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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 1st, 2014

North Bay used two third-period goals to rally past Niagara in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight and capture the series. Meanwhile, Peterborough completed an improbable comeback from a 3 games to none deficit in their series with Kingston with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 tonight. Check out the final first-round scores…by the way, I finished the first round with a 7-1 series record. Sudbury’s loss to Barrie was the lone blemish

Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Plymouth 2, Guelph 1
Game 4 – Guelph 7, Plymouth 2
Game 5 – Guelph 8, Plymouth 3
Guelph wins series 4-1

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Sault Ste. Marie 5, Owen Sound 3
Game 4 – Sault Ste. Marie 2, Owen Sound 0
Game 5 – Sault Ste. Marie 6, Owen Sound 1
Sault Ste. Marie wins 4-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Saginaw 7, Erie 6, OT
Game 4 – Erie 7, Saginaw 3
Game 5 – Erie 3, Saginaw 2, OT
Erie wins series 4-1

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – London 10, Windsor 2
Game 4 – London 4, Windsor 3
London wins series 4-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 5, 2OT
Game 4 – Oshawa 4, Mississauga 3, OT
Oshawa wins series 4-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Niagara 2, North Bay 0
Game 4 – Niagara 5, North Bay 3
Game 5 – North Bay 4, Niagara 3
Game 6 – North Bay 5, Niagara 1
Game 7 – North Bay 2, Niagara 1
North Bay wins series 4-3

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 2
Game 4 – Peterborough 3, Kingston 1
Game 5 – Peterborough 6, Kingston 5, OT
Game 6 – Peterborough 5, Kingston 4
Game 7 – Peterborough 2, Kingston 1, OT
Peterborough wins series 4-3

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Barrie 6, Sudbury 4
Game 4 – Sudbury 2, Barrie 1
Game 5 – Barrie 7, Sudbury 0
Barrie wins series 4-1

Posted: March 26th, 2014

The OHL handed out two lengthy suspensions today that could have a dramatic impact on the playoffs. London G Anthony Stolarz and Guelph LW Brock McGinn were given 8-game suspensions for separate incidents on Tuesday.
Stolarz struck Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with his stick in the Knights’ 10-2 win over the Spitfires. McGinn was punished for an open-ice hit to the head of Plymouth RW Connor Sills in the Storm’s 2-1 loss to the Whalers.
Both suspensions greatly affect their teams, starting with the loss of McGinn, who had 43 goals and 85 points in the regular season and had two goals and three points in Guelph’s first three playoff games.
But the loss of Stolarz makes the Knights vulnerable moving forward, and that could include in the Memorial Cup if the Knights are eliminated early in these playoffs. According to the league’s official statement, his status for the CHL’s championship tournament would be reviewed at that time if Stolarz hasn’t complete his suspension.
Peterborough C Michael Clarke also was suspended for 8 games because of a match penalty for cross checking Tuesday against Kingston.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

Western Conference
No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth

Game 1 – Guelph 5, Plymouth 2
Game 2 – Guelph 3, Plymouth 0
Game 3 – Tuesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Plymouth, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Plymouth, 4 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Guelph leads series 2-0

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Game 1 – Owen Sound 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4, OT
Game 2 – Sault Ste. Marie 7, Owen Sound 3
Game 3 – Today at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Owen Sound, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Owen Sound, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3, OT
Game 3 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – March 31 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Erie leads series 2-0

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Game 1 – London 6, Windsor 1
Game 2 – London 6, Windsor 3
Game 3 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at London, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 31 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at London, 7 p.m.*
London leads series 2-0

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga

Game 1 – Oshawa 6, Mississauga 0
Game 2 – Oshawa 3, Mississauga 2, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*
Oshawa leads series 2-0

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – North Bay 4, Niagara 0
Game 2 – Niagara 3, North Bay 2
Game 3 – Tuesday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Kingston 4, Peterborough 1
Game 2 – Kingston 5, Peterborough 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Kingston leads series 2-0

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Barrie 3, Sudbury 2
Game 2 – Barrie 4, Sudbury 3, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Thursday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – Sunday at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Barrie leads series 2-0

* If necessary

Posted: March 19th, 2014

No. 1 Guelph vs. No. 8 Plymouth
Season records: Guelph 51-12-2-2, Plymouth 28-32-0-7
Season series: Guelph won 3-1
Players to watch

Scott Kosmachuk

Guelph – RW Scott Kosmachuk (49 goals, 52 assists, 101 points), LW Kerby Rychel (34-56-90), C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87), D Matt Finn (14-47-61, plus-57), G Justin Nichols (35-7-1-0 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 4 shutouts)
Plymouth – G Alex Nedeljkovic (26-28-0-7, 2.88, .925, 1 SO), C Zach Lorentz (27-27-54), RW Ryan Hartman (25-28-53), LW Carter Sandlak (24-24-48), D Gianluca Curcuruto (7-21-28, -14)
Outlook: The Storm scored 340 goals – at least 28 more than any other club and 153 more than than the Whalers. So Plymouth has no chance against the league’s regular-season champion – not even with an NHL prospect like Nedeljkovic in net.
Prediction: Storm in 4 games

No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie vs. No. 7 Owen Sound
Season records: Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5, Owen Sound 31-29-3-5
Season series: Sault Ste. Marie won 2-0
Players to watch
Sault Ste. Marie – D Darnell Nurse (13-37-50), G Matt Murray (32-11-1-5, 2.57, .921, 6 SO), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (31-60-91), C Jared McCann (27-35-62), C Tyler Gaudet (26-35-61)
Owen Sound – G Brandon Hope (28-19-2-2, 2.89, .916, 2 SO), D Chris Bigras (4-22-26, -11), C Holden Cook (28-29-57), RW Zach Nastasiuk (23-28-51), RW Kurtis Gabriel (16-35-51)
Outlook: Hope will give the Attack hope in this series. But the Greyhounds are strong in net and on defense. That will be too much for Hope and the Attack to overcome.
Prediction: Greyhounds in 6 games

No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch
Erie – RW Connor Brown (45

Connor Brown

-83-128), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, +52), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0, 2.39, .909, 6 SO)
Saginaw – D Jesse Graham (11-43-54, +3), C Kristoff Kontos (25-50-75), C Eric Locke (26-34-60), G Jake Paterson (24-18-2-0, 3.41, .906, 2 SO), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40, former Otter)
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit at both ends of the ice. The Spirit also enter the playoffs coping with the recent death of teammate Terry Trafford. Both will be too much for the Spirit to overcome.
Prediction: Otters in 4 games

No. 4 London vs. No. 5 Windsor
Season records: London 49-14-1-4, Windsor 37-28-3-0
Season series: London 5-1
Players to watch
London – LW Max Domi (34-59-93), C Chris Tierney (40-49-89), G Anthony Stolarz (25-5-1-1, 2.52, .926, 4 SO), LW Gemel Smith (37-38-75), C Bo Horvat (30-44-74)
Windsor – RW Josh Ho-Sang (32-53-85), C Brady Vail (32-51-83), LW Ben Johnson (28-25-53), C Remy Giftopoulos (24-24-48), G Alex Fotinos (22-10-1-0, 3.59, .896, 1 SO)
Outlook: The Spitfires were a potential playoff contender until they lost Ds Slater Koekkoek and Trevor Murphy to season-ending injuries. Now it will be one-and-done for Windsor.
Prediction: Knights in 5 games

Posted: March 7th, 2014

Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists to headline the Erie Otters’ second straight offensive explosion in a 6-1 win against Windsor tonight in front of 5,639 fans at Erie Insurance Arena.
The Otters (48-14-2-0), which have scored 17 goals in back-to-back home wins, also had Dylan Strome‘s first two-goal game in the OHL,
Connor Brown‘s three assists and two points apiece from Adam Pelech (two assists) and Andre Burakovsky (goal, assist). Adam Pelech (two assists) joined Chris Campoli (66 points in 2003-04) as the only defensemen in Otters’ history with 50 points in a season. He needs four assists to tie Campoli’s record of 46 set that season.
Meanwhile, Dane Fox scored to become the first player in club history to reach 60 goals. Fox also needs one point to join Brown in the Otters’ 100-point club.
A fourth straight win pulled the Otters within three points of first-place Guelph with four regular-season games left in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Storm lost at home to Owen Sound 6-2 on Friday. The third-place Otters also remain one point ahead of fourth-place London, which won 10-5 in Kitchener on Friday. The Otters play Kitchener today in a 7 p.m. home game, while London plays in Owen Sound. The Storm are idle.

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s post-game news conference here

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Posted: March 6th, 2014

Windsor Spitfires (36-24-3-0) at Erie Otters (47-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue a three-game homestand that began Wednesday with an 11-2 win against Plymouth, which set a new franchise record for home wins in a season (27). … The club’s highest goal total since Jan. 14, 2011 (a 12-3 win over Barrie) moved the Otters within three goals of matching the franchise mark of 281 held by the 2010-11 club. They are on pace to score 300 goals. … They also can set a new franchise mark for the fewest goals allowed in a season by surrendering 11 or fewer in their final five regular-season games. The 2000-01 club holds the mark with 171. … The Otters, which have won three straight and four of their last five games, trail front-running Guelph by five points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. London trails the Otters by one point in the race for third place following a 4-0 win against West Division champion Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.. … The Otters and Spitfires meet twice in the next week in what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. The teams split the first two games, with the Otters losing 8-4 in Windsor on Sept. 28 and winning 9-0 at home Jan. 12. … LW Dane Fox (59 goals, 39 assists, 98 points) needs one goal to become the first player in franchise history to score 60 goals and two points to join RW Connor Brown (43-75-118) as the only Otters to reach 100 points. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend. … G Devin Williams headed home to Saginaw, Mich., earlier this week to take mandatory standardized tests at his home school. He missed Wednesday’s game and could miss this weekend’s games. G prospect Daniel Dekoning was recalled to fill his spot. … The Spitfires are fifth in the Western Conference, but can finish as low as seventh. … RW Joshua Ho-Sang (30-53-83) and C Brady Vail (31-48-79) rank among the league’s top 20 scorers. … D Slater Koekkoek (15-38-53, plus-44) joins Otters D Adam Pelech (9-40-49, +43) among the top six defensemen in scoring and plus-minus.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner here…

Posted: January 16th, 2014

Check out video of Owen Sound LW Gilbert Gabor‘s hit on Erie Otters C Dylan Strome last Friday, which led to Gabor’s 10-game suspension from the league…

Here’s video of Windsor F Cristiano DiGiacinto‘s hit on Otters RW Andre Burakovsky last Sunday, which resulted in an 8-game suspension…

Former Otters F Hayden Hodgson was suspended 10 games for this hit in Sarnia’s game against Plymouth last Friday…

Posted: January 12th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews with head coach Kris Knoblauch, Oscar Dansk, Connor Brown and Dane Fox from a 9-0 win over Windsor…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky
Maksimovich-Pettit-Wigle
Murphy-Raddysh-Betz

DEFENSE
MacDermid-Pelech*
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (upper body, day-to-day), C Jake Evans (ill), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)

WINDSOR SPITFIRES

FORWARDS
Yazkov-Giftopoulos-Povorozniouk
Johnson-Vail-Ho-Sang*
Moore-Janes-DiGiancinto (FA in Otters training camp)
Hughes-Cobham-Bilcke

DEFENSE
Koekkoek*-Diodati
Sanvido-Bateman
Brown-Burns*

GOALTENDERS
Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: D Liam Murray, D Trevor Murphy (concussion), LW Brody Milne, RW Chris Marchese (shoulder – former Otter)

Referees: Steve Pico, Jason Goldenberg; Linesmen: Ryan Holmstead, Jordan Browne

Windsor Spitfires (25-15-2-0) at Erie Otters (33-7-2-0)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Kingston (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping a two-game road trip in Barrie and Owen Sound to extend their winning streak to three games. … Erie’s top-ranked scoring defense overcame five goals against in a 6-5 win against the Colts with a record-setting 4-0 win in Owen Sound. G Oscar Dansk‘s league-best fifth shutout of the season was the team’s ninth shutout win, a new single-season franchise record. … Dansk has stopped 50-of-51 shots in two games since returning from the IIHF World Junior Championship. … D Adam Pelech (0 goals, 4 points) and Fs Andre Burakovsky (0-5-5), Connor McDavid (1-2-3) and Dylan Strome (0-0-0) have combined for one goal and 12 points since their return from international competition. … Burakovsky has points in a career-high 11 straight games and 18 of his last 20. … D Kurtis MacDermid has no points, a plus-3 rating and four penalty minutes in two games since being acquired from Owen Sound on Thursday. … The Otters allowed a season-high goal total in an 8-4 loss in Windsor on Sept. 28. … The Spitfires have lost four straight games, a 5-4 OT defeat in Niagara on Saturday, to fall eight points behind fourth-place London in the race for a top-four finish in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the OHL playoffs. … They are led by C Brady Vail (21-32-54)and D Slater Koekkoek (10-25-35, league-best plus-39), who were the subject of trade speculation earlier in the week but remain with the Spitfires.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

UPDATE: Bassin said this afternoon that further deals between now and Friday’s noon deadline aren’t immiment. Any additional deals likely also would include draft picks, not players. Bassin said he would prefer to not trade any players.

Erie Otters managing partner and general manager Sherry Bassin didn’t make a huge splash with today’s trade. But he still addressed a need on defense.
Bassin acquired third-year defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, 19, from Owen Sound in exchange for OHL four draft picks – second-rounders in 2016, 2018 and 2019 a conditional third-rounder in 2016. MacDermid has a career-high five goals and 16 points as well as 90 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He has six goals, 26 points and 207 penalty minutes in 112 career games, all with the Attack. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings in September 2012.
The Otters were linked to much-publicized Windsor defenseman Slater Koekkoek earlier in the week. But in a statement, Bassin said MacDermid brings solid defensive and puck-moving skills to the team’s veteran unit. “MacDermid is the kind of defenseman this organization has been looking at for a long time,” Bassin said.
Yet Bassin said he wanted to add depth on defense without trading any players, namely young players, currently on the roster.

Posted: December 4th, 2013

Murray Kuntz, an agent with Toronto-based CAA Sports LLC, shared his thoughts on talk surrounding his client, Windsor D Slater Koekkoek

“Slater Koekkoek never said anything about only wanting to play for London,” Kuntz said. “This is more about the appreciation he has for the Windsor coaching staff and all they have done for his game than anything else. If Windsor falls out of the playoffs and the team approaches him, then we will look at everything.”