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Posted: April 11th, 2014

GUELPH, Ontario – The Erie Otters and Guelph Storm – the OHL’s top two teams in the regular season – will meet for a chance to play for a league championship.
The Storm edged Midwest Division rival London 5-4 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night at Sleeman Centre to close out the series and clinch a matchup with the Otters in the best-of-seven conference finals, which begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in Guelph. The Storm (52-12-2-2) and Otters (52-14-2-0) had the top two records in the league.
The top-seeded Storm also will host the third-seeded Otters in Game 2 Friday at 7:30 p.m. before the series heads to Erie Insurance Arena for Games 3 and 4 on April 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. If necessary, the Storm would play at home in Game 5 on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 7 on April 28 at 7 p.m. The Otters would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m.
The Storm won the regular-season series 4-2.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph 
Game 1 - Thursday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 - April 21 at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 - April 22 at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - April 25 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 - April 26 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 - April 28 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*

* If necessary

Posted: April 11th, 2014

Erie Otters C Kyle Pettit was back on the ice for a full practice for the first time since having his left calf slashed by a skate blade in Game 4 of the opening-round series against Saginaw. He’s expected to rejoin the lineup for the start of the Western Conference finals. For now, he will focus on regaining his game shape.
“It’s pretty exciting again. It’s been a slow process, but it’s getting a lot better, ” said Pettit, who skated on his own twice earlier in the week without pain. “That was really surprising to me,” he said. “Maybe I’m a little hesitant, but it’s going to take some time just to get back to normal. … It’s what the practice is for.”

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Some players watched the webcast Game 4 in the Guelph-London series on their off night Thursday. Some enjoyed a second day away from hockey. But the coaching staff was hard at work, as they traveled to London, Ontario, to watch the Storm’s 6-3 win at Budweiser Gardens. They are familiar with the Storm and Knights, as the Otters faced their Midwest Division rivals six times apiece in the regular season. But the Otters have tinkered with their strategy from series to series, head coach Kris Knoblauch said. Those teams have done that as well.
“They’re always changing their game a little bit, and they’ll change their game when they play us,” Knoblauch said before Friday’s practice at Erie Insurance Arena, the team’s first time back on the ice since completing a four-game sweep of Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday in the conference semifinals. “You can watch games on video, but you only see a third of the ice. (Watching games live) gives you a better idea of what’s going on. It gives you a little bit better perspective of what they’re doing.”

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Looks like the Otters will have a full week of practice before starting the conference finals. Knoblauch said he expects the best-of-seven series to begin next Friday. So he will need to keep practice fresh to keep his players sharp.
“This time of year you can only practice so much,” he said. Pettit is happy about the long break, though. “I’m getting a lot of rest and working on (my leg),” he said. ”

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Oscar Dansk

Oscar Dansk seems like a more confident goaltender these days. He’s still adjusting to what he called a “new experience” – life as a backup to Devin Williams. But Dansk has worked hard in practice to regain the form that made him one of the league’s top goaltenders in the regular season. He also has returned to the old pads he used in the regular season.
“I just have to learn how to handle this kind of situation myself,” he said. “A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to get my feel back, getting back in the groove. I’ve felt really good in practice.”
Posted: April 11th, 2014

McDavid.ConnorThe Erie Otters’ No. 1 line of Connor Brown, Dane Fox and Connor McDavid moved another step closer to each winning an OHL regular-season award.

McDavid joined Fox – the league’s overager of the year – as an award winner Friday, as the second-year center captured the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player after ranking among the league leaders with 71 assists, 99 points and a plus-47 rating. He had only 20 penalty minutes, which was the lowest among the top 12 scorers overall.

McDavid is the second player in franchise history (Brad Boyes, 2001 and 2002) and third 17-year-old in league history (Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, 1978 with Sault Ste. Marie and Kirk Muller, 1983 with Guelph Platers) to earn the honor. McDavid had 71 voting points to lead a list that included Oshawa left wing Michael Dal Colle (50 points) and London center Chris Tierney (35 points) after finishing second in voting to Belleville center Tyler Graovac as a 16-year-old rookie a season ago. McDavid will receive the trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony on June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Brown could McDavid and Fox at the annual event, since the veteran winger and captain is a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player. McDavid also will be the league’s nominee for CHL’s Sportsman of the Year, which will be announced at the CHL Awards event May 24 in London, Ontario, as part of the Memorial Cup tournament.

“It’s a tremendous honor to win this award,” McDavid said in a statement. “It’s really important to me to be respectful on the ice, and there’s a reward for that.”

William Hanley Trophy voting

(voting points in parenthese)

C Connor McDavid, Erie (71) – 28 goals, 71 assists, 99 points, +47 rating, 20 PIM (56 games)

LW Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (50) – 39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points, 34 PIM (67 games)

C Chris Tierney, London (35) – 40 goals, 49 assists, 89 points, +44, 12 PIM (67 games)

 

 

Posted: April 11th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Guelph leads series 3-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Guelph 4, London 2
Game 4 – Guelph 6, London
Game 5 – Today at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters win series 4-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Erie 2, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 4 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie 2, OT

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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals win series 4-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 1
Game 4 – Oshawa 5, Peterborough 2

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Barrie 2, North Bay 1
Game 4 – Barrie 7, North Bay 4
Game 5 – Today at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Barrie, 6:00 p.m.
Game 7 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 7th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Series tied 1-1
Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – London 7, Guelph 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Today at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary
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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 2, Peterborough 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Battalion lead series 2-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – North Bay 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday Barrie, 6:00 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 4th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 4 London
Storm lead series 1-0

Game 1 – Guelph 6, London 4
Game 2 – Sunday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday 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

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 3 Erie
Otters lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Erie 3, Sault Ste. Marie
Game 2 – Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 0
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday 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
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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 7 Peterborough
Generals lead series 1-0
Game 1 – Oshawa 3, Peterborough 0
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
* If necessary

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 4 Barrie
Battalion lead series 1-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Barrie 0
Game 2 – Sunday at North Bay, 2:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at Barrie, 6:00 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at North Bay, 7:00 p.m.*

*if necessary

Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Travis Konecny

Ottawa 67′s C Travis Konecny was named OHL rookie of the year today after leading all rookies with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in the regular season. Konecny, the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, earned 91 out of a possible 95 voting points.
London C Mitchell Marner and Barrie LW Andrew Mangiapane, who were second and third, respectively, with 59 and 51 points, finished second and third in voting with 37 and 21 points.
Konecny (91 voting points) and Mangiapane (68) also earned spots on the league’s All-Rookie first team, along with Erie Otters D Travis Dermott (66), Sault Ste. Marie RW Blake Speers (81), Oshawa D Mitchell Vande Sompel (50) and Barrie G Mackenzie Blackwood (72).

OHL All-Rookie Teams
(Voting points in parentheses)
First team
C – Travis Konecny, Ottawa (91)
LW – Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (68)
RW – Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (81)
D – Travis Dermott, Erie (66)
D – Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (50)
G – Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie (72)

Second team
C – Mitchell Marner, London (56)
LW – Lawson Crouse, Kingston (59)
RW – Nick Magyar, Kitchener (45)
D – Stefan LeBlanc, Mississauga (45)
D – Sean Day, Mississauga (43)
G – Matthew Mancina, Guelph (58)

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

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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: April 1st, 2014

North Bay used two third-period goals to rally past Niagara in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight and capture the series. Meanwhile, Peterborough completed an improbable comeback from a 3 games to none deficit in their series with Kingston with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 tonight. Check out the final first-round scores…by the way, I finished the first round with a 7-1 series record. Sudbury’s loss to Barrie was the lone blemish

Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Plymouth 2, Guelph 1
Game 4 – Guelph 7, Plymouth 2
Game 5 – Guelph 8, Plymouth 3
Guelph wins series 4-1

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Sault Ste. Marie 5, Owen Sound 3
Game 4 – Sault Ste. Marie 2, Owen Sound 0
Game 5 – Sault Ste. Marie 6, Owen Sound 1
Sault Ste. Marie wins 4-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Saginaw 7, Erie 6, OT
Game 4 – Erie 7, Saginaw 3
Game 5 – Erie 3, Saginaw 2, OT
Erie wins series 4-1

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – London 10, Windsor 2
Game 4 – London 4, Windsor 3
London wins series 4-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 5, 2OT
Game 4 – Oshawa 4, Mississauga 3, OT
Oshawa wins series 4-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Niagara 2, North Bay 0
Game 4 – Niagara 5, North Bay 3
Game 5 – North Bay 4, Niagara 3
Game 6 – North Bay 5, Niagara 1
Game 7 – North Bay 2, Niagara 1
North Bay wins series 4-3

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 2
Game 4 – Peterborough 3, Kingston 1
Game 5 – Peterborough 6, Kingston 5, OT
Game 6 – Peterborough 5, Kingston 4
Game 7 – Peterborough 2, Kingston 1, OT
Peterborough wins series 4-3

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Barrie 6, Sudbury 4
Game 4 – Sudbury 2, Barrie 1
Game 5 – Barrie 7, Sudbury 0
Barrie wins series 4-1

Posted: March 30th, 2014

Western Conference semifinals (best-of-7 series)
No. 1 Guelph Storm vs. No. 4 London Knights

Game 1 Fri., April 4 London at Guelph 7:30
Game 2 Sun., April 6 London at Guelph 7:00
Game 3 Tues., April 8 Guelph at London 7:00
Game 4 Thur., April 10 Guelph at London 7:00
Game 5 Fri., April 11 London at Guelph 7:30*
Game 6 Sun., April 13 Guelph at London 2:00*
Game 7 Tues., April 15 London at Guelph 7:00*

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