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Posted: April 14th, 2014

Defense will be on display in the Eastern Conference championship series between Oshawa and North Bay.
The Generals (187 goals against) and Battalion (189) ranked second and third, respectively, in the regular season – behind the Erie Otters (170). They have been equally stingy in the playoffs, with the Generals allowing 13 goals in a pair of four-game sweeps over Mississauga and Peterborough, and the Battalion – one of the league’s top defensive teams every year under head coach Stan Butler – surrendering 28 goals in 13 games.
“It’s two tough teams with two defensive backgrounds,” Generals D Josh Brown said. “It should be a tough series.”
Yet the spotlight should be on Battalion G Jake Smith, who has been solid throughout the postseason but enters this series overshadowed by Oshawa G Daniel Altshuller, who has been arguably the best at this position in the playoffs.
“He’s made the big saves when we’ve needed him to,” Butler said of Smith.
The Generals had an easy road to this round, as they have won all eight games so far. North Bay needed to rally from a 3-1 series deficit against Niagara in the first round, and survive a six-game series with Barrie, to reach this point. Butler doesn’t believe neither the well-rested Generals or battle-tested Battalion has an advantage.

Eastern Conference finals (best-of-7 series)

No. 1 Oshawa Generals vs. No. 2 North Bay Battalion
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, North Bay 38-24-4-2
Season series: Tied 2-2
Playoff recap: Oshawa def. No. 8 Mississauga 4 games to 0 in quarterfinals, def. No. 6 Peterborough 4-0 in semifinals; North Bay def. No. 7 Niagara 4-3 in quarterfinals, def. No. 4 Barrie 4-2 in semifinals
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (5 goals, 11 assists, 16 points), G Daniel Altshuller (8-0-0 record, 1.50 goals-against average, .939 save percentage, 3 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (6-7-13), RW Hunter Smith (3-8-11), C Josh Sterk (5-4-9), C Scott Laughton (3-4-7); North Bay – G Jake Smith (8-5-0, 2.08, .916, 2 shutouts), RW Barclay Goodrow (6-6-12), C Nick Paul (7-2-9), RW Alan Henriksson (6-2-8), LW Ben Thomson (4-4-8), D Brenden Miller (1-6-7, plus-5)
Fast facts: The Generals are the only team without a loss in the playoffs. … Laughton rejoins Oshawa’s lineup after serving a three-game suspension stemming from a match penalty for butt-ending in Game 1 against Peterborough. … Altshuller leads the league in GAA, save percentage and shutouts, and is tied atop the wins list with Smith and Otters G Devin Williams. … The Battalion overcame a 3-1 series deficit against Niagara and squandering a two-game lead against Barrie. … Each team won at home and on the road in the season series. … Dal Colle (tied for second) and Cassels (tied for eighth) rank among the league’s top 10 in playoff scoring. … Goodrow (tied for 12th) is the Battalion’s only player among the top 20. … 
Outlook: The Battalion were one loss away from losing in the first round, and battled Barrie in a six-game series. They won’t have enough left for the Generals, who have cruised through the playoffs by outscoring opponents 32-13 in eight games.
Prediction: Generals in 5 games

Overall record - Oshawa 8-0-0, North Bay 8-5-0
Home record - Oshawa 4-0-0, North Bay 6-1-0
Road record - Oshawa 4-0-0, North Bay 2-4-0
Goals scored - Oshawa 32 (4 per game), North Bay 37 (2.8 per game)
Goals against - Oshawa 13 (1.6 per game), North Bay 28 (2.1 per game)
Power play - Oshawa 30.2 pct., North Bay 12.3 pct.
Penalty kill - Oshawa 83.8 pct., North Bay 91.5 pct.

Game 1 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 25 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 26 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 28 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.* 

* If necessary 



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: January 25th, 2014

Erie Otters (35-9-2-0) at Oshawa Generals (31-12-0-4)
When: Today, 6:05 p.m.
Where: General Motors Centre – Oshawa, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Belleville (Monday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a five-game road trip, tied for longest this season, a day after having their game in Belleville on Saturday moved to Monday because of snow and bad travel conditions in Ontario. … The Otters have lost consecutive games for only the second time this season. They dropped a season-high three in a row last month. … The Otters are three points behind Guelph in the chase for the OHL and Western Conference regular-season titles and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Otters beat Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa 3-2 on Nov. 8 at Erie Insurance Arena. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) made the trip with the team. He’s listed as day-to-day. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) has no goals and one point in his past three games. He needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (32-62-94) tied Zack Torquato (62 assists in 2009-10) on the franchise’s single-season list with an assist in a 4-3 loss to Niagara on Friday. Brown needs six points to surpass Pecker’s record of 99 points in 2001-02 and become the first 100-point scorer in Otters history. … RW Andre Burakovsky had two goals and an assist against the IceDogs in his first game since suffering a head injury Jan. 12 against Windsor. … Rookie C Dylan Strome (head) also rejoined the lineup Friday. … The Otters are 13-7-1-0 on the road, while the Generals are 18-4-0-2 at home. … Oshawa, who has won five straight games, leads the Eastern Conference by eight points over Sudbury. … They are tied for second in the league with 127 goals against. The Otters are first with 113. … LW Michael Dal Colle, one of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, leads the Generals with 31 goals and 70 points in 47 games. … C Scott Laughton, a signed Philadelphia Flyers prospect, has 26 goals and 60 points in 35 games. … RW Dylan Smoskowitz has two goals and six points in six games since being acquired from Mississauga earlier this month.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 7th, 2013

The Erie Otters face Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa on Friday night at Erie Insurance Arena in their first game since London ended their franchise-record, 11-game winning streak last weekend. What does head coach Kris Knoblauch expect from his team?
“I want to see us respond. We’ve been pretty consistent throughout the year. We’ve responded well after losses. (Last Sunday) we played London, a good team, and we got outplayed. I certainly want to see how we respond. We’ve had a little bit of adversity. We haven’t had much (adversity) this year. It will be nice to see how we respond to that.”

* Making a name for themselves: Knoblauch said his team’s identity – a team with two scoring lines and multiple offensive threats that could play a run-and-gun style but focuses on patience offensively and a responsible approach on defense – has begun to emerge this season.
“If a team can know what they’re about and where their strengths are and play to them, then you’re going to have success more times than not. I think we’re starting to identify what we are and what kind of team we are. So as long as we stick to that, we should be able to put together winning streaks as opposed to those losing streaks.”

On Friday’s matchup with Oshawa:
“Oshawa has probably got the hottest line right now. I would say the (Scott) Laughton-(Michael) Dal Colle-(Cole) Cassell line, certainly they’ll be getting a lot of attention from us just because they’re a good line, very good at scoring a lot of goals. We’ll have to do our best to limit their opportunities.”

- Victor Fernandes

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Posted: April 3rd, 2013

The OHL will unveil the winner of the Emms Family Award for OHL rookie of the year Thursday at 11 a.m. Erie Otters center Connor McDavid (25 goals, 41 assists, 66 points) headlines a list of finalists that also includes forwards Sam Bennett (18-22-40 with Brampton), Blake Clarkee (19-32-51) with Brampton, Michael Dal Colle (15-33-48 with Oshawa), Nikolay Goldobin (30-38-68 with Sarnia) and Sergey Tolchinsky (26-25-51 with Sault Ste. Marie).

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