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

North Bay used two third-period goals to rally past Niagara in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight and capture the series. Meanwhile, Peterborough completed an improbable comeback from a 3 games to none deficit in their series with Kingston with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 tonight. Check out the final first-round scores…by the way, I finished the first round with a 7-1 series record. Sudbury’s loss to Barrie was the lone blemish

Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Plymouth 2, Guelph 1
Game 4 – Guelph 7, Plymouth 2
Game 5 – Guelph 8, Plymouth 3
Guelph wins series 4-1

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Sault Ste. Marie 5, Owen Sound 3
Game 4 – Sault Ste. Marie 2, Owen Sound 0
Game 5 – Sault Ste. Marie 6, Owen Sound 1
Sault Ste. Marie wins 4-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Saginaw 7, Erie 6, OT
Game 4 – Erie 7, Saginaw 3
Game 5 – Erie 3, Saginaw 2, OT
Erie wins series 4-1

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – London 10, Windsor 2
Game 4 – London 4, Windsor 3
London wins series 4-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 5, 2OT
Game 4 – Oshawa 4, Mississauga 3, OT
Oshawa wins series 4-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Niagara 2, North Bay 0
Game 4 – Niagara 5, North Bay 3
Game 5 – North Bay 4, Niagara 3
Game 6 – North Bay 5, Niagara 1
Game 7 – North Bay 2, Niagara 1
North Bay wins series 4-3

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 2
Game 4 – Peterborough 3, Kingston 1
Game 5 – Peterborough 6, Kingston 5, OT
Game 6 – Peterborough 5, Kingston 4
Game 7 – Peterborough 2, Kingston 1, OT
Peterborough wins series 4-3

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Barrie 6, Sudbury 4
Game 4 – Sudbury 2, Barrie 1
Game 5 – Barrie 7, Sudbury 0
Barrie wins series 4-1

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Guelph leads series 2-0

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Today at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – March 31 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Erie leads series 2-0

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday 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.*
London leads series 2-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Oshawa leads series 2-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Kingston leads series 2-0

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Barrie leads series 2-0

* If necessary

Posted: March 18th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

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
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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
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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
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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: February 23rd, 2014

Erie Otters (43-13-2-0) at Sudbury Wolves (30-19-3-6)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. London (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete what has been a winless road trip by returning to Sudbury to play a game that was postponed Friday night because of a damaged pipe underneath the ice. … The Otters tied a season high with three straight losses with an 8-2 defeat in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night, their most lopsided loss of the season. … They have been outscored 16-5 during this trip. … The Otters are 17-11-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost four straight. … The Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp, who has 24 goals,

Connor Crisp

47 points and 114 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Wolves this season. … The Otters beat the Wolves 5-2 on Nov. 23 at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters have slipped to fourth in the OHL’s Western Conference, five points behind front-running Guelph and one behind London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 10 games left, while the Knights have nine left. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … D/LW Cory Genovese returns to Sudbury, where he played 25 games in the 2012-13 season. … The Wolves, one of four teams to clinch playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, lead the Central Division and are second in the conference. But they are only one point ahead of Kingston and North Bay. … The Wolves are 11 games over .500 despite having only a plus-2 goal differential (194 for, 192 against). … RW Nicholas Baptiste (38-37-75) and C Matthew Campagna (15-51-66) lead the Wolves. … LW Nathan Pancel (40-25-65) has missed the past four games with a reported injury.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 21st, 2014

The Erie Otters’ game in Sudbury against the Wolves tonight has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions because an arena worker struck a pipe – and subsequently caused the ice to flood – while drilling holes into the ice for the goal posts before the game.
The game has been moved to Monday at 7 p.m. Now the Otters head to Sault Ste. Marie to face the Greyhounds Saturday night at 7:07 p.m.
The Otters have endured two postponed games in less than a month, as their Jan. 25 game in Belleville was pushed back two days because of inclement weather and poor travel conditions.

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at Sudbury Wolves (30-17-3-6)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:07 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Kitchener on Monday and a 2-0 loss in North Bay on Friday. … The Otters haven’t lost more than three games in a row this season. … The Otters are 17-10-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost three straight. … The Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp, who has 24 goals,

Connor Crisp

46 points and 108 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Wolves this season. … The Otters beat the Wolves 5-2 on Nov. 23 at Erie Insurance Arena. … 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. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 71 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 111 points) had an 11-game point streak snapped by the Battalion. … D/LW Cory Genovese returns to Sudbury, where he played 25 games in the 2012-13 season. … The Wolves, one of four teams to clinch playoff spots in the Eastern Conference lead the Central Division and are second in the conference. But they are only one point ahead of Kingston and North Bay. … The Wolves are 13 games over .500 despite having only a plus-5 goal differential (190 for, 185 against). … RW Nicholas Baptiste (37-36-73), LW Nathan Pancel (40-25-65) and C Matthew Campagna (15-50-65) lead the Wolves. … The matchup features four of the league’s top seven goal scorers – the Otters’ Dane Fox (56) and Brown, Pancel and Baptiste for Sudbury.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 15th, 2014

The Erie Otters (34-7-2-0) remain second in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, while the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (36-5-0-2) hold onto the top spot. The Otters headline four OHL clubs on the list, followed by Guelph (32-8-2-1) at No. 3, London at No. 6 (28-9-1-4) and Sault Ste. Marie (29-10-1-4) at No. 10. Sudbury (24-10-3-4) moved onto the honorable-mention list for the first time this season.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 36-5-0-2
2. Erie (OHL) 34-7-2-0
3. Guelph (OHL) 32-8-2-1
4. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 28-9-4-3
5. Calgary (WHL) 29-10-2-3
6. London (OHL) 28-9-1-4
7. Portland (WHL) 28-12-2-3
8. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 28-12-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 26-12-3-4
10. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 29-10-1-4
Honorable mention: Victoria (WHL) 29-15-0-2, Quebec (25-12-3-5), Sudbury (OHL) 24-10-3-4

Posted: November 24th, 2013

The Erie Otters used a 3-goal run early in the 2nd period to pull away from Sudbury for a 5-2 win Saturday night in front of a franchise-record crowd of 6,750 fans at a sold-out Erie Insurance Arena. Dane Fox led the way with 2 goals – his OHL-best 24th and 25th of the season, while Devin Williams made 37 saves.
Connor Brown, who signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the week, had 3 assists to give him a league-best 49 points this season.

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s news conference here

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 23rd, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Genovese
Felker-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

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

SUDBURY WOLVES

FORWARDS
Pancel-Campagna-Baptiste
Crisp-Kahun-Schmalz*
Desrochers-Harris-Huether
Burgess-Zeppieri-Cull

DEFENSE
LeBlanc*-Duininck
Cummins*-Eccles
Capobianco-Clapham

GOALTENDERS
Franky Palazzese*
Troy Timpano

Scratches: D Kevin Raine, D Evan de Haan, RW Dominik Kubalik, RW Brody Silk

Referees: TBA; Linesmen: TBA

Sudbury Wolves (10-8-3-3) at Erie Otters (19-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to rebound at home after having a six-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss at London on Friday night. … Despite the loss, they still have won 16 of their last 18 games. … The Otters have won a franchise-record 13 straight home games. They are an OHL-best 13-0-0-0 at home. … They are expected to play in front of a sellout crowd, which should break the franchise’s single-game attendance record of 5,711, set in the Oct. 5 home opener against North Bay. … This matchup features the return of former Otters F Connor Crisp, who was traded to the Wolves along with overage D Jimmy McDowell in September in the deal for D Cory Genovese. Sudbury traded McDowell to Sarnia on Nov. 13 in exchange for overage D Craig Duininck. … Crisp, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick, has eight goals and 16 points in 24 games this season. He’s tied for second in the league with 61 penalty minutes. … Wolves rookie D Khadyn Butterfly, who was cut from Otters training camp in August, has no points in three games for the Wolves. … C Matthew Campagna leads the Wolves with 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists). Campagna is tied with Otters C Connor McDavid for the league lead in assists. … Otters RW Connor Brown stands third with 27 assists. On Friday, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. … LW Nathan Pancel ranks second in the league with 22 goals, one behind Otters LW Dane Fox. … RW Nicholas Baptiste has 18 goals and 33 points. … The Wolves have scored 86 goals this season, but rank near the bottom of the league with 102 goals against.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 21st, 2013

The Erie Otters begin an intriguing weekend in London tonight against the Midwest Division rival Knights, which have bolstered by the addition of Ds Zach Bell (trade from North Bay) and Nikita Zadorov, who was returned to the club from the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Then the Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp and the Sudbury Wolves in front of what’s expected to be a franchise-record crowd in a sold-out Erie Insurance Arena.
Head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the weekend with me before Thursday’s practice…

* On playing in London for a third time: “At the beginning of the year, (the Knights) were picked to be the best team in the league. With their additions right now, a lot of teams still figure they’re the best. I know the (CHL) rankings say otherwise. But if you ask most people, not considering the records, they’re the team to beat. Certainly it will be a challenge for us.”
* On first two trips to London: “Game 1, we were really excited to play that game. We were the ones who were really excited (and) had so much to prove. (In) the second game, they were in the same situation, where they had a lot to prove and things had been going well for us. We were figuring we would show up and play a good hockey game and everything would be fine. We just didn’t have the same intensity they did.”
* On facing former Otter Connor Crisp on Saturday: “We’ve played a lot of former players. It happens all the time. There’s certainly some pretty good players on Sudbury. I think he got there, and it was a great start for him. We haven’t really talked much about his return. It’s just going to be about this upcoming weekend. Sudbury is a good hockey game, and obviously London is too. So it will be very similar to what happened last weekend, with the Soo and Guelph.”
* On playing in front of an anticipated sellout crowd Saturday: “The guys have really enjoyed the atmosphere that we’ve had. (The) Guelph (game) was something else. That type of game, that kind of emotion from the fans will be tough to match. But it will be exciting in a different kind of way, where we’re expecting a full rink. It will certainly be a loud crowd, and certainly I assume it’s going to be an exciting hockey game because two good hockey teams (are) playing on Saturday.”

- Victor Fernandes

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