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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 1st, 2014

North Bay used two third-period goals to rally past Niagara in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight and capture the series. Meanwhile, Peterborough completed an improbable comeback from a 3 games to none deficit in their series with Kingston with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 tonight. Check out the final first-round scores…by the way, I finished the first round with a 7-1 series record. Sudbury’s loss to Barrie was the lone blemish

Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
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 – Guelph 8, Plymouth 3
Guelph wins series 4-1

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 – Sault Ste. Marie 6, Owen Sound 1
Sault Ste. Marie wins 4-1

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 – North Bay 4, Niagara 3
Game 6 – North Bay 5, Niagara 1
Game 7 – North Bay 2, Niagara 1
North Bay wins series 4-3

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 – Peterborough 6, Kingston 5, OT
Game 6 – Peterborough 5, Kingston 4
Game 7 – Peterborough 2, Kingston 1, OT
Peterborough wins series 4-3

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 – Barrie 7, Sudbury 0
Barrie wins series 4-1

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 18th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, Mississauga 24-38-1-5
Season series: Oshawa won 3-1
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points), C Scott

Scott Laughton

Laughton (40-47-87), G Daniel Altshuller (31-13-0-3 record, 2.56 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (24-49-73), RW Dylan Smoskowitz (29-17-46)
Mississauga – D Sean Day (6-10-16, minus-35), G Spencer Martin (24-33-1-4, 3.54, .899, 3 SO), C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44), LW Josh Burnside (12-27-39), RW Andrew Goldberg (17-16-33)
Outlook: Forget that the Steelheads beat Oshawa in their first meeting of the season. These aren’t the same Steelheads, and the Generals are much stronger. This series won’t be close.
Prediction: Oshawa in 4 games
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No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Season records: North Bay 38-24-4-2, Niagara 24-35-3-6
Season series: Tied 3-3
Players to watch
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67), G Jake Smith (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SO), LW Vincent Praplan (19-34-53), C Nick Paul (26-20-46), C Brendan Miller (8-24-32, +14)
Niagara – C Carter Verhaeghe (28-54-82), LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71), LW Anthony DiFruscia (25-27-52), RW Eric Ming (33-17-50), D Luke Mercer (5-34-39)
Outlook: The hard-working IceDogs will give the Battalion a battle. But defense wins in the playoffs, and the Battalion are known for defense.
Prediction: Battalion in 6 games
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No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Season records: Kingston 39-23-3-3, Peterborough 32-30-0-6
Season series: Kingston won 4-2
Players to watch

Sam Bennett

Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91), LW Henri Ikonen (25-45-70), RW Spencer Watson (33-35-68), D Roland McKeown (11-32-43, +38), G Matt Mahalak (28-19-1-1, 3.59, .890, 3 SO)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74), C Hunter Garlent (20-49-69), RW Eric Cornel (25-37-62), C Michael Clarke (21-27-48), G Andrew D’Agostini (25-21-0-2, 3.40, .901, 4 SO)
Outlook: The Frontenacs dominated the first four games in the season series. Yet the Petes responded with wins in the final two meetings. They will carry that momentum over into this series.
Prediction: Petes in 7 games
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No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Season records: Barrie 37-28-1-2, Sudbury 33-24-3-8
Season series: Sudbury won 5-3
Players to watch
Barrie – LW Andreas Athanasiou (49-48-95), D Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

(23-30-53, +7), LW Zach Hall (16-54-70), LW Andrew Mangiapane (24-27-51), LW Brendan Lemieux (27-26-53)
Sudbury – RW Nicholas Baptiste (45-44-89), LW Nathan Pancel (42-32-74), C Matthew Campagna (15-59-74), D Trevor Carrick (22-29-51), C Connor Crisp (28-27-55, former Otter)
Outlook: The Wolves made bold moves at the trade deadline. They struggled down the stretch, but now is the time to make those moves pay off.
Prediction: Sudbury in 7 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

The Erie Otters received help from Peterborough today, as the Pete’s won 3-1 in London to keep the Otters (95 points) one point ahead of the Knights (93) in the chase for third place in the OHL’s Western Conference.
However, front-running Guelph rallied to beat runner-up Sault Ste. Marie 4-3 in a shootout and open a five-point lead over the Otters. All three teams have six regular-season games left.
Meanwhile, Plymouth could earn the conference’s final playoff spot Wednesday against the Otters at Erie Insurance Arena. The Whalers (57 points) are 10 points ahead of Kitchener with six regular-season games left. The Rangers host Guelph on Tuesday. The battle for the last two spots in the Eastern Conference is much tighter, as Mississauga (50 points), Niagara (50), Ottawa (49) and Belleville (44 points) are separated by six points.

Posted: January 7th, 2014

UPDATE: I’m hearing the Otters called the Windsor Spitfires today about D Slater Koekkoek. Perhaps Otters GM Sherry Bassin has entered the mix for Koekkoek, one of the OHL’s top blue-liners who ranks fourth among all Ds with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games and leads the league with a +37 rating. I’ve heard Guelph, London and Oshawa already are in the mix for Koekkoek. No word yet on who the Otters would trade in a deal involving Koekkoek.

* Check out this story from The Windsor Star that addresses the likelihood of Koekkoek being traded…

The first trade of the OHL trading period’s final week was finalized today, with Oshawa acquiring overage RW Dylan Smoskowitz (20 goals, 29 points in 40 games; 33 goals, 55 points in 62 games in 2012-13) from Mississauga. Then Guelph acquired C Stephen Pierog (11-7-18 in 39 games; 19-16-35 in 67 games in 2012-13) from Peterborough. Sault Ste. Marie followed with by acquiring RW Bryan Moore (11-22-33 in 31 games) and D Tyler Hore (3-10-13, -18 in 36 games) for D Kevin Spinozzi (3-10-13, +15 in 41 games)
“I think some things are going to come down in the next couple days,” Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin said today. But right now, he said, “nothing seems to be curdling. There’s nothing really bubbling over” – and that includes the Otters.
“We don’t have a fit yet,” Bassin said. He would like to make a move or two, mainly to add depth without creating another hole in a roster he believes is already good enough to win a league championship.
“We don’t think we have a lot of holes to fill,” Bassin said. “We like the way our blue line is playing. We know we can put some good lines together. And we think that some people might have goaltending as good, but nobody has got it better. I’d be OK if Friday came and went (without a trade), if we didn’t have to pay a big price.”
Yet you can bet his cell phone will work overtime the rest of this week. Maybe Sherry wasn’t joking recently, when he asked me to trade our next phone bills. Speaking of Sherry, he was wearing socks today – with boots, no less – on this bitterly cold day in Erie.
Those of you that have a heard Sherry share stories of not wearing socks with shoes in sub-zero temperatures back home in Saskatchewan should get a laugh out of this.
Meanwhile, head coach Kris Knoblauch enjoyed an impromptu family outing after practice at Erie Insurance Arena. He enjoyed some time on the ice with his son, Marek, and daughter, Emry.

Posted: December 11th, 2013

The Erie Otters scored 6 first-period goals on the way to a 9-1 win against Mississauga tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters (27-4-1-0) received points from 17-of-18 skaters on the way to their 17th straight home win and 8th in a row overall.
Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch and Dylan Strome.

Posted: December 11th, 2013

Mississauga Steelheads (13-17-1-2) at Erie Otters (26-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping three game in Peterborough, Ottawa and Kingston this past weekend. … The Otters are a franchise-best and OHL-best 16-0-0-0 on home ice. They are four wins behind the second-longest home winning streak in league history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … The Otters can complete a four-game sweep of the season series with the Steelheads. They won the first three games by a combined 20-1 score, including 7-1 at home Nov. 30. … Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to replace G Oscar Dansk, the reigning CHL goaltender of the week who, along with RW Andre Burakovsky, leaves the team Friday to join their native Sweden to prepare for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. C Connor McDavid and D Adam Pelech leave the team Thursday to join Canada for World Juniors. … The club recalled D prospect Cole Mayo on Tuesday, and will add D prospect Jesse Saban to the roster after Christmas break. Head coach Kris Knoblauch plans to dress both rookies for games after the break. … LW Dane Fox wasn’t suspended for his slew-footing match penalty Sunday in Kingston. League officials deemed the penalty shouldn’t have been called. … Fox has goals and points in seven straight games (13 goals, 18 points). … Dansk and G Devin Williams have combined for seven shutouts, which leads the league and stands one shy of the franchise record of eight, set by J.F. Perras and Adam Munro in the 2000-01 season. … C Dylan Strome is tied for third among all rookies with 19 points. … The Steelheads have lost seven straight and nine of their last 10 games to fall to sixth in the Eastern Conference. … They have been outscored 137-94 this season. … It’s “Coats for Kids Night” at the game. Fans donating a child’s winter coat can purchase as many as four tickets to the game at $5 apiece. Coats will be donated to the Inter-Church Ministries.

- Victor Fernandes

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce-Brown
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Strome-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy) RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Barwell-Cianfrone-Goldberg*
MacIntyre-Foy-Smoskowitz
Belding-Babintsev-Jammes
Rasulov-Clark-Gerhart

DEFENSE
Carrick-Walsh*
Burnside-Graves
Zottl-DiTomaso

GOALTENDERS
Spencer Martin*
Dawson Carty

Scratches: C Nathan Bastian, LW Damian Bourne, D Sean Day

Referee: Keith Kaval; Linesmen: Ray King, Eric Komorek

Posted: December 11th, 2013

The Erie Otters have begun making arrangements to fill in roster spots during international tournament time.
Defense prospect Cole Mayo joined the team Tuesday to fill in for departing D Adam Pelech, who along with C Connor McDavid leave Thursday to join Team Canada for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. The club also plans to recall D Jesse Saban, another 2013 OHL draft pick, after Christmas break. Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to fill in for World Junior-bound G Oscar Dansk.
However, there are no plans to recall any forward prospects to replace RW Andre Burakovsky, who will join Dansk on Team Sweden for World Juniors, and rookie C Dylan Strome, who will represent Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Fs Quentin Maksimovich, Patrick Murphy and Travis Wood will fill in those spots, while veterans like C Kyle Pettit will take on greater roles.

On Tuesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the team’s moves and this week’s games…

* On not overlooking Mississauga & Niagara: “I think it’s just fundamentals – doing things that are important, really stressing defense. If our defense is good, we’ll get opportunities offensively. If we’re just looking at the offensive side of the game, we’ll probably still get offensive chances, but we’ll probably be giving up a lot of chances against. We don’t want to get into a running match. Defense is very important.
“We kind of have two weekends of back-to-back games – middle of the week and two at the end (of the week). Certainly, you look at the ones on the weekend being more important just because (they’re) division rivals and the importance on those (games). The games on the weekend are important. But if you let the games get away that you should have won, those are just as important. We’re just looking at the two games this week against Niagara and Mississauga.

* On Mayo and Saban: Right now, Cole is not expected to play (in games) this week. That’s our plan. Certainly hope it stays that way. But if there was an injury or something did happen, we would need an extra defenseman. It’s just good to have those players. It is for depth, but also we wanted to call those guys up throughout the year at different times – this being one of them, and (Saban) after Christmas – where those guys are having the opportunity to practice with us so they can get comfortable with the speed of our game.
They’re working on their skills. We’re very happy with how they have improved. They’re getting lots of responsibilities. (Mayo) is getting power-play time, top pairing defensively, penalty kill, everything. So we’re very happy. But that level he’s playing at and the level we’re at is different. I think it’s just like sending our players to World Juniors or spending extra time in the American Hockey League at the beginning of the season or NHL camp. They learn a lot from that. Hopefully (Mayo) learns a little bit with the time spent with us.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 30th, 2013

The Erie Otters turned a five-goal second period into a 7-1 win over Mississauga on Teddy Bear Toss Night at Erie Insurance Arena tonight…

Check out post-game interviews with Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and head coach Kris Knoblauch.

Posted: November 30th, 2013

Mississauga Steelheads (13-14-1-1) at Erie Otters (22-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Peterborough (Thursday, 7:05 p.m.), at Ottawa (Friday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters can complete a home-and-home sweep of Mississauga at home, where they are an OHL-best 15-0-0-0. … The Otters won the first two meetings with the Steelheads, both in Mississauga, by a combined 13-0 score, including a 6-0 win Friday night. … G Oscar Dansk posted a shutout in both games. … Dansk and G Devin Williams have combined for six shutouts. The franchise record for shutouts in a season is eight, set by J.F. Perras and Adam Munro, who had four apiece in the 2000-01 season. They also combined for seven – Perras 6, Munro 1 – in 1999-2000. … The Otters are five wins behind the second-longest home winning streak in league history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1984-85. … C Brendan Gaunce has a goal and two points in his first two games as an Otter. … LW Dane Fox has seven goals in his last three games and a league-high 30 this season. … Fox is on pace for 75 goals, which would shatter the franchise record of 53 set by Cory Pecker in 2001-02, and rank among the best in league history. The OHL record is 81 (Ernie Godden for Windsor, 1980-81). Three players have scored 81 – Peter Lee (Ottawa, 1975-76), Tony Tanti (Oshawa, 1980-81) and Ray Sheppard (Cornwall, 1985-86). …The Otters are holding their sixth annual “Teddy Bear Toss” night. Fans that donate teddy bears receive a voucher for a free ticket to one of the following home games – Dec. 11 vs. Mississauga, Dec. 14 vs. London, Dec. 31 vs. Kitchener, Jan. 3-4 vs. Owen Sound and Jan. 12 vs. Windsor.

- Victor Fernandes

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce-Brown*
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky
Evans-Strome-Hodgson
Maksimovich-Pettit-Wood

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Nick Betz (lower body), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Burnside-Cianfrone-Smoskowitz*
Bourne-Barwell-Goldberg
Belding-Foy-Rasulov
MacIntyre-Clark-Gerhart

DEFENSE
Day-Graves
Zottl-DiTomaso
Carrick-Walsh*

GOALTENDERS
Spencer Martin*
Dawson Carty

Scratches: RW Sam Babintsev, LW Jacob Jammes

Referees: Bob Langdon, Chris Thornton; Linesmen: Drew Jackson, Fraser Williams