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Posts tagged ‘ottawa 67′s’
Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Travis Konecny

Ottawa 67′s C Travis Konecny was named OHL rookie of the year today after leading all rookies with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in the regular season. Konecny, the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, earned 91 out of a possible 95 voting points.
London C Mitchell Marner and Barrie LW Andrew Mangiapane, who were second and third, respectively, with 59 and 51 points, finished second and third in voting with 37 and 21 points.
Konecny (91 voting points) and Mangiapane (68) also earned spots on the league’s All-Rookie first team, along with Erie Otters D Travis Dermott (66), Sault Ste. Marie RW Blake Speers (81), Oshawa D Mitchell Vande Sompel (50) and Barrie G Mackenzie Blackwood (72).

OHL All-Rookie Teams
(Voting points in parentheses)
First team
C – Travis Konecny, Ottawa (91)
LW – Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (68)
RW – Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (81)
D – Travis Dermott, Erie (66)
D – Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (50)
G – Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie (72)

Second team
C – Mitchell Marner, London (56)
LW – Lawson Crouse, Kingston (59)
RW – Nick Magyar, Kitchener (45)
D – Stefan LeBlanc, Mississauga (45)
D – Sean Day, Mississauga (43)
G – Matthew Mancina, Guelph (58)

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: December 6th, 2013

Erie Otters (24-4-1-0) at Ottawa 67′s (10-14-1-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre – Kanata, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Kingston (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue this stretch of three games in four days longest road trip tonight in the home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. The 67′s have played the past two seasons while the Ottawa Civic Centre undergoes renovations. … The Otters are 8-4-1-0 on the road following a 6-1 win in Peterborough on Thursday night. … LW Dane Fox has goals and points in his past five games (11 goals, 15 points). … Fox has tied RW Connor Brown for the OHL scoring lead with 58 points. … C Brendan Gaunce has two goals, four points and a plus-6 rating in his first four games as an Otter. … Ottawa stands fourth in the East Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference. The 67′s have a five-point edge over Belleville and Niagara in the race for the East’s final playoff spot. … The 67′s have lost two straight and seven of their last 10 games. … They are only 7-8-0-1 in their temporary home. … The game features the top two picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Ottawa C Travis Konecny (10-19-29) and Otters C Dylan Strome (5-12-17). Konecny leads all rookies in scoring, while Strome is tied for third. … LW Ryan Van Stralen (12-16-28) and C Dante Salituro (8-18-26) also lead the 67′s offense.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 25th, 2013

Erie Otters D Cory Genovese has been suspended for 5 games because of the match penalty incurred last Saturday night against Ottawa.
A match penalty for intent to injure carries an automatic 3-game ban. Genovese received an additional 2 games, OHL Vice President Ted Baker said, because “he just returned from a suspension as a result of a response to an opponent’s actions in a most inappropriate fashion.”
Genovese punched a 67′s player after being checked from behind into the boards. He also earned a 5-game suspension for retaliating against Windsor’s Ty Bilcke with a cross check to the face in a game Sept. 28. Genovese was in his second game back from that suspension when the most recent incident occurred.
Baker called it “a blow to the head (of) an unsuspecting player.”
Genovese sat out Wednesday’s game against Plymouth while awaiting the league’s ruling. So he has four games left, starting tonight in London. He’s eligible to rejoin the lineup Nov. 8 against Oshawa at Erie Insurance Arena.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 21st, 2013

Here’s Erie Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s take on D Cory Genovese‘s match penalty on Saturday:

“In my opinion, I don’t think it was the right call. Cory got hit from behind. He drew the 5-minute hitting from behind (penalty on the Ottawa player). He got up upset like he should have been. You could say it was a punch or a shove (from Genovese). I certainly think I see five or six of those in scrums every game. I just don’t think their player wanted to get involved with Cory. If I was playing against Cory, I probably wouldn’t want to get involved with him either.
I just think it was an unfortunate call. The referees are sometimes in a difficult situation. You have a player they’re worried about because he was laying on the ice. I hope the player is OK. I anticipate he is. If there was an injury on the play, if he did sustain a concussion, maybe there should be a suspension. But I really didn’t see any intent to injure. Under the circumstances, Cory did show a lot of restraint. I don’t think it warranted more than a 2-minute minor.”

Posted: October 21st, 2013

Here’s an update on Erie Otters D Cory Genovese and the match penalty for intent to injure that he received in Saturday’s game against Ottawa…

Under league rules, a match penalty for intent to injure carries an automatic 3-game suspension. But the incident is under review at the OHL office. So he could receive a longer suspension, especially if league officials take into greater consideration his 5-game suspension earlier this season for a cross check to the face of Windsor’s Ty Bilcke. The league also could choose not to suspend Genovese if it’s determined that the match penalty was the incorrect call.
A decision before Wednesday’s home game against Plymouth isn’t guaranteed. The league could suspend Genovese indefinitely to allow more time to make a decision.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 19th, 2013

The Erie Otters scored more goals – five – than the Ottawa 67′s had shots on goal – two – in the decisive second period of a 6-2 win in front of 3,779 fans at Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday night. Once again, the No. 1 line of Connor Brown, Dane Fox and Connor McDavid were at the forefront of that stellar offensive display.
Fox scored twice in the middle period – his OHL-leading 12th and 13th goals of the season. Brown added to his league-leading 29 points with three of his four assists in the game. McDavid added an assist to his first period goal. Darren Raddysh capped the offensive assault with the first goal of his OHL career. Then the Western Conference-leading Otters (9-2-1-0) coasted to their seventh straight win and a 5-0 record at home.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out post-game interviews from Travis Dermott, Connor McDavid and head coach Kris Knoblauch

Posted: October 18th, 2013

Ottawa 67′s (5-6-0-0) at Erie Otters (8-2-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Plymouth (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won six straight games overall and four in a row at home, their longest streaks since the 2010-11 club finished the regular season with eight consecutive wins and five straight at home. … The Otters (17 points) entered tonight’s games with sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. They lead West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie and Midwest Division rival London by two points. … RW Connor Brown (11 goals, 14 assists, 25 points) leads the OHL in scoring. Linemates Dane Fox (11-9-20) and Connor Brown (4-15-19) also rank among the top five. … The league’s leading power play (33.3 percent) has scored goals in all 11 games. … The Otters are fourth on the penalty kill (84.8 percent). … The 67′s are rebuilding after finishing last in the OHL a season ago. … C Travis Konecny, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, is second on the rookie scoring list with 10 points. … The 67′s began a stretch of five road games in the next six outings with a 7-4 loss at Niagara on Thursday. They began the season with nine of their first 10 games at home. … It’s Lake Erie Monsters Night at tonight’s game, headlined by “Sully” – the AHL club’s mascot.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 17th, 2013

This week, I’ll break down all 20 OHL clubs and unveil my predictions for the 2013-14 season. Today it’s the Eastern Conference (teams listed in alphabetical order):


Belleville Bulls
Coach/GM: George Burnett
2012-13 finish: 44-16-5-3, 1st division, 1st conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Barrie 4-3 in conference finals
Key players: C Alan Quine (23 goals, 44 assists, 67 points), C Brendan Gaunce (33-27-60; signed with Vancouver), D Jordan Subban (15-36-51, plus-22; Vancouver prospect), D Brady Austin (8-15-23, +16; former Erie Otter, Buffalo prospect), C Luke Cairns (12-29-41 with Erie)
Key losses: G Malcolm Subban (29-11-4-0 record, 2.14 goals-against average, .934 save percentage, 5 shutouts; signed with Boston), C Tyler Graovac (38-35-73; signed with Minnesota), C Joseph Cramarossa (19-44-63; signed with Anaheim), D Stephen Silas (7-23-30, plus-17), LW Danill Zharkov (25-18-43; signed with Torpedo-KHL), D Jake Cardwell (10-23-33, -11)
Outlook: Jordan Subban still leads the nucleus of this team. But the key to success begins with filling the gaping hole left by the depature of Malcolm Subban in goal. Charlie Graham, once Subban’s backup, and Braydon Banitsiotis, hope to anchor a defense and lead the Bulls deep into the playoffs again.

Kingston Frontenacs
Coach/GM: Todd Gill/Doug Gilmour
2012-13 finish: 27-35-3-3, 3rd division, 7th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Barrie 4-0 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: LW Henri Ikonen (22-29-51; Tampa Bay prospect), C Ryan Kujawinski (17-31-48; New Jersey prospect), C Darcy Greenaway (24-20-44), C Sam Bennett (18-22-40), D Roland McKeown (7-22-29, -24)
Key losses: G Mike Morrison (24-25-2-1, 3.62, .896, 1 SO), LW Cody Alcock (20-23-43)
Outlook: The Frontenacs are ranked ninth in the CHL’s preseason top 10. That seems high, but they have enough talent led by McKeown on defense and that talented trio of up front to turn promise and potential into success. The addition of G Matt Mahalak (22-11-4-3, 2.86, .906, 3 SO from Plymouth should help.

Oshawa Generals
Coach/GM: D.J. Smith/Jeff Twohey
2012-13 finish: 44-22-1-3, 2nd division, 3rd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Barrie 4-0 in conference semifinals
Key players: C Scott Laughton (23-33-56; signed with Philadelphia), G Daniel Altshuller (36-18-1-1, 2.62, .909, 3 SO; Carolina prospect), LW Michael Dal Colle (15-33-48), C Cole Cassels (15-28-43; Vancouver prospect), D Cullen Suellentrop (5-20-25, +3)
Key losses: C Boone Jenner (45-37-82; signed with Columbus), LW Lucas Lessio (19-15-34 in 35 games; signed with Phoenix), RW Tyler Biggs (26-27-53; signed with Toronto), RW Scott Sabourin (30-20-50; signed with Manchester-AHL), D Matt Petgrave (10-40-50), D Geoffrey Schemitsch (6-33-39, +29)
Outlook: The Generals followed a strong run through the regular season by being swept by Barrie in the second round of the playoffs. They have some pieces back, and Laughton could join them if he doesn’t earn a spot with the Flyers. Yet they have big holes to fill, led by Jenner and Lessio.

Ottawa 67’s
Coach/GM: Chris Byrne
2012-13 finish: 16-46-0-6, 5th division, 10th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Sean Monahan (31-47-78; signed with Calgary), C Travis Konecny (No. 1 pick in 2013 OHL Priority Selection), RW Joseph Blandisi (15-36-51; Colorado prospect), C Dante Salituro (14-26-40), LW Ryan Van Stralen (16-23-39)
Key losses: D Michal Cajkovsky (10-24-34)
Outlook: Konecny, who had 78 goals and 152 points in 63 minor-midget games a season ago, headlines the second season of 67′s rebuilding effort. Having a highly skilled leader like Monahan will help Konecny make the transition to the OHL, and help the team continue to make its way up the conference standings.

Peterborough Petes
Coach/GM: Jody Hull/Mike Oke
2012-13 finish: 26-35-3-4, 5th division, 9th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Stephen Pierog (19-16-35), LW Nick Ritchie (18-17-35), G Michael Giugovaz (9-17-2-1, 3.81, .896), C Jonatan Tanus (15-18-33), C Michael Clarke (15-17-32)
Key losses: C Brett Findlay (19-27-46; signed with San Francisco-ECHL), G Andrew D’Agostini (17-18-1-3, 3.81, .911, 1 SO)
Outlook: The Hull-Oke era begins its first full season with the rebuilding Petes. They need young players, starting with the promsing Giugovaz in net, to lead this team back to the playoffs.



Barrie Colts
Coach/GM: Dale Hawerchuck/Jason Ford
2012-13 finish: 44-20-2-2, 1st division, 2nd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-3 in league finals
Key players: C Zach Hall (24 goals, 57 assists, 81 points), D Aaron Ekblad (7-27-34, plus-29), LW Andreas Athanasiou (29-38-67; Detroit prospect), C Mitchell Theoret (25-35-60), G Alex Fotinos (9-8-0-1 record, 3.26 goals-against average, .897 save percentage)
Key losses: C Mark Scheifele (39-40-79; signed with Winnipeg), G Mathias Niederberger (35-12-2-1, 2.34, .933, 4 SO; signed with Manchester-AHL), RW Steven Beyers (16-53-69), LW Anthony Camara (36-24-60; signed with Boston), D Ryan O’Connor (18-35-53; signed with HC Davos-Switzerland)
Outlook: The Colts lost the OHL championship on London LW Bo Horvat’s series-winning goal with one-tenth of a second left in Game 7. Now they have to replace several key members of that team, headlined by Scheifele up front, O’Connor on defense and Niederberger in goal. That will be a challenge.

Mississauga Steelheads
Coach/GM: James Boyd
2012-13 finish: 26-34-0-8, 5th division, 8th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Belleville 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: G Spencer Martin (17-21-0-4, 3.02, .908; Colorado prospect), C Dylan Smoskowitz (33-22-55), D Trevor Carrick (10-21-31, -1; Carolina prospect), LW Josh Burnside (12-16-28), C Brett Foy (11-13-24)
Key losses: LW Riley Brace (21-52-73; signed with Worcester-AHL), D Dylan DeMelo (15-35-50; signed with San Jose), D Stuart Percy (13-32-45; signed with Toronto)
Outlook: Martin heads into his first season as a NHL draft pick having to lead a defense that will be critical for the Steelheads’ success this season.

Niagara IceDogs
Coach/GM: Marty Williamson
2012-13 finish: 30-34-2-2, 4th division, 6th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Oshawa 4-1 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: D Jesse Graham (4-35-39, -17; N.Y. Islanders prospect), D Luke Mercer (2-27-29, +8), C Carter Verhaeghe (18-26-44; Toronto prospect), LW Anthony DiFruscia (14-16-30), G Chris Festarini (22-24-2-2, 3.27, .898; former Erie Otter)
Key losses: C Ryan Strome (34-60-94; signed with N.Y. Islanders), RW Brett Ritchie (41-35-76; signed with Dallas), LW Steven Shipley (32-35-67), Shayne Rover (8-19-27)
Outlook: The midseason departure of D Dougie Hamilton to the NHL’s Boston Bruins sparked a free-fall that ended with a first-round loss to Oshawa. Now Strome, Ritchie and others are gone, leaving the D pairing of Graham and Mercer leading the way for a team searching for a bounce-back season.

North Bay Battalion
Coach/GM: Stan Butler
2012-13 finish: 34-25-3-6, 2nd division, 4th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Sudbury 4-1 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: RW Barclay Goodrow (38-14-52), LW Blake Clarke (19-32-51), D Dylan Blujus (2-27-29; Tampa Bay prospect), G Jake Smith (9-6-0-2, 2.57, .891), RW Matt MacLeod (19-20-39), LW Brandon Robinson (17-17-34)
Key losses: G Matej Machovsky (25-19-3-4, 2.52, .910, 3 SO; signed with HC Plzen-Czech Republic)
Outlook: The Butler-led Battalion have always been known for stingy defense. That recipe for success should stay the same in the club’s first season in North Bay. Smith and Blujus lead a defense that ranked among the league leaders the past two seasons.

Sudbury Wolves
Coach/GM: Paul Fixter/Blaine Smith
2012-13 finish: 29-27-5-7, 3rd division, 5th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Belleville 4-0 in conference semifinals
Key players: C Matthew Campagna (24-44-68), LW Nathan Pancel (26-30-56), RW Nicholas Baptiste (21-27-48; Buffalo prospect), C Connor Crisp (22-14-36; acquired from Erie, Montreal prospect); LW Dominik Kahun (13-27-40)
Key losses: RW Michael Kantor (20-13-33; signed with N.Y. Rangers), D Charlie Dodero (7-20-27; signed with N.Y. Rangers)
Outlook: Fixter has moved from associate coach to head coach to replace Trent Cull, who joined the coaching staff of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. He inherits a team with a solid nucleus led by Campagna and Pancel. The club also added Crisp and D Jimmy McDowell (14-19-33) in an offseason trade.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: March 22nd, 2013

My apologies, this didn’t post for some reason yesterday …

Sean Day was happy and relieved to hear the news Thursday. The Ontario Hockey Federation announced that Hockey Canada granted exceptional player status to the 15-year-old defenseman , which allows him to enter the OHL Priority Selection a year early.
He joins former current New York Islanders center John Tavares (Oshawa, 2005), Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad (2011) and Erie Otters center Connor McDavid (2012) as the only players to receive early entry into the league.
Unlike his predecessors, Day reportedly isn’t guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the April 6 draft. Speculation has arisen about the Ottawa 67′s and their choice. Under league rules, the 67′s aren’t required to choose Day with that top pick. Day isn’t required to report to the club that picks him.
However, Day said during Thursday’s conference call that “I’m prepared to go anywhere,” he said. “Part of getting this (status) is to play in the OHL.”
Meanwhile, the Otters hold the No. 2 pick because they finished with the league’s second-worst record (19-40-4-5). Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, was tight-lipped earlier this week regarding the pick. “We’ve got a pretty good idea,” Bassin said. “We’ll go with the best player.”
The Otters need help on a defense that allowed 312 goals this season, the second-worst total in the league. Day, a 6 foot 2 inch, 197-pound offensive defenseman, had 11 goals and 35 points in 63 games with Detroit-area Compuware’s minor midget club. “If you need me to play good defense, I can play that,” Day, a Belgian-born Canadian citizen who lives in Rochester, Mich., said during a conference call. “If you need a fourth forward, I can jump into the play.” Yet forwards such as Travis Konecny (Elgin Middlesex Chiefs) and Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros) are highly regarded. Earlier this week, Bassin said he needed the right complementary players to play alongside skilled performers like McDavid.
Keith Day, Sean’s father, said there has been no contact yet with officials from the 67′s or Otters.

- Victor Fernandes

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