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

WESTERN CONFERENCE
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth
Game 1 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 26 at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 26 at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Friday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 4 – March 26 at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – March 27 at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – March 31 at Erie, 7 p.m.*

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – Friday at London, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 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.*
* If necessary

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 7th, 2013

The Erie Otters head to Hanover, Ontario, on Sunday looking to rebound from consecutive preseason losses.
The Otters face Owen Sound in a 2 p.m. game at a sold-out P&H Centre with a depleted roster, especially up front. They will play without seven players at NHL rookie camps – goaltender Oscar Dansk (Columbus), defensemen Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders) and forwards Connor Brown (Toronto), Andre Burakovsky (Washington), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Stephen Harper (Philadephia). Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (shoulder), free agent Fabrizio Ricci (shoulder) and Joel Wigle (shoulders) are out with injuries.
The Otters had 17 skaters, one below the maximum allowed to dress for a game, in a 4-2 loss in Barrie on Friday night. But coach Kris Knoblauch had to play two rookie defensemen – Patrick Murphy and Jesse Saban – at forward because the Otters have only nine available forwards on the roster.
Fans can listen to the broadcast from Bluewater Radio 91.3 FM. Steve Fitzsimmons and Bill Granger, the longtime voices of the Guelph Storm, will call the action.

Posted: September 6th, 2013

Apparently, parents of Erie Otters players are entitled to one free ticket to the team’s exhibition game against Owen Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. at P&H Centre in Hanover, Ontario. But tickets to the game are going fast. More than 1,000 general admission tickets already been sold in a rink that has 700 seats and standing room-only areas. So fans are asked to arrive at the rink no later than 12:30 p.m., when the doors open.
Thanks to Mike Marsden, father of Otters free-agent F Matt Marsden, for sharing that information with me…

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: 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)

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
Quarterfinals

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
Semifinals
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 6 Niagara, 4-2
No. 2 Barrie def. No. 4 Brampton, 4-1
Finals
No. 1 Belleville def. No. 2 Barrie, 4-3

Western Conference
Quarterfinals

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
Semifinals
No. 1 London def. No. 5 Guelph, 4-1
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 3 Owen Sound, 4-2
Finals
No. 2 Plymouth def. No. 1 London, 4-3

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

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 20th, 2012

BRNO, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech has to settle for a chance to win a bronze medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Canada lost to the undefeated United States 2-1 Friday in the semifinals, setting up a third-place matchup against Finland on Sunday at 6 a.m. The U.S. will face unbeaten Sweden, a 7-3 semifinal winner against Finland, for the gold medal Sunday at 10 a.m.
Pelech had no points, one shot on goal and two penalty minutes against the U.S. He has no points, eight shots and eight penalty minutes in six games at the tournament. Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith scored Canada’s lone goal, which tied the score at 1 late in the first period. The U.S. scored the winning goal 6 minutes, 26 seconds into the third against Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray, stopped 25 of 27 shots.

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