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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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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 26th, 2014

The OHL handed out two lengthy suspensions today that could have a dramatic impact on the playoffs. London G Anthony Stolarz and Guelph LW Brock McGinn were given 8-game suspensions for separate incidents on Tuesday.
Stolarz struck Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with his stick in the Knights’ 10-2 win over the Spitfires. McGinn was punished for an open-ice hit to the head of Plymouth RW Connor Sills in the Storm’s 2-1 loss to the Whalers.
Both suspensions greatly affect their teams, starting with the loss of McGinn, who had 43 goals and 85 points in the regular season and had two goals and three points in Guelph’s first three playoff games.
But the loss of Stolarz makes the Knights vulnerable moving forward, and that could include in the Memorial Cup if the Knights are eliminated early in these playoffs. According to the league’s official statement, his status for the CHL’s championship tournament would be reviewed at that time if Stolarz hasn’t complete his suspension.
Peterborough C Michael Clarke also was suspended for 8 games because of a match penalty for cross checking Tuesday against Kingston.

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 19th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth
Season records: Guelph 51-12-2-2, Plymouth 28-32-0-7
Season series: Guelph won 3-1
Players to watch

Scott Kosmachuk

Guelph – RW Scott Kosmachuk (49 goals, 52 assists, 101 points), LW Kerby Rychel (34-56-90), C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87), D Matt Finn (14-47-61, plus-57), G Justin Nichols (35-7-1-0 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 4 shutouts)
Plymouth – G Alex Nedeljkovic (26-28-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SO), C Zach Lorentz (27-27-54), RW Ryan Hartman (25-28-53), LW Carter Sandlak (24-24-48), D Gianluca Curcuruto (7-21-28, -14)
Outlook: The Storm scored 340 goals – at least 28 more than any other club and 153 more than than the Whalers. So Plymouth has no chance against the league’s regular-season champion – not even with an NHL prospect like Nedeljkovic in net.
Prediction: Storm in 4 games

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Season records: Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5, Owen Sound 31-29-3-5
Season series: Sault Ste. Marie won 2-0
Players to watch
Sault Ste. Marie – D Darnell Nurse (13-37-50), G Matt Murray (32-11-1-5, 2.57, .921, 6 SO), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (31-60-91), C Jared McCann (27-35-62), C Tyler Gaudet (26-35-61)
Owen Sound – G Brandon Hope (28-19-2-2, 2.89, .916, 2 SO), D Chris Bigras (4-22-26, -11), C Holden Cook (28-29-57), RW Zach Nastasiuk (23-28-51), RW Kurtis Gabriel (16-35-51)
Outlook: Hope will give the Attack hope in this series. But the Greyhounds are strong in net and on defense. That will be too much for Hope and the Attack to overcome.
Prediction: Greyhounds in 6 games

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch
Erie – RW Connor Brown (45

Connor Brown

-83-128), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, +52), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0, 2.39, .909, 6 SO)
Saginaw – D Jesse Graham (11-43-54, +3), C Kristoff Kontos (25-50-75), C Eric Locke (26-34-60), G Jake Paterson (24-18-2-0, 3.41, .906, 2 SO), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40, former Otter)
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit at both ends of the ice. The Spirit also enter the playoffs coping with the recent death of teammate Terry Trafford. Both will be too much for the Spirit to overcome.
Prediction: Otters in 4 games

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Season records: London 49-14-1-4, Windsor 37-28-3-0
Season series: London 5-1
Players to watch
London – LW Max Domi (34-59-93), C Chris Tierney (40-49-89), G Anthony Stolarz (25-5-1-1, 2.52, .926, 4 SO), LW Gemel Smith (37-38-75), C Bo Horvat (30-44-74)
Windsor – RW Josh Ho-Sang (32-53-85), C Brady Vail (32-51-83), LW Ben Johnson (28-25-53), C Remy Giftopoulos (24-24-48), G Alex Fotinos (22-10-1-0, 3.59, .896, 1 SO)
Outlook: The Spitfires were a potential playoff contender until they lost Ds Slater Koekkoek and Trevor Murphy to season-ending injuries. Now it will be one-and-done for Windsor.
Prediction: Knights in 5 games

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Erie Otters (50-14-2-0) at Plymouth Whalers (27-32-0-7)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich.
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Sarnia (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters moved within three points of first-place Guelph in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a 3-2 win in Windsor on Friday night. They also are three points ahead of fourth-place London. …
The Otters needs a win and a Guelph loss to Sarnia at home to remain in contention for the top spot overall. … Erie can clinch at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a win tonight and a London loss to Owen Sound at home. … The Otters have won six straight and seven of their last eight games, including a 6-1 win over Windsor last Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. … They can set the franchise record for points in a season (102 in 2000-01) with one point, as well as set a new franchise mark with their 22nd road win of the season. … RW

Connor Brown

Connor Brown (45 goals, 80 assists, 123 points) can finish among the top three in those three offensive categories, as well as power-play goals (20). … C Connor McDavid (25-70-95) needs five points in the last two games to join Brown and LW Dane Fox (62-41-103) as the only players in franchise history – and potentially the only players in the league this season – to reach 100 points. …. If McDavid reaches 100 points, the Otters would be the first club with three players to top the century mark in the same season since London’s Patrick Kane (145 points), Sergei Kostitsyn (131) and Sam Gagner (118) in the 2006-07 season. … G Oscar Dansk needs one win to

Oscar Dansk

become the second goaltender in franchise history with 30 wins (Ramis Sadikov, 36 in 2010-11). Dansk also has the second-best goals-against average (2.35) in Otters’ history (Adam Munro, 2.31 in 2000-01). … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) skated this week, but he didn’t play Friday in Windsor. … Plymouth has clinched the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and will face Guelph, Erie or London in the first round. … The Otters routed Plymouth 11-2 in their last meeting on March 5. Erie can complete a sweep of the four-game season series with a win.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 12th, 2014

Erie Otters C Connor McDavid considers his highlight-reel goal against Plymouth in an 11-2 win at Erie Insurance Arena on March 5 to be the best of his OHL career.
“It was a pretty neat goal (because) of how everything worked out,” he said of a high-speed, end-to-end rush that included putting the puck through Whalers D Alex Peters while racing past him.
Yet McDavid wonders why it has gained so much attention on the Internet and social media. “I didn’t think it would get that far,” he said. “I thought it was a pretty neat goal, I guess. But it got a little out of hand through social media.”

Posted: March 5th, 2014

The Erie Otters scored four goals in the opening 8 minutes of the game – and then added seven more the rest of the way – in an 11-2 rout of Plymouth tonight in front of 3,165 fans at Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters (47-14-2-0), which set a new franchise record with their 27th home win of the season, scored a season high in goals and fell two shy of the franchise mark of 13 in a game. Connor McDavid led the Otters with a goal and three assists, while Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky each had two goals and an assist, while Michael Curtis had 2 goals. Thirteen different players contributed points to the win.
Check out Thursday’s edition of the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com for complete coverage.

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

D Kurtis MacDermid also shared his thoughts with the media…

Posted: March 4th, 2014

Plymouth Whalers (25-30-0-7) at Erie Otters (46-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Windsor (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a three-game homestand over the next four days after sweeping games in Sarnia and Saginaw this past weekend. … The Otters can add to their franchise record for wins in a season that they set with a 4-2 win against the Spirit last Saturday. … The third-place Otters, who have six games left, trail first-place Guelph by seven points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Storm beat Kitchener 2-0 Tuesday night. Erie remains one point ahead of fourth-place London, who was idle Tuesday. … The Otters can set a new franchise record for home wins in a season tonight. They are tied with the 2000–01 club, which won 26 home games. They are 7-3-1-0 at home since starting the season with a franchise-record 19 straight wins. … C Connor McDavid (21 goals, 61 assists, 82 points) has moved into the league’s top 10 in scoring. He has moved into second, behind teammate Connor Brown (41-74-115) on the league’s assist list. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) won’t play tonight, but head coach Kris Knoblauch said he hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend’s games. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … G Oscar Dansk struggled in February with a 3-4-0-0 record, 3.29 goals-against average, .879 save percentage in seven games last month. His overall numbers are 26-9-1-0, 2.36, .913 and 5 shutouts. … The Whalers can clinch the Western Conference’s final playoff spot tonight with a win, an overtime loss or a shootout loss. They lead ninth-place Kitchener by 10 points with six games. … The Whalers have scored 172 goals, the second fewest in the league. … C Zach Lorentz leads the Whalers with 25 goals and 49 points. RW Ryan Hartman has 23 goals and 48 points. … G Alex Nedeljkovic (23-25-0-7, 2.91, .925, 1 shutout) is a top prospect in net for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. … The Otters hold the final Springhill Suites Big Assist night of the season tonight with Macaroni Night, when fans can purchase a discounted $5 ticket by donating a macaroni dinner that will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 16th, 2014

Check out video of Owen Sound LW Gilbert Gabor‘s hit on Erie Otters C Dylan Strome last Friday, which led to Gabor’s 10-game suspension from the league…

Here’s video of Windsor F Cristiano DiGiacinto‘s hit on Otters RW Andre Burakovsky last Sunday, which resulted in an 8-game suspension…

Former Otters F Hayden Hodgson was suspended 10 games for this hit in Sarnia’s game against Plymouth last Friday…

Posted: October 23rd, 2013

Secondary scoring and a 6-for-6 effort on the penalty kill headlined the Erie Otters’ 5-2 win against Plymouth Wednesday night at Erie Insurance. Arena. Connor Brown and Dane Fox had nine-game and seven-game point streaks end. But goals from five different players – including from Troy Donnay, Adam Pelech and Joel Wigle – to close out the game and extend Erie’s winning streak to eight straight games and their home record to 6-0. The Otters (10-2-1-0) head to London on Friday to face the Midwest Division rival Knights.

Check out post-game interviews with Pelech and G Oscar Dansk

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown*
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky
Hodgson-Strome-Wigle
Evans-Pettit-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Felker-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: D Cory Genovese (possible suspension), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy)

PLYMOUTH WHALERS

FORWARDS
Lorentz-Rydberg-Hartman*
Sandlak-Vilardi-Hiddink
Mistele-Vanderwiel-Chatham
Dunda-Mercer-Yetman

DEFENSE
Malysa*-Rathgeb
Jones-Wesley
Henderson-Peters*

GOALTENDERS
Alex Nedeljkovic*
Zack Bowman

Scratches: RW Spencer Lee, RW Connor Sills, D Gianluca Curcuruto, RW Vincent Scognamiglio

Referees: Ryan Moniz, Pat Myers ; Linesmen: Jesse Wilmot, Ryan Holmstead