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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s take on the series in this edition of Knoblauch Korner

Western Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 6 Saginaw Spirit

Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch

Oscar Dansk

Erie – RW Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points in the regular season), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, plus-52 rating), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0 record, 2.39 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, 6 shutouts)
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)
Fast facts: The Otters finished the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and a league-best 30-3-1-0 record at home. … Brown, Fox and McDavid finished among the top four scorers overall to lead an offense that ranked third with a franchise-record 312 goals. … Erie led the league with a franchise-best 170 goals against, which was at least 17 fewer than any other team. … Erie had seven players with 50 points or more, while the Spirit had three. … Pelech and Graham finished tied for third in points among defensemen. … Cairns had 10 goals and 26 points in 42 games since being acquired from Belleville. … Erie native Brian Allen has served as the Spirit’s equipment manager for the past four seasons.
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit in net, on defense and up front. 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

- Victor Fernandes

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: 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: 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 17th, 2012

Saginaw’s Greg Gilbert has been named the OHL’s Coach of the Year. Read the full story by clicking the link.

Posted: April 16th, 2012

The winner of the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year will be announced Tuesday at 11 a.m. The finalists are Brampton’s Stan Butler, Ottawa’s Chris Byrne, Saginaw’s Greg Gilbert, Barrie’s Dale Hawerchuk, Kitchener’s Steve Spott and Guelph’s Scott Walker.

Posted: April 9th, 2012

Erie Otters center Dane Fox stands 46th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which was released Monday. Five teammates join him on the list, including first-tim selection Luke Cairns. The veteran center is considered No. 189 among North American skaters after not appearing on Central Scouting’s preliminary and midterm lists.
Right wing Connor Brown (No. 110 from No. 85 in the midterm rankings) as well as defensemen Adam Pelech (No. 120 from No. 54), Troy Donnay (No. 122 from No. 115) and Liam Maaskant(No. 195 from No. 134) slipped down the list.
Former Otters winger Chris Marchese, now with Windsor, stands at No. 122. Center Drake Caggiula, the Otters’ third-round pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, appears at No. 185. Caggiula, who played for Stouffville in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League this season, has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at North Dakota.
Sarnia’s duo of right wing Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk rank first and fourth, respectively, followed by Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci (sixth), Kitchener center Radek Faksa (seventh) and London defenseman Olli Maatta (eighth). Belleville’s Malcolm Subban (first), Saginaw’s Jake Paterson (third) and Kitchener’s Frank Palazzese (ninth) rank among the top 10 North American goaltenders.
The NHL draft takes place June 22-23 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Check out the the complete rankings by clicking on the link.

Posted: September 22nd, 2011

Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the 2011-12 OHL season:

REGULAR SEASON

Eastern Conference

East Division

1. Oshawa

2. Ottawa

3. Peterborough

4. Kingston

5. Belleville

Central Division

1. Niagara

2. Mississauga

3. Sudbury

4. Brampton

5. Barrie

 

Western Conference

Midwest Division

1. London

2. Kitchener

3. Erie

4. Owen Sound

5. Guelph

West Division

1. Plymouth

2. Saginaw

3. Sarnia

4. Windsor

5. Sault Ste. Marie

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 8 Kingston, 4-0

No. 2 Oshawa def. No. 7 Sudbury, 4-2

No. 3 Mississauga def. No. 6 Brampton, 4-1

No. 4 Ottawa def. No. 5 Peterborough, 4-1

Semifinals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 4 Ottawa, 4-0

No. 3 Mississauga def. No. 2 Oshawa, 4-2

Finals

No. 1 Niagara def. No. 3 Mississauga, 4-2

 

Western Conference

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 8 Owen Sound, 4-2

No. 2 London def. No. 7 Erie, 4-2

No. 6 Windsor def. No. 3 Saginaw, 4-3

No. 5 Sarnia def. No. 4 Kitchener, 4-2

Semifinals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 6 Windsor, 4-2

No. 2 London def. No. 5 Sarnia, 4-3

Finals

No. 1 Plymouth def. No. 2 London, 4-2

 

League finals

No. 1E Niagara def. No. 1W Plymouth, 4-2

Posted: December 28th, 2010

What: Erie Otters (17-16-1-1) at Plymouth Whalers (17-14-1-1)

When: Tuesday, 2 p.m.

Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich.

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (25 goals, 29 assists, 54 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (17-15-32), RW Anthony Luciani (13-17-30), G Ramis Sadikov (17-12-1-1 record, 2.89 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Phil Varone (12-14-26)

Plymouth – G Scott Wedgewood (16-9-0-1, 2.51, .917, 2 SO), RW Stefan Noesen (15-21-36), RW Robbie Czarnik (13-19-22), LW Tyler Brown (11-16-27), C Alex Aleardi (14-12-26)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters and Whalers begin the second half in a virtual tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. Both teams have 36 points and 17 wins (the first tiebreaker), but the Whalers have a better winning percentage (.545 to .514). … The Otters begin the second half without rookie LW Chris Marchese (3-7-10) and rookie D Adam Pelech (1-5-6, plus-1), who are representing Ontario in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The tournament runs from Wednesday through Dec. 28 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. … Sadikov should continue his franchise-record streak of 25 straight starts. … McKegg begins the half fourth in the OHL scoring race and tied for third in goals. … Luciani has 10 goals and 25 points in 16 games since returning from a broken wrist last month. … Szydlowski needs six goals and 16 points to surpass his single-season career high in goals (23 in 2008-09) and points (48 in 2009-10). … The Otters won the first meeting between the teams – 4-1 in Erie Oct. 27. That remains the Otters’ only win against the West Division (1-4-0-1). … Varone made his Otters’ debut that same night. The team has a 14-7-0-1 record since he was acquired from London Oct. 26. … C Mike Cazzola (9-16-25), who has missed two months with a broken wrist, is scheduled for X-rays today. He could rejoin the lineup next week.

Plymouth – The Whalers ended the first half with a four-game losing streak. … They won both meetings with the Otters in Plymouth last season. … Wedgewood ranks among the league’s top five in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. … Noesen has shattered his 33-game totals from his rookie season last year (3 goals, 8 points). … The Whalers rank near the bottom of the league on the power play (17 percent), but they are in the top 10 on the penalty kill (80.5). … They are the second-most penalized team (671 minutes). … D Beau Schmitz (3-16-19) ranks among the top 20 defensemen in scoring.

Up next: at Saginaw (Wednesday, 7:11 p.m.), at Windsor (Friday, 2:05 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

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