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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: October 26th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Felker-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: D Cory Genovese (Game 3 of a 5-game suspension), RW Joel Wigle (upper-body injury), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy)

PETERBOROUGH PETES

FORWARDS
Hatcher-Cornel-Nosad*
Betzold-Clarke-Tanus
Maguire-Pierog-McCartney
Lorentz-Stefano-Paulovic

DEFENSE
Boland-Seymour*
Armstrong-Spencer
Varga-Devlin

GOALTENDERS
Andrew D’Agostini*
Michael Giugovaz

Scratches: D Cameron Lizotte, LW Mitchell Webb, LW Nick Ritchie

Referees: TBA ; Linesmen: TBD

Posted: October 23rd, 2013

Secondary scoring and a 6-for-6 effort on the penalty kill headlined the Erie Otters’ 5-2 win against Plymouth Wednesday night at Erie Insurance. Arena. Connor Brown and Dane Fox had nine-game and seven-game point streaks end. But goals from five different players – including from Troy Donnay, Adam Pelech and Joel Wigle – to close out the game and extend Erie’s winning streak to eight straight games and their home record to 6-0. The Otters (10-2-1-0) head to London on Friday to face the Midwest Division rival Knights.

Check out post-game interviews with Pelech and G Oscar Dansk

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Felker-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: D Cory Genovese (possible suspension), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy)

PLYMOUTH WHALERS

FORWARDS
Lorentz-Rydberg-Hartman*
Sandlak-Vilardi-Hiddink
Mistele-Vanderwiel-Chatham
Dunda-Mercer-Yetman

DEFENSE
Malysa*-Rathgeb
Jones-Wesley
Henderson-Peters*

GOALTENDERS
Alex Nedeljkovic*
Zack Bowman

Scratches: RW Spencer Lee, RW Connor Sills, D Gianluca Curcuruto, RW Vincent Scognamiglio

Referees: Ryan Moniz, Pat Myers ; Linesmen: Jesse Wilmot, Ryan Holmstead

Posted: October 19th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters (waiting on the Otters’ starters)

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown*
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky
Evans-Strome-Wigle
Hodgson-Murphy-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: LW Travis Wood (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (lower-body injury)

OTTAWA 67′s

FORWARDS
Bell-Blandisi-Fielding
Van Stralen-Salituro-Studnicka
Hill-Konecny-Gustavsen
Abou-Assaly-Brown-Urbanic

DEFENSE
Lintuniemi-Duchesne
Middleton-Guy
Dulong-Henley

GOALTENDERS
Jacob Blair*
Philippe Trudeau

Scratches: D Adrian Sloboda, D Mike Vlajkov, C Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames)

Referees: TBA ; Linesmen: TBA

Posted: October 18th, 2013

The next two weekends will start proving just how good the Erie Otters are…2 games they need to win against seemingly inferior competition (last-place Belleville Bulls & rebuilding Ottawa 67′s). Then next Friday, it’s on to Budweiser Gardens in London to face the rival Knights in what could be a battle for first place in the Western Conference.

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Harper*-Strome-Burakovsky*
Evans-Curtis (former Belleville Bull)*-Wigle
Wood-Hodgson-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (lower-body injury)

BELLEVILLE BULLS

FORWARDS
Cairns (former Otter)-Gaunce-Elie*
Hooey-Petti-Berisha
Cramarossa-Marchment-Tomasek
Heffernan-Laishram-Bricknell (or Ming) – will be determined after the pre-game skate

DEFENSE
Morris-Raycroft*
Worrad-Subban
Bignell-Lemcke

GOALTENDERS
Charlie Graham*
Jason Da Silva

Scratches: D Justin Bean, Scott Simmonds, Andrew Ming

Referees: Bob Langdon, Jeff Campbell ; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ryan Holmstead

Posted: October 12th, 2013

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

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

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Felker-Abraham
Wood-Dermott

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: D Cory Genovese (suspension), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy), D Troy Donnay (upper-body injury)

SAGINAW SPIRIT

FORWARDS
Locke-Kontos-Alexeev*
Moutrey-Stephens-Payne
Sadowy-Kea-Trafford
Bratina-Addison

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton*
Callaghan-DeSousa
Holmes-Glass (former Erie Otter)

GOALTENDERS
Nikita Serebryakov*
Jake Paterson

Scratches: LW Kris Bennett, C Jimmy Lodge, C Brandon Lindberg, D Brandon Prophet, D Marselis Subban

Referees: Brent Columbe, Dave Koziel; Linesmen: Jordan Broum, Daniel Sepe

Posted: October 10th, 2013

The Erie Otters have 15 forwards on the roster. Head coach Kris Knoblauch wants to carry 13 moving forward.
That means two forwards need to be reassigned. When that happens, Knoblauch didn’t know. But who might be the odd players out may be easier to determine. Veteran Travis Wood and rookies Quentin Maksimovich and Patrick Murphy were healthy scratches for Wednesday’s win against Owen Sound. They should be scratched again Friday in Kitchener, since Knoblauch expects to use the same lineup again. And with the return of Joel Wigle from double shoulder surgery, and the high praise the new fourth line of Jake Evans-Kyle Pettit and Nick Betz have earned from Knoblauch, it would seem Wood, Maksimovich and Murphy would play only if teammates are injured or suspended.
That lack of playing time would hinder their development. They would be better off playing for another OHL club that needs young forwards. There’s also the Tier II level, which would give them more ice time but also allow the Otters to recall them when needed.
There’s reasons why each player should stay in Erie…
Maksimovich is a natural forward. He had 11 goals and 17 points in 25 games with the Toronto Marlboros minor midget club a season ago. Yet Wood has the most offensive potential and the most experience at the OHL level. He spent some time playing the point on the second power-play unit last season. He also has more speed than the other two and has been a physical presence when given the chance to play during his career.
But from what I’ve seen, Murphy has been the best player in that trio, even though he only made the transition to forward from defense in the preseason. Dropping 20 pounds in the offseason and improving his footwork has helped with that.
Meanwhile, Murphy and Wood provide an added dimension Maksimovich doesn’t – the ability to play forward and defense. Given the Otters’ track record with injuries, having two players with such versatility is invaluable…
If they keep only 13 skaters, here’s my take…Maksimovich would be the first cut. He will have the toughest time cracking the lineup. So a season in Junior A or B would put him a step closer to being a full-time player with the Otters next season. The second choice is a much tougher one, yet I would keep Wood over Murphy because he’s a better skater and more experienced at forward at this stage.
But Murphy, who I’ve been impressed with so far this season, would be only a phone call away…

So what’s your take? Send me your comments here or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/goeriehockey…

- VIctor Fernandes

Posted: September 20th, 2013

The Erie Otters had a chance to steal their season opener against a strong Guelph club in a difficult setting – the Storm’s home opener.
The Otters had three one-goal leads…and all three leads disappeared. Yes, it’s only one game. And yes, they were missing key players in Andre Burakovsky (NHL camp), Hayden Hodgson (suspension), Travis Dermott (suspension) and Joel Wigle (shoulders). But this team is going to play a lot of these kinds of games – close games against tough teams where a play or two make the difference between winning and losing – especially in the Midwest Division,
They need to find a way to put these games away. That will lead to key wins and, just as importantly, the belief they can win these games. That will go a long way toward turning this team filled with potential into a winner.
A couple more things…Michael Curtis continues to show he can fill the role held by J.P. Labardo a season ago…1st- round pick Dylan Strome made his OHL debut as a third-line winger alongside Kyle Pettit and Travis Wood. He’s a natural center, but so was Ryan O’Reilly when he played wing in his rookie season with the Otters. Strome is a talented center in the making.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 19th, 2013

GOALTENDERS

Oscar Dansk
Number: 35
Age: 19
Hometown: Tumba, Sweden
Height: 6-2
Weight: 188
How acquired: 1st round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 11-23-3-3 record, 4.11 GAA, .888 save pct. (43 games)
Career stats: 11-23-3-3 record, 4.11 GAA, .888 save pct. (43 games)
Fast fact: Reassigned by Columbus (NHL) on Wednesday

Devin Williams
Number: 31
Age: 17
Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
How acquired: 5th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8-17-1-2 record, 4.84 GAA, .886 save pct. (33 games)
Career stats: 10-21-1-3 record, 4.44 GAA, .891 save pct. (42 games)
Fast fact: Has recovered from sports hernia surgery earlier this summer

DEFENSE

Spencer Abraham
Number: 9
Age: 20
Hometown: Campbellville, Ont.
Height: 5-10
Weight: 172
How acquired: Trade from Brampton (Oct. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 7 goals, 20 points, -32 (67 games)
Career stats: 15  goals, 60 points, -48 (179 games)
Fast fact: Earned the final OA spot in the preseason

Travis Dermott
Number: 44
Age: 16
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 181
How acquired: 9th round (2012)
2012-13 club: Newmarket (Jr. A)
2012-13 stats: 15 points, 24 points (53 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Was highly recruited by NCAA schools

Troy Donnay
Number: 57
Age: 19
Hometown: Fenton, Mich.
Height: 6-7
Weight: 185
How acquired: Trade from London (Jan. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 points, -39, 48 PIM (68 games)
Career stats: 17 points, -65, 104 PIM (143 games)
Fast fact: Signed with the N.Y. Rangers in the offseason

Justin Felker
Number: 5
Age: 17
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
How acquired: 2nd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 2 points, -4 (17 games)
Career stats: 2 points, -4 (17 games)
Fast fact: Missed the second half of his rookie season with a compression fracture in his neck

Cory Genovese
Number: 3
Age: 18
Hometown: Hespeler, Ont.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 212
How acquired: Trade from Sudbury (Sept. 2013)
2012-13 club: Kitchener/Sudbury
2012-13 stats: 6 points, +6, 87 PIM (62 games)
Career stats: 11 points, +8, 175 PIM (118 games)
Fast fact: Brought to Erie for his skills as a stay-at-home defenseman

Adam Pelech
Number: 27
Age: 19
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
How acquired: 2nd round (2010)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 goals, 40 points, -16, 98 PIM (59 games)
Career stats: 11 goals, 74 points, -22, 177 PIM (168 games)
Fast fact: Has fully recovered from a third wrist surgery since early in the 2011-12 season.

Darren Raddysh
Number: 24
Age: 17
Hometown: Caledon, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
How acquired: 5th round (2012)

2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (Midget)/Georgetown (Jr. A)/Erie
2012-13 stats: 7 points, 28 PIM (50 games)
Career stats: 2 points, 12 PIM (24 games)
Fast fact: Joined the club as a rookie at midseason in 2011-12

LEFT WING

Andre Burakovsky
Number: 95
Age: 18
Hometown: Malmo, Sweden
Height: 6-1
Weight: 178
How acquired: 1st round (2013)
2012-13 club: Malmo (Sweden)
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 11 points (43 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Has signed with Washington (NHL)

Michael Curtis
Number: 77
Age: 20
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 186
How acquired: Trade with Belleville (Aug. 2013)
2012-13 club: Belleville
2012-13 stats: 10 goals, 20 points (55 games)
Career stats: 51 goals, 99 points (243 games)
Fast fact: Scored a career-high 19 goals as a rookie in 2009-10

Stephen Harper
Number: 10
Age: 18
Hometown: Burlington, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
How acquired: 1st round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 18 goals, 38 points (67 games)
Career stats: 42 goals, 35 points (130 games)
Fast fact: Attended two NHL rookie camps with the Philadelphia Flyers this summer

Fabrizio Ricci
Number: 21
Age: 18
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
How acquired: Free agent (2013)
2012-13 club: Caledonia (Jr. B)/Barrie
2012-13 stats: 10 goals, 16 points, 119 PIM (50 games)
Career stats: 0 points (5 games)
Fast fact: Remains the lone free agent left on the roster

Travis Wood
Number: 37
Age: 17
Hometown: Hudson, Wis.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
How acquired: 11th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 13 points (54 games)
Career stats: 10 goals, 31 points (118 games)
Fast fact: Has split time between wing and defense in the preseason

CENTER

Jake Evans
Number: 7
Age: 18
Hometown: Thorold, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
How acquired: 2nd round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 5 goals, 16 points (56 games)
Career stats: 17 goals, 39 points (123 games)
Fast fact: Begins the season out a knee injury

Dane Fox
Number: 74
Age: 19
Hometown: Thamesville, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
How acquired: Trade with London (Jan. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 19 goals, 36 points, 78 PIM (37 games)
Career stats: 54 goals, 119 points, 233 PIM (176 games)
Fast fact: Averaged a point per game a season ago after missing 2 months with a broken foot

Quentin Maksimovich
Number: 26
Age: 17
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 170
How acquired: 11th round (2012)
2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (major midget)
2012-13 stats: 11 goals, 17 points (25 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Signed with the club during training camp last month

Connor McDavid
Number: 97
Age: 16
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
How acquired: 1st round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 25 goals, 66 points (63 games)
Career stats: 25 goals, 66 points (63 games)
Fast fact: Was named Rookie of the Year last season

Kyle Pettit
Number: 15
Age: 17
Hometown: Komoka, Ont.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
How acquired: 2nd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 3 goals, 6 points (67 games)
Career stats: 3 goals, 6 points (67 games)
Fast fact: Developed into a solid defender in his rookie season

Dylan Strome
Number: 19
Age: 16
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 178
How acquired: 1st round (2013)
2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (minor midget)
2012-13 stats: 65 goals, 143 points (60 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Older brother, Ryan, a former standout for Niagara, now plays for Bridgeport (AHL)

RIGHT WING

Nick Betz
Number: 29
Age: 18
Hometown: Clinton Township, Mich.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 217
How acquired: 6th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 12 points, 38 PIM (44 games)
Career stats: 9 goals, 26 points, 83 PIM (105 games)
Fast fact: Missed 2 months early last season following an emergency appendectomy

Connor Brown
Number: 28
Age: 19
Hometown: Etobicoke, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
How acquired: 13th round (2010)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 28 goals, 69 points (63 games)
Career stats: 53 goals, 122 points (131 games)
Fast fact: Attended the Toronto Maple Leafs’ main camp

Hayden Hodgson
Number: 11
Age: 17
Hometown: Leamington, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 204
How acquired: 3rd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 goals, 12 points, 60 PIM (60 games)
Career stats: 8 goals, 12 points, 60 PIM (6o games)
Fast fact: Will miss the first three to complete a 10-game suspension incurred late last season

Patrick Murphy
Number: 6
Age: 18
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
How acquired: 5th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Port Colborne (Jr. B)/Erie
2012-13 stats: 12 goals, 37 points, 90 PIM (49 games)
Career stats: 4 points (16 games)
Fast fact: Moved full time from defense this preseason

Joel Wigle
Number: 8
Age: 19
Hometown: Brantford, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
How acquired: Trade with Niagara (Jan. 2013)
2012-13 club: Niagara/Erie
2012-13 stats: 3 goals, 18 points, 50 PIM (66 games)
Career stats: 17 goals, 41 points, 114 PIM (167 games)
Fast fact: Will be out until at least next month (shoulders)

Posted: September 16th, 2013

One day after posting a solid effort in a 5-2 preseason win against Mississauga, goaltender Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) said he’s ready to play in Friday night’s regular-season opener in Guelph. Yet head coach Kris Knoblauch will wait until Thursday, and possibly even Friday, before naming his starter.
No. 1 goaltender Oscar Dansk remains in NHL training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets. If he returns to Erie by Thursday, Knoblauch said, Dansk should start against the Storm. But if Dansk doesn’t return until Friday, Knoblauch said Williams could get the start.
Knoblauch hasn’t received an update on Dansk or rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who’s set to make his NHL debut tonight in the Washington Capitals’ preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, rookie Daniel Dekoning remains with the club.
*** In other news, the roster stands at 28 players after the club cut forward prospect Blake Jones. Club officials plan to make one or two more cuts, most likely on defense.
Nine defensemen remain on the roster. Knoblauch also wants to keep extra players up front, since three forwards are out of the lineup to start the season – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (final 3 games of a 10-game suspension incurred late last season) and Joel Wigle (shoulders).
Given the makeup of the blue line (see the updated roster below), it would seem that 2013 draft picks Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo are on the bubble. Ultimately, the roster will shrink to 22 or 23 players at some point into the season.
*** Here’s a few more tidbits…Patrick Murphy has permanently made the move to forward from defense. Knoblauch said that gives Murphy the best shot to stick with the team.

Goaltenders (3): Oscar Dansk (at Columbus camp), Devin Williams, Daniel Dekoning
Defensemen (9): Spencer Abraham, Travis Dermott, Troy Donnay, Justin Felker, Cory Genovese, Cole Mayo, Adam Pelech, Darren Raddysh, Jesse Saban
Forwards (16): Andre Burakovsky (at Washington camp), Nick Betz, Connor Brown, Michael Curtis, Jake Evans (injured), Dane Fox, Stephen Harper, Hayden Hodgson, Quentin Maksimovich, Connor McDavid, Patrick Murphy, Kyle Pettit, Fabrizio Ricci, Dylan Strome, Joel Wigle (injured), Travis Wood (also has seen time on D)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 29th, 2013

TEAM RED
2 Travis Dermott – D
4 Jimmy McDowell – D
5 Jesse Saban – D
6 Troy Donnay – D
7 Gregory Allen – D
8 Andre Burakovsky – LW
10 Connor McDavid – C
11 Connor Crisp – C
12 Kyle Pettit – C
13 Nick Betz – RW
14 Travis Wood – LW/D
15 Blake Jones – C
16 Matt Marsden – C
17 Jordan Dunin – C
18 Trent Fox – C
19 Cameron Etherington – RW
20 Connor Brown – RW
21 Justin Felker – D
30 Cosimo Lazzarino – G

TEAM BLUE
2 Adam Pelech – D
3 Darren Raddysh – D
4 Spencer Abraham – D
5 Cole Mayo – D
6 Khadyn Butterfly – D
7 Patrick Murphy – D
8 Dane Fox – LW
9 Michael Curtis – LW/C
10 Jake Evans – C
11 Stephen Harper – LW
12 Dylan Strome – C
13 Hayden Hodgson – RW
14 Quentin Maksimovich – C
15 Fabrizio Ricci – LW
16 Thomas Lattavo – RW
17 Jeff St. Pierre – RW
18 Cristiano DiGiacinto – RW
19 Nolan Dunn – LW

31 Daniel Dekoning – G
32 Oscar Dansk – G

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