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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: February 26th, 2014

* denotes starters



Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: C Jake Evans (sprained knee), C Kyle Pettit (upper body), D Justin Felker (healthy)


M. Rupert-Horvat-R. Rupert*

Bell-Austin (former Otter)

Jake Patterson*
Justin Tugwell

Scratches: G Anthony Stolarz (leg), LW Christian Dvorak, LW Tait Seguin, D Aiden Jamieson

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA


London Knights (42-12-1-4) at Erie Otters (44-13-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Sarnia (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), at Saginaw (Saturday, 7:11 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after losing three of four games on their last road trip to face London in a game that will impact the race for home-ice advantage in the OHL playoffs. The third-place Otters have 90 points, one ahead of the fourth-place Knights, with nine regular-season games left apiece. … Erie remains five points behind No. 1 Guelph for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason. The Storm are off tonight before playing in North Bay on Thursday. … The Otters won three of the first five meetings in the six-game season series, including a 4-3 win in a shootout Dec. 14 and 7-2 win Feb. 8. … The Otters can tie the franchise’s single-season mark of 45 wins held by the 2000-01 club. … They also can set a new mark with their 27th home win, which would break a tie with the 2000-01 club. … The Otters are third in the league with 256 goals scored, behind only the Storm (295) and Knights (272). But the Otters have scored three goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games. … F

Jake Evans

Jake Evans (sprained knee) resumed skating Tuesday, a week earlier than originally expected. He could resume playing next week. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) could miss the rest of the regular season, although club officials hope he can play in the final game or two. … LW Dane Fox (56 goals, 37 assists, 93 points) has no goals and two points in his past four games. The league’s goal-scoring leader has four goals in his past 15 games. Fox and fellow Fs Nick Betz, Quentin Maksimovich and Patrick Murphy were scratched from Monday’s game in Sudbury for breaking unspecified team rules. … RW Connor Brown (41-72-113) has recorded points in 50-of-59 games. … RW Andre Burakovsky (32-36-68) snapped a five-game, goal-scoring drought in a 3-2 win at Sudbury on Monday. He has two goals and four points in nine games this month. … G Oscar Dansk (24-9-1-0 record, 2.35 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 6 shutouts) snapped a personal three-game losing streak with 22 saves on 24 shots against the Wolves. … London has won seven straight games since that lopsided loss in Erie earlier this month. … LW Max Domi (30-53-83) and C Chris Tierney (35-44-79) lead the Knights and rank among the top 15 in the league. … G Anthony Stolarz (21-4-1-1, 2.58, .925, 3 SHO) remains sidelined by a leg injury suffered a month ago. … The Otters (30.9 percent) and Knights (27.3 percent) are first and third in the league, respectively, on the power play.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 7th, 2014

* denotes starters



Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)


M. Rupert-Horvat-R. Rupert

Austin (former Otter)-Bell*

Jake Patterson*
Justin Tugwell

Scratches: G Anthony Stolarz (leg), LW Christian Dvorak, RW Owen MacDonald, D Aiden Jamieson

Referees: Scott Ferguson, Scott Oakman; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

London Knights (35-11-1-4) at Erie Otters (40-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Barrie (Friday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters and Midwest Division rival Knights meet for the fifth of six regular-season games after splitting the first four matchups. They complete the season series Feb. 26 in Erie. … The Otters beat London 4-3 in a shootout in Erie on Dec. 14. … The Otters snapped a two-game home skid with a 3-0 win against Saginaw on Thursday. … The Otters are tied for second on the franchise’s single-season list with 23 home wins with nine games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … The Otters are one of four teams in franchise history to reach the 40-win mark. They trail the 2000-01 club (franchise-record 45 wins) by five victories with 16 regular-season games left. … RW Connor Brown (37 goals, 68 assists, 105 points) has points in seven straight games and 15 of his last 17 overall. … Gs Oscar Dansk (tied for first with 6 shutouts) and Devin Williams (tied for second with 5) rank among the OHL’s top four in that category. … The Otters have 11 shutout wins, two behind the league record (13 by London, 2004-05). … London, which has clinched a playoff spot, stands fourth in in the Western Conference following a 7-3 win against Owen Sound on Friday night. … C Chris Tierney (33-40-73) and LW Max Domi (26-47-73) rank among the league’s top 10 scorers. … LW Gemel Smith had four goals and 12 points in his first 12 games since being acquired from Owen Sound before the league’s trade deadline. … Former Otters D Brady Austin (6-17-23) ranks among the top 10 in the league with a plus-38 rating. … Erie and London have eight players in the top 20 in plus-minus, led by Otters D Adam Pelech (sixth at plus-37) and the Knights’ Tierney (fourth at plus-39).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Connor Brown and Dane Fox scored in the shootout, and Devin Williams stopped Max Domi and Alex Basso, to lead the Erie Otters to a 4-3 win against London tonight at Erie Insurance Arena.
The Otters (29-4-1-0) extended their overall streak to 10 games, heading into Sunday’s 6:30 pm game in Guelph, and their home streak to 18 games.
Hayden Hodgson forced OT with a goal early in the third period for the Otters, which leads runner-up Sault Ste. Marie by 12 points and the third-place Knights by right points in the OHL’s Western Conference standings.

Now check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s post-game news conference…

Posted: October 2nd, 2013

Does the OHL favor star players over role players when it’s determining the length of suspensions?
That’s a question that I’m sure has been discussed in the past. It certainly crossed my mind when I learned about the suspensions to Erie Otters D Cory Genovese and London’s Max Domi.
I saw footage of Genovese’s cross check to the face of Windsor’s Ty Bilcke last weekend. Then I watched Domi’s elbow to the head of Guelph’s Brock McGinn.
Genovese received a 5-game suspension, which I have no problem with, given the hit to the face and the league’s hard stance on stick-related infractions. Domi will miss 4 games. Here’s the problem I have with that – while Genovese was careless with his stick, he appeared to quickly turn and react in the heat of the moment. There appeared to be more intent on Domi’s part. After being checked cleanly into the boards by McGinn (and from the looks of it, a shove while down too), Domi appeared to skate toward McGinn and then leave his feet to strike McGinn with an elbow.
If Genovese deserved 5 games, Domi deserved more. But that didn’t happen…

What do you think? Check out the videos above, and then send me your thoughts here by Friday at 5 p.m. I’ll post a sampling of your responses here…

Here’s a sampling of responses…
* From @fishfan51: Domi should have got more. We’ve seen lesser hits get more #LondonDiscount
* From @flyingfishy11:
His father is Tie Domi, a career NHLer. That says everything there.
* From @ericb922:
Genovese got off a bit lightly. Domi got off extremely light. Him not being considered a “repeat offender” is a joke.

Posted: June 28th, 2013

Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, 16, and D Adam Pelech, 18, will join 32 other CHL players – including 11 other OHL players – at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, set for Aug. 4-10 in Brossard, Quebec, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
They will head to Brossard for two days of practices Aug. 4-5 at the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility before heading to Lake Placid for exhibition games against Finland Aug. 7, Otters G Oscar Dansk and Sweden Aug. 8 and the United States Aug. 10.
McDavid and Pelech will be joined by G Jake Paterson (Saginaw), Ds Matt Finn (Guelph) and Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie) and Fs Max Domi (London), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville), Bo Horvat (London), Scott Laughton (Oshawa), Sean Monahan (Ottawa), Ryan Rupert (London), Kerby Rychel (Windsor) and Tom Wilson (Plymouth).
* 5 Otters heading to Ontario camp: Five of the Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Fs Dylan Strome (1st round), Sean Kohler (6th round) and Patrick Fellows (7th round) and Ds Jesse Saban (2nd round) and Cole Mayo (3rd round) have been invited to Team Ontario’s Under-17 Provincial Camp, set for Aug. 14-18 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. They will join 63 other players hoping to earn spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Posted: February 14th, 2013

London Knights (39-11-2-2) at Erie Otters (16-31-3-5)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Saturday vs. Kitchener, 7 p.m.; Monday at London, 2 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters have lost nine of their last 10 games to fall 18 points behind eighth-place Saginaw in the chase for the final playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference with 13 games left in the regular season. … Any combination of Otters losses and Spirit wins totaling nine points officially will eliminate the Otters from playoff contention. … The Otters have lost five straight home games by a combined 27-9 score. They have the league’s third-worst home record (9-12-1-5). … Ottawa (15-36-0-4), which lost 10-1 at home to Eastern Conference-leading Barrie Wednesday night, remains ahead of the Otters in the race for the No. 1 pick in the upcoming OHL Priority Selection. Peterborough entered Thursday night’s game against Brampton with an 18-29-3-4 record. … F Connor Crisp completes a five-game suspension for a game misconduct incurred Feb. 2 against Sudbury. He was ejected for being the aggressor in a fight with D Charlie Dodero. Crisp is eligible to play Saturday against Kitchener. … C Connor McDavid (23 goals, 30 assists, 53 points) holds a three-point lead over Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (24-26-50) in the league’s rookie scoring race after Goldobin was held scoreless in an 8-0 loss to Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday. The Sting play in Windsor Thursday night. Brampton LW Blake Clarke (18-25-43) trails McDavid by 10 points. … McDavid leads all rookies with 30 assists and trails Goldobin by one goal. … The Otters face the league-leading Knights three times in the final month of the regular season, including Monday in London and March 13 in Erie. The Otters have lost two of the first three meetings, including a 4-3 shootout loss at home Oct. 16. … London leads Barrie by nine points in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Knights have lost three straight games for the second time in the past month. … They have lost eight of 15 games since posting a 24-game winning streak, which fell one shy of tying the CHL record. … They lead the league with 221 goals scored and fourth with 143 goals against. … RW Seth Griffith ranks among the league’s top five with 33 goals, 49 assists and 82 points. … C Max Domi (33-38-68) also stands among the leaders in all three categories. … G Jake Patterson has a 17-6-1-1 record, 2.46 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and four shutouts in 27 games. … Kitchener (32-15-1-6) stands third in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Owen Sound and four ahead of Guelph. … The Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games. … They have won four of six meetings in the eight-game season series with the Otters. … They are third with 137 goals against.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 20th, 2012

Erie Otters winger Stephen Harper stands eighth among OHL skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings for next summer’s NHL Entry Draft, which was released Tuesday. Ottawa center Sean Monahan tops the list, followed by Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Darnell Nurse, Windsor winger Kerby Rychel and London’s frontlin duo of Max Domi and Bo Horvat. Mississauga’s Spencer Martin headlines the list of the OHL’s top goaltenders, followed by Peterborough’s Michael Guigovaz and Barrie’s Alex Fotinos.

Posted: October 19th, 2012

LONDON, Ontario – The Erie Otters produced an exciting and entertaining performance on national television Friday night.
Better yet, they produced a much-needed win. Connor Brown scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to hand the Otters a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in front of 9,046 fans at Budweiser Gardens and a nationwide viewing audience on NHL Network.
The Otters (3-6-1-1) snapped a four-game losing streak, as well as avenged a pair of earlier losses to the Knights – 8-2 in London Sept. 21 and 4-3 in Erie Oct. 6. In the last meeting, the Otters rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime before losing in a nine-round shootout. Erie also rallied from two goals down this time around to force overtime and a shootout.
London (5-3-0-1) took an early lead on Max Domi’s sixth goal of the season 46 seconds into the opening period. Then Josh Anderson’s goal at the 14:24 mark handed the Knights a 2-0 lead. But J.P. Labardo’s goal with 37 seconds left in the period sparked the comeback.
Connor McDavid and Troy Donnay assisted on the goal, with McDavid extending his point streak to 10 straight games. Then the Otters tied the score at 2 on Adam Pelech’s power-play goal 4:39 into the second period. After a scoreless third period and overtime, these Midwest Division rivals headed to a shootout. Yet it didn’t last as long this time, and the Otters enjoyed a better result.
Both teams failed to score on their first three shots. But Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk stopped Ryan Rupert to start the final round, and then Brown beat Knights goaltender Kevin Bailie for the winning goal. Dansk finished with 37 saves through regulation and overtime and four more in the shootout. Bailie stopped 34-of-36 shots in the first 65 minutes and three in the shootout.
Stephen Harper and Luke Cairns also had assists for the Otters, which head home to face Windsor today at 7 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.

Posted: October 6th, 2012

The shootout already had ventured into the ninth round. Yet Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk wanted it to last longer.
After eight failed attempts, Dansk hoped to give his teammates another chance against London Saturday night at Erie Insurance Arena. But Knights rookie Kyle Platzer scored the only goal of the nine-round marathon to hand the Otters a 4-3 loss in front of 2,667 fans.
The Otters (2-3-1-1) settled for one point and three out of four during their two-game weekend homestand. Meanwhile, the Knights (4-2-0-0) earned their second straight win despite squandering a two-goal, second-period lead. Dansk finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in regulation and overtime before his stellar effort in the shootout. His counterpart, Kevin Bailie, had 26 saves on 29 shots through 65 minutes of action and several more quality saves in the shootout.
No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Stephen Harper scored for the Otters. Brown added an assist for a two-point outing.
Seth Griffith and Bo Horvat had a goal and assist apiece for the Knights, while Max Domi added a goal.
McDavid continued his impressive start to his rookie season by scoring 1 minute, 55 seconds into the opening period – his third goal in two nights and fourth goal in seven games. He slid past the Knights’ defense and slipped a shot past Bailie to hand the Otters a 1-0 lead. But that lead didn’t last long, as Domi tied the score at 1 at the 6:23 mark with his fourth goal of the season.
Domi escaped a crowd of defenders behind the Otters’ net and squeezed a shot between the right post and Dansk’s left pad. Then Griffith, who burned the Otters for three goals in an 8-2 Knights’ win in London Sept. 21, scored his seventh goal in six games to snap the 1-1 tie with 8:28 left in the period. Griffth tied Oshawa’s Boone Jenner for the OHL lead in goals.
The Otters dominated at the start of the second. They held the Knights without a shot on goal for nearly eight minutes. Meanwhile, the Otters’ offense generated several quality scoring opportunities. Yet while Bailie stymied the Otters, including key saves in close on Johnny McGuire and Luke Cairns, Bo Horvat scored on the Knights’ first shot of the period to build a 3-1 lead at the 7:56 mark.
But the Otters converted their first power play of the game, as Brown turned a fortunate bounce off a defender in front of the net into his fourth goal of the season. His rebound to Bailie’s left with 2:48 left in the period sent the Otters into the third trailing 3-2.
Then the Otters capitalized on their second power play of the game 9:27 into the third to complete the comeback. After Nick Betz stole the puck from a Knights defender, linemate Jake Evans found Harper in front for his fourth goal of the season.
Harper appeared to give the Otters a 4-3 lead on a power play late in regulation. But the officials whistled the play dead for offsides, a call Harper disagreed with but Otters coach Robbie Ftorek defended. Scott Harrington nearly sealed the Knights’ win in overtime, but his shot from the point glanced off the post and into the ground. Then the Otters killed off a power play in the final 1:32 of the extra period, sending the game into the shootout. But the Otters couldn’t beat Bailie, while Platzer slipped a shot through Dansk’s pads
* News and notes: Head coach Dan Bylsma and former forward Bill Guerin headlined a group of Pittsburgh Penguins officials at the game. Knights defensemen Harrington and Olli Maatta are Penguins prospects. … Scott Howson, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ executive vice president of hockey operations and general manager, attended both games this weekend to watch Dansk, the NHL club’s second-round draft pick this past June. … The Otters scratched Anthony Cortellessa (flu) and Dane Fox (broken foot). Liam Maaskant, Justin Felker and Mitch Eisenberg were healthy scratches. Maaskant and Eisenberg haven’t dressed for a game this season.

- Victor Fernandes

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