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Posted: April 18th, 2014
Oscar Dansk

GUELPH, Ontario – Oscar Dansk‘s struggles in net continued tonight, but he had plenty of help in allowing seven goals on 30 shots in a 7-2 loss to Guelph tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
The OHL’s stingiest scoring defense in the regular season has been unable to handle wave after wave of attacks from the league’s highest-scoring offense this season. The Otters succumbed to a series of 2-on-1s and 3-on-2s, especially in the third period. The Storm deserve lots of credit, because they capitalized on scoring chances with their speed, pinpoint passing and even better shots. But the Otters need to slow down the Attack in a pair of must-win games in Erie on Monday and Tuesday.
“We’ve got to be better,” D Spencer Abraham said. “We know we can’t give them much. They have so much talent up front, much like us. Their top 6 is amongst the best in the league. … Everyone just has to tighten up. One mistake here and there, and it’s been ending up in the back of our net.” 

That begins with better puck possession, which was a staple through the Otters’ success in the regular season and through the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Otters started strong for the second straight game, to the tune of a 13-1 advantage in shots. “They capitalized on their opportunities. We didn’t,” head coach Kris Knoblauch said.
He needs more consistent play from the team’s top line of OHL goals leader Dane Fox, OHL scoring leader Connor Brown and second-year phenom Connor McDavid. They were held to one point in Game 2 – McDavid’s assist on D Cory Genovese‘s goal – and four points (including one goal) in the first two games. They were arguably the league’s best line in the regular season, and were on fire against Saginaw and Sault Ste. Marie. It’s time to raise their game again.

*** As expected, Knoblauch didn’t reveal whether Dansk or Devin Williams will start in goal for Game 3. Yet he did say he started Dansk tonight because Williams needed rest. Williams allowed five goals on 26 shots in a Game 1 loss. But before that, he and the Otters had nine days off after eliminating Sault Ste. Marie in a four-game sweep. So how was he tired?

*** The Otters deserved a better fate early in the game for the second straight night. Shots were 13-1 Otters at one point in the first period. Yet the Storm scored first on their 2nd shot. The Otters built a 16-9 shot advantage in the period, but were still down 3-0. It just shows strong how dangerous the Storm really are.

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph
Storm lead series 2-0
Game 1 – Guelph 5, Erie 4
Game 2 – Guelph 7, Erie 2
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 26 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 28 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 2 North Bay
Battalion lead series 1-0
Game 1 – North Bay 1, Oshawa 0
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday 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: April 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Burakovsky
-Gaunce-Wigle
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Murphy-Pettit-Betz

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden

Posted: March 24th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Otters look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Saginaw in Game 3 tonight at Dow Event Center. How they fare against the Spirit’s top line of Kristoff Kontos, Eric Locke and former Otter Luke Cairns will play in a key role in making that happen.
The trio combined for four goals and 11 points in the first two games at Erie Insurance Arena. Otters Ds Spencer Abraham and Kurtis MacDermid, who were primarily matched up against that line in those games, is a combined minus-7 in the series.
* G Oscar Dansk makes his OHL playoff debut tonight. Apparently, he didn’t find out until around 5:30 or so. I spoke with G Devin Williams, a Saginaw native, about 15 minutes earlier, and he said they hadn’t been told who was starting in net.
* C Kyle Pettit, who missed the final month of the regular season with an upper-body injurt, says he felt good in the first two games of this series.
In other news, LW Dane Fox (3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games) was considered for the league’s player of the week honor. It went to Oshawa’s Hunter Smith, who had a goal and six assists in two games.

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
The Otters have the same lineup from Game 2, with the exception of Dansk in net. Jake Evans has moved to C on the 4th line, with Pettit out to the wing. Daniel DeSousa moves from D to 4th line C for Andrey Alexeev, while Sean Callaghan returns to the lineup after missing Game 2.

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle*
Curtis-Strome-Wood
Pettit-Evans-Betz

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech*
MacDermid*-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Dansk*
Williams

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy (ill), D Darren Raddysh, C Quentin Maksimovich

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*
Moutrey-Kea-Sadowy*
Lodge-Stephens-Payne
Bennett-DeSousa-Addison

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton
Callaghan-Graham*
Prophet-Orban

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

SCRATCHES:G David Ovsjannikov, D Ryan Orban, D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes, LW Blake Clarke

Posted: February 19th, 2014

Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at North Bay Battalion (30-21-4-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: North Bay Memorial Gardens – North Bay, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sudbury (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Kitchener on Monday. … The Otters are 17-9-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost two straight since winning six in a row. … The Otters play in North Bay for the first time since beating the Centennials 3-0 on Nov. 3, 2001. The Battalion moved from Brampton, Ontario, this season to become North Bay’s first club since the Centennials moved to Saginaw, Mich., after the 2001-02 season and was renamed the Spirit. … The Otters beat the Battalion 8-4 in their home opener Oct. 5. … Fs Jake Evans (lower body) and Kyle Pettit (upper body) didn’t travel with the team for this trip. Both underwent magnetic resonance imaging exams earlier this week, but club officials hadn’t learned results as of Wednesday. … The Otters are third in the OHL’s Western Conference, three points behind front-running Guelph and three ahead of fourth-place London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 12 games left, while the Knights have 11 left. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club.

Connor Brown

… RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 71 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 111 points) has points in 11 straight games (nine goals, 19 points) and 19 of his last 21 games overall. He has the longest active point streak in the league. … D Spencer

Spencer Abraham

Abraham
(5-26-31) has tied a career high in points set as a rookie with the Battalion in the 2010-11 season. He played two-plus seasons in Brampton from 2010-12. … The Battalion are tied for third with Kingston in the Eastern Conference and five points ahead of fifth-place Barrie, but they have played two more games than both teams. … The Battalion’s number to clinch a playoff spot stands at three points. … They are 16-8-1-2 at home this season. … Once again, the Battalion are playing stingy defense under 15th-year director of operations and head coach Stan Butler. They rank fifth with 167 goals against. … RW Barclay Goodrow (28-24-52) leads the team in scoring. No other player has more than 39 points. … Gs Jake Smith (19-11-3-1 record, 2.71 goals-against average, .898 save percentage, 2 shutouts) and Brendan O’Neill (10-10-1-1, 3.12, .885) have split time in net.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Gaunce-McDavid (or Maksimovich)-Wigle
Fox-Curtis-Brown
Evans-Pettit-Wigle*
Strome-Raddysh-Betz

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Connor McDavid (lower body)??, D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

NIAGARA ICEDOGS

FORWARDS
Perlini-Verhaeghe-DiFruscia
XXXX-Cornell-Ming
McCool-Knott-Fitzmorris*
Gillard-Hughes-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Haydon
Brosnan-Siebenaler
Mikulovich-Dunn*

GOALTENDERS
Jon D’llario*
Blake Richard

Scratches: RW Jordan Maletta, C Alexander Protapovich, D Zach Wilkie

Referees: T. J. Foster, Joe Celestin; Linesmen: Dustin McCrank, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Niagara IceDogs (16-24-2-4) at Erie Otters (35-8-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), at Oshawa (Sunday, 6:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete a four-game home stand before starting a five-game road trip in Belleville on Saturday night. … They look to rebound from a 1-0 home loss to Guelph last weekend – their first regulation loss at home in 23 games (22-1-1) – that dropped them into third place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Storm. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (head) could play tonight after skating in a full-contact practice Thursday. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) is expected to play despite missing most or all of practice the past three days. … The Otters won the first three meetings in the six-game season series with the IceDogs by a combined 18-5 score. Erie scored at least five goals in all three games. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker’s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (31-61-92) needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … D Spencer Abraham has moved into the top 20 in scoring by defensemen with 27 points (5 goals, 22 assists). … Niagara D Luke Mercer (2-27-29) also ranks in the top 20. … McDavid and D Adam Pelech had six-game point streaks end in the loss to Guelph. … The IceDogs are tied for seventh with Mississuga in the Eastern Conference standings, four points ahead of ninth-place Ottawa and eight ahead of last-place Belleville. … LW Brendan Perlini (28-32-60) and C Carter Verhaeghe (21-39-60) rank among the top 15 scorers.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 4th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Pettit*-Curtis-Wigle
Murphy-Evans-Betz
Maksimovich-Wood-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), TBD

OWEN SOUND ATTACK

FORWARDS
Hargrave-Cook-Gabriel*
Smith-Nastasiuk-Milne
Gabor-Gilligan-Brack
Heeps-Szypula-Annecchiarico

DEFENSE
Sharipzyanov-Rose
MacDermid-Schemitsch*
MacArthur-Walters

GOALTENDERS
Brandon Hope
Jack Flinn*

Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)

Referees: Sean Pindar, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Posted: December 31st, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPSw
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Murphy-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Marcantuoni-Bailey*
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar
Kohn-Meighan-Robinson
Cascagnette-Soper-Davies

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora*
Iafrate-Schmidt
Blaisdell-DiPerna

GOALTENDERS
Jordan DeKort*
Matthew Greenfield

Scratches: RW Scott Teskey, Paxton Leroux, Radek Faksa (World Juniors – Czech Republic)

Referees: Pat Myers, Brent Coloumbe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ray King

OTTERS WATCH
Kitchener Rangers (13-21-0-1) at Erie Otters (29-7-1-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to end their first losing streak of the season – three games – against a Rangers club that gave them trouble in their last two meetings. The Otters allowed 12 goals – nearly four goals above their season average of 2.5 per outing – in splitting those two games – a 9-6 home win Nov. 19 and a 6-2 loss in Kitchener this past Saturday. … The Otters lead the Western Conference by four points over third-place Guelph. West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie is five points back in second. … The Otters are a franchise-record 18-0-0-0 at home, which stands two wins shy of equaling the second-longest home streak in OHL history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … LW Dane Fox has no points in the last three games. He still leads the league with 41 goals and trails only linemate Connor Brown 71-67 in the race for the scoring title. … G Devin Williams has followed a career-best, 13-game winning streak with three straight losses. … D Jesse Saban and C Trent Fox have joined fellow 2013 draft pick Cole Mayo, a defenseman, in Erie. But there are no current plans for them to dress for games. … The Rangers are last in the West, but they are only three points behind eighth-place Plymouth in the three-team battle for the conference’s final playoff spot. … The Rangers are without leading scorer Radek Faksa (14 goals., 25 points), who’s playing for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … They have three promising young players in RWs Nick Magyar (10-15-25), Justin Bailey (14-11-25) and Darby Llewellyn (19-5-24).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 28th, 2013

Check out C Brendan Gaunce‘s first interview as an Erie Otter…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce-Brown
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky*
Evans-Strome-Betz
Maksimovich-Pettit-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Mitchell-Garlent-Bertuzzi
McGinn-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
Milne-Suter-Auger*
Bauman-Horvat-Craievich

DEFENSE
McFadden-Trojanovic
Finn-Leslie
Baltisberger-Harpur*

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, C Robby Fabbri, RW Marc Stevens

Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Steve Picco; Linesmen: J.F. Menard, Ray King

Posted: November 11th, 2013

Check out videos from the Erie Otters’ Veterans Day festivities before and during the game…

Then after the game, head coach Kris Knoblauch provided an update on injured C Connor McDavid
While Dane Fox shared his thoughts on McDavid’s absence and the team’s 5-3 win against Niagara.

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Harper-Evans-Burakovsky
Felker-Hodgson-Strome
Maksimovich-Pettit-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: C Connor McDavid (upper-body injury), G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW/D Patrick Murphy (healthy)

NIAGARA

FORWARDS
Perlini-Verhaeghe-Ming
McCool-Maletta-DiFruscia*
Hughes-XXXX-Robinson
Fitzmorris-Protapovich-Caron

DEFENSE
Mercer-Graham
Brosnan-Haydon*
Wilkie-Siebenaler

GOALTENDERS
Brent Moran*
Chris Festarini

Scratches: LW Matt Gillard, C Johnny Corneil, RW Mack Lemmon, D Aleksandar Mikulovich

Referees: Keith Kaval, Ryan Park; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Ryan Holmstead

Posted: November 9th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown*
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky
Strome-Pettit-Betz
Maksimovich-Evans-Murphy

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Hayden Hodgson (healthy)

SARNIA STING

FORWARDS
Goldobin-Latta-Moore*
Robichaud-Nikandrov-Carnevale
Brown-Kodola-Korostelev
Renaud-Ciccarelli-Bushnell

DEFENSE
DeAngelo-Duininck*
Core-Chapman
Hore-King

GOALTENDERS
Taylor Dupuis*
Brodie Barrick

Scratches: C Patrick White, D Connor Schlichting

Referees: Chris Carnegie, David Koziel; Linesmen: Ray King, Jesse Wilmot

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