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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

The Saginaw Spirit took a pair of one-goal lead. The Erie Otters erased those deficits both times.

But the third time around wasn’t the charm for the Otters.

Spirit center Vincent Trocheck’s second goal snapped a tie with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left and handed the Otters a 3-2 loss in front of a home-opening crowd of 4,746 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night.

The Otters (1-1-0-0) began the game with the spirit of former Otter Vince Scott on their side. The club honored Scott, who died in automobile accident in April, by retiring his No. 16 in a pregame ceremony.

But the Spirit overcame the Otters’ emotionally charged start to the game. Then Saginaw snapped the scoreless tie on rookie Brandon Saad’s first Ontario Hockey League goal 5:33 into the opening period.

Saad, a Pittsburgh native and projected top-five pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, banged in a rebound on the power play during a goal-mouth scramble.

Two minutes later, Otters defenseman Tyler Hostetter fired a wrist shot past Spirit goaltender Mavric Parks to tie the score at 1. Other than that, the Otters couldn’t solve the overage Parks. He stopped 14-of-15 shots in the first period. The Otters outshot Saginaw 15-6 in the period.

Erie’s commanding lead in shots continued in the second. The Otters fired 14 more shots at Parks. But the Spirit scored midway through the period, as Trocheck fired a wrist shot over Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov’s left shoulder for a 2-1 lead at the 9:20 mark.

Yet the teams headed to the second intermission tied at 2. Anthony Luciani, who has filled departed captain Zack Torquato’s spot on the Otters’ No. 1 line, scored his second goal in two nights off assists from linemates Greg McKegg and Mike Cazzola with 30 seconds left in the period.

The Otters dominated the opening half of the third period. They held the Spirit without a shot on goal for 10-plus minutes. But the Otters failed to capitalize on several quality scoring chances.

The Spirit responded with 12 shots on goal down the stretch. Trocheck scored the game-winner on a 4-on-4 situation to snap the 2-2 tie and hand the Spirit (1-1-0-0) their first win of the season.


Spirit 3, Otters 2

Saginaw  1  1  1  —  3

Erie  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Saginaw, Brandon Saad 1 (Ashman, Telegin), 5:33 (pp). 2. Erie, Tyler Hostetter 1 (Luciani, Cazzola), 7:36. Penalties — Szwarz (S) slashing. :04; Paton (E) checking from behind, 4:55; Saad (S) 10-min. misconduct, 7:36; Trocheck (S) unsportsmanlike conduct, 10:53; Szydlowski (E) hooking, 15:06; Hermenegildo (S) roughing, 16:46.

2nd Period — 3. Saginaw, Vincent Trocheck 1 (O’Connor, Saad), 9:20. 4. Erie, Anthony Luciani 2 (McKegg, Cazzola), 19:30. Penalties — Broll (E) 5-min. fighting, :02; Kantor (S) 5-min. fighting, :02; Sgarbossa (S) cross checking, 11:02; Hermenegildo (S) checking from behind, 19:49; Appio (E) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49; Kantor (S) 10-min. misconduct, 19:49.

3rd Period — 5. Saginaw, Trocheck 2 (Szwarz, O’Connor), 16:18. Penalties — Shalla (S) interference, 11:46; Austin (E) checking from behind, 14:18; Walch (S) holding, 16:02.

Shots on goal — Saginaw, 6-10-12—28; Erie, 15-14-7—36.

Goaltenders — Saginaw, Mavric Parks 1-1-0-0 (36 shots, 34 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 1-1-0-0 (28 shots, 25 saves).

Power plays — Saginaw (1-3), Erie (0-7).

Referees — Jason Faist, Darcy Burchell. Linesmen — Fraiser MacIntire, Ray King.

Attendance — 4,746.

Three stars

* Vincent Trocheck, Spirit (2 goals) ** Anthony Luciani, Otters (goal, assist) *** Mike Cazzola, Otters (2 assists)

Posted: September 25th, 2010

Vince Scott (Contributed/Erie Otters)

The No. 18 took one final spin around the Tullio Arena ice. Then before the Erie Otters’ home opener against Saginaw on Saturday, No. 18 ascended to the rafters.

“No one will ever wear No. 18 ever again,” Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, said during a pregame ceremony honoring the late Vince Scott, an Otter from 2003-07 who died in an automobile accident in April. Scott joined the No. 16 of Brad Boyes, the club’s revered former captain.

But first, Otters winger Brett Appio skated onto the ice for pregame warm-ups wearing a No. 18 sweater.

Appio wore that number last season after joining the Otters in January. But on this night, it was merely a loaner. During the emotional ceremony, he skated to the east end of the rink to present the sweater to Scott’s parents, Bob and Sue. Then Bob Scott handed Appio his new No. 8 sweater.

“This is a special night to honor a special memory. He was a special, special kid,” said Bassin, as he fought back tears. “We lost a special person. But his memory will never ever be lost here.”

Several members of Scott’s immediate and billet families stepped onto the ice before a moment of silence was observed. Then they glanced towards the center-ice scoreboard for a video salute featuring photos of Scott’s childhood and his days with the Otters. He totaled 29 goals and 71 points in 202 career games.

Moments later, the rest of the Otters joined Appio in exchanging hugs and handshakes with Scott’s family and friends. Then club officials presented Scott’s family with a poster and plaque bearing, among other things, Scott’s name and number. Bob Scott’s poignant parting words capped the ceremony.

He spoke about his son’s love for the Otters. “I know the day he became assistant captain was one of the happiest days of his life,” Bob Scott said. “Vinny loved playing for the Otters and skating on this ice.”

The elder Scott also addressed his son’s love for Erie and the team’s fans.

“The people of Erie really made Vinny feel welcome,” Bob Scott said. “He really loved you guys.”

The Otters and their fans loved him, too. “His memory will never ever end,” Bassin said.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 24th, 2010

What: Saginaw Spirit (0-1-0-0) at Erie Otters (1-0-0-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.*

Where: Tullio Arena

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

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points), C Mike Cazzola (1-1-2), RW Anthony Luciani (1-0-1), RW Shawn Szydlowski (0-2-2), G Ramis Sadikov (1-0-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .979 save percentage)

Saginaw – LW Josh Shalla (1-1-2), C Michael Sgarbossa (1-0-1), C Vincent Trocheck (0-1-1), C Brandon Saad (0-0-0), G Mavric Parks (0-1-0-0, 5.00, .889)

Vince Scott (Contributed/Erie Otters)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters will retire the late Vince Scott’s No. 18 in a pregame ceremony. Scott, who played in Erie from 2003-07, died in an automobile accident in April. Scott, whose family will attend the game, joins Brad Boyes as the only players in franchise history to have their numbers retired. … The Otters have an 8-5-1 all-time record in home openers. They snapped a two-game home-opening winning streak with a 5-4 overtime loss to London last season. … The Otters haven’t won two straight to start a season since a three-game streak in 2002-03. … McKegg, who was named the 11th captain in team history on Friday, rejoined the team in time for a season-opening win in Brampton. He scored a goal in his NHL preseason debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Rookies Kris Grant, Chris Marchese and Adam Pelech recorded their first OHL points in the opener.

Saginaw – The Spirit opened the season with a 5-2 loss in Kitchener on Friday. … Saad, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, joined the Spirit this season after completing a two-year stint with the United States National Team Development Program. Saad, a projected top-five pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, didn’t record a point in his Spirit debut. … The Spirit lost all four meetings with the Otters last season. … Sgarbossa signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

* Opening faceoff is set for approximately 7:20 p.m. because of the pregame ceremony

Posted: June 13th, 2010

Vince Scott

The Erie Otters will retire the late Vince Scott’s No. 18 sweater before the OHL club’s home opener this coming fall. Scott, who played for the Otters from 2003-07, died in an automobile accident on April 28.

Scott’s banner will hang in the rafters with Brad Boyes’ No. 16, the first number retired in the 14-year-old franchise’s history. Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, made the announcement during the team’s 15th annual Summer Awards Banquet at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel on Sunday.

“That’s only the right thing to do,” Bassin said of Scott, one of the Otters’ most popular players. “I want to look up in the rafters all the time and look at that number and remember what he meant to us.” Left wing Brett Appio wore No. 18 this past season.

In other news, OHL commissioner David Branch, the banquet’s keynote speaker, emphasized the need for respect among players, as he did in November after suspending former Otter Michael Liambas for the rest of his final junior season for a hit that seriously injured Kitchener rookie Ben Fanelli. “No boos?” Branch jokingly asked the crowd after being introduced. Liambas wasn’t in attendance.

Right wings Anthony Luciani and Shawn Szydlowski will attend Chicago Blackhawks rookie camp later this summer. … The Otters introduced their 2010 OHL draft picks and 2009 prospects, including forward Mac McDonnell, 17, an Allen Park, Mich., native who had five goals, eight points and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games this past season with the North American Hockey League’s Motor City Metal Jackets.

Posted: April 29th, 2010

Vince Scott (Contributed/Erie Otters)

High speed contributed to former Erie Otter forward Vince Scott’s fatal automobile accident early Wednesday morning in Thorold, Ontario, according to the Niagara Regional Police Service’s incident report.

The report states that a lone 23-year-old male, later identified as Scott, lost control of his black 2006 Honda Civic while approaching a right-hand curve. The vehicle collided with a utility pole located in a grassy ditch and overturned onto its roof. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Niagara Regional Police Service’s Traffic Services Unit is conducting an investigation to determine if other factors contributed to the accident, said NRPS Constable Nilan Davé. Investigations usually take one to two weeks to complete, Davé said.

Scott, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, totaled 42 goals and 71 points in 202 games with the Otters from 2003-06. He finished his OHL career in 2007 with Sarnia, under former Otters coach Dave MacQueen. Scott attended the University of Prince Edward Island for two years before transferring to Brock University. He played for the St. Catharines, Ontario, school this past season.

Posted: April 28th, 2010

Vince Scott

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are saddened by the loss of former player Vince Scott in an automobile accident outside of St. Catharines, Ontario Wednesday morning. He was 23.

Scott played four seasons with the Otters from 2003-06, appearing in 202 games and collecting 29 goals and 42 assists for 71 points. Scott completed his OHL career with Sarnia in 2007.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Scott attended the University of Prince Edward Island for two years before transferring to Brock University, where he played this past season. Scott led the Badgers with 25 points in 25 games.

“On behalf of the entire Erie Otters organization, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Scott family,” Otters assistant general manager Shawn Waskiewicz said. “Vinny was a high character kid who cared about his teammates and community. He will be missed.”

- From Erie Otters news release

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