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Posted: February 13th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie goaltender Oscar Dansk has played nine periods of hockey in the past two months.
They haven’t been his finest work. Dansk, who missed time midway through the season while sitting the bench for his native Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship and the past month with a concussion, continues to struggle from his lack of consistent playing time.
He surrendered six goals on his opening 20 shots in his first game back from the injury, a 6-3 loss to Niagara in front of 2,051 fans at Erie Insurance Arena Wednesday night. Add that to rough outings in three games a month ago, and he has allowed 16 goals on his last 106 shots.
The IceDogs, namely their dangerous No. 1 line of Ryan Strome (two goals, assist), Brett Ritchie (three assists) and Steven Shipley (two assists), capitalized on Dansk’s early struggles. The didn’t help much, as the Otters (16-31-3-5) were overwhelmed by that trio on home ice for the second time this month on the way to their ninth loss in 10 games. That line combined for two goals and eight points after totals four goals and eight points in a 5-1 win Feb. 1.
Strome opened the scoring by slipping through the Otters’ defense to turn Ritchie’s pass into his 30th goal of the season 7 minutes, 23 seconds into the game. Then Ritchie found Shayne Rover at the point for a shot through a screen less than three minutes later. The IceDogs capped the period with 24.1 seconds left, as Strome found Trevor Petersen for a quick wrist shot over Dansk’s shoulder.
The Otters scored twice in a 1:12 span early in the second to slice the IceDogs’ lead to 3-2. J.P. Labardo turned a steal inside Niagara’s zone into his 19th goal of the season. Then Nick Betz slipped out of the corner and lifted a backhand over former Otters goaltender Chris Festarini to move the Otters within a goal. But that was the highlight for an offense that managed only 18 shots on goal.
The IceDogs ended the middle period with a three-goal onslaught to put the game away.
Labardo led the Otters with a goal and assist. Connor McDavid scored his 23rd goal of the season. Rover had a goal and two assists for the IceDogs. … Any combination of Otters losses and Saginaw wins totaling nine points officially will eliminate the Otters from playoff contention. The Otters have lost five straight home games by a combined 27-9 score.

Posted: February 13th, 2013

Niagara IceDogs (25-25-2-2) at Erie Otters (16-30-3-5)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Friday vs. London, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Kitchener, 7 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters snapped a season-high, seven-game losing streak with a 7-4 win Friday at Oshawa. … They lost 4-1 to Belleville Saturday night to fall 18 points behind eighth-place Saginaw in the chase for the final playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference with 14 games left in the regular season. … Any combination of Otters losses and Spirit wins totaling 11 points officially will eliminate the Otters from playoff contention. … The Otters have the league’s second-worst record. Ottawa, which has the league’s worst mark (15-35-0-4), has the inside track to the No. 1 pick in the OHL Priority Selection. Peterborough (18-29-3-4) ranks third on the list. … The Otters scored a season-high seven goals in the win at Oshawa. In contrast, they scored 13 goals in their seven-game skid, and rank 15th in the league with 166 goals scored. … The Otters have lost four straight at home by a combined 20-7 score to fall to 9-11-1-5 overall. … F Connor Crisp serves the fourth game of a five-game suspension for a game misconduct incurred Feb. 2 against Sudbury. He was ejected for being the aggressor in a fight with D Charlie Dodero, who was unwilling to trade punches. Crisp is eligible to play Saturday against Kitchener. … G Oscar Dansk (concussion) said he hopes to play tonight. … C Jake Evans (arm) rejoined the lineup last weekend. … C Connor McDavid (22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points) has seen his lead in the league’s rookie scoring race shrink to two points over Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (24-26-50). Brampton LW Blake Clarke (18-25-43) trails McDavid by nine points. … McDavid leads all rookies with 30 assists and trails Goldobin by two goals. … The Otters have lost four of five meetings in the six-game season series with the IceDogs. … Niagara snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 win in Erie Feb. 1. … The IceDogs have lost 10-of-15 games since losing frontline D Dougie Hamilton, who played for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship during Christmas break and now plays for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. … C Ryan Strome (29-44-73) ranks seventh in the league’s scoring race (67 points) despite playing in only 43 of the IceDogs’ first 54 games. He also played at World Juniors before attending New York Islanders training camp. … Former Otters G Chris Festarini has a 20-18-2-2 record, 3.09 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and four shutouts in 44 games with the IceDogs. … RW Brett Ritchie is tied for eighth overall with 31 goals. … F Steven Shipley joins Strome and Ritchie on a top line that has totaled 85 goals and 184 points this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 20th, 2012

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – As expected, the Erie Otters are a work in progress.
Highly touted No. 1 pick Connor McDavid will fill the stat sheet in the 2012-13 season. New goaltender Oscar Dansk will make enough key saves in net. And the Otters will produce more consistent efforts. But a defeat on opening night still hurts.
“Losing is something that doesn’t sit well for me,” said McDavid, who had opportunities for several assists but settled for a scoreless outing in his OHL debut – a 4-2 loss to Niagara in front of 3,145 at Gatorade Garden City Complex Thursday night.
Dansk produced a respectable effort – 26 saves on 30 shots – in his first OHL game.
Dansk and the Otters withstood an early offensive flurry from the IceDogs (1-0-0-0). But after former Otters goaltender Chris Festarini fired the puck over the boards for a delay of game penalty, the Otters capitalized on a two-man advantage to take a 1-0 lead 8:02 into the first period. Connor Crisp, who missed nearly all of the 2011-12 season following shoulder surgery, scored off a deflection in front for his first goal since March 17, 2011.
Dansk wasn’t able to stop Steven Shipley‘s shot in close, which tied the score at 1 on the power play with 6:03 left in the period. But the Otters regained the lead at 2-1 just 1:06 later, as Nick Betz pushed a rebound past Festarini. The IceDogs recorded the first nine shots, including rookie David Sysala‘s first career goal off 6:44 into the period that tied the score at 2.
Anthony DiFruscia‘s first OHL goal handed the IceDogs their first lead at 3-2 at the 4:34 mark. Then Joel Wigle‘s bad-angle shot slipped between Dansk and the right post for a 4-2 IceDogs lead with 9:32 left.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 30th, 2010

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – The penalty kill killed the Erie Otters on Thursday night.

The Otters allowed four goals on eight chances in a 5-4 loss to Niagara in front of 2,982 at Gatorade Garden City Complex. The four straight goals against erased the Otters’ early 2-0 lead.

The Otters (1-2-0-0) built that lead on goals from Jordan Coccimiglio and Matthew Paton in the opening eight minutes of the first period. But the IceDogs (2-1-0-0) rallied to tie at 2 with power-play goals from Alex Friesen and Dougie Hamilton less than three

Greg McKegg (Contributed/Toronto Maple Leafs)

minutes apart late in the period.

After a scoreless second period, consecutive penalties to Otters forwards Chris Marchese and Shawn Szydlowski handed the IceDogs a 5-on-3 opportunity midway through the third. Niagara responded with power-play goals from Ryan Strome and newly acquired Jason Wilson to open a 4-2 lead.

The Otters have allowed six goals on 15 power-play chances in three games this season.

Greg McKegg’s first goal of the season, the Otters’ lone power-play goal of the game, sliced Niagara’s lead to 4-3 with 7:25 left. But Steven Shipley scored 56 seconds later to regain Niagara’s two-goal lead.

The Otters moved within 5-4 on Mike Cazzola’s goal with 4:31 left. But they were unable to score the equalizer and avoid a second straight loss. Niagara outshot the Otters 51-31. Ramis Sadikov made 46 saves in the losing effort. McKegg had a goal and assist. Friesen and Strome had a goal and two assists apiece for the IceDogs. Shipley and Hamilton each had a goal and assist.

The Otters return to action today in Kitchener with a 7:30 p.m. game.

- Victor Fernandes


IceDogs 5, Otters 4

Erie  2  0  2  —  4

Niagara  2  0  3  —  5

1st Period — 1. Erie, Jordan Coccimiglio 1 (Gottzmann, McDonnell), 2:29. 2. Erie, Matthew Paton 1 (Hostetter), 8:03. 3. Niagara, Alex Friesen 2 (F. Hamilton, Strome), 14:46 (pp). 4. Niagara, Dougie Hamilton 1 (Friesen, Strome), 17:10 (pp). Penalties — McKegg (E) holding, 13:35; Appio (E) roughing, 16:20; Hamilton (N) checking from behind, 19:39.

2nd Period — None. Penalties — Strome (N) holding the stick, 2:31; Visentin (N) delay of game, 3:09; Gaulton (E) holding, 4:36; Agozzino (N) high sticking, 4:36; Austin (E) 4-min. checking from behind, 5:36; Doan (N) roughing, 5:36; Luciani (E) unsportsmanlike conduct, 15:42; Billingsley (N) cross checking, 15:42; McKegg (E) hooking, 17:41.

3rd Period — 5. Niagara, Ryan Strome 3 (D. Hamilton, Friesen), 10:56 (pp). 6. Niagara, Jason Wilson 1 (Shipley, Pacan), 11:13 (pp). 7. Erie, Greg McKegg 1 (unassisted), 12:35. 8. Niagara, Steven Shipley 1 (F. Hamilton, Wilson), 13:29. 9. Erie, Mike Cazzola 2 (McKegg), 15:29. Penalties — Marchese (E) 4-min. high sticking, 9:02; Szydlowski (E) hooking, 10:03; Pacan (N) delay of game, 12:22.

Shots on goal — Erie, 12-10-9—31; Niagara, 15-13-23—51.

Goaltenders — Erie, Ramis Sadikov 1-2-0-0 (51 shots, 46 saves); Niagara, Mark Visentin 1-1-0-0 (31 shots, 27 saves).

Power plays — Erie (1-4), Niagara (4-8).

Referees — Mike Bolibruck, Matt Parlette. Linesmen — Jesse Wilmot, Darryl Wolfe.

Attendance — 2,982.

Three stars

* Steven Shipley, IceDogs (goal, assist) ** Ryan Strome, IceDogs (goal, 2 assists) *** Alex Friesen, IceDogs (goal, 2 assists)