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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
(starters in bold italics)

 

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky
Wood-Gaunce-Wigle
Evans-Pettit-Murphy

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Williams
Dansk

Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

 Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden
 

Posted: April 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Burakovsky
-Gaunce-Wigle
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Murphy-Pettit-Betz

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden

Posted: March 21st, 2014

Now that I have a few moments to think about the back-and-forth affair that was Game 1 of the Erie Otters’ Western Conference quarterfinal series with Saginaw, here’s a few random thoughts…

* The Otters are set to stay in Erie through the 2018-19 season. It’s amazing how much has changed in the past 2 years, starting with the on-ice success and remodeled arena. It seemed like all the talk around this franchise was centered on the relocation rumors. There hasn’t been a word of that all season long. And perhaps, we won’t be talking about that for at least the next 5 years.
* Playoff jitters were obvious, but the players that seemed to overcome that really well were the rookies, namely Dylan Strome and Travis Dermott. They seemed to be comfortable in that electrified atmosphere. They also contributed three assists in the win.
Travis Wood isn’t a rookie, but he turned in a solid performance in his first postseason game. He used his speed and physicality to draw a penalty that led to a power-play goal.
* The Otters need to do a more consistent job of starting games faster. As G Devin Williams said, this team has been in that situation before, and they have overcome them multiple times. But that 2-0 first-period deficit will be much more difficult to overcome later in the postseason.
* It’s official (at least in my mind) – Andre

Andre Burakovsky

Burakovsky has the quickest shot in the OHL. As strong as Spirit G Jake Paterson was tonight (44 saves), he had no chance to stop Burakovsky’s quick release and accurate wrist shot on the tying goal early in the third period.
* Kudos to the Spirit, who have been throughout a difficult time off the ice but turned in an effort that was good enough to win, if not for the Otters’ potent power play, capped by Dane Fox‘s game-winner.
* Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch hinted at starting Williams in Game 2 Saturday night. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes with Oscar Dansk.
Knoblauch thinks things through, but he also seems to go off feel and hunches as well. I figured he would start Dansk in Game 1, since Knoblauch often said that Dansk is his No. 1 goaltender. But Dansk was pulled from two games late in the regular season, while Williams played well down the stretch. So Knoblauch went with Williams, and more importantly, stuck with him after the two early goals against.
* I’m not surprised that Knoblauch chose Cory Genovese over Darren Raddysh on defense. Raddysh is an up-and-coming player, but Genovese has past playoff experience. You want to have as much experience on the back end as possible at playoff time.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 4th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Pettit*-Curtis-Wigle
Murphy-Evans-Betz
Maksimovich-Wood-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), TBD

OWEN SOUND ATTACK

FORWARDS
Hargrave-Cook-Gabriel*
Smith-Nastasiuk-Milne
Gabor-Gilligan-Brack
Heeps-Szypula-Annecchiarico

DEFENSE
Sharipzyanov-Rose
MacDermid-Schemitsch*
MacArthur-Walters

GOALTENDERS
Brandon Hope
Jack Flinn*

Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)

Referees: Sean Pindar, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Posted: December 31st, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPSw
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Murphy-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Marcantuoni-Bailey*
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar
Kohn-Meighan-Robinson
Cascagnette-Soper-Davies

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora*
Iafrate-Schmidt
Blaisdell-DiPerna

GOALTENDERS
Jordan DeKort*
Matthew Greenfield

Scratches: RW Scott Teskey, Paxton Leroux, Radek Faksa (World Juniors – Czech Republic)

Referees: Pat Myers, Brent Coloumbe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ray King

OTTERS WATCH
Kitchener Rangers (13-21-0-1) at Erie Otters (29-7-1-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to end their first losing streak of the season – three games – against a Rangers club that gave them trouble in their last two meetings. The Otters allowed 12 goals – nearly four goals above their season average of 2.5 per outing – in splitting those two games – a 9-6 home win Nov. 19 and a 6-2 loss in Kitchener this past Saturday. … The Otters lead the Western Conference by four points over third-place Guelph. West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie is five points back in second. … The Otters are a franchise-record 18-0-0-0 at home, which stands two wins shy of equaling the second-longest home streak in OHL history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … LW Dane Fox has no points in the last three games. He still leads the league with 41 goals and trails only linemate Connor Brown 71-67 in the race for the scoring title. … G Devin Williams has followed a career-best, 13-game winning streak with three straight losses. … D Jesse Saban and C Trent Fox have joined fellow 2013 draft pick Cole Mayo, a defenseman, in Erie. But there are no current plans for them to dress for games. … The Rangers are last in the West, but they are only three points behind eighth-place Plymouth in the three-team battle for the conference’s final playoff spot. … The Rangers are without leading scorer Radek Faksa (14 goals., 25 points), who’s playing for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … They have three promising young players in RWs Nick Magyar (10-15-25), Justin Bailey (14-11-25) and Darby Llewellyn (19-5-24).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 11th, 2013

The Erie Otters have begun making arrangements to fill in roster spots during international tournament time.
Defense prospect Cole Mayo joined the team Tuesday to fill in for departing D Adam Pelech, who along with C Connor McDavid leave Thursday to join Team Canada for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. The club also plans to recall D Jesse Saban, another 2013 OHL draft pick, after Christmas break. Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to fill in for World Junior-bound G Oscar Dansk.
However, there are no plans to recall any forward prospects to replace RW Andre Burakovsky, who will join Dansk on Team Sweden for World Juniors, and rookie C Dylan Strome, who will represent Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Fs Quentin Maksimovich, Patrick Murphy and Travis Wood will fill in those spots, while veterans like C Kyle Pettit will take on greater roles.

On Tuesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on the team’s moves and this week’s games…

* On not overlooking Mississauga & Niagara: “I think it’s just fundamentals – doing things that are important, really stressing defense. If our defense is good, we’ll get opportunities offensively. If we’re just looking at the offensive side of the game, we’ll probably still get offensive chances, but we’ll probably be giving up a lot of chances against. We don’t want to get into a running match. Defense is very important.
“We kind of have two weekends of back-to-back games – middle of the week and two at the end (of the week). Certainly, you look at the ones on the weekend being more important just because (they’re) division rivals and the importance on those (games). The games on the weekend are important. But if you let the games get away that you should have won, those are just as important. We’re just looking at the two games this week against Niagara and Mississauga.

* On Mayo and Saban: Right now, Cole is not expected to play (in games) this week. That’s our plan. Certainly hope it stays that way. But if there was an injury or something did happen, we would need an extra defenseman. It’s just good to have those players. It is for depth, but also we wanted to call those guys up throughout the year at different times – this being one of them, and (Saban) after Christmas – where those guys are having the opportunity to practice with us so they can get comfortable with the speed of our game.
They’re working on their skills. We’re very happy with how they have improved. They’re getting lots of responsibilities. (Mayo) is getting power-play time, top pairing defensively, penalty kill, everything. So we’re very happy. But that level he’s playing at and the level we’re at is different. I think it’s just like sending our players to World Juniors or spending extra time in the American Hockey League at the beginning of the season or NHL camp. They learn a lot from that. Hopefully (Mayo) learns a little bit with the time spent with us.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 28th, 2013

Check out C Brendan Gaunce‘s first interview as an Erie Otter…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

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

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Mitchell-Garlent-Bertuzzi
McGinn-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
Milne-Suter-Auger*
Bauman-Horvat-Craievich

DEFENSE
McFadden-Trojanovic
Finn-Leslie
Baltisberger-Harpur*

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, C Robby Fabbri, RW Marc Stevens

Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Steve Picco; Linesmen: J.F. Menard, Ray King

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