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Posted: April 14th, 2014

Defense will be on display in the Eastern Conference championship series between Oshawa and North Bay.
The Generals (187 goals against) and Battalion (189) ranked second and third, respectively, in the regular season – behind the Erie Otters (170). They have been equally stingy in the playoffs, with the Generals allowing 13 goals in a pair of four-game sweeps over Mississauga and Peterborough, and the Battalion – one of the league’s top defensive teams every year under head coach Stan Butler – surrendering 28 goals in 13 games.
“It’s two tough teams with two defensive backgrounds,” Generals D Josh Brown said. “It should be a tough series.”
Yet the spotlight should be on Battalion G Jake Smith, who has been solid throughout the postseason but enters this series overshadowed by Oshawa G Daniel Altshuller, who has been arguably the best at this position in the playoffs.
“He’s made the big saves when we’ve needed him to,” Butler said of Smith.
The Generals had an easy road to this round, as they have won all eight games so far. North Bay needed to rally from a 3-1 series deficit against Niagara in the first round, and survive a six-game series with Barrie, to reach this point. Butler doesn’t believe neither the well-rested Generals or battle-tested Battalion has an advantage.

Eastern Conference finals (best-of-7 series)

No. 1 Oshawa Generals vs. No. 2 North Bay Battalion
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, North Bay 38-24-4-2
Season series: Tied 2-2
Playoff recap: Oshawa def. No. 8 Mississauga 4 games to 0 in quarterfinals, def. No. 6 Peterborough 4-0 in semifinals; North Bay def. No. 7 Niagara 4-3 in quarterfinals, def. No. 4 Barrie 4-2 in semifinals
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (5 goals, 11 assists, 16 points), G Daniel Altshuller (8-0-0 record, 1.50 goals-against average, .939 save percentage, 3 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (6-7-13), RW Hunter Smith (3-8-11), C Josh Sterk (5-4-9), C Scott Laughton (3-4-7); North Bay – G Jake Smith (8-5-0, 2.08, .916, 2 shutouts), RW Barclay Goodrow (6-6-12), C Nick Paul (7-2-9), RW Alan Henriksson (6-2-8), LW Ben Thomson (4-4-8), D Brenden Miller (1-6-7, plus-5)
Fast facts: The Generals are the only team without a loss in the playoffs. … Laughton rejoins Oshawa’s lineup after serving a three-game suspension stemming from a match penalty for butt-ending in Game 1 against Peterborough. … Altshuller leads the league in GAA, save percentage and shutouts, and is tied atop the wins list with Smith and Otters G Devin Williams. … The Battalion overcame a 3-1 series deficit against Niagara and squandering a two-game lead against Barrie. … Each team won at home and on the road in the season series. … Dal Colle (tied for second) and Cassels (tied for eighth) rank among the league’s top 10 in playoff scoring. … Goodrow (tied for 12th) is the Battalion’s only player among the top 20. … 
Outlook: The Battalion were one loss away from losing in the first round, and battled Barrie in a six-game series. They won’t have enough left for the Generals, who have cruised through the playoffs by outscoring opponents 32-13 in eight games.
Prediction: Generals in 5 games

Overall record - Oshawa 8-0-0, North Bay 8-5-0
Home record - Oshawa 4-0-0, North Bay 6-1-0
Road record - Oshawa 4-0-0, North Bay 2-4-0
Goals scored - Oshawa 32 (4 per game), North Bay 37 (2.8 per game)
Goals against - Oshawa 13 (1.6 per game), North Bay 28 (2.1 per game)
Power play - Oshawa 30.2 pct., North Bay 12.3 pct.
Penalty kill - Oshawa 83.8 pct., North Bay 91.5 pct.

Game 1 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 25 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 26 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 28 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.* 

* If necessary 



Posted: March 18th, 2014


No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, Mississauga 24-38-1-5
Season series: Oshawa won 3-1
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points), C Scott

Scott Laughton

Laughton (40-47-87), G Daniel Altshuller (31-13-0-3 record, 2.56 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (24-49-73), RW Dylan Smoskowitz (29-17-46)
Mississauga – D Sean Day (6-10-16, minus-35), G Spencer Martin (24-33-1-4, 3.54, .899, 3 SO), C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44), LW Josh Burnside (12-27-39), RW Andrew Goldberg (17-16-33)
Outlook: Forget that the Steelheads beat Oshawa in their first meeting of the season. These aren’t the same Steelheads, and the Generals are much stronger. This series won’t be close.
Prediction: Oshawa in 4 games

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Season records: North Bay 38-24-4-2, Niagara 24-35-3-6
Season series: Tied 3-3
Players to watch
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67), G Jake Smith (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SO), LW Vincent Praplan (19-34-53), C Nick Paul (26-20-46), C Brendan Miller (8-24-32, +14)
Niagara – C Carter Verhaeghe (28-54-82), LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71), LW Anthony DiFruscia (25-27-52), RW Eric Ming (33-17-50), D Luke Mercer (5-34-39)
Outlook: The hard-working IceDogs will give the Battalion a battle. But defense wins in the playoffs, and the Battalion are known for defense.
Prediction: Battalion in 6 games

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Season records: Kingston 39-23-3-3, Peterborough 32-30-0-6
Season series: Kingston won 4-2
Players to watch

Sam Bennett

Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91), LW Henri Ikonen (25-45-70), RW Spencer Watson (33-35-68), D Roland McKeown (11-32-43, +38), G Matt Mahalak (28-19-1-1, 3.59, .890, 3 SO)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74), C Hunter Garlent (20-49-69), RW Eric Cornel (25-37-62), C Michael Clarke (21-27-48), G Andrew D’Agostini (25-21-0-2, 3.40, .901, 4 SO)
Outlook: The Frontenacs dominated the first four games in the season series. Yet the Petes responded with wins in the final two meetings. They will carry that momentum over into this series.
Prediction: Petes in 7 games

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Season records: Barrie 37-28-1-2, Sudbury 33-24-3-8
Season series: Sudbury won 5-3
Players to watch
Barrie – LW Andreas Athanasiou (49-48-95), D Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

(23-30-53, +7), LW Zach Hall (16-54-70), LW Andrew Mangiapane (24-27-51), LW Brendan Lemieux (27-26-53)
Sudbury – RW Nicholas Baptiste (45-44-89), LW Nathan Pancel (42-32-74), C Matthew Campagna (15-59-74), D Trevor Carrick (22-29-51), C Connor Crisp (28-27-55, former Otter)
Outlook: The Wolves made bold moves at the trade deadline. They struggled down the stretch, but now is the time to make those moves pay off.
Prediction: Sudbury in 7 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 25th, 2014

Erie Otters (35-9-2-0) at Oshawa Generals (31-12-0-4)
When: Today, 6:05 p.m.
Where: General Motors Centre – Oshawa, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Belleville (Monday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a five-game road trip, tied for longest this season, a day after having their game in Belleville on Saturday moved to Monday because of snow and bad travel conditions in Ontario. … The Otters have lost consecutive games for only the second time this season. They dropped a season-high three in a row last month. … The Otters are three points behind Guelph in the chase for the OHL and Western Conference regular-season titles and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Otters beat Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa 3-2 on Nov. 8 at Erie Insurance Arena. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) made the trip with the team. He’s listed as day-to-day. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) has no goals and one point in his past three games. He needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (32-62-94) tied Zack Torquato (62 assists in 2009-10) on the franchise’s single-season list with an assist in a 4-3 loss to Niagara on Friday. Brown needs six points to surpass Pecker’s record of 99 points in 2001-02 and become the first 100-point scorer in Otters history. … RW Andre Burakovsky had two goals and an assist against the IceDogs in his first game since suffering a head injury Jan. 12 against Windsor. … Rookie C Dylan Strome (head) also rejoined the lineup Friday. … The Otters are 13-7-1-0 on the road, while the Generals are 18-4-0-2 at home. … Oshawa, who has won five straight games, leads the Eastern Conference by eight points over Sudbury. … They are tied for second in the league with 127 goals against. The Otters are first with 113. … LW Michael Dal Colle, one of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, leads the Generals with 31 goals and 70 points in 47 games. … C Scott Laughton, a signed Philadelphia Flyers prospect, has 26 goals and 60 points in 35 games. … RW Dylan Smoskowitz has two goals and six points in six games since being acquired from Mississauga earlier this month.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 7th, 2013

The Erie Otters face Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa on Friday night at Erie Insurance Arena in their first game since London ended their franchise-record, 11-game winning streak last weekend. What does head coach Kris Knoblauch expect from his team?
“I want to see us respond. We’ve been pretty consistent throughout the year. We’ve responded well after losses. (Last Sunday) we played London, a good team, and we got outplayed. I certainly want to see how we respond. We’ve had a little bit of adversity. We haven’t had much (adversity) this year. It will be nice to see how we respond to that.”

* Making a name for themselves: Knoblauch said his team’s identity – a team with two scoring lines and multiple offensive threats that could play a run-and-gun style but focuses on patience offensively and a responsible approach on defense – has begun to emerge this season.
“If a team can know what they’re about and where their strengths are and play to them, then you’re going to have success more times than not. I think we’re starting to identify what we are and what kind of team we are. So as long as we stick to that, we should be able to put together winning streaks as opposed to those losing streaks.”

On Friday’s matchup with Oshawa:
“Oshawa has probably got the hottest line right now. I would say the (Scott) Laughton-(Michael) Dal Colle-(Cole) Cassell line, certainly they’ll be getting a lot of attention from us just because they’re a good line, very good at scoring a lot of goals. We’ll have to do our best to limit their opportunities.”

- Victor Fernandes

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Posted: October 3rd, 2013

The Oshawa Generals are getting a key player back in their lineup – Scott Laughton. Read more here

Posted: June 28th, 2013

Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, 16, and D Adam Pelech, 18, will join 32 other CHL players – including 11 other OHL players – at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, set for Aug. 4-10 in Brossard, Quebec, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
They will head to Brossard for two days of practices Aug. 4-5 at the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility before heading to Lake Placid for exhibition games against Finland Aug. 7, Otters G Oscar Dansk and Sweden Aug. 8 and the United States Aug. 10.
McDavid and Pelech will be joined by G Jake Paterson (Saginaw), Ds Matt Finn (Guelph) and Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie) and Fs Max Domi (London), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville), Bo Horvat (London), Scott Laughton (Oshawa), Sean Monahan (Ottawa), Ryan Rupert (London), Kerby Rychel (Windsor) and Tom Wilson (Plymouth).
* 5 Otters heading to Ontario camp: Five of the Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Fs Dylan Strome (1st round), Sean Kohler (6th round) and Patrick Fellows (7th round) and Ds Jesse Saban (2nd round) and Cole Mayo (3rd round) have been invited to Team Ontario’s Under-17 Provincial Camp, set for Aug. 14-18 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. They will join 63 other players hoping to earn spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Posted: September 16th, 2012

This week, I’ll break down all 20 OHL clubs division by division and unveil my predictions for the 2012-13 season. Today, let’s look at the Eastern Conference’s East Division (listed in alphabetical order):

Belleville Bulls
Coach/GM: George Burnett
2011-12 finish: 35-32-1-0, 2nd division, 7th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Ottawa 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: G Malcolm Subban (25-14-0-0 record, 2.50 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 3 shutouts; signed with Boston), C Brendan Gaunce (28 goals, 40 assists, 68 points; signed with Vancouver), RW Austen Brassard (27-24-51; Winnipeg prospect); D Stephen Silas (6-26-32), D Brady Austin (6-20-26; former Erie Otter)
Key losses: C Adam Payerl (22-25-47), RW Luke Judson (18-21-39)
Outlook: Burnett has the rebuilding Bulls headed in the right direction, as they have improved by 15 wins in the past three seasons. And with Subban in net, Silas on defense and Gaunce up front, the Bulls could make a big move this season.

Kingston Frontenacs
Coach/GM: Todd Gill/Doug Gilmour
2011-12 finish: 19-41-3-5, 5th division, 10th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Darcy Greenaway (27-25-52), LW Cody Alcock (24-23-47), C Ryan Kujawinski (16-20-36), D Roland McKeown (No. 2 pick in 2012 OHL Priority Selection), G Mike Morrison (10-19-2-3, 3.87, .890, 1 SO)
Key losses: G Igor Bobkov (17-32-2-4, 3.64, .902, 1 SO; signed with Anaheim)
Outlook: The Frontenacs had the league’s second-worst record a season ago. Morrison, an overager signed earlier this summer, will need to lead a young team headlined by the offensive trio of Greenaway, Alcock and Kujawinski, through a rebuild.

Oshawa Generals
Coach/GM: D.J. Smith/Jeff Twohey
2011-12 finish: 31-30-4-3, 3rd division, 8th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Niagara 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: LW Lucas Lessio (34-28-62; signed with Phoenix), C Scott Laughton (21-32-53; signed with Philadelphia), C Boone Jenner (22-27-49; signed with Columbus), D Matt Petgrave (10-35-45, plus-11), G Daniel Altshuller (11-16-2-1, 3.55, ,900)
Key losses: RW Christian Thomas (34-33-67; signed with N.Y. Rangers), RW Nicklas Jensen (25-33-58), LW Andy Andreoff (22-36-58), D Julian Melchiori (2-34-36, +10)
Outlook: The Generals had talent galore last season, but lost in the first round after barely making the playoffs. They still have plenty of talent this season. Smith and Twohey, the former GM in Peterborough, are in charge of turning that talent into wins.

Ottawa 67’s
Coach/GM: Chris Byrne
2011-12 finish: 40-20-5-3, 1st division, 2nd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Barrie 4-3 in conference semifinals
Key players: D Cody Ceci (17-43-60, +34; signed with Ottawa), C Sean Monahan (33-45-78), G Jake Cardwell (8-28-36), LW Steven Janes (16-20-36), G Keegan Wilson (12-9-3-3, 2.82, .892, 1 SO with Kingston)
Key losses: RW Tyler Toffoli (52-48-100; signed with Los Angeles), LW Shane Prince (43-47-90; signed with Ottawa), G Petr Mrazek (30-13-4-2, 2.84, .917, 3 shutouts; signed with Detroit), C Mike Cazzola (11-34-45; former Otter); D Marc Zanetti (7-21-28, +27)
Outlook: Toffoli’s 109 goals and 208 points the past two years will be difficult to replace, especially since the 67′s also lost 40-goal scorer Prince. But the key to success will be Wilson in net, where he replaces the highly skilled and consistent Mrazek.

Peterborough Petes
Coach/GM: Mike Pelino/David Reid
2011-12 finish: 27-34-3-4, 4th division, 9th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Alan Quine (30-40-70; Detroit prospect), D Slater Koekkoek (5-13-18 in 26 games; Tampa Bay prospect), G Andrew Agostini (17-15-1-1, 3.90, .890, 1 SO), LW Nick Ritchie (16-23-39), D Steven Trojanovic (7-15-22)
Key losses: LW Matt Puempel (34-35-69; traded to Kitchener, signed with Ottawa), C Andrew Yogan (41-37-78; former Otter, signed with N.Y. Rangers), RW Lino Martschini (20-38-58, playing pro in Switzerland)
Outlook: The Petes lost Yogan to the pros, and then traded Puempel earlier this summer. But they still have a good chance to for their first winning record and playoff appearance in three years. A healthy Koekkoek would improve those odds.

Posted: April 22nd, 2012

BRNO, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech and Canada captured the bronze medal with a 5-4 overtime win against Finland in the third-place game at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship Sunday. Pelech no points and one shot on goal in the game to finish the tournament with no points, nine shots on goal and eight penalty minutes in seven games.
Hunter Shinkaruk, who plays for Medicine Hat in the Western Hockey League, scored his third goal of the game 2 minutes, 5 seconds into overtime to seal the victory. Belleville’s Brendan Gaunce scored a goal and Oshawa’s Scott Laughton had two assists for Canada, while Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray stopped 29-of-33 shots in net. The United States won the gold medal with a 7-0 win against Sweden.

Posted: April 12th, 2012

BRNO, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech and Canada opened the IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a 6-1 win Thursday against Denmark. Pelech, an assistant captain, had no points, two shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Windsor’s Kerby Rychel had a goal and assist for Canada, which returns to action Saturday at 10 a.m. against Finland. Oshawa’s Scott Laughton and Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith had a goal apiece. Sault Ste. Marie goaltender Matt Murray stopped 15-of-16 shots.

Posted: December 28th, 2011

OSHAWA, Ontario – The Erie Otters are nearly healthy for the first time this season.

Except for forwards Connor Crisp (shoulder) and Sondre Olden (reported minor injury), the Otters were at full strength for Wednesday night’s game against Oshawa at General Motors Centre.

But that didn’t keep the Otters from falling 4-1 to the Generals in Erie’s second-half opener. Special teams led to Erie’s downfall. The Otters (5-28-1-1) failed to score on six power-play chances while surrendering two power-play goals and a short-handed score.

The Otters squandered three power-play chances, including a pair of two-man advantages, in the opening four minutes of the game. However, the Generals (14-18-1-3) scored twice on a 5-on-3 late in the period.

Christian Thomas, a 54-goal scorer a season ago, scored his 14th goal of the season with 2:13 left in the first to open the scoring. Then Scott Laughton scored 49 seconds later to hand the Generals a 2-0 lead.

Oshawa’s lead reached 3-0 on Jimmy McDowell’s first goal of the season – and seventh in 139 career games – with 1:01 left in the second period. The Otters finally snapped goaltender Daniel Altshuller’s bid for his first career shutout on Greg McKegg’s goal with 8:58 left in the game. Mike Cazzola and Adam Pelech assisted on the goal. Cazzola, who has endured two hand injuries, played in his first game in a month and eighth game this season. Brett Cook (knee) also played for the first time in a month.

But Laughton’s short-handed goal with 1:54 left stymied Erie’s comeback hopes. Tyson Teichmann stopped 36-of-40 shots in a losing effort for the Otters. Altshuller made 31 saves.

The Otters head to Peterborough today for a 7:05 p.m. game. They will face former teammate Andrew Yogan for the first time since he was traded in August. He has 15 goals and 31 points in 32 games.

- Victor Fernandes