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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Finalists for the OHL’s seven major awards:

Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player of the Year)
Barrie – D Aaron Ekblad (23 goals, 30 assists, 53 points, +7 rating)
Belleville – LW Remi Elie (29-39-68)

Connor Brown

Erie – RW Connor Brown (45-83-128)
Guelph – LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85)
Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91)
Kitchener – RW Justin Bailey (25-18-43)
London – LW Max Domi (34-59-93)
Mississauga – C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44)
Niagara – LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71)
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67)
Oshawa – C Scott Laughton (40-47-87)
Ottawa – G Philippe Trudeau (22-32-3-3 record, 4.03 GAA, .900 save %, 1 SHO)
Owen Sound – D Chris Bigras (4-22-28, -11)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74)
Plymouth – G Alex Nedeljkovic (26-27-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SHO)
Saginaw – LW Dylan Sadowy (27-9-36)
Sarnia – RW Nikolay Goldobin (38-56-94)
Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (32-11-1-0, 2.57, .921, 6 SHO)
Sudbury – RW Nick Baptiste (45-44-89)
Windsor – D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, +44)

Matt Leyden Trophy (Coach of the Year)
Bob Boughner, Windsor (37-28-3-0 record, 1st round of playoffs)
Stan Butler, North Bay (38-24-4-2, 1st round of playoffs)
Todd Gill, Kingston (39-23-3-3, 1st round of playoffs)
Kris Knoblauch, Erie (52-14-2-0, 2nd round of playoffs)
D.J. Smith, Oshawa (42-20-0-6, Eastern Conference champion, 2nd round of playoffs)
Scott Walker, Guelph (52-12-2-2, OHL regular-season champion, 2nd round of playoffs)

Goaltender of the Year
Daniel Altshuller, Oshawa (31-13-0-3, 2.56, .917, 2 SHO)

Oscar Dansk

Oscar Dansk, Erie (29-9-1-0, 2.39, .909, 6 SHO)
Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (32-11-1-0, 2.57, .921, 6 SHO)
Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (26-27-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SHO)
Franky Palazzese, Sudbury (27-23-2-7, 2.97, .916, 5 SHO)
Jake Smith, North Bay (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SHO)

Defenseman of the Year
Trevor Carrick, Sudbury (22-29-51, -6)
Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (23-30-53, +7)
Slater Koekkoek, Windsor (15-38-53, +18)
Roland McKeown, Kingston (11-32-43, +38)
Adam Pelech, Erie (9-45-54, +52)

Adam Pelech


Nikita Zadorov, London (11-19-30, +30)

Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
LW Lawson Crouse, Kingston (15-12-17)
D Travis Dermott, Erie (3-25-28, +35)
C Travis Konecny, Ottawa (26-44-70)
LW Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (24-27-51)
C Mitchell Marner, London (13-46-59)
RW Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (19-21-40)

Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
C Cameron Brace, Belleville (31-26-56)
LW Dane Fox, Erie (64-43-107)
C Tyler Gaudet, Sault Ste. Marie (26-35-61)
RW Barclay Goodrow, North Bay (33-34-67)
RW Eric Ming, Niagara (33-17-50)
RW Zack Mitchell, Guelph (31-52-83)

William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year)
LW Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (39-56-95, 34 PIM)
LW Jason Dickinson, Guelph (26-52-78, 42 PIM)
C Stephen Harper, Belleville (13-35-48, 37 PIM; former Otter)
C Connor McDavid, Erie (28-71-99, 20 PIM)
C Chris Tierney, London (40-49-89, 12 PIM)
RW Spencer Watson, Kingston (33-35-68, 16 PIM)

Posted: January 27th, 2014

Brendan Gaunce

Erie Otters (36-9-2-0) at Belleville Bulls (13-29-2-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Yardmen Arena – Belleville, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters face the Bulls in a game that was postponed Saturday because of inclement weather and bad travel conditions. … The Otters’ magic number to clinch their first OHL playoff spot since the 2010-11 season stands at 3 points. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) has missed the past two games. No word yet if will play tonight. … The Otters can complete a two-game sweep of the Bulls. Erie won 4-3 at home Oct. 18. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) has no goals in his past four games. He still needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (35-63-98) has set a new single-season franchise record for assists. …

Stephen Harper

Brown has 98 points this season, which stands two shy of breaking Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02 and becoming the Otters’ first 100-point scorer. Brown has a 14-point lead over Fox in the race for the league’s scoring title. … The Bulls are last in the Eastern Conference, but only 10 points out of the final playoff spot. … They have lost three straight and seven of their last 11 games. … The Otters face former teammate Stephen Harper for the first time since the LW was traded to Belleville in late November in the deal for C Brendan Gaunce. Harper has four goals, 13 points and 14 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Bulls. … Gaunce (12-14-26 in 22 games with the Otters) faces his former team for the first time, while C/LW Michael Curtis (18-18-36) plays in Belleville for the first time since traded to Erie this past August. … LW Remi Elie (18-25-43) leads the Bulls in scoring, while D Jordan Subban – brother of Montreal Canadiens D P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins G prospect Malcolm Subban – has 32 points and a plus-4 rating in 45 games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 24th, 2014

Brendan Gaunce

Erie Otters (35-9-2-0) at Belleville Bulls (13-28-2-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Yardmen Arena – Belleville, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Oshawa (Sunday, 6:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a five-game road trip, tied for longest this season, after dropping their last two home games – including a disappointing 4-3 loss to Niagara on Friday night. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) had two goals and an assist against the IceDogs in his first game since being injured Jan. 12 against Windsor. … C Dylan Strome (head) also rejoined the lineup Friday. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) was a late scratch Friday missing most or all of practice the past three days. His status for tonight’s will be determined before the game. … The Otters can complete a two-game sweep of the Bulls. Erie won 4-3 at home Oct. 18. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) has no goals and one point in his past three games. He still 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) tied Zack Torquato‘s

Stephen Harper

franchise record, set in 2009-10, with his 62nd assist of the season Friday. needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Brown has 94 season, which stands five shy of equaling Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … The Bulls are last in the Eastern Conference, but only 10 points out of the final playoff spot. … They have lost two straight and six of their last 10 games. … The Otters face former teammate Stephen Harper for the first time since the LW was traded to Belleville in late November in the deal for C Brendan Gaunce. Harper has four goals, 13 points, a plus-1 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Bulls. … Gaunce (11-12-23 in 21 games with the Otters, faces his former team for the first time. … LW Remi Elie (18-25-43) leads the team, while D Jordan Subban – brother of Montreal Canadiens D P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins G prospect Malcolm Subban – has 32 points and a plus-5 rating in 44 games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 21st, 2013

The speculation surrounding a Stephen Harper-for-Brendan Gaunce trade between the Erie Otters and Belleville Bulls began to build on Wednesday. On Thursday, it was time to speak to the men who make deals for those teams – Otters GM Sherry Bassin and Bulls GM George Burnett.
“It’s absolutely untrue,” Bassin said, a statement that Burnett corroborated. “There’s no truth to any of it,” said Burnett, who added that he hasn’t had any discussions with Bassin about Gaunce. “We’re not actively trying to move him.”
Bassin said he has spoken in general terms with Burnett, as he has with every other team in the OHL. “I’ve talked to at least eight teams seriously,” said Bassin, who figured talks among GMs would occur Thursday night at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, during the OHL’s first of two games against the Russian junior national team in the Subway Super Series.
“There’s been talks involving all kinds of good players in this league,” Bassin said. When asked how close he has come to making a trade, Bassin said, “There’s no such thing (as being close). You either make one or you don’t. You never know how close you are until you make it.”
Burnett is focused on turning around a team that has a league-worst 5-14-2-2 record. With nine first-year players on the roster, Burnett said he needs veterans like Gaunce, the team’s captain, to provide “big minutes and big work from … on and off the ice to get these kids comfortable and make the next 23 games more successful than the past 23.”
Burnett hasn’t made a decision on Gaunce’s future in Belleville. “At this particular time, our focus is clearly trying to stabilize ourselves presently. Brendan is and can be a huge part of that. He is our captain. Has there been interest shown in our captain throughout the league – absolutely. We’ve made no decisions at this particular time to make a move.”
Meanwhile, Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch doesn’t want his players focused on trade speculation.
“It’s unfortunate the player (Harper) has to think about that,” Knoblauch said. “For the players, it’s a little distracting. Certainly, it’s nothing they can worry about.” According to Aaron Cooney, Otters director of broadcasting and media relations, Harper chose not to speak to the media Thursday.

Now here’s my take…
Tthe Otters would be the clear-cut league championship favorite with an offensive threat like Gaunce, who has averaged a point per game the past two-plus seasons – 10 goals and 23 points in 20 games this season after totaling 61 goals and 128 points in 128 games the past two years. Imagine Gaunce, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, centering the No. 2 line between fellow first-round pick Andre Burakovsky and former Bulls teammate Michael Curtis.
Knoblauch would have two No. 1 lines at his disposal. Not to say that a line of Burakovsky, Curtis and Harper couldn’t be consistently potent. But Harper has struggled this season, with only four goals and 12 points in 20 games. He hasn’t been the same player that burst onto the OHL scene as a rookie two seasons ago, when he had 24 goals and 35 points in 63 games. He has 22 goals and 50 points in 87 games since then. A season ago, his inconsistent play wasn’t surprising, since he was making the transition to being a power forward. His offensive game struggled at times as he focused on playing a more physical style.
But Harper hasn’t found his game yet this season, so other players have been used as the left wing on the second line, most recently rookie Dylan Strome. Perhaps Harper would benefit from a fresh start on a new team.
He hasn’t played as much in all situations this season, mainly because of his struggles and the team’s skilled depth up front. On a young team like Belleville, he would be a frontline forward playing a ton of minutes in all situations. That could be what he needs to take his game to the next level.
Meanwhile, a young team like Belleville could use an experienced power forward who could still reach his potential. Even with his struggles, a player with Harper’s natural ability would be highly coveted on the trade market.

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

Posted: November 8th, 2013

Big news of the night…G Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury) had what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor procedure done today. He’s out a few days. Daniel Dekoning has been recalled to back up Devin Williams
UPDATE ON DANSK: Head coach Kris Knoblauch said Dansk would miss a week, 2 weeks max. That could be as many as another 6 games (5 at home)

* Check out rookie D Travis Dermott‘s post-game interview here

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)

PETERBOROUGH PETES

FORWARDS
Dal Colle*-Sterk-Busch
Latour-Laughton*-Cassels
Manchurek*-Hughes-Dundas
Wallace-Harding-Smith

DEFENSE
Desrocher-Brown
Kuronen-Suellentrop*
Carlisle*-Petschenig

GOALTENDERS
Daniel Altshuller*
Shawn Mabley

Scratches: G Kenny Appleby, LW Owen McDade, RW Matt Hore, D Daniel Robertson, D Mitchell Vande Sompel

Referees: Chris Thornton, Garrett Rank ; Linesmen: Kevin Hastings, Dustin McCrank

Posted: October 26th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Felker-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: D Cory Genovese (Game 3 of a 5-game suspension), RW Joel Wigle (upper-body injury), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy)

PETERBOROUGH PETES

FORWARDS
Hatcher-Cornel-Nosad*
Betzold-Clarke-Tanus
Maguire-Pierog-McCartney
Lorentz-Stefano-Paulovic

DEFENSE
Boland-Seymour*
Armstrong-Spencer
Varga-Devlin

GOALTENDERS
Andrew D’Agostini*
Michael Giugovaz

Scratches: D Cameron Lizotte, LW Mitchell Webb, LW Nick Ritchie

Referees: TBA ; Linesmen: TBD

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

Posted: October 19th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters (waiting on the Otters’ starters)

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: LW Travis Wood (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (lower-body injury)

OTTAWA 67′s

FORWARDS
Bell-Blandisi-Fielding
Van Stralen-Salituro-Studnicka
Hill-Konecny-Gustavsen
Abou-Assaly-Brown-Urbanic

DEFENSE
Lintuniemi-Duchesne
Middleton-Guy
Dulong-Henley

GOALTENDERS
Jacob Blair*
Philippe Trudeau

Scratches: D Adrian Sloboda, D Mike Vlajkov, C Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames)

Referees: TBA ; Linesmen: TBA

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