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Posted: August 20th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University men’s hockey player Paul Chiasson has signed with the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
“Paul is a very fast and tenacious right winger,” Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said in a prepared statement. “He shoots the puck well in stride and has always scored a lot of goals.”
Chiasson, a native of Toronto, Ontario, who graduated this past spring with a degree in business management, finished his four-year career with 109 points (55 goals, 54 assists) in 151 games. The forward ranks 10th on the school’s career NCAA Division I scoring list and tied for fifth in career goals. He’s one of 15 players in school history to reach the 100-point mark. He had 15 goals and 27 points a senior a season ago.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

Mercyhurst University men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin has announced that senior Grant Blakey (Canton, Michigan) and juniors Nick Jones (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania) and Daniel O’Donoghue (Port Jefferson Station, New York) will serve as the captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

The trio will serve as tri-captains for the upcoming season, with each player garnering the “C” on his jersey.

Blakey missed eight games last season due to an injury, but still posted four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, finishing 11th on the team in scoring. He was leading or near the team lead in scoring before he went down with his injury. He finished tied for third on the team with a +2 rating last season and also had one of Mercyhurst’s two shorthanded goals. His 12 assists was tied for eighth on the team. Blakey has played in 105 games for the Lakers in his three seasons, and has recorded 24 goals and 42 assists for 66 points. He will be one of only four seniors on next year’s squad, joining defenseman Charlie Carkin, forward Paul Chiasson, and goaltender Max Strang.

Named the team’s Top Defenseman at the team’s postseason banquet, Nick Jones was only one of five players last season to play in all 40 games. He was the only non-freshman from Mercyhurst to be named to an All-Conference team, earning a Third Team nod as a defenseman. Jones led all Laker defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points this season. He was tied for fifth on the team in both goals and points. His ten goals was the most goals by a Laker defenseman since Jamie Hunt scored 12 during the 2005-06 season. Hunt went on to become the first Laker to play in the National Hockey League, skating for the Washington Capitals.

In fact, Jones’ ten goals was tied for third-most by a Mercyhurst defenseman since the 1999-2000 season. T.J. Kemp scored 11 in 2002-03 and then scored 10 during the 2004-05 season. Jones finished in a tie for third among Atlantic Hockey defensemen with his 24 points this season, trailing only Air Force’s Tim Kirby (28) and Connecticut’s Alex Gerke (25). He was tied with Air Force’s Scott Mathis. Jones has played in 74 career games and has 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points.

Named the team’s Top Defensive Forward at the team’s postseason banquet, Daniel O’Donoghue played in 39 games last season and was tied for seventh on the team in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. He was one of the Lakers’ best penalty killers all season and was usually on the team’s top unit when called upon to kill a penalty. O’Donoghue scored Mercyhurst’s first shorthanded goal of the season against Sacred Heart on January 6 and he was named the Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week on January 23 after posting two goals and two assists in a series at Holy Cross. In 76 career games, O’Donoghue has 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points.

Mercyhurst loses just three players to graduation from a team that finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-16-4 overall record and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The team’s 20 victories was also the most by a Mercyhurst team since winning 22 games during the 2008-09 campaign.

Posted: April 6th, 2012

TORONTO – The National Hockey League will release the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings for the 2012 NHL Draft on Monday at 11 a.m. The rankings, featuring the top 210 skaters and 35 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 120 skaters and 11 goaltenders from Europe, will be available on and
The 2012 NHL Draft will take place at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round will take place June 22, commencing at 7 p.m., and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. June 23.
Five Erie Otters were listed among the North American skaters on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings released in January – forwards Dane Fox(No. 48) and Connor Brown (No. 85) and defensemen Adam Pelech (No. 54), Troy Donnay (No. 115) and Liam Maaskant (No. 134).

- From NHL release, staff report

Posted: April 8th, 2011

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that right wing Shawn Szydlowski has signed an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Szydlowski completed his Otters career sixth in all-time point scoring with 197 and tied for fifth in goals with 94. He scored a career-high of 41 goals in his overage campaign, and was an invite to Ottawa Senators rookie camp before the season.

The native of Michigan was initially drafted in the 10th round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection by the Otters. His father, Steve, played professionally for three seasons, including the 1985-86 season with the Erie Golden Blades of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Szydlowski is expected to report to the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, where he will reunite with former Otters play-by-play broadcaster Mark Jeanneret. Former Otters Brad Boyes, Tim Connolly and Steve Montador all play for the Sabres, making up the largest contingent of Otters alumni within the NHL. Earlier in the week, Otters forwards Anthony Luciani and Greg McKegg signed pro contracts with the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively.

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: March 23rd, 2011

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that defenseman David Shields has signed an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues.

Shields is in his fourth season with the Otters. The native of Buffalo, N.Y. has been a steady and durable presence on the Erie blue line, missing just 22 games out of a possible 272 games in four seasons.

Shortly before the end of the season, Shields was voted by Ontario Hockey League coaches as the best defensive defenseman in the Western Conference. A sixth-round pick of the Blues in 2009, Shields has gathered a +63 rating over the last three seasons.

Shields joins defenseman Tyler Hostetter as the two Otters signed to professional contracts. Hostetter signed with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers before the start of the 2009-10 regular season. Phil Varone (San Jose), Greg McKegg (Toronto) and Andrew Yogan (New York Rangers) all have rights owned by NHL teams. Shields will remain with the Otters for the remainder of the postseason run.

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: December 31st, 2010

PITTSBURGH – The National Hockey League announced Friday the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will change the original 1 p.m. start time on New Year’s  Day to 8 p.m.

The decision was based on the latest meteorological reports, which have advised an approaching front of potentially steady rain expected to fall through the afternoon and taper off by early evening, and after consultation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, national broadcast partners (NBC, CBC, RDS), the Pittsburgh Steelers, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and local officials.

We have been further advised that cooler and drier air conditions are expected in the evening with the passing of the front. The NHL feels that it was important to make this announcement at this time so as to minimize the inconvenience to all parties associated with the event, especially our fans

All 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic tickets will continue to be honored and all ticket holder agreement language remains unchanged.

The following is a list of changes for FANS based on the new 8 p.m. (ET) start time:

* Gates to Heinz Field will now open at 5:30 p.m. (ET)

* Pre-game entertainment now begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET)

* Heinz Field Parking Lots will now open at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

* Spectator Plaza will now open at 3 p.m. (ET)

The following are the weather-related GAME procedure contingencies for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic:

* Once the game has begun, it may be subject to one or more temporary stoppages due to unplayable weather conditions, at the discretion of the Commissioner.

* Period and game format may be reconfigured to accommodate temporary stoppages as determined appropriate by the Commissioner.

* The clubs will switch ends at the 10-minute mark of the third period as signaled by a “hard whistle.”  The face off will take place where the play was whistled dead.  This identical procedure will take place at the 2:30 mark of an overtime period, if needed.

* In the event of a shootout, each club will determine what end they prefer to defend, which could be the same end.

* If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed “official” once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.

* If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, any time after two periods of play, each team will be awarded one point in the standings, with an opportunity to earn an additional point in a standard shootout format.

* If weather conditions permit, the shootout will be conducted at Heinz Field immediately after regulation play has been stopped.  If weather conditions make it impossible to conduct a shootout safely at Heinz Field, the shootout will take place at Verizon Center on Feb. 6 prior to the regularly scheduled Pittsburgh-Washington game.

* If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially “postponed” and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Heinz Field on Sunday, beginning at 12 p.m. If the game cannot be replayed at Heinz Field on Sunday, it will be rescheduled at CONSOL Energy Center for a date to be determined later in the season.

* Ticket holders must retain their tickets to gain re-entry to Heinz Field in the event the game is to be played Sunday.  There will be no refunds for ticket holders unable to attend Sunday’s postponement date.  If the event is canceled on Sunday, a refund of the ticket’s face value will be honored The refund does not include service fees, and other fees such as delivery or processing fees.   Ticket holders should review the back of their ticket for complete refund policy language

- From NHL news release

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: October 1st, 2010

KITCHENER, Ontario – Kitchener doesn’t need Jeremy Morin and Jeff Skinner to beat the Erie Otters.

While both offensive leaders remain at NHL training camps, the Rangers pulled away in the third period for a 7-3 win in front of 6,366 at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

The Otters (1-3-0-0) have lost three straight since a season-opening win in Brampton. They also have lost nine straight to the Rangers (3-0-0-0), dating back to the opening game of an eight-game season series last year. Morin and Skinner combined for 22 goals and 33 points in the Rangers’ season sweep.

But Morin and Skinner have performed well this preseason with the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively. Meanwhile, their Rangers’ teammates have picked up the offensive slack.

Gabriel Landeskog, a potential first-round pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, scored twice – his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Ryan Murphy had a goal and his four assists.

Murphy and Landeskog scored consecutive goals in less than a minute midway through the third period to cap a three-goal stretch that turned the Rangers’ 3-2 lead into a 6-2 advantage.

Kitchener scored all seven goals on 34 shots against rookie goaltender Chris Festarini, who was playing in only his second Ontario Hockey League game. David Shields, Anthony Luciani and Mitch Gaulton scored for the Otters, which complete their three-game weekend tonight at home against London.


Rangers 7, Otters 3

Erie  1  1  1  —  3

Kitchener  2  2  3  —  7

1st Period — 1. Kitchener, Andrew Crescenzi 1 (Murphy, Akeson), 13:03. 2. Kitchener, Michael Catenacci 1 (Landeskog, Murphy), 14:39. 3. Erie, David Shields 1 (Broll), 16:26. Penalties — Appio (E) 5-min. fighting, 6:12; Lowry (K) 5-min. fighting, 6:12; Cook (E) 5-min. fighting, 6:47; Randell (K) 5-min. fighting, 6:47; McKegg (E) interference, 7:16; Crescenzi (K) holding the stick, 10:43.

2nd Period — 4. Kitchener, Gabriel Landeskog 4 (unassisted), :50. 5. Erie, Anthony Luciani 3 (McKegg, Holden), 8:51. 6. Jason Akeson 1 (Catenacci, Murphy), 18:59. Penalties — Shields (E) tripping, 12:22.

3rd Period — 7. Kitchener, Landeskog 5 (Rieder, Catenacci), 9:15. 8. Erie, Mitch Gaulton 2 (Cazzola, McKegg), 10:59 (pp). 10. Kitchener, Matthew Tipoff 3 (Akeson, Murphy), 15:46. Penalties — Sol (K) roughing, 3:24; McKegg (E) roughing, 6:52; Landeskog (K) roughing, 6:52; Cazzola (E) holding the stick, 7:15; Marcantuoni (K) roughing, 10:55; Rieder (K) interference, 11:47; Melchiori (K) delay of game, 19:44.

Shots on goal — Erie, 11-15-12—38; Kitchener, 10-8-16—34.

Goaltenders — Erie, Chris Festarini 0-1-0-0 (34 shots, 27 saves); Kitchener, Brandon Maxwell 2-0-0-0 (38 shots, 35 saves).

Power plays — Erie (1-5), Kitchener (1-3).

Referees — Darren Price, Scott Hoberg. Linesmen — Matt Gregory, Dave Pfohl.

Attendance — 6,366.

Three stars

* Ryan Murphy, Rangers (goal, 4 assists) ** Gabriel Landeskog, Rangers (2 goals, assist) *** Jason Akeson, Rangers (goal, 2 assists)

Posted: September 25th, 2010

The Saginaw Spirit took a pair of one-goal lead. The Erie Otters erased those deficits both times.

But the third time around wasn’t the charm for the Otters.

Spirit center Vincent Trocheck’s second goal snapped a tie with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left and handed the Otters a 3-2 loss in front of a home-opening crowd of 4,746 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night.

The Otters (1-1-0-0) began the game with the spirit of former Otter Vince Scott on their side. The club honored Scott, who died in automobile accident in April, by retiring his No. 16 in a pregame ceremony.

But the Spirit overcame the Otters’ emotionally charged start to the game. Then Saginaw snapped the scoreless tie on rookie Brandon Saad’s first Ontario Hockey League goal 5:33 into the opening period.

Saad, a Pittsburgh native and projected top-five pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, banged in a rebound on the power play during a goal-mouth scramble.

Two minutes later, Otters defenseman Tyler Hostetter fired a wrist shot past Spirit goaltender Mavric Parks to tie the score at 1. Other than that, the Otters couldn’t solve the overage Parks. He stopped 14-of-15 shots in the first period. The Otters outshot Saginaw 15-6 in the period.

Erie’s commanding lead in shots continued in the second. The Otters fired 14 more shots at Parks. But the Spirit scored midway through the period, as Trocheck fired a wrist shot over Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov’s left shoulder for a 2-1 lead at the 9:20 mark.

Yet the teams headed to the second intermission tied at 2. Anthony Luciani, who has filled departed captain Zack Torquato’s spot on the Otters’ No. 1 line, scored his second goal in two nights off assists from linemates Greg McKegg and Mike Cazzola with 30 seconds left in the period.

The Otters dominated the opening half of the third period. They held the Spirit without a shot on goal for 10-plus minutes. But the Otters failed to capitalize on several quality scoring chances.

The Spirit responded with 12 shots on goal down the stretch. Trocheck scored the game-winner on a 4-on-4 situation to snap the 2-2 tie and hand the Spirit (1-1-0-0) their first win of the season.


Spirit 3, Otters 2

Saginaw  1  1  1  —  3

Erie  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Saginaw, Brandon Saad 1 (Ashman, Telegin), 5:33 (pp). 2. Erie, Tyler Hostetter 1 (Luciani, Cazzola), 7:36. Penalties — Szwarz (S) slashing. :04; Paton (E) checking from behind, 4:55; Saad (S) 10-min. misconduct, 7:36; Trocheck (S) unsportsmanlike conduct, 10:53; Szydlowski (E) hooking, 15:06; Hermenegildo (S) roughing, 16:46.

2nd Period — 3. Saginaw, Vincent Trocheck 1 (O’Connor, Saad), 9:20. 4. Erie, Anthony Luciani 2 (McKegg, Cazzola), 19:30. Penalties — Broll (E) 5-min. fighting, :02; Kantor (S) 5-min. fighting, :02; Sgarbossa (S) cross checking, 11:02; Hermenegildo (S) checking from behind, 19:49; Appio (E) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49; Kantor (S) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49.

3rd Period — 5. Saginaw, Trocheck 2 (Szwarz, O’Connor), 16:18. Penalties — Shalla (S) interference, 11:46; Austin (E) checking from behind, 14:18; Walch (S) holding, 16:02.

Shots on goal — Saginaw, 6-10-12—28; Erie, 15-14-7—36.

Goaltenders — Saginaw, Mavric Parks 1-1-0-0 (36 shots, 34 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 1-1-0-0 (28 shots, 25 saves).

Power plays — Saginaw (1-3), Erie (0-7).

Referees — Jason Faist, Darcy Burchell. Linesmen — Fraiser MacIntire, Ray King.

Attendance — 4,746.

Three stars

* Vincent Trocheck, Spirit (2 goals) ** Anthony Luciani, Otters (goal, assist) *** Mike Cazzola, Otters (2 assists)

Posted: September 25th, 2010

Erie Otters winger David Broll had two points in his Ontario Hockey League debut last September against Sudbury. It was his only multi-point game of the season. He had a goal and two assists in Friday’s season-opening win at Brampton – his first career three-point outing.

But this time, the offensive production will continue, Broll said Saturday.

“I I had a little more confidence going into the first game knowing it’s my second year of the league,” said Broll, who struggled getting acclimated to the players’ size and speed and the pace of the game. “It was very important how to (handle those) struggles.”

* Accepting the challenge: Rookie forward Chris Marchese has begun his first OHL season as the center between veterans Anthony Luciani and Shawn Szydlowski on the No. 2 line.

Chris Marchese (Contributed/The Scouting News)

Marchese is handling the challenge well, Broll said. Marchese had an assist and a plus-1 rating in front of 80-90 family members and friends in Friday’s win against the Battalion. He also performed well on faceoffs. But Marchese isn’t focused on what’s he done. He’s focused on his job. “I’m going to play my game and hopefully stay there,” Marchese said Saturday.

He gained some experience at center with the Toronto Marlboros‘ midget minor club last season. That makes him feel comfortable at the position while adjusting to the OHL game. “Luckily I had my legs under me (on Friday),” he said. “I wasn’t too nervous.”

* Good news: An official from the National Hockey League‘s St. Louis Blues called Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, to praise defenseman David Shields‘ play at training camp. “He’s definitely a prospect,” Bassin was told.

Bassin expects Shields to return to the Otters. But Bassin was unaware of the timetable.

* Injury report: Rookie winger Macaulay McDonnell missed this weekend’s games with a groin injury, said Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager. Rookie forward Connor Crisp also missed the weekend with a groin injury, Bassin said.

* News and notes: The Otters scratched defensemen Shields and Mark Gazdic and rookie forwards McDonnell, Crisp, Tim Tankeev and Scott Mitchell. Rookie forward Luke Cairns made his OHL debut.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 19th, 2010

Andrew Yogan (Contributed/Mark Bell & Erie Otters)

Erie Otters forward Andrew Yogan injured his shoulder while training with the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, Otters managing partner/general manager Sherry Bassin confirmed Sunday. But the severity of the injury remains unknown, Bassin said.

Yogan is in New York City for tests with the Rangers’ medical staff. Bassin plans to speak with Rangers officials on Monday to learn more about Yogan’s condition.

“I’ve heard every wide range (of news) from bad to not so bad,” Bassin said. “I don’t (read) a lot into it. I don’t get caught up into that until I know the facts.”

It’s unclear when Yogan, 18, the Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft,  suffered the injury. He played for the Rangers in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., a week ago. He scored a goal in the club’s final game on Wednesday.

He was invited to Rangers’ training camp, which began Friday.

Yogan was the Otters’ fifth-leading scorer in the 2009-10 season with 25 goals and 55 points. But he suffered a season-ending, fractured left foot late in the regular season. He missed the final month of the regular season and the playoffs in 2008-09 because of a concussion.

- Victor Fernandes