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Posted: March 17th, 2014


No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Game 1 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at North Bay, 2 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

Posted: October 12th, 2013

Saginaw Spirit (4-4-1-0) at Erie Otters (5-2-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Mississauga (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won three straight games for the first time since last December and the second time in the past two-plus seasons. They haven’t won four in a row since ending the 2010-11 season with an eight-game winning streak. … The Otters look to avenge a 2-1 loss in Saginaw on Sept. 25, which was headlined by Spirit G Jake Paterson‘s 43-save effort. … RW Connor Brown leads the OHL with 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists). … LW Dane Fox is tied for eighth overall with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists). … LW Andre Burakovsky (6-6-12) leads all rookies with 6 goals and 12 points and ranks among the top 15 overall in points. He has goals and points in five straight games since being shut out in his OHL debut. … G Oscar Dansk is tied for second in the league with five wins, fourth in goals-against average (2.29) and sixth in save percentage (.921). He posted his first career shutout in Friday’s 4-0 win at Kitchener. He’s one of only three goaltenders in the league with a shutout this season. … Head coach Kris Knoblauch has said backup G Devin Williams will start a game this weekend. The Otters also play Monday in Mississauga. … The Otters are sixth in the league with 24 goals against. … They lead the league on the power play (13-of-36 for 36.1 percent). … The Otters were outshot for the first time this season in Friday’s game. … The Otters are 2-0-0 at home. … The Spirit are 3-0-1 in their last four games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 18th, 2013

x-denotes conference champion; * denotes playoff teams; y-denotes overall regular-season champion

Eastern Conference
East Division

1. Kingston*
2. Belleville*
3. Oshawa*
4. Peterborough
5. Ottawa
Central Division
1. x-Barrie*
2. North Bay*
3. Sudbury*
4. Mississauga*
5. Niagara*

Western Conference
Midwest Division

1. xy-London*
2. Guelph*
3. Erie*
4. Owen Sound*
5. Kitchener
West Division
1. Saginaw*
2. Plymouth*
3. Sault Ste. Marie*
4. Windsor*
5. Sarnia


Eastern Conference

No. 1 Barrie def. No. 8 Niagara, 4-1
No. 2 Kingston def. No. 7 Oshawa, 4-1
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 6 Mississauga, 4-2
No. 4 Sudbury def. No. 5 Belleville, 4-2
No. 1 Barrie def. No. 4 Sudbury, 4-1
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 2 Kingston, 4-3
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 1 Barrie, 4-2

Western Conference

No. 1 London def. No. 8 Windsor, 4-0
No. 7 Sault Ste. Marie def. No. 2 Saginaw, 4-2
No. 3 Guelph def. No. 6 Plymouth, 4-2
No. 4 Erie def. No. 5 Owen Sound, 4-2
No. 1 London def. No. 7 Sault Ste. Marie, 4-1
No. 3 Guelph def. No. 4 Erie, 4-3
No. 1 London def. No. 2 Guelph, 4-2

League finals
No. 1 London def. No. 3 North Bay, 4-2

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 4th, 2013

Here’s an updated on a few injured Erie Otters…
C Jake Evans and free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci (shoulder) are week to week at this point, although I still don’t know the extent of their injuries. Both were at practice today at Ice Center of Erie – Evans with a noticeable limp and Ricci with his arm in a sling – but they left for medical appointments after a brief stay. They also are scheduled to be re-examined Thursday.
RW Hayden Hodgson (shoulder) is close to rejoining the lineup. He could be medically cleared to play Thursday, but he won’t play in preseason games at Barrie on Friday and Sunday in Hanover, Ontario, against Owen Sound because he hasn’t practiced with the team.
Coach Kris Knoblauch holds out hope that RW Joel Wigle (arthroscopic surgery on both shoulders) could make his season debut in the Oct. 5 home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance Arena.
Meanwhile, G Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) will be on the bench as the backup for both games this weekend. But he will play only in an emergency, although he’s in good enough shape to play if necessary. Rookie G Daniel Dekoning will start both games. Williams has resumed light workouts this week, followed by regular workouts with the team next week. That could get him ready to start one or both of the final two preseason games – Sept. 13 in Kitchener and Sept. 15 against Mississauga in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, Knoblauch said no more cuts will be made until the eight players attending NHL rookie camps return to the team.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs meet in the preseason for the second time in three days. This time, it will be a 2 p.m. matchup today at Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Otters capped their week-long training camp Saturday with a 6-3 win against the IceDogs at Mercyhurst Ice Center in their first of six exhibition games. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky combined for five goals and 14 points in the win.
McDavid, the OHL’s reigning rookie of the year, led the way with a goal and five assists. Brown had two goals and three assists. Burakovsky, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, had two goals – including the game-winner – and an assist in his Otters debut.
After today’s game, the Otters conclude the preseason with three more games – at Barrie on Friday at 7:30 p.m., against Owen Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. at P&H Centre in Hanover, Ontario, at Kitchener on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and against Mississauga on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Caledon East Arena in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, eight players leave the club Tuesday to attend NHL rookie camps – Brown (Toronto), Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).
Dansk, Donnay and Fox are set to play in the NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Thursday at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
Donnay and the Rangers face Carolina on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues at 7 p.m. Dansk and the Blue Jackets play Carolina on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Rangers and Buffalo at 4 p.m. St. Louis meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. Donnay and Dansk will face off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jackets-Rangers game. St. Louis faces Detroit at 7 p.m. The final day of games is next Monday.
Brown joins former Otters forwards David Broll and Greg McKegg in the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament, which begins Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Chicago at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The Maple Leafs face Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Ottawa on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Burakovsky will attend the Capitals’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The camp ends with a game against Harper and the Flyers’ rookies next Monday at 3 p.m. The Flyers’ rookie camp runs from Friday through Sunday at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Crisp will attend the Canadiens’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 15th, 2013

The Erie Otters traded center Luke Cairns to Belleville late Thursday night in exchange for left wing Michael Curtis and Mississauga’s third-round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.
Cairns, 19, had 12 goals and 41 points in 68 games a season ago and finished his three-year stint in Erie with 31 goals and 92 points in 191 games. Curtis, 20, a 6-foot, 186-pounder from Mississauga, Ontario, had 10 goals and 20 points in 55 games with the Bulls last season. He has 51 goals and 99 points in 243 career OHL games, all with Belleville.
Bassin wants Curtis to fill the role J.P. Labardo played a season ago – a defensively responsible leader who chips in on offense. Meanwhile, Bassin said Cairns should benefit from a change of scenery.
The deal leaves the Otters with four potential overagers – forwards Curtis and Dane Fox and defensemen Jimmy McDowell and Spencer Abraham. GM Sherry Bassin said Fox and Curtis are set with the team. That leaves McDowell and Abraham to battle for the final spot. At this point, the Otters will head into camp with four OAs.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: June 27th, 2013

Erie Otters’ 2013-14 home schedule
5 – North Bay (formerly Brampton), 7 p.m. (Saturday)
9 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
12 – Saginaw, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
18 – Belleville, 7 p.m. (Friday)
19 – Ottawa, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
23 – Plymouth, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
26 – Peterborough, 7 p.m. Saturday)
8 – Oshawa, 7 p.m. (Friday)
9 – Sarnia, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
11 – Niagara, 2 p.m. (Monday)
15 – Sault Ste. Marie, 7 p.m. (Friday)
16 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
19 – Kitchener, 11 a.m. (Tuesday)
23 – Sudbury, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
28 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Thursday – Thanksgiving Night)
30 – Mississauga, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
11 – Mississauga, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
14 – London, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
31 – Kitchener, 6 p.m. (Tuesday – New Year’s Eve)
3 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Friday)
4 – Owen Sound, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
12 – Windsor, 2 p.m. (Sunday)
17 – Kingston, 7 p.m. (Friday)
18 – Guelph, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
24 – Niagara, 7 p.m. (Friday)
6 – Saginaw, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
8 – London, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
14 – Barrie, 7 p.m. (Friday)
15 – Niagara, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
26 – London, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
5 – Plymouth, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
7 – Windsor, 7 p.m. (Friday)
8 – Kitchener, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
15 – Sarnia, 7 p.m. (Saturday)

Posted: April 24th, 2013

Erie Otters winger Stephen Harper stood 128th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which was released Wednesday. Harper, 18, slid 90 spots down the list after being picked 38th in the midterm rankings released in January. He had 18 goals and 38 points in 67 games this season after totaling 24 goals and 35 points in 63 games as a rookie in the 2011-12 OHL season.
Otters winger Nick Betz, 17, doesn’t appear in the final rankings after standing 106th among North American skaters on the midterm list. He had four goals and 12 points in 44 games this season. He missed two months of the season’s opening half recovering from an appendectomy.
Defenseman Seth Jones (Portland, WHL) and goaltender Zachary Fucale (Halifax, QMJHL) top the list among North American skaters and goaltenders, respectively. Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Darnell Nurse and Ottawa center Sean Monahan rank among the top five skaters, while Mississauga’s Spencer Martin ranks fifth among goaltenders. The Finnish-born duo of Aleksander Barkov and Juuse Saros top the list of European skaters and goaltenders, respectively. The NHL Entry Draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Posted: April 17th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid will play for his native Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 team at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which runs from Thursday through April 28 in Sochi, Russia. McDavid, 16, the OHL’s rookie of the year who had 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games this season, will be joined by 10 other OHL players on the 23-player roster – goaltender Spencer Martin (Mississauga), defensemen Chris Bigras (Owen Sound) and Roland McKeown (Kingston) and forwards Nick Baptiste (Sudbury), Sam Bennett (Kingston), Jason Dickinson (Guelph), Hunter Garlent (Guelph), Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound), Nick Ritchie (Peterborough) and Carter Verhaege (Niagara).
Canada begins the tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. against Slovakia, followed by games against Germany (Saturday at 4 a.m.), Switzerland (Monday at 4 a.m.) and Sweden (Tuesday at 4 a.m.). Medal-round play begins April 25 and is capped by the gold-medal and bronze-medal games April 28.

Posted: March 21st, 2013

Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the OHL playoffs:

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Belleville def. No. 8 Mississauga, 4-1
No. 2 Barrie def. No. 7 Kingston, 4-0
No. 6 Niagara def. No. 3 Oshawa, 4-2
No. 4 Brampton def. No. 5 Sudbury, 4-2
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 6 Niagara, 4-2
No. 2 Barrie def. No. 4 Brampton, 4-1
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 2 Barrie, 4-3

Western Conference

No. 1 London def. No. 8 Saginaw, 4-0
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 7 Sarnia, 4-1
No. 3 Owen Sound def. No. 6 Sault Ste. Marie, 4-1
No. 5 Guelph def. No. 4 Kitchener, 4-3
No. 1 London def. No. 5 Guelph, 4-1
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 3 Owen Sound, 4-2
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 1 London, 4-3

League finals
No. 1W Plymouth def. No. 1E Belleville, 4-2

- Victor Fernandes

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