C Alex Broadhurst (23-40-63; signed with Chicago), D Scott Harrington (3-16-19, +21; signed with Pittsburgh), D Justin Sefton (3-18-21; traded to Saginaw)
Outlook: The Knights still have more than enough talent from last year’s league championship team. They also have added motivation from hosting the Memorial Cup tournament this coming May. But they should face a stern challenge in an always difficult division and Western Conference.

Owen Sound Attack
Coach/GM: Greg Ireland/Dale DeGray
2012-13 finish: 44-18-1-5, 2nd division, 3rd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Plymouth 4-2 in conference semifinals
Key players: RW Cameron Brace (35-39-74; Pittsburgh prospect), C Gemel Smith (23-29-52; Dallas prospect), D Chris Bigras (8-30-38, +35; signed with Colorado), G Brandon Hope (12-6-0-0, 2.61, .915), RW Zach Nastasiuk (20-20-40; Detroit prospect)
Key losses: G Jordan Binnington (32-12-1-5, 2.17, .932, 7 SO), C Daniel Catenacci (38-41-79; signed with Buffalo), D Nathan Chiarlitti (1-30-31, +41),
Outlook: Hope takes over in net full time for the departed Binnington, and he has skill and experience in front of him on defense led by Bigras. The Attack also will be able to attack opposing defenses with an offense keyed by Brace and Smith. That means the Attack are ready to contend in the West.


Plymouth Whalers
Coach/GM: Michael Vellucci
2012-13 finish: 42-17-5-4, 1st division, 2nd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-1 in conference semifinals
Key players: G Alex Nedeljkovic (19-2-1-1 record, 2.28 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 2 shutouts), RW Tom Wilson (23 goals, 35 assists, 58 points; signed with Washington), D Connor Carrick (12-32-44, +27), LW Matt Mistele (34-28-60), C Ryan Hartman (23-37-60)
Key losses: C Vincent Trocheck (50-59-109; signed with Florida), G Matt Mahalak (22-11-4-3, 2.88, .906, 3 SO; traded to Kingston), RW Garrett Meurs (32-33-65; signed with Colorado), LW Stefan Noesen (25-28-53 in 51 games; signed with Ottawa)
Outlook: The Whalers have a chance to win consecutive division championships behind the play of Nedeljkovic in net, Carrick on defense and a bevy of scorers up front. But after losing in the second round of the playoffs, the Whalers looks to take that next step in their pursuit of a league title.

Saginaw Spirit
Coach/GM: Greg Gilbert/Jim Paliafito
2012-13 finish: 32-29-4-3, 4th division, 8th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-0 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: G Jake Paterson (25-18-3-2, 3.53, .901, 1 SO; Detroit prospect), C Eric Locke (44-53-97; Buffalo prospect), C Jimmy Lodge (28-39-67; Winnipeg prospect), C Justin Kea (22-26-48; Buffalo prospect), D Justin Sefton (3-18-21, +8; acquired from Kitchener)
Key losses: LW Garret Ross (44-46-90; signed with Chicago)
Outlook: The Spirit made a quick exit from the playoffs a season ago. With Paterson in net, the the Spirit could develop into a legitimate playoff team. But they still have to fill the voids left by highly skilled players like Ross and Young to make that happen.

Sarnia Sting
Coach/GM: Trevor Letowski/Bill Abercrombie
2012-13 finish: 25-36-5-2, 3rd division, 7th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Plymouth 4-0 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: RW Nikolay Goldobin (30-38-68; top rookie scorer), D Anthony DeAngelo (9-49-58), D Alex Basso (11-33-44), C Nickolas Latta (17-14-31), RW Bryan Moore (11-19-30)
Key losses: C Charles Sarault (22-86-108; signed with Anaheim), LW Reid Boucher (62-33-95; signed with New Jersey), G J.P. Anderson (26-21-1-4, 3.31, .905, 1 SO; signed with San Jose)
Outlook: How does one a team replace two scorers that combined to produce 84 goals and 203 points? The Sting has to answer that question heading into this season following the loss of Sarault – the league leader in assists and runner-up in scoring – and Boucher (No. 5 in scoring last season).

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Coach/GM: Sheldon Keefe/Kyle Dubas
2012-13 finish: 36-26-3-3, 2nd division, 6th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Owen Sound 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: D Darnell Nurse (12-29-41, +15; signed with Edmonton), G Matt Murray (26-19-2-2, 3.67, .894, 1 SO; Pittsburgh prospect), RW Andrew Fritsch (27-25-52), RW Sergey Tolchinsky (26-25-51), C Jared McCann (21-23-44)
Key losses: C Nick Cousins (27-76-103; signed with Philadelphia), D Ryan Sproul (20-46-66, +11; signed with Detroit), RW Brandon Alderson (28-46-64; signed with Philadelphia), D Colin Miller (20-35-55; signed with Los Angeles), LW David Broll (17-37-54; former Erie Otter, signed with Toronto)
Outlook: Nurse has developed into one of the league’s top players. Murray has grown into a solid goaltender. But will the Greyhounds score enough following the departure of Cousins (No. 3 in the league in scoring), Alderson and Sproul? That will determine how far the Greyhounds go this season.

Windsor Spitfires
Coach/GM: Bob Boughner/Warren Rychel
2012-13 finish: 26-33-3-6, 5th division, 9th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: LW Kerby Rychel (40-47-67; Columbus prospect), D Slater Koekkoek (6-23-29 in 42 games; signed with Tampa Bay), RW Josh Ho-Sang (14-30-44), C Brady Vail (20-35-55), D Nick Ebert (11-27-38; Los Angeles prospect)
Key losses: RW Alex Aleardi (27-44-71; signed with Springfield-AHL), C Alexander Khokhlachev (22-26-48; signed with Boston)
Outlook: The Spitfires look to rebound from missing the playoffs a season ago. But leaders like Rychel and Koekkoek carry this team back into the postseason. The rest of the Spitfires will determine how deep they travel into the playoffs.

- Victor Fernandes


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