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Posted: March 22nd, 2014

Andre Burakovsky had 41 goals, 46 assists and 87 points in his first OHL season. That was more than Tim Connolly (30 goals in 1997-98) and current teammate Connor McDavid (41 assists and 66 points in 2012-13).
But since the OHL doesn’t recognize Burakovsky as a rookie because he’s 18 years old (a year older than the maximum age allowed for rookie status), club officials have decided to do the same. Burakovsky would have led all rookies in all three categories if not for that rule.

Posted: February 6th, 2014

Saginaw Spirit (25-21-4-1) at Erie Otters (39-10-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a four-game home stand after completing a five-game road trip last weekend with a 4-1 record. … They split their last six home games (3-2-1-0), including losses to Guelph and Owen Sound the past two outings, after starting the season with a franchise-record 19 straight wins. … The Otters can tie the 2010-11 club for the second-most home wins (23) in franchise history. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. These Otters have nine home games left. … The Otters can join the 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2010-11 clubs as the only 40-win teams in franchise history. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 45 wins. These Otters have 17 games left. … The Otters plan to hold a moment of silence for Amanda Allen, the 22-month-old daughter of Erie native Brian Allen, who died Jan. 26. The elder Allen, 25, who began working for the Otters as a 7-year-old and served as full-time equipment manager from 2008-10, now holds the same position for the Spirit. … LW Dane Fox (53 goals, 35 assists, 88 points) needs one goal to break Cory Pecker‘s single-season franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (37-66-103) and D Adam Pelech (8-33-41) were named OHL player and defenseman of the month for January. Brown had 13 goals and 29 points in 12 games, while Pelech had 17 points and a plus-13 rating in 10 games. … C Connor McDavid (16-52-68) has set a new career high in points. He had 65 as a rookie a season ago. … RW Andre Burakovsky (30-34-64) had a career-high, 17-game point streak – one shy of the franchise record shared by Tim Connolly (1997-98) and Rob Hisey (2004-05) – snapped in last Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Owen Sound. … The Spirit are sixth in the Western Conference. … C Kristoff Kontos (19-43-62) leads their offense. … D Jesse Graham has 23 points and a plus-9 rating in 26 games since being acquired from Niagara. … Former Otters C Luke Cairns has five goals and 17 points in 26 games for the Spirit since being acquired from Belleville.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 30th, 2014

Erie Otters (38-9-2-0) at Owen Sound Attack (21-20-3-3)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre – Owen Sound, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Saginaw (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters complete the three-game road trip against the Midwest Division rival Attack after clinching their first OHL playoff spot since the 2010-11 season with an 8-1 win at Niagara on Thursday night. … The Otters head into the final two regular-season meetings with the Attack with a 3-0-1 mark in the series. The only blemish was a 3-2 overtime loss Jan. 3, which was the Otters’ first loss at Erie Insurance Arena this season. … C Connor McDavid (15 goals, 50 assists, 65 points) needs two points to set a new single-season career high. He had 65 points as a rookie a season ago. … LW Dane Fox (52-35-87) has one goal in his last six games. He still needs two goals to break Cory Pecker‘s single-season franchise record of 53 set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Andre Burakovsky (29-34-63) has five goals and 10 points in

Andre Burakovsky

four games since returning from a head injury. He has points in a career-high 16 straight games, the longest active streak and fourth longest overall in the league this season. He’s two points shy of equaling the franchise record of 18 games in a row, held by Tim Connolly (Jan. 1-Feb. 13, 1998) and Rob Hisey (Oct. 2-Nov. 18, 2004). … The Attack have lost three straight to slip to seventh in the Western Conference, three points behind sixth-place Saginaw. … They have lost eight of their 10 last games. … They are 18th in the league with 141 goals scored. In contrast, the Otters are second with 227 goals. … RW Holden Cook leads the Attack with 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists), while RW Zach Nastasiuk has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists).

- Victor Fernandes

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 5th, 2013

Dane Fox recorded his second hat trick in the last three games in a 6-1 win at Peterborough tonight. The overage winger has an OHL-best 34 goals in 29 games this season. He’s on pace to shatter the franchise record of 53 set by Cory Pecker in the 2001-02 season.
Fox is currently tied for 13th on the Otters’ single-season goals list with Phil Varone (34 in 2010-11) and Tim Connolly (34 in 1998-99). Brad Boyes (36 in 1999-2000 and 2001-02) and Mike Cazzola (36 in 2009-10) are next on the list…

Erie Otters’ single-season goals list
Cory Pecker 53 (2001-02)
Greg McKegg 49 (2010-11)
Michael Blunden 46 (2005-06)
Brad Boyes 45 (2000-01)
Geoff Platt 45 (2004-05)
Brett Thompson 44 (2010-11)*
Cory Pecker 41 (2000-01)
Rob Hisey 38 (2003-04)
Justin Hodgman 37 (2007-08)
Brad Boyes 36 (2001-02)
Brad Boyes 36 (1999-2000)
Mike Cazzola 36 (2009-10)
Dane Fox 34 (2013-14)#
Tim Connolly 34 (1998-99)
Phil Varone 34 (2010-11)
Tyler Rennette 33 (1997-98)
Mike Rice 33 (2002-03)
Adam Berti 33 (2005-06)*
# Through 29 games; on pace for 79 goals
* Split time between the Otters and other teams (Thompson – Sault Ste. Marie, Berti – Oshawa)

Posted: March 14th, 2013

Erie Otters (18-40-3-5) at Guelph Storm (38-23-1-4)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, (live stream)*
Upcoming schedule: Saturday vs. Guelph, 7 p.m. (season finale)
What to expect: The Otters enter the final weekend of the season tied with the 2007-08 club (18-46-2-2) for the third-fewest, single-season wins in the franchise’s 17-year history. They currently have the fourth-worst, single-season winning percentage (.333) in franchise history, behind only the 2011-12 club (.191), 2006-07 club (.243) and 2007-08 club (.294). … The Otters have topped 300 goals against for the second straight season and fourth time in the past seven years. … The Otters have clinched the No. 2 pick in the OHL Priority Selection April 6. Ottawa (16-43-0-5) will have the No. 1 pick. … Otters C Connor McDavid (25 goals, 37 assists, 62 points) entered Thursday trailing Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (27-36-63) by one point for the league’s rookie scoring title. McDavid leads his counterpart by one assist and trails him by two in goals. The Sting faced Oshawa at home Thursday night. … McDavid needs one point to set a new franchise mark for points by a rookie in a season. He’s tied with Tim Connolly, who had 62 points in the 1997-98 season. McDavid already has broken the club’s mark for assists by a rookie in a season originally held by Brad Boyes (36 in 1998-99). … RW Connor Brown (26-41-67) could finish the season among the league’s top 20 scorers. … C Jake Evans (5-11-16) remained on crutches for Wednesday night’s loss to London at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are holding a raffle as part of their annual Mario Lemieux Foundation Night. Tickets are $5 for one, $20 for five and $50 for 15 and will be drawn Saturday night. The list of 15 prizes include a framed Lemieux sweater signed by 15 players from his fantasy camp and sweaters signed by Lemieux, a Hockey Hall of Famer and Penguins co-owner, and current Penguins Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. … Guelph stands four points behind Midwest Division rival Kitchener with two games left. The Storm need to sweep the Otters this weekend and Rangers losses in Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw this weekend to clinch the fourth seed and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. … The Storm are fourth in the league with 247 goals scored despite having one player among the top 20 in goals (RW Scott Kosmachuk, 33) and no players among the top 20 in points.
* Saturday’s game will air on WFNN-AM/1330

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 15th, 2011

Erie Otters forwards Greg McKegg and Sondre Olden have been invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp, which begins Friday at MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Leafs’ preseason opener is set for Monday against the Ottawa Senators at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Former Otters David Broll and Tim Connolly also are on the Leafs’ camp roster.

Otters overage defenseman Tyler Hostetter, who has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, opens camp today at 5 p.m. with a preseason rookie game against the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The full camp with rookies and veterans begins Saturday at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.



Posted: April 8th, 2011

The Buffalo Sabres have added another former Erie Otter into their organization.

Shawn Szydlowski has signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Sabres. He will report to the AHL’s Portland Pirates, where he rejoins Mark Jeanneret, the Otters’ former play-by-play broadcaster and media relations director. He’s the Pirates’ play-by-play voice and director of communications and team services.

The Sabres already have former Otters Brad Boyes, Tim Connolly and Steve Montador on the roster.

Szydlowski, 20, an undrafted free-agent forward, set career highs with 41 goals, 37 assists and 78 points in his final season with the Otters. He finished his four-year career ranked fifth in franchise history with 94 goals and sixth in points with 197. Szydlowski attended an Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp before this season. The Pirates played at the Providence Bruins on Friday night.

He joins three current and former Otters – forwards Anthony Luciani (Florida Panthers) and Greg McKegg (Toronto Maple Leafs) and defenseman David Shields (St. Louis Blues) – to earn deals the past few weeks. Defenseman Tyler Hostetter signed with the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2009-10 season.

In other Otters’ news, Otters forward Andrew Yogan has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Connecticut Whale, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. Yogan trained with the club during his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. The Whale faced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday.

Yogan, the Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had three goals and four points in 10 games this season. He has 55 goals and 108 points in 174 OHL games with the Otters and Spitfires.

Luciani, who was assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans, was expected to make his professional debut on Friday night against the Binghamton Senators. He could face McKegg Saturday night, when Rochester meets the Toronto Marlies in Toronto. The Peoria Rivermen (Shields) and Adirondack Phantoms (Hostetter) faced the Chicago Wolves and Manchester Monarchs on Friday night.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 8th, 2011

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that right wing Shawn Szydlowski has signed an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.

Szydlowski completed his Otters career sixth in all-time point scoring with 197 and tied for fifth in goals with 94. He scored a career-high of 41 goals in his overage campaign, and was an invite to Ottawa Senators rookie camp before the season.

The native of Michigan was initially drafted in the 10th round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection by the Otters. His father, Steve, played professionally for three seasons, including the 1985-86 season with the Erie Golden Blades of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Szydlowski is expected to report to the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, where he will reunite with former Otters play-by-play broadcaster Mark Jeanneret. Former Otters Brad Boyes, Tim Connolly and Steve Montador all play for the Sabres, making up the largest contingent of Otters alumni within the NHL. Earlier in the week, Otters forwards Anthony Luciani and Greg McKegg signed pro contracts with the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively.

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: March 1st, 2011

Former Erie Otters teammates Brad Boyes and Tim Connolly reportedly will play on the same line tonight in Boyes’ debut with the Buffalo Sabres against the New York Rangers. Read more and check out a video interview with Boyes by clicking the link.

Posted: December 16th, 2010

What: Brampton Battalion (12-14-0-5) at Erie Otters (16-15-1-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (24 goals, 26 assists, 50 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (17-14-31), RW Anthony Luciani (13-17-30), G Ramis Sadikov (16-11-1-1 record, 2.95 goals-against average, .911 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Phil Varone (12-13-25)

Brampton – LW Ian Watters (17-10-27), RW Michael Santini (10-10-20), RW Scott Tanski (8-12-30), D Spencer Abraham (3-14-17), LW Barclay Goodrow (8-9-17)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters conclude the opening half of the OHL season with consecutive home games against Central Division teams. They have a 3-2 record against that division, including a season-opening 5-1 win in Brampton Sept. 24. … The Otters have a 3-2 record in December after posting a 9-3 mark in November. … They are 13-6-0-1 since acquiring Varone from London Oct. 26. … The Otters have five hat tricks in the past eight games (McKegg 2, Szydlowski 2, Varone). That’s more than the team recorded in a season seven of the past eight years. … Szydlowski has tied the franchise record of three hat tricks in one season (Tim Connolly 1998-99, Brad Boyes 1999-2000, Cory Pecker 2001-02 and Luciani 2009-10). … McKegg is fourth overall in goals – three behind Saginaw LW Josh Shalla (27) and Ottawa RW Tyler Toffoli (27) and one behind Owen Sound LW Garrett Wilson (25). … McKegg also is fourth in points – four behind Ottawa LW Shane Prince (54), two behind Kitchener RW Jason Akeson (52) and one behind Toffoli (51). … McKegg is on pace to be the first player in franchise history to top 100 points in a season. Pecker set the mark of 99 in 2001-02. … If Sadikov starts tonight, he will set a franchise mark with 24 consecutive starts. He currently shares that mark with Josh Disher (23 from Sept. 28-Nov. 27, 2003). … Sadikov has played 1,772 minutes this season, which leads the league by 251 (Petr Mrazek, Ottawa – 1,521). … C Mike Cazzola (9-16-25 in 19 games), who has missed the past six weeks with a broken wrist, began skating with no contact or shooting this week. Yet he won’t rejoin the lineup until sometime after the Christmas break. D Tyler Hostetter (broken hand) and LW Andrew Yogan (shoulder) continue rehabilitating at their respective homes in Lititz, Pa., and Boca Raton, Fla.

Brampton – The Battalion’s roster has changed since they played the Otters in September. They traded former Otter Sean Jones, their leading scorer last season, to Kingston last month. They also traded D Kyle Pereira to Guelph and G Jacob Riley to Sudbury. … The Battalion have lost seven of their past 11 games. … They rank near the bottom of the league with 96 goals scored but in the top 10 in goals against (112). … They are 14th on the power play (18.2 percent) but fifth on the penalty kill (82.6). … They lead the league with five shootout losses and are tied for the lead with five overtime/shootout defeats.

Up next: vs. Sudbury (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at Plymouth (Dec. 28, 2 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes