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Posted: April 27th, 2011

The Erie Otters’ Ramis Sadikov is among six finalists for the OHL’s goaltender of the year award, which will be announced Thursday.
Here are the finalists:

Ramis Sadikov, Erie Otters
JP Anderson, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs
Petr Mrazek, Ottawa 67’s
Scott Wedgewood, Plymouth Whalers
Mavric Parks, Saginaw Spirit

Posted: December 28th, 2010

Otters Watch

What: Erie Otters (17-17-1-1) at Saginaw Spirit (23-7-3-1)

When: Wednesday, 7:11 p.m.

Where: Dow Event Center – Saginaw, Mich.

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (25 goals, 29 assists, 54 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (17-15-32), RW Anthony Luciani (13-17-30), G Ramis Sadikov (17-12-1-1 record, 2.92 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Phil Varone (13-14-27)

Saginaw – LW Josh Shalla (29-12-41), G Mavric Parks (17-7-0-1, 2.57, .927), C Vincent Trocheck (15-22-37), LW Brandon Saad (20-16-36), RW Jordan Szwarz (13-18-31)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters continue a three-goal West Division road trip with a matchup against the Western Conference’s top team. … The Otters are 1-5-0-1 against West Division teams, including a pair of one-goal home losses to the Spirit (3-2 on Sept. 25 and 4-3 on Nov. 12). … They won both meetings in Saginaw last season. … The Otters are without rookie LW Chris Marchese (3-7-10) and rookie D Adam Pelech (1-5-6, plus-1), who are representing Ontario in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ontario begins play today at 8:30 p.m. against Czech Republic in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The tournament runs through Tuesday. … Sadikov extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive starts to 26 games in Tuesday’s loss to Plymouth. … The Otters are 8-9-1-0 on the road.

Saginaw – The Spirit hold a six-point lead over Midwest Division-leading Kitchener and Owen Sound atop the conference. … Saad, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, and Trocheck will play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, set for Jan. 19 in Toronto. They are rated among the top five OHL prospects eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. … Shalla is tied with Ottawa RW Tyler Toffoli for the league lead in goals. Yet he doesn’t rank among the top 20 in points. … Parks leads the league in save percentage and ranks among the top five in wins and goals-against average. … The Spirit rank among the league leaders in goals scored (129) and goals against (95). … They are 13-2-1-0 at home – the third-best record in the league behind Mississauga St. Michael’s (14-1-0-1) and Kitchener (14-1-2-1).

Up next: at Windsor (Friday, 2:05 p.m.), vs. Niagara (Jan. 5, 7 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 11th, 2010

What: Saginaw Spirit (13-4-1-1) at Erie Otters (7-12-1-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (11 goals, 16 assists, 27 points), G Ramis Sadikov (7-9-1-0 record, 2.90 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 1 shutout), RW Shawn Szydlowski (7-11-18), D Tyler Hostetter (3-12-15), RW Anthony Luciani (4-3-7 in 6 games)

Saginaw – LW Brandon Saad (11-10-21, 6 power-play goals), C Vincent Trocheck (9-11-20), RW Jordan Szwarz (7-10-17), C Ivan Telegin (5-12-17), LW Josh Shalla (13-2-15, 6 PPG)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters have a two-game winning streak for the first time in a month. They also have won three of their last four. … They haven’t won three straight since February. … The Otters are 4-3 during a key nine-game stretch that concludes this weekend with two of eight home games. … C Mike Cazzola (broken wrist) will miss the next six to 12 weeks, coach Robbie Ftorek confirmed Thursday. … Luciani had a goal and assist in Wednesday’s win against Guelph, his first game since breaking his right wrist a month ago. … Sadikov has started the past 10 games. He leads the OHL with 1,034 minutes played – 159 more than London’s Michael Houser – and ranks among the top 10 in goals-against average and save percentage. … Szydlowski had three assists against the Storm after missing the previous two games because he was ill. … D Brady Austin (neck spasms) missed Wednesday’s game but will play tonight. … McKegg has only four goals and seven points in his past 12 games. He’s still tied for seventh overall in scoring. … The penalty kill has stopped 23 straight chances to reach ninth in the league (81.6 percent).

Saginaw – The Western Conference-leading Spirit have lost two straight and three of their last four games, including a 5-4 loss at Niagara on Thursday. … Saad, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, leads the Spirit’s offense in his rookie season. … They are third in the league on the power play (21.7 percent) and second on the penalty kill (86.7). … They have one of the league’s most potent offenses without a single player among the top 20 scorers. … G Mavric Parks (8-4-0-1, 2.58, .927) was the league’s goaltender of the month for October.

Up next: vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Peterborough (Thursday, 7 p.m.)

Posted: September 25th, 2010

The Saginaw Spirit took a pair of one-goal lead. The Erie Otters erased those deficits both times.

But the third time around wasn’t the charm for the Otters.

Spirit center Vincent Trocheck’s second goal snapped a tie with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left and handed the Otters a 3-2 loss in front of a home-opening crowd of 4,746 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night.

The Otters (1-1-0-0) began the game with the spirit of former Otter Vince Scott on their side. The club honored Scott, who died in automobile accident in April, by retiring his No. 16 in a pregame ceremony.

But the Spirit overcame the Otters’ emotionally charged start to the game. Then Saginaw snapped the scoreless tie on rookie Brandon Saad’s first Ontario Hockey League goal 5:33 into the opening period.

Saad, a Pittsburgh native and projected top-five pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, banged in a rebound on the power play during a goal-mouth scramble.

Two minutes later, Otters defenseman Tyler Hostetter fired a wrist shot past Spirit goaltender Mavric Parks to tie the score at 1. Other than that, the Otters couldn’t solve the overage Parks. He stopped 14-of-15 shots in the first period. The Otters outshot Saginaw 15-6 in the period.

Erie’s commanding lead in shots continued in the second. The Otters fired 14 more shots at Parks. But the Spirit scored midway through the period, as Trocheck fired a wrist shot over Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov’s left shoulder for a 2-1 lead at the 9:20 mark.

Yet the teams headed to the second intermission tied at 2. Anthony Luciani, who has filled departed captain Zack Torquato’s spot on the Otters’ No. 1 line, scored his second goal in two nights off assists from linemates Greg McKegg and Mike Cazzola with 30 seconds left in the period.

The Otters dominated the opening half of the third period. They held the Spirit without a shot on goal for 10-plus minutes. But the Otters failed to capitalize on several quality scoring chances.

The Spirit responded with 12 shots on goal down the stretch. Trocheck scored the game-winner on a 4-on-4 situation to snap the 2-2 tie and hand the Spirit (1-1-0-0) their first win of the season.


Spirit 3, Otters 2

Saginaw  1  1  1  —  3

Erie  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Saginaw, Brandon Saad 1 (Ashman, Telegin), 5:33 (pp). 2. Erie, Tyler Hostetter 1 (Luciani, Cazzola), 7:36. Penalties — Szwarz (S) slashing. :04; Paton (E) checking from behind, 4:55; Saad (S) 10-min. misconduct, 7:36; Trocheck (S) unsportsmanlike conduct, 10:53; Szydlowski (E) hooking, 15:06; Hermenegildo (S) roughing, 16:46.

2nd Period — 3. Saginaw, Vincent Trocheck 1 (O’Connor, Saad), 9:20. 4. Erie, Anthony Luciani 2 (McKegg, Cazzola), 19:30. Penalties — Broll (E) 5-min. fighting, :02; Kantor (S) 5-min. fighting, :02; Sgarbossa (S) cross checking, 11:02; Hermenegildo (S) checking from behind, 19:49; Appio (E) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49; Kantor (S) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49.

3rd Period — 5. Saginaw, Trocheck 2 (Szwarz, O’Connor), 16:18. Penalties — Shalla (S) interference, 11:46; Austin (E) checking from behind, 14:18; Walch (S) holding, 16:02.

Shots on goal — Saginaw, 6-10-12—28; Erie, 15-14-7—36.

Goaltenders — Saginaw, Mavric Parks 1-1-0-0 (36 shots, 34 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 1-1-0-0 (28 shots, 25 saves).

Power plays — Saginaw (1-3), Erie (0-7).

Referees — Jason Faist, Darcy Burchell. Linesmen — Fraiser MacIntire, Ray King.

Attendance — 4,746.

Three stars

* Vincent Trocheck, Spirit (2 goals) ** Anthony Luciani, Otters (goal, assist) *** Mike Cazzola, Otters (2 assists)

Posted: September 24th, 2010

What: Saginaw Spirit (0-1-0-0) at Erie Otters (1-0-0-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.*

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points), C Mike Cazzola (1-1-2), RW Anthony Luciani (1-0-1), RW Shawn Szydlowski (0-2-2), G Ramis Sadikov (1-0-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .979 save percentage)

Saginaw – LW Josh Shalla (1-1-2), C Michael Sgarbossa (1-0-1), C Vincent Trocheck (0-1-1), C Brandon Saad (0-0-0), G Mavric Parks (0-1-0-0, 5.00, .889)

Vince Scott (Contributed/Erie Otters)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters will retire the late Vince Scott’s No. 18 in a pregame ceremony. Scott, who played in Erie from 2003-07, died in an automobile accident in April. Scott, whose family will attend the game, joins Brad Boyes as the only players in franchise history to have their numbers retired. … The Otters have an 8-5-1 all-time record in home openers. They snapped a two-game home-opening winning streak with a 5-4 overtime loss to London last season. … The Otters haven’t won two straight to start a season since a three-game streak in 2002-03. … McKegg, who was named the 11th captain in team history on Friday, rejoined the team in time for a season-opening win in Brampton. He scored a goal in his NHL preseason debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Rookies Kris Grant, Chris Marchese and Adam Pelech recorded their first OHL points in the opener.

Saginaw – The Spirit opened the season with a 5-2 loss in Kitchener on Friday. … Saad, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, joined the Spirit this season after completing a two-year stint with the United States National Team Development Program. Saad, a projected top-five pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, didn’t record a point in his Spirit debut. … The Spirit lost all four meetings with the Otters last season. … Sgarbossa signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

* Opening faceoff is set for approximately 7:20 p.m. because of the pregame ceremony

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