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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Western Conference semifinals (best-of-7 series)

No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5
Season series: Tied 1-1
First-round recap: Erie def. No. 6 Saginaw, 4 games to 1; Sault Ste. Marie def. No. 7 Owen Sound, 4-1
Players to watch: Erie – LW Dane Fox (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points), C Brendan Gaunce (4-4-8), RW Connor Brown (2-6-8), C Connor McDavid (2-6-8), LW Andre Burakovsky (6-1-7), G Devin Williams (4-0-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .893 save percentage); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-0-1, 2.38, .918, 1

Matt Murray

shutout) D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7, plus-4), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-3-5), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: Fox leads the league in playoff scoring, and is tied with Burakovsky for the lead in goals. … Murray earned the league’s player of the week award for totaling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in the final three games against Owen Sound. … The Otters won three of four one-goal games, including two of three in overtime, against Saginaw. … The Greyhounds won four straight games after losing the series opener to the Attack. … D Kurtis MacDermid (flu) will play tonight. … C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf) is listed as day-to-day. … McDavid (28-71-99) and Tolchinsky (31-60-91) ranked among the league’s top 10 scorers in the regular season after finishing among the top three rookie scorers a season ago. … WJET-AM/1400 will broadcast Games 2 through 4 and, if necessary, Games 5 through 7.
Outlook: The Greyhounds have home-ice advantage, but the Otters are a better team when they’re playing at their best – especially in net.
Prediction: Otters in 6 games

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie

Game 1 – Today at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 10 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 12 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary


No. 1 Guelph Storm vs. No. 4 London Knights
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
Season series: Tied 3-3
First-round recap: Guelph def. No. 8 Plymouth, 4 games to 1; London def. No. 5 Windsor, 4-0
Players to watch

Zack Mitchell

Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points), G Justin Nichols (4-1-0 record, 1.81 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, 1 shutout), LW Jason Dickinson (3-4-7), LW Kerby Rychel (1-6-7), D Zac Leslie (0-6-6, +5 rating), D Nick Ebert (4-1-5, +6)
London - C Chris Tierney (3-6-9), C Bo Horvat (4-4-8), C Ryan Rupert (1-7-8), LW Max Domi (2-4-6), D Nikita Zadorov (3-2-5, +4), G Jake Patterson (1-0-0, 3.00, .919)

Jake Patterson

Fast facts: Knights No. 1 G Anthony Stolarz (3-0-0, 2.00, .933) still has to serve the final 7 games of an 8-game suspension for striking Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with a stick in Game 3 of their first-round series. … Knights D Zach Bell will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg suffered in Game 4 against the Spitfires. … Storm C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87 in the regular season) missed the final four games of the first-round series reportedly because of a hit to the head from Plymouth D Yannick Rathgeb, who received a 10-game suspension. … LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85 in the regular season) still has to serve the final six games of an eight-game suspension for a hit to the head of Whalers RW Connor Sills in Game 3.
Outlook: Both teams head into the series short-handed, so I’ll stick with my original prediction
Prediction: Knights in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 10 at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 11 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: March 27th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Erie Otters can capture their first OHL playoff series win since the opening round of the 2003-04 playoffs with a victory over Saginaw in Game 5 tonight at Dow Event Center.
As expected, no Kyle Pettit (gash on left leg) at center and Kurtis MacDermid on defense for the Otters, while Patrick Murphy makes his OHL playoff debut on the 4th line between Quentin Maksimovich and Nick Betz.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 4 between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit…

Maksimovich-Murphy (OHL playoff debut)-Betz



SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (gash on left calf), D Kurtis MacDermid (ill)


Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*



SCRATCHES:D Daniel DeSousa, D Michael Holmes, RW Andrey Alexeev

Posted: March 24th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Otters look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Saginaw in Game 3 tonight at Dow Event Center. How they fare against the Spirit’s top line of Kristoff Kontos, Eric Locke and former Otter Luke Cairns will play in a key role in making that happen.
The trio combined for four goals and 11 points in the first two games at Erie Insurance Arena. Otters Ds Spencer Abraham and Kurtis MacDermid, who were primarily matched up against that line in those games, is a combined minus-7 in the series.
* G Oscar Dansk makes his OHL playoff debut tonight. Apparently, he didn’t find out until around 5:30 or so. I spoke with G Devin Williams, a Saginaw native, about 15 minutes earlier, and he said they hadn’t been told who was starting in net.
* C Kyle Pettit, who missed the final month of the regular season with an upper-body injurt, says he felt good in the first two games of this series.
In other news, LW Dane Fox (3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games) was considered for the league’s player of the week honor. It went to Oshawa’s Hunter Smith, who had a goal and six assists in two games.

The Otters have the same lineup from Game 2, with the exception of Dansk in net. Jake Evans has moved to C on the 4th line, with Pettit out to the wing. Daniel DeSousa moves from D to 4th line C for Andrey Alexeev, while Sean Callaghan returns to the lineup after missing Game 2.




SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy (ill), D Darren Raddysh, C Quentin Maksimovich


Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*



SCRATCHES:G David Ovsjannikov, D Ryan Orban, D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes, LW Blake Clarke

Posted: March 16th, 2014

Connor Brown

Erie Otters RW Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points) and left wing Dane Fox (64-43-107) are the first players in franchise history to lead the league in goals, assists and points.
C Connor McDavid (28-71-99) finished second in assists and fourth in points. Brown and Fox finished first and second in power-play goals (20 and 18, respectively) while RW Andre Burakovsky tied for fifth with 15. Fox tied for the lead with 11 game-winning goals.
D Kurtis MacDermid topped the list with 165 penalty minutes. C Dylan Strome finished fifth among rookies with 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists).
G Oscar Dansk led the league in goals-against average (2.39) and tied for the lead with six shutouts. G Devin Williams tied for third with five shutouts and tied for fifth in GAA (2.57). They led a defense that set a new franchise record with 170 goals against, one fewer than the 2000-01 club.

League leaders at a glance
1. Dane Fox (Erie) – 64
2. Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie) – 49
3. Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph) – 48
6. Connor Brown (Erie) – 45
9. Andre Burakovsky (Erie) – 41

Andre Burakovsky

1. Connor Brown (Erie) – 83
2. Connor McDavid (Erie) – 71
3. Sergey Tolchinsky (Sault Ste. Marie) – 60

1. Connor Brown (Erie) – 128
2. Dane Fox (Erie) – 107
3. Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph) – 100
4. Connor McDavid (Erie) – 99
T14. Andre Burakovsky (Erie) – 87

Defense scoring
1. Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia) – 71
2. Matt Finn (Guelph) – 61

Adam Pelech

3. Adam Pelech (Erie) – 54

Rookie scoring
1. Travis Konecny (Ottawa) – 70
2. Mitchell Marner (London) – 58
3. Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie) – 51
5. Dylan Strome (Erie) – 39

Power-play goals
1. Connor Brown (Erie) – 20
2. Dane Fox (Erie) – 18
T4. Andre Burakovsky (Erie) – 15

Short-handed goals
1. Barclay Goodrow (North Bay) – 7
T5. Connor Brown (Erie) – 4
T5. Michael Curtis (Erie) – 4

Michael Curtis scored two goals in the Otters' record-setting 46th win of the season.

Penalty minutes
1. Kurtis MacDermid (Erie) – 165
2. Joshua Chapman (Sarnia) – 154
3. Brendan Lemieux (Barrie) – 145
11. Dane Fox (Erie) – 122

Goaltending wins
1. Justin Nichols (Guelph) – 35
2. Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie) – 32
3. Daniel Altshuller (Oshawa) – 31
4. Oscar Dansk (Erie) – 29
T12. Devin Williams (Erie) – 23

Goals-against average

Oscar Dansk

1. Oscar Dansk (Erie) – 2.39
T2. Anthony Stolarz (London) – 2.52
T2. Jake Smith (North Bay) – 2.52
T5. Devin Williams (Erie) – 2.57

Save percentage
1. Anthony Stolarz (London) – .926
8. Oscar Dansk (Erie) – .909
10. Devin Williams (Erie) – .905

T1. Oscar Dansk (Erie) – 6
T1. Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie) – 6
T3. Devin Williams (Erie) – 5

Posted: January 12th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, Oscar Dansk, Connor Brown and Dane Fox from a 9-0 win over Windsor…

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (upper body, day-to-day), C Jake Evans (ill), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)


Moore-Janes-DiGiancinto (FA in Otters training camp)


Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: D Liam Murray, D Trevor Murphy (concussion), LW Brody Milne, RW Chris Marchese (shoulder – former Otter)

Referees: Steve Pico, Jason Goldenberg; Linesmen: Ryan Holmstead, Jordan Browne

Windsor Spitfires (25-15-2-0) at Erie Otters (33-7-2-0)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kingston (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping a two-game road trip in Barrie and Owen Sound to extend their winning streak to three games. … Erie’s top-ranked scoring defense overcame five goals against in a 6-5 win against the Colts with a record-setting 4-0 win in Owen Sound. G Oscar Dansk‘s league-best fifth shutout of the season was the team’s ninth shutout win, a new single-season franchise record. … Dansk has stopped 50-of-51 shots in two games since returning from the IIHF World Junior Championship. … D Adam Pelech (0 goals, 4 points) and Fs Andre Burakovsky (0-5-5), Connor McDavid (1-2-3) and Dylan Strome (0-0-0) have combined for one goal and 12 points since their return from international competition. … Burakovsky has points in a career-high 11 straight games and 18 of his last 20. … D Kurtis MacDermid has no points, a plus-3 rating and four penalty minutes in two games since being acquired from Owen Sound on Thursday. … The Otters allowed a season-high goal total in an 8-4 loss in Windsor on Sept. 28. … The Spitfires have lost four straight games, a 5-4 OT defeat in Niagara on Saturday, to fall eight points behind fourth-place London in the race for a top-four finish in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the OHL playoffs. … They are led by C Brady Vail (21-32-54)and D Slater Koekkoek (10-25-35, league-best plus-39), who were the subject of trade speculation earlier in the week but remain with the Spitfires.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

UPDATE: Bassin said this afternoon that further deals between now and Friday’s noon deadline aren’t immiment. Any additional deals likely also would include draft picks, not players. Bassin said he would prefer to not trade any players.

Erie Otters managing partner and general manager Sherry Bassin didn’t make a huge splash with today’s trade. But he still addressed a need on defense.
Bassin acquired third-year defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, 19, from Owen Sound in exchange for OHL four draft picks – second-rounders in 2016, 2018 and 2019 a conditional third-rounder in 2016. MacDermid has a career-high five goals and 16 points as well as 90 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He has six goals, 26 points and 207 penalty minutes in 112 career games, all with the Attack. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings in September 2012.
The Otters were linked to much-publicized Windsor defenseman Slater Koekkoek earlier in the week. But in a statement, Bassin said MacDermid brings solid defensive and puck-moving skills to the team’s veteran unit. “MacDermid is the kind of defenseman this organization has been looking at for a long time,” Bassin said.
Yet Bassin said he wanted to add depth on defense without trading any players, namely young players, currently on the roster.

Posted: March 7th, 2013

Erie Otters (18-37-3-5) at Owen Sound Attack (39-18-1-5)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre – Owen Sound, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Wednesday vs. London, 7 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 comeback win in overtime against Windsor Saturday night at Erie Insurance Arena. … D Spencer Abraham scored the winning goal to complete his second two-goal game and three-point outing of his three-year OHL career. He was one point short of matching his single-game best of four points, set in his second career game with Brampton against Barrie Sept. 30, 2010. … F Dane Fox (16 goals, 17 assists, 33 points in 32 games) had two goals and an assist against the Spitfires in his first game back from a two-game, OHL-imposed suspension. … D Adam Pelech (7-30-37) rejoins the lineup tonight after serving a five-game suspension. … C Jake Evans (5-11-16) served his two-game suspension last weekend. But he hasn’t skated since injuring his knee during practice Feb. 25. … The Otters also are without rookie RW Hayden Hodgson (8-4-12), who’s serving a 10-game suspension that carries over to the first three games of the 2013-14 season. … RW Connor Brown (26-40-66) has skated on his own this week as he recovers from a concussion. Brown, who has been symptom-free the past few days, hopes to play this weekend. … Rookie D Justin Felker (neck) has been shut down for the rest of the season. … The Otters have all but clinched the No. 2 pick in the OHL Priority Selection April 6. Ottawa (16-42-0-5) is on pace to secure the No. 1 pick, while Peterborough (22-34-3-4) has the inside track to the third overall spot. … Otters C Connor McDavid (25-35-60) and Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (27-33-60) are tied atop the league’s rookie scoring list. Both teams have five games left. McDavid, who has played five fewer games than Goldobin, leads his counterpart by two assists and trails him by two in goals. … Owen Sound is in a tight battle with Midwest Division rival Kitchener for third place in the Western Conference. The Attack has 84 points, one more than the Rangers, with five regular-season games left. … The Attack have the league’s best scoring defense (155 goals against) despite being the most penalized team (1,173 minutes). They are third on the penalty kill (84 percent). … C Daniel Catenacci ranks among the top 15 overall with 34 goals, 72 points and 111 penalty minutes. … LW Steven Janes (104), D Kurtis MacDermid (101) and LW Kyle Hope (100) also rank among the top 20 in penalty minutes. … G Jordan Binnington ranks among the leaders in wins (29), goals-against average (2.25), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (6). … The Attack won three of the first four meetings with the Otters.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 3rd, 2012

Owen Sound turned a one-goal game into a rout in rapid-fire fashion.
The Attack scored four goals in a span of 2 minutes, 50 seconds early in the third period to pull away to a 6-1 win against the reeling Erie Otters in front of 2,702 at Erie Insurance Arena Saturday night. The Otters (4-10-1-2) head to Mississauga Sunday for a 2 p.m. game with a four-game losing streak. Connor Brown scored the lone goal for the Otters. Daniel Catenacci and Gemel Smith had a goal and two assists apiece for the Attack (12-2-0-2). The frontline duo combined for six goals and eight assists in the two-game sweep.
Owen Sound dominated from start to finish in the opening period, as they outshot the Otters 15-4 and took a 1-0 lead with 6:03 left on Kurtis MacDermid’s first OHL goal. The young defenseman’s seemingly innocent shot from the blue line slipped through a crowd and through Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk. Yet the Otters played a more spirited brand of hockey in the second, sparked by a power play that entered the game ranked fourth in the league at 26.9 percent. Brown scored off a rebound of Adam Pelech’s point shot – the captain’s seventh goal in the past five games and team-leading 13th of the season – to tie the score at 1 at the 7:18 mark.
But the Attack responded on the power play, with Cameron Brace firing a slap shot from the blue line off the left post and into the net – his 13th goal of the season – to snap the tie with 8:38 left in the period. The Otters finished the period with a 12-10 advantage in shots.
Then the Attack built a two-goal lead at 3-1 with the man advantage, as Smith was left open on the back post for a rebound goal 4:10 into the third period. His ninth goal of the season sparked the decisive stretch of four unanswered goals in less than three minutes.
Holden Cook bounced a shot from behind the net off Dansk’s pads and into the net for an unassisted goal and a 4-1 lead at the 5:55 mark of the period. Off the ensuing faceoff, Catenacci scored his 11th of the season 16 seconds later for a 5-1 Attack lead.
Then Gilbert Gabor turned into a 2-on-1 into a 6-1 Attack lead at the 7-minute mark. At that point, Owen Sound had more goals in the period (four) than the Otters had shots on goal (three). The Attack finished with a 40-22 advantage in shots.
Dansk stopped 34-of-40 shots in a losing effort, while rookie Connor McDavid’s 15-game point streak ended. He failed to record a point for the first time since the season opener Sept. 20 against Niagara. Brandon Hope stopped 21-of-22 shots to win for the Attack.
Meanwhile, 11 players recorded points for the Attack, which remained one point ahead of Barrie for the top spot in the league.

- Victor Fernandes

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