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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 17th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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: September 30th, 2013

Erie Otters Fs Connor McDavid and Andre Burakovsky missed practice today. Actually, they were out of the country until today.
Burakovsky had to stay in Canada after Saturday’s game in Windsor because his immigration paperwork wasn’t complete. McDavid also stayed across the border to be checked out for what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor stretched muscle in his lower back area. Bassin said Burakovsky’s paperwork is now done and McDavid is fine. Both are on their way back to Erie.
In other news, winger Joel Wigle faces regular contact in practice this week. So head coach Kris Knoblauch is hopeful he can play in Saturday’s home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance. He could fill in for winger Stephen Harper, who will miss the game for his match penalty (slew footing) against the Spitfires and faces a possible longer suspension. D Cory Genovese also could be suspended for his major cross-checking penalty and game misconduct on Saturday.
C Jake Evans was back on the ice after sitting out against the Spitfires because he was sick.
Meanwhile, captain Connor Brown (2-4-6 in 3 games) was considered for OHL player of the week, but he was beaten out by Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith (5-1-6 in 2 games).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 27th, 2013

The Erie Otters, in conjunction with Epic Web Studios, will hold the fourth annual Otter Home Opener Party before the club’s Oct. 5 game against North Bay, which will be the first event in the newly renovated Erie Insurance Arena. The free event begins at 4 p.m., and will take place on the corner of Ninth and French streets. It will feature an autograph session with some players as part of a red carpet ceremony. Free beer and soda will be provided, while food will be available for purchase from the Mercyhurst University Food Truck. Local rock band Falling Hollywood, The Erie Clowns and magicians will entertain fans.

Posted: September 18th, 2013

REGULAR SEASON
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

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals

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
Semifinals
No. 1 Barrie def. No. 4 Sudbury, 4-1
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 2 Kingston, 4-3
Finals
No. 3 North Bay def. No. 1 Barrie, 4-2

Western Conference
Quarterfinals

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
Semifinals
No. 1 London def. No. 7 Sault Ste. Marie, 4-1
No. 3 Guelph def. No. 4 Erie, 4-3
Finals
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 12th, 2013

Erie Otters veteran C Jake Evans (knee) hopes to be ready to skate in the next week or two. Evans, who has been out since suffering the injury in training camp two weeks ago, holds out hope he can make his season debut in the Oct. 5 home opener against North Bay.
“I’m hoping before that,” he said. “But you never know.”

- 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: June 27th, 2013

Here’s a breakdown of the Erie Otters’ 2013-14 schedule …

* Start with five straight road games, including the Sept. 20 opener in Guelph
* Play their home opener in a newly renovated Erie Insurance Arena against North Bay, which moves from Brampton this coming season
* Play 24 of 34 home games on weekends (15 Saturdays, 8 Fridays, 1 Sunday); also play home games on Wednesdays (5), Thursdays (3), Monday and Tuesday (1 apiece); longest home stand is 6 games (Nov. 8-19)
* Have several what they call “specialty games” besides their annual Thanksgiving Night game (Nov. 28 against Guelph, which ends an 8-year stretch of playing Belleville on that night)
—- Veterans Day game vs. Niagara (Monday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.)
—- Kids Day “Hockey Hooky ” game vs. Kitchener (Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m.)
—- New Year’s Eve game vs. Kitchener (Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.)

Posted: June 27th, 2013

Erie Otters’ 2013-14 home schedule
October
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)
November
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)
December
11 – Mississauga, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
14 – London, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
31 – Kitchener, 6 p.m. (Tuesday – New Year’s Eve)
January
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)
February
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)
March
5 – Plymouth, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
7 – Windsor, 7 p.m. (Friday)
8 – Kitchener, 7 p.m. (Saturday)
15 – Sarnia, 7 p.m. (Saturday)