Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1716
Posts tagged ‘niagara icedogs’
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
_______________________________________________________________________________

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
_______________________________________________________________________________

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
_______________________________________________________________________________

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: February 15th, 2014

Connor McDavid rebounded from a rare subpar effort Friday against Barrie with 2 goals and an assist in 3-2 win vs. Niagara tonight at Erie Insurance Arena.
Nick Betz had a goal while Andre Burakovsky added an assist.

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s post-game news conference here…

Posted: February 15th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Gaunce-Burakovsky
Strome-Pettit-Wigle
Genovese-Evans-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk
Devin Williams*

Scratches: D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

NIAGARA ICEDOGS

FORWARDS
DiFruscia-Verhaeghe-Maletta
McCool-Hughes-Fitzmorris*
Corneil-Protapovich-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Siebenaler*
Dunn-Haydon
Brosnan-Mikulovich

GOALTENDERS
Brent Moran*
Blake Richard

Scratches: LW Billy Jenkins, LW Brendan Perlini (shoulder), D Zach Wilkie

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA

_______________________________________________________________________________

Niagara IceDogs (18-29-2-5) at Erie Otters (42-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Kitchener (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete their six-game, regular-season series with Niagara tonight. They have won four of the first five. But the IceDogs handed the Otters one of only three home losses this season, 4-3, on Jan. 24 (25-2-1-0). … The Otters can tie the franchise’s single-season record of 26 home wins, set in 2000-01, with a victory. … They also can move closer to the franchise mark of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … Erie has won three straight and seven of eight since consecutive home losses to Guelph and Niagara midway through January. … The Otters trail the Storm by one point with 14 games left in the race for the OHL’s regular-season and Western Conference championships, which would secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, 69 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 109 points) has points in nine straight games and 17 of his last 19 overall. … LW Dane Fox (56-35-91) needs one point to move into the top five on the Otters’ single-season list. He would tie Greg McKegg (92 in 2010-11) for fifth, one behind fourth-place Zack Torquato (93 in 2009-10), four behind Rob Hisey (96 in 2003-04) and seven behind Cory Pecker (99 in 2001-02). … Brown and Fox are the league’s highest-scoring tandem since C Charles Sarault (22-86-108) and LW Reid Boucher (62-33-95) for Sarnia a season ago. … The IceDogs are ninth in the Eastern Conference with 43 points, one behind Ottawa for the eighth and final playoff spot. Nine point separate seventh-place Mississauga and 10th-place Belleville. … The IceDogs have lost two straight and seven of the last 10 games, including 7-1 and 9-2 home losses to Sudbury and Barrie in their last two outings. … LW Brendan Perlini (28-33-61) remains sidelined with a reported shoulder injury. … C Carter Verhaeghe (26-44-70) leads the IceDogs in scoring.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 29th, 2014

Erie Otters (37-9-2-0) at Niagara IceDogs (17-25-2-4)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Jack Gatecliff Arena – St. Catharines, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters can clinch their first OHL playoff spot since the 2010-11 season with a win as well as a loss in overtime or a shootout. … The Otters continue their five-game road trip, which is tied for the longest this season. … They play their final regular-season game at Gatecliff Arena, which was constructed in 1938. The IceDogs move into the new Meridian Centre next season. … The Otters look to avenge a disappointing 4-3 loss to the IceDogs last Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. Erie leads the season series 3-1. … C Connor McDavid (15 goals, 47 assists, 62 points) is expected to play tonight after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury. … LW Dane Fox (52-33-85) needs two goals to break Cory Pecker‘s single-season franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. Fox snapped a four-goal stretch without a goal by scoring in a 4-1 win against Belleville on Monday. … RW Connor Brown (36-64-100) is on pace for 141 points, which would be the highest single-season total in the league since Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had 145 points for London in 2006-07. … The IceDogs are tied for seventh with Mississauga in the Eastern Conference, but only have a four-point lead over ninth-place Ottawa. … According to The St. Catharines Standard, the IceDogs reportedly will be short-handed because of injuries to G Brent Moran and Fs Brendan Perlini – their second-leading scorer with 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) – Jordan Maletta (6-20-26) and Billy Jenkins (7-15-22). The Standard also reported that D Luke Mercer (2-28-30) continues serving a five-game suspension for flipping a puck into the crowd in Erie last weekend.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 24th, 2014

The Erie Otters have five hours and 300-plus miles on a bus to Belleville, Ontario, to think about tonight’s 4-3 loss to Niagara at Erie Insurance Arena. But where do they begin? They simply weren’t good enough in all facets of the game.
They had 40 shots on goal, including 16 in the third period, but few truly challenged rookie G Jon D’Ilario in his OHL debut. They were sloppy and passive on defense, as the IceDogs consistently gained the Otters’ zone without much resistance. The league’s No. 1 power play failed on 5-of-6 chances, while the No. 1 penalty kill allowed three goals on four opportunities.
Worst of all, the effort – at least for the opening 40 minutes of the night – was unbecoming of a team that’s considered a league title contender. And suddenly, the aura invincibility at EIA that grew during a franchise-record, 19-0-0-0 start to the home schedule, has taken a hit in a 3-2-1 stretch in the past six games.
Now the Otters begin a five-game road trip Saturday night against the Bulls, who are the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. But as we learned tonight, any team can beat the Otters when they are lifeless for 40 minutes like they were against the IceDogs.

Watch post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch and RW Andre Burakovsky

Also, check out the aftermath of a multi-player scuffle at the end of the game…

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Gaunce-McDavid (or Maksimovich)-Wigle
Fox-Curtis-Brown
Evans-Pettit-Wigle*
Strome-Raddysh-Betz

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Connor McDavid (lower body)??, D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

NIAGARA ICEDOGS

FORWARDS
Perlini-Verhaeghe-DiFruscia
XXXX-Cornell-Ming
McCool-Knott-Fitzmorris*
Gillard-Hughes-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Haydon
Brosnan-Siebenaler
Mikulovich-Dunn*

GOALTENDERS
Jon D’llario*
Blake Richard

Scratches: RW Jordan Maletta, C Alexander Protapovich, D Zach Wilkie

Referees: T. J. Foster, Joe Celestin; Linesmen: Dustin McCrank, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Niagara IceDogs (16-24-2-4) at Erie Otters (35-8-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), at Oshawa (Sunday, 6:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete a four-game home stand before starting a five-game road trip in Belleville on Saturday night. … They look to rebound from a 1-0 home loss to Guelph last weekend – their first regulation loss at home in 23 games (22-1-1) – that dropped them into third place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Storm. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (head) could play tonight after skating in a full-contact practice Thursday. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) is expected to play despite missing most or all of practice the past three days. … The Otters won the first three meetings in the six-game season series with the IceDogs by a combined 18-5 score. Erie scored at least five goals in all three games. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker’s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (31-61-92) needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … D Spencer Abraham has moved into the top 20 in scoring by defensemen with 27 points (5 goals, 22 assists). … Niagara D Luke Mercer (2-27-29) also ranks in the top 20. … McDavid and D Adam Pelech had six-game point streaks end in the loss to Guelph. … The IceDogs are tied for seventh with Mississuga in the Eastern Conference standings, four points ahead of ninth-place Ottawa and eight ahead of last-place Belleville. … LW Brendan Perlini (28-32-60) and C Carter Verhaeghe (21-39-60) rank among the top 15 scorers.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 17th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Gaunce-McDavid-Wigle
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Maksimovich-Raddysh-Murphy

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech*
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

KINGSTON FRONTENACS

FORWARDS
Schutt-McGlynn-Doggett*
Polesello-Greenaway-Pawley
Ikonen-Kujawinski-Watson
Crouse-Ulett-Lemmon

DEFENSE
Moffat-McEneny
McKeown-Vainonen*
Steele

GOALTENDERS
Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: LW Ryan Verbeek, D Ted Nichol, D Ryan Hutchinson, D Matthew Watson, C Sam Bennett (groin)

Referees: Pat Myers, Jeff Campbell; Linesmen: Ray King, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner… as well as injury updates on RW Andre Burakovsky and C Dylan Strome.

Kingston Frontenacs (24-54-2-2) at Erie Otters (34-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won four straight games. … The Otters have won two straight at home since their lone loss of the season at EIA – a 3-2 overtime defeat to Owen Sound on Jan. 3. They haven’t lost in regulation at home (21-0-1). … The Otters are tied for fourth on the franchise’s single-season home wins list with 12 games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (concussion) aren’t expected to play, but they could skate lightly this weekend. … F Jake Evans (ill) will play tonight. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 30 assists, 81 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (28-60-88) needs three assists to break the franchise mark of 62 assists held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … G Oscar Dansk extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes, 18 seconds, the third longest in franchise history, with shutout wins the past two games. He posted the second-longest stretch (170:48) in October. Adam Munro set the mark of 234:36 in March 2001. … Dansk has stopped 220-of-227 shots and posted four of his OHL-best six shutouts in a personal nine-game winning streak. … Kingston C Samuel Bennett (26-40-66) may not play tonight because of a reported groin injury. Bennett, Otters C Connor McDavid‘s former teammate in minor hockey, was ranked No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list for the 2014 draft. He didn’t play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. … D Roland McKeown (8-24-32, plus-28), another former Marlboro, is rated 15th among North American skaters. … LW Henri Ikonen (13-31-44) won a gold medal with his native Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … The Frontenacs are third in the Eastern Conference.

- Victor Fernandes

Switch to our mobile site