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Posted: March 12th, 2010

Greg McKegg (Contributed/Erie Otters)GUELPH, Ontario – The Erie Otters might not face Kitchener in the first round after all.

With a 3-2 loss to Guelph, played in front of 4,979 at Sleeman Centre Friday night, the Otters fell to eighth in the Western Conference standings. Erie (32-28-5-2) stands one point behind the sixth-place Storm with one game left – tonight’s regular-season finale against London at Tullio Arena.

The Otters are percentage points behind Saginaw, which has a game in hand. If the OHL playoffs began today, the Otters would face top-seeded Windsor, defending league and Memorial Cup champion, in the opening round. Meanwhile, Guelph (34-29-3-1) would start the playoffs against Kitchener. The Storm head into the postseason on a roll. They have won four straight games and eight of their last 10.

Mathew Sisca’s power-play goal 7 minutes, 2 seconds into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie against the Otters. He scored less than 4 minutes after the Otters’ Greg McKegg scored his 37th goal of the season.

Zack Torquato assisted on the goal – his Otters’ single-season record 61st of the season. He broke Colin Pepperall’s mark of 60, set in 1997-98. Derek Holden scored Erie’s other goal.

- Victor Fernandes

Battle for sixth

The Nos. 6-8 seeds in the Western Conference:

(games through Friday)

No. Team        GL       Record            Pts.

6. x-Guelph       1          34-29-3-1          72

7. x-Saginaw     2          32-27-4-3          71

8. x-Erie           1          32-28-5-2          71

GL – games left; x-clinched playoff berth

Note: Top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.

Posted: March 6th, 2010

OWEN SOUND, Ontario – The Erie Otters were down by three goals and three men in the second period but the adversity would not be a problem for the Otters on the road as they defeated the Owen Sound Attack 5-4 in a shootout Saturday night.

The Attack controlled the pace of the first period as they outshot the Otters 17-8 in the first 20 minutes and scored twice. Steven Shipley picked up a goal on the power play at 5:21 and Garrett Wilson scored at the conclusion of a power play at 15:53 to put the home team on the board.

The Otters picked up the pace in the second period despite being outshot 15-7 thanks to their special teams. Mike Cazzola grabbed the first shorthanded goal of the period for the Otters as he finished off a 2-on-1 with Zack Torquato for his 36th goal of the season at 1:47.

Owen Sound rallied back with a pair of goals from Grant McGee, but the Otters would extinguish that on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Shawn Szydlowski (his 20th) at 14:30 and a power play goal on a two-man advantage by Anthony Luciani (his 35th) with one-tenth of a second remaining to make it a one-goal game heading into the third.

Torquato scored the tying goal 8:52 into the third as he took a feed from Cazzola for a breakaway and shot it between the legs of Scott Stajcer for his 30th goal of the season. In the shootout, Szydlowski tallied the game-winner for the Otters as his shot in the third round went through the blocker side of Stajcer to give the Otters a 5-4 win.

The Otters made the comeback without the services of Brady Austin (suspended after taking off Brendon Morris‘ helmet in Friday night’s game), David Shields and Tyler Hostetter (each left during the first period). Ramis Sadikov made 43 saves in a tremendous start for the Otters to deserve a hard-earned win. Greg McKegg (three assists) and Cazzola (goal, two assists ) each had three points.

- From Erie Otters news release

OHL playoff update

The battle for the Nos. 4-8 seeds in the Western Conference:

(games through Saturday)

No. Team        GL       Record            Pts.

4. x-Plymouth    3          38-25-0-2          78

5. x-S.S. Marie  4          34-25-1-4          73

6. x-Erie           2          32-27-5-2          71

7. x-Saginaw     3          32-27-4-2          70

8. Guelph          4          31-29-3-1          66

9. Owen Sound 2          27-31-4-4          62

GL – games left; x-clinched playoff berth

Note: Top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.

Posted: March 5th, 2010

Greg McKegg (Contributed/Erie Otters)Erie Otters forward Greg McKegg is the OHL’s player of the month for February, the league announced Friday. He’s the second player in the franchise’s 14-year history to earn the honor. Cory Pecker was named the winner for three straight months (January to March) in the Otters’ 2001-02 league championship season.

McKegg led the Otters to an 8-4-0-0 record with 11 goals and 21 points. He had points in 10 games, including seven multi-point outings. He had his third career four-point game in an 8-2 win against Owen Sound Feb. 24. He has 36 goals and 79 points in 63 games this season.

Meanwhile, Peterborough winger Matt Puempel was named rookie of the month after producing seven goals and 13 points in 11 games. Windsor’s Ryan Ellis was named defenseman of the month (three goals, 19 points and a plus-5 rating). Brampton’s Patrick Killeen earned top goaltender honors (7-4-0-1 record, 1.84 goals against-average, .928 save percentage and three shutouts.

Posted: February 24th, 2010

Erie Otters forward Greg McKegg receives high marks in an article written by The Hockey News that appears on the Sporting News’ Web site. Check it out by clicking the link.

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