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Posted: January 17th, 2014

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)




Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: LW Ryan Verbeek, D Ted Nichol, D Ryan Hutchinson, D Matthew Watson, C Sam Bennett (groin)

Referees: Pat Myers, Jeff Campbell; Linesmen: Ray King, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner… as well as injury updates on RW Andre Burakovsky and C Dylan Strome.

Kingston Frontenacs (24-54-2-2) at Erie Otters (34-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won four straight games. … The Otters have won two straight at home since their lone loss of the season at EIA – a 3-2 overtime defeat to Owen Sound on Jan. 3. They haven’t lost in regulation at home (21-0-1). … The Otters are tied for fourth on the franchise’s single-season home wins list with 12 games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (concussion) aren’t expected to play, but they could skate lightly this weekend. … F Jake Evans (ill) will play tonight. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 30 assists, 81 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (28-60-88) needs three assists to break the franchise mark of 62 assists 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. … G Oscar Dansk extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes, 18 seconds, the third longest in franchise history, with shutout wins the past two games. He posted the second-longest stretch (170:48) in October. Adam Munro set the mark of 234:36 in March 2001. … Dansk has stopped 220-of-227 shots and posted four of his OHL-best six shutouts in a personal nine-game winning streak. … Kingston C Samuel Bennett (26-40-66) may not play tonight because of a reported groin injury. Bennett, Otters C Connor McDavid‘s former teammate in minor hockey, was ranked No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list for the 2014 draft. He didn’t play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. … D Roland McKeown (8-24-32, plus-28), another former Marlboro, is rated 15th among North American skaters. … LW Henri Ikonen (13-31-44) won a gold medal with his native Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … The Frontenacs are third in the Eastern Conference.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 6th, 2013

The Erie Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection:
Round (No.) Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) 2012-13 club 2012-13 statistics
1. (2) C Dylan Strome (6-2, 170) Toronto Marlboros 65 goals, 143 points (60 games)
2. (21) D Jesse Saban (6-3, 205) Toronto Red Wings 4 goals, 16 points (34 games)
3. (42) D Cole Mayo (5-11, 193) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs 5 goals, 34 points (30 games)
5. (80) C Trent Fox* (6-0, 163) London Knights Gold 15 goals, 28 points (27 games)
6. (106) LW Sean Kohler (5-8, 170) Oakville Rangers 35 goals, 77 points (69 games)
7. (123) LW Patrick Fellows (6-1, 150) Mississauga Rebels 10 goals, 26 points (22 games)
8. (141) D T.J. Fergus (5-9, 153) Toronto Jr. Canadiens 3 goals, 14 points (29 games)
9. (161) D Nathan Kwiecinski (6-1, 186) Detroit Little Caesars 5 goals, 15 points (31 games)
10. (197) G Cosimo Lazzarino (6-1, 175) Mississauga Senators 8-5-3 record, 1.83 GAA, .894 save pct. (19 games)
11. (201) C Matthew Baker (5-7, 136) Barrie Colts 18 goals, 44 points (58 games)
12. (221) C Frank Pucci (5-5, 124) Sault Ste. Marie Thunder N/A
13. (241) RW Jack Scanlan (5-9, 161) North Central Predators 7 goals, 22 points (33 games)
14. (261) D Owen Headrick (5-9. 188) Sault Ste. Marie Thunder 9 goals, 39 points (61 games)
15. (281) C Trayvon Henry (6-1, 160) North Central Predators 8 goals, 18 points (33 games)
* Younger brother of Otters forward Dane Fox

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

My apologies, this didn’t post for some reason yesterday …

Sean Day was happy and relieved to hear the news Thursday. The Ontario Hockey Federation announced that Hockey Canada granted exceptional player status to the 15-year-old defenseman , which allows him to enter the OHL Priority Selection a year early.
He joins former current New York Islanders center John Tavares (Oshawa, 2005), Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad (2011) and Erie Otters center Connor McDavid (2012) as the only players to receive early entry into the league.
Unlike his predecessors, Day reportedly isn’t guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the April 6 draft. Speculation has arisen about the Ottawa 67′s and their choice. Under league rules, the 67′s aren’t required to choose Day with that top pick. Day isn’t required to report to the club that picks him.
However, Day said during Thursday’s conference call that “I’m prepared to go anywhere,” he said. “Part of getting this (status) is to play in the OHL.”
Meanwhile, the Otters hold the No. 2 pick because they finished with the league’s second-worst record (19-40-4-5). Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, was tight-lipped earlier this week regarding the pick. “We’ve got a pretty good idea,” Bassin said. “We’ll go with the best player.”
The Otters need help on a defense that allowed 312 goals this season, the second-worst total in the league. Day, a 6 foot 2 inch, 197-pound offensive defenseman, had 11 goals and 35 points in 63 games with Detroit-area Compuware’s minor midget club. “If you need me to play good defense, I can play that,” Day, a Belgian-born Canadian citizen who lives in Rochester, Mich., said during a conference call. “If you need a fourth forward, I can jump into the play.” Yet forwards such as Travis Konecny (Elgin Middlesex Chiefs) and Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros) are highly regarded. Earlier this week, Bassin said he needed the right complementary players to play alongside skilled performers like McDavid.
Keith Day, Sean’s father, said there has been no contact yet with officials from the 67′s or Otters.

- Victor Fernandes

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Posted: April 29th, 2012

Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech headlined the winners as the sole owner of three awards at the team’s annual Awards Banquet held Sunday afternoon at the Bayfront Convention Center.

The second-year defenseman rebounded after an early-season injury and was a steady influence on the blue line, collecting 20 points in 44 games. Pelech took home Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year honors, joining Chris
as the only defensemen to be named as Player of the Year.

Pelech also won the Sertz Family Scholastic Award as the team’s top student-athlete for the second straight season. Earlier in the week, Pelech became the first player in OHL history to win the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award and the Bobby Smith Trophy and he also was part of a Team Canada squad that captured the bronze medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships.

Pelech’s Toronto Marlboros teammate Connor Brown won a pair of trophies after an excellent first season in the OHL with 53 points, second best among league rookies. Brown won the Most Sportsmanlike Player award and shared Rookie of the Year honors with Stephen Harper, who led 1995-born players with 24 goals this season.

For the first time in team history, five players were joint-winners of the Most Valuable Player award. In addition to Pelech, Brown and Harper, forwards Dane Fox and Luke Cairns also shared the trophy.

Other award winners from the Otters 17th Annual Awards Banquet included Fox (Leading Scorer), Cairns (Most Improved Player), Ramis Sadikov (Locastro-Bonini Three Star Award), Connor Crisp (Bassin Award for Dedication), Travis Wood and Jake Evans (co-winners of the Vince Scott Award for Determination) and Mac McDonnell (Steve Nimigon Humanitarian Award).

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: September 25th, 2010

Erie Otters winger David Broll had two points in his Ontario Hockey League debut last September against Sudbury. It was his only multi-point game of the season. He had a goal and two assists in Friday’s season-opening win at Brampton – his first career three-point outing.

But this time, the offensive production will continue, Broll said Saturday.

“I I had a little more confidence going into the first game knowing it’s my second year of the league,” said Broll, who struggled getting acclimated to the players’ size and speed and the pace of the game. “It was very important how to (handle those) struggles.”

* Accepting the challenge: Rookie forward Chris Marchese has begun his first OHL season as the center between veterans Anthony Luciani and Shawn Szydlowski on the No. 2 line.

Chris Marchese (Contributed/The Scouting News)

Marchese is handling the challenge well, Broll said. Marchese had an assist and a plus-1 rating in front of 80-90 family members and friends in Friday’s win against the Battalion. He also performed well on faceoffs. But Marchese isn’t focused on what’s he done. He’s focused on his job. “I’m going to play my game and hopefully stay there,” Marchese said Saturday.

He gained some experience at center with the Toronto Marlboros‘ midget minor club last season. That makes him feel comfortable at the position while adjusting to the OHL game. “Luckily I had my legs under me (on Friday),” he said. “I wasn’t too nervous.”

* Good news: An official from the National Hockey League‘s St. Louis Blues called Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, to praise defenseman David Shields‘ play at training camp. “He’s definitely a prospect,” Bassin was told.

Bassin expects Shields to return to the Otters. But Bassin was unaware of the timetable.

* Injury report: Rookie winger Macaulay McDonnell missed this weekend’s games with a groin injury, said Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager. Rookie forward Connor Crisp also missed the weekend with a groin injury, Bassin said.

* News and notes: The Otters scratched defensemen Shields and Mark Gazdic and rookie forwards McDonnell, Crisp, Tim Tankeev and Scott Mitchell. Rookie forward Luke Cairns made his OHL debut.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: June 7th, 2010

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have announced that 2010 first round draft pick Chris Marchese will throw out the first pitch before the Erie SeaWolves‘ baseball game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Jerry Uht Park Saturday night.

Marchese, a native of Woodbridge, Ontario, collected 39 goals and 56 assists in 72 games playing left wing for the Toronto Marlboros last season. He was teammates with Adam Pelech and Connor Brown, both selected by the Otters in May. Marchese will be available for autographs in the concourse during the start of the game.

Marchese and the rest of the Otters will be in town for the 15th Annual Summer Awards Banquet, which takes place Sunday in the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel starting at 12:00 p.m. The banquet is sold out.

Season tickets for the 2010-11 season are available at one of the most affordable prices in the OHL. Reserve your seat for all 34 Otters home games and receive a number of outstanding season ticket holder benefits including personalized season ticket books, free tickets to Otters preseason games played at the Tullio Arena, unused ticket redemption opportunities, merchandise discounts and more. Also ask about our new VIP Hat Trick Club!

The eighth annual Erie Otters Champions for Education Golf Tournament will be held August 30th at Lake Shore Country Club. The noon shotgun tournament offers golfers an opportunity to play a round with a member of the Otters (current or alumni) on one of Erie’s most challenging and picturesque 18-hole courses.

The benefactor of the Tournament is the Erie Otters Education Fund, which supports The Brad Boyes Scholarship, awarded annually to a local male high school athlete who excels on and off the playing field. The Fund also assists in the educational needs of former members of the Otters following their OHL careers. The tournament also supports numerous charities.

Registration for the tourney is $150 per player and includes golf with cart, lunch, snacks and beverages on the course, dinner following golf, prizes and much, much more. Space is limited so register today by calling the Otters’ office at 455-7779.

For further information contact the Otters at 814-455-7779 or e-mail the Otters at

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: May 1st, 2010

The Erie Otters have chosen defenseman Adam Pelech with the No. 22 pick in Saturday’s OHL Priority Selection. Pelech and Otters’ first-round pick Chris Marchese were teammates with the Toronto Marlboros‘ minor midget team this season.

Adam Pelech (Contributed/The Scouting News)


Age: 15

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6 feet, 2 inches

Weight: 210 pounds

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

2009-10 club: Toronto Marlboros (minor midget)

2009-10 stats: 6 goals, 34 points, 40 penalty minutes (69 games)

Scouting Report: Pelech is a defenseman that possesses a ton of upside. He has a huge frame, and when you take into account his long stick he has immediate range. He gets up the ice quickly and isn’t afraid to handle the puck and he displays a better the average stick. He has shown that he can make the crucial first pass out of the zone. He usually makes hard, accurate and crisp tape to tape passes. If Pelech has time and space he will carry the puck up the ice and get involved in the offensive rush. He can be a pretty intimidating player to try and check.

Source: OHL Priority Selection preview and media guide

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