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WEEKEND PREVIEW: BORDER-HOPPING OTTERS HEAD FAR NORTH

On the road to Windsor, ON – Last time the Erie Otters took the ice, they saw a young team holding leads against the #4 Guelph Storm and #1 (CHL #2) London Knights. While neither game would result in a win for the Otters, the success against some of the best in Major Junior hockey cannot be overstated enough. While Erie currently sits at the bottom of the Ontario Hockey League standings at 3-9-1, they’ll look to build off a weekend of more positives than negatives. Taking on two familiar foes and another top team, they’ll have the chance to prove their growth under new leadership – starting Thursday night in Windsor.

OTTERS TALK – EPISODE 2

Otters Broadcast Assistants Erik Konwinski and Hanna Hill take a look back at Guelph/London weekend, preview the Otters’ long trip to Sault Ste. Marie, and take a look at Otters Alumni making noise in the National Hockey League. Stay tuned all season long for new episodes of Otters Talk, and make sure to tune into the UPMC Health Plan & UPMC Hamot Intermission Report all weekend to hear Hanna recap the game action.

KNOW THE FOES

Thursday represents the 100th all-time Regular Season meeting between the Erie Otters and Windsor Spitfires – Erie holds the series record 48-43-3 (with four Ties), dating back to the Otters first-season in 1996-97. Windsor has won the last three meetings – both by a goal – including a wild 7-6 OT scoring affair in Erie. Last time out, Windsor scored three unanswered goals to win 3-2 in OT at the WFCU Centre on November 6.

Friday represents the 23rd all-time Regular Season meeting between the Otters and Flint Firebirds – Erie holds the series record 12-6-2-1 (with four Ties), dating back to the Firebirds’ first-season in 2015-16. Flint has won the last six meetings, including all four this season. Flint has outscored Erie 14-5 in this season’s series. The Firebirds and Otters have seven additional meetings after Friday’s game.

Sunday represents the 49th all-time Regular Season meeting between the Otters and Sault Ste. Marie – the Soo holds the series record 25-21 (with two Ties), dating back to the Otters’ first-season in 1996-97. Meeting only twice every season, the teams have split the last four meetings 2-2, with the last game taking place at the Soo on December 15, 2019 – a 5-2 Erie win. These two will play back-to-back games, with the Soo coming to Erie on Thanksgiving Night.

This weekend will be Erie’s first road trip since a split with Saginaw in the middle of October; the tail-end of a four-game season opening road trip for Erie. Thursday night will represent the first cross-conference game of the season for Erie, against ironically, its closest foe. With the final two games of the weekend being against Western Conference foes, the Otters will look to climb their way up the conference standings.

WHO TO WATCH

ERIE: Colby Saganiuk is starting to hit a groove offensively for the Otters, finding points in four-straight games. During the stretch, the rookie Forward has been responsible for six points (1G+5A) including the tying-goal in Guelph. With 11 games played, the Chicago-native sits at eight points (3G+5A) total, looking to build off his scoring success. After three goals in the weekend’s pair, Brett Bressette sits back at the top of the scoring sheet for the Otters with 14 points (7G+7A) in 13 games.

WINDSOR: Wyatt Johnston has found his way to consistent-scoring of late, with eight points (3G+5A) in his last six games – including a goal against the Otters last time the team was in town. Johnston sits atop the Spitfires scoring with 14 points (6G+8A) in 13 games.

FLINT: With points in back-to-back games – including his first goal of the season – Sahil Panwar has already surpassed his points total in 2019-20. Panwar has seen his puck-shooting frequency massively increase, with as many shots on goals in the last two games (6, 4) as the prior six games. He’s also stepped into a more Centerman role, winning 17/27 faceoffs in the last two games. Expect his offensive production to increase this weekend.

SOO: On Saturday against Windsor, Ty Kartye scored his 100th Career OHL point AND 15th goal (T-1 OHL) in 15 games. With 10 points (7G+3A) in his last seven games, and 23 points (15G+8A) overall, Kartye is dangerous. Even more so when factoring in his 12 power play goals (1st OHL) and three game-winning goals (T-2 OHL). Kartye is second on the Greyhounds in scoring, just one point behind teammate Rory Kerins (T-3 OHL).

HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN, & FOLLOW ALONG

WATCH:

“OHL Live” is the Ontario Hockey League’s broadcast home on the all-new CHL TV! OHL Live delivers a high-quality viewing experience while providing access to more than 700 OHL games streamed across a range of platforms including:CHL TV Program Ad

  • PC and/or Tablet on Safari and Google Chrome web browsers
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  • Amazon Fire
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For less than $2/game, OHL Live provides live game action all season long, plus free-to-access video-on-demand content and a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate. For more information, head to watch.chl.ca/ohl!

LISTEN:

LISTEN:

The all-new Otters Radio Network gives fans the most-accessible and high-quality way to experience every moment of Otters’ game night – from pregame to postgame.

Coverage Map NO WKSNThanks to the Broadcast Home for Otters Hockey, iHeart Media Erie, fans can now listen to every game LIVE on the iHeart App from ANYWHERE in the world! From Pennsylvania to Transylvania and everywhere in between, fans are always in range to hear Otters Hockey.

The Otters Radio Network is larger than ever before on terrestrial & digital radio – from Southeast Michigan back to downtown Erie!

  • iHeart Media (Erie, PA) is the Flagship Station for the Otters on WJET 1400 AM, and home to Otters Hockey in Pennsylvania. Games can be heard on terrestrial radio on 1400 AM in Erie and surrounding communities of NWPA, or can be livestreamed worldwide on the iHeart App.
  • ESPN 970AM WFUN (Ashtabula, OH) is home to Otters Hockey in Ohio. Games can be heard on terrestrial radio on 970 AM in Ashtabula and surrounding communities of Northeast Ohio and NWPA, or can be livestreamed worldwide on WFUN’s website.
  • ESPN Radio Michigan Regional Sports Network (Flint, MI) is home to Otters Hockey in Michigan. Games can be livestreamed worldwide on MRSN’s website or the TuneIn App.

Fans can also listen to the game on any of the Otters’ three radio-homes on the Listen Live page. The Otters Hockey Pregame Show starts 20 minutes prior to the Drop The Gloves Puck Drop, hosted by the Voice of the Otters Shawn Bednard.

FOLLOW ALONG:

If you’re on the run on this weekend and can’t tune in to the games, or just want to follow along in-real-time, make sure you’re following the Otters on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. From live tweets of the action, scoring updates, photos, and highlights, Otters’ social media is the best way to keep up with the team wherever they are.

UP NEXT

Home for the Holidays works for the Otters, welcoming in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the greatest tradition in Erie Hockey – the Thanksgiving Night Game! Eat dinner early and save room for all the hockey fun for dessert. On Saturday, November 27 bring your teddy bears (or otters, or stuffed animals of all varieties) for Teddy Bear Toss! Throw your bears on the ice after the Otters’ first goal of the night against Guelph. Collected bears will be cleaned and donated to the Salvation Army, to benefit less-fortunate children in the Erie Community. The weekend will close on Sunday, November 28 with an afternoon stop in Guelph.

Fans will be able to watch, listen, and follow along to all three games this weekend – and every game this season – on the Otters Radio Network, CHL TV, and on Otters’ social media.


For the latest Otters news, visit OttersHockey.com, or follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/erieottershockey), Twitter (@ErieOtters), and Instagram (@ErieOtters).

For further information on the Erie Otters and for media inquiries, please contact Shawn Bednard at shawn.bednard@ottershockey.com.

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