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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*

Posted: March 27th, 2014

The Erie Otters could learn their opponent in the Western Conference semifinals tonight. If Sault Ste. Marie beats Owen Sound at home in Game 5, the third-seeded Otters will face the No. 2 Greyhounds, with the Soo having home-ice advantage. The Otters would face fourth-seeded London only if Owen rallies to beat the Soo in their series. The Knights completed a sweep of Windsor with a 4-3 win Thursday.
* Devin Williams has proven he deserves to be the No. 1 goaltender until he cools off. Saginaw could have taken the lead on several occasions in regulation, and he turned the Spirit away – including a dive across the crease that kept Cody Payne from scoring into an open net late in the third period.
* The Otters and Spirit went to OT three times in their five-game series, which tied Erie’s franchise record for OT games in a series. In the 2005 playoffs, the Otters and Kitchener had three OT games in a six-game series won by the Rangers.
* RW Andre Burakovsky had a 10-game, goal-scoring streak dating back to the end of the regular season snapped Thursday.
* LW Dane Fox leads all scorers in the postseason with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists). He’s tied with Burakovsky for the lead in goals. Fs Brendan Gaunce (4 goals, 4 assists), Connor Brown (2 goals, 6 assists) and Connor McDavid (2 goals, 6 assists) had eight points apiece.

Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, OT hero Michael Curtis and winning G Devin Williams.

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 – Today at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Guelph leads series 3-1

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 – Today at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Sault Ste. Marie leads 3-1

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 – Today at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Niagara leads series 3-1

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 – Today at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Kingston leads series 3-1

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 – Today at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – Tuesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Barrie leads series 3-1

* If necessary

Posted: March 26th, 2014

The OHL handed out two lengthy suspensions today that could have a dramatic impact on the playoffs. London G Anthony Stolarz and Guelph LW Brock McGinn were given 8-game suspensions for separate incidents on Tuesday.
Stolarz struck Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with his stick in the Knights’ 10-2 win over the Spitfires. McGinn was punished for an open-ice hit to the head of Plymouth RW Connor Sills in the Storm’s 2-1 loss to the Whalers.
Both suspensions greatly affect their teams, starting with the loss of McGinn, who had 43 goals and 85 points in the regular season and had two goals and three points in Guelph’s first three playoff games.
But the loss of Stolarz makes the Knights vulnerable moving forward, and that could include in the Memorial Cup if the Knights are eliminated early in these playoffs. According to the league’s official statement, his status for the CHL’s championship tournament would be reviewed at that time if Stolarz hasn’t complete his suspension.
Peterborough C Michael Clarke also was suspended for 8 games because of a match penalty for cross checking Tuesday against Kingston.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Guelph leads series 2-0

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 – Today at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – March 31 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Erie leads series 2-0

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at London, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 31 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at London, 7 p.m.*
London leads series 2-0

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

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Oshawa leads series 2-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Kingston leads series 2-0

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Barrie leads series 2-0

* If necessary

Posted: March 19th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth
Season records: Guelph 51-12-2-2, Plymouth 28-32-0-7
Season series: Guelph won 3-1
Players to watch

Scott Kosmachuk

Guelph – RW Scott Kosmachuk (49 goals, 52 assists, 101 points), LW Kerby Rychel (34-56-90), C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87), D Matt Finn (14-47-61, plus-57), G Justin Nichols (35-7-1-0 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 4 shutouts)
Plymouth – G Alex Nedeljkovic (26-28-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SO), C Zach Lorentz (27-27-54), RW Ryan Hartman (25-28-53), LW Carter Sandlak (24-24-48), D Gianluca Curcuruto (7-21-28, -14)
Outlook: The Storm scored 340 goals – at least 28 more than any other club and 153 more than than the Whalers. So Plymouth has no chance against the league’s regular-season champion – not even with an NHL prospect like Nedeljkovic in net.
Prediction: Storm in 4 games

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Season records: Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5, Owen Sound 31-29-3-5
Season series: Sault Ste. Marie won 2-0
Players to watch
Sault Ste. Marie – D Darnell Nurse (13-37-50), G Matt Murray (32-11-1-5, 2.57, .921, 6 SO), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (31-60-91), C Jared McCann (27-35-62), C Tyler Gaudet (26-35-61)
Owen Sound – G Brandon Hope (28-19-2-2, 2.89, .916, 2 SO), D Chris Bigras (4-22-26, -11), C Holden Cook (28-29-57), RW Zach Nastasiuk (23-28-51), RW Kurtis Gabriel (16-35-51)
Outlook: Hope will give the Attack hope in this series. But the Greyhounds are strong in net and on defense. That will be too much for Hope and the Attack to overcome.
Prediction: Greyhounds in 6 games

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch
Erie – RW Connor Brown (45

Connor Brown

-83-128), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, +52), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0, 2.39, .909, 6 SO)
Saginaw – D Jesse Graham (11-43-54, +3), C Kristoff Kontos (25-50-75), C Eric Locke (26-34-60), G Jake Paterson (24-18-2-0, 3.41, .906, 2 SO), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40, former Otter)
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit at both ends of the ice. The Spirit also enter the playoffs coping with the recent death of teammate Terry Trafford. Both will be too much for the Spirit to overcome.
Prediction: Otters in 4 games

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Season records: London 49-14-1-4, Windsor 37-28-3-0
Season series: London 5-1
Players to watch
London – LW Max Domi (34-59-93), C Chris Tierney (40-49-89), G Anthony Stolarz (25-5-1-1, 2.52, .926, 4 SO), LW Gemel Smith (37-38-75), C Bo Horvat (30-44-74)
Windsor – RW Josh Ho-Sang (32-53-85), C Brady Vail (32-51-83), LW Ben Johnson (28-25-53), C Remy Giftopoulos (24-24-48), G Alex Fotinos (22-10-1-0, 3.59, .896, 1 SO)
Outlook: The Spitfires were a potential playoff contender until they lost Ds Slater Koekkoek and Trevor Murphy to season-ending injuries. Now it will be one-and-done for Windsor.
Prediction: Knights in 5 games

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Erie Otters (50-14-2-0) at Plymouth Whalers (27-32-0-7)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich.
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Sarnia (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters moved within three points of first-place Guelph in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a 3-2 win in Windsor on Friday night. They also are three points ahead of fourth-place London. …
The Otters needs a win and a Guelph loss to Sarnia at home to remain in contention for the top spot overall. … Erie can clinch at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a win tonight and a London loss to Owen Sound at home. … The Otters have won six straight and seven of their last eight games, including a 6-1 win over Windsor last Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. … They can set the franchise record for points in a season (102 in 2000-01) with one point, as well as set a new franchise mark with their 22nd road win of the season. … RW

Connor Brown

Connor Brown (45 goals, 80 assists, 123 points) can finish among the top three in those three offensive categories, as well as power-play goals (20). … C Connor McDavid (25-70-95) needs five points in the last two games to join Brown and LW Dane Fox (62-41-103) as the only players in franchise history – and potentially the only players in the league this season – to reach 100 points. …. If McDavid reaches 100 points, the Otters would be the first club with three players to top the century mark in the same season since London’s Patrick Kane (145 points), Sergei Kostitsyn (131) and Sam Gagner (118) in the 2006-07 season. … G Oscar Dansk needs one win to

Oscar Dansk

become the second goaltender in franchise history with 30 wins (Ramis Sadikov, 36 in 2010-11). Dansk also has the second-best goals-against average (2.35) in Otters’ history (Adam Munro, 2.31 in 2000-01). … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) skated this week, but he didn’t play Friday in Windsor. … Plymouth has clinched the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and will face Guelph, Erie or London in the first round. … The Otters routed Plymouth 11-2 in their last meeting on March 5. Erie can complete a sweep of the four-game season series with a win.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 12th, 2014

The Erie Otters are back in the top five of the CHL’s latest top 10 list. They rose to fifth from sixth. The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (54-11-0-4) remain No. 1, followed by No. 2 Guelph (50-12-2-1). London (47-13-1-4) moved to fourth from fifth, while Oshawa (41-18-0-6) is on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 54-11-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 50-12-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 51-13-2-3
4. London (OHL) 47-13-1-4
5. Erie (OHL) 49-14-2-0
6. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 45-16-2-3
7. Victoria (WHL) 48-17-1-3
8. Rimouski (QMJHL) 43-15-3-4
9. Halifax (QMJHL) 45-18-0-3
10. Edmonton (WHL) 48-18-2-1
strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 46-17-3-4, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 40-16-5-5, Oshawa (OHL) 41-18-0-6

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 7th, 2014

Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists to headline the Erie Otters’ second straight offensive explosion in a 6-1 win against Windsor tonight in front of 5,639 fans at Erie Insurance Arena.
The Otters (48-14-2-0), which have scored 17 goals in back-to-back home wins, also had Dylan Strome‘s first two-goal game in the OHL,
Connor Brown‘s three assists and two points apiece from Adam Pelech (two assists) and Andre Burakovsky (goal, assist). Adam Pelech (two assists) joined Chris Campoli (66 points in 2003-04) as the only defensemen in Otters’ history with 50 points in a season. He needs four assists to tie Campoli’s record of 46 set that season.
Meanwhile, Dane Fox scored to become the first player in club history to reach 60 goals. Fox also needs one point to join Brown in the Otters’ 100-point club.
A fourth straight win pulled the Otters within three points of first-place Guelph with four regular-season games left in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Storm lost at home to Owen Sound 6-2 on Friday. The third-place Otters also remain one point ahead of fourth-place London, which won 10-5 in Kitchener on Friday. The Otters play Kitchener today in a 7 p.m. home game, while London plays in Owen Sound. The Storm are idle.

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s post-game news conference here

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Posted: March 6th, 2014

Windsor Spitfires (36-24-3-0) at Erie Otters (47-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue a three-game homestand that began Wednesday with an 11-2 win against Plymouth, which set a new franchise record for home wins in a season (27). … The club’s highest goal total since Jan. 14, 2011 (a 12-3 win over Barrie) moved the Otters within three goals of matching the franchise mark of 281 held by the 2010-11 club. They are on pace to score 300 goals. … They also can set a new franchise mark for the fewest goals allowed in a season by surrendering 11 or fewer in their final five regular-season games. The 2000-01 club holds the mark with 171. … The Otters, which have won three straight and four of their last five games, trail front-running Guelph by five points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. London trails the Otters by one point in the race for third place following a 4-0 win against West Division champion Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.. … The Otters and Spitfires meet twice in the next week in what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. The teams split the first two games, with the Otters losing 8-4 in Windsor on Sept. 28 and winning 9-0 at home Jan. 12. … LW Dane Fox (59 goals, 39 assists, 98 points) needs one goal to become the first player in franchise history to score 60 goals and two points to join RW Connor Brown (43-75-118) as the only Otters to reach 100 points. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend. … G Devin Williams headed home to Saginaw, Mich., earlier this week to take mandatory standardized tests at his home school. He missed Wednesday’s game and could miss this weekend’s games. G prospect Daniel Dekoning was recalled to fill his spot. … The Spitfires are fifth in the Western Conference, but can finish as low as seventh. … RW Joshua Ho-Sang (30-53-83) and C Brady Vail (31-48-79) rank among the league’s top 20 scorers. … D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, plus-44) joins Otters D Adam Pelech (9-40-49, +43) among the top six defensemen in scoring and plus-minus.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

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