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WEEKEND PREVIEW: DECEMBER STARTS WITH READING, MASCOTS, AND FAMILIAR FOES

Erie, Pennsylvania – November comes to a close, and thus rings in the fourth month of Erie Otters hockey in December. Erie will start the week off with a Sweet Caroline Wednesday Night, as they host the London Knights in a pivotal Midwestern Division game. The weekend proper will begin with a trip to Guelph on Friday to play the Storm, before the Otters play the Mississauga Steelheads at the Erie Insurance Arena for the first time this season.

LAST TIME OUT

A packed week of hockey saw the Otters play four games in six days. The week began on Monday with a rescheduled game against the Ottawa 67’s. A rough start saw the team from the Canadian Capital outscoring the Otters in the first period 4-1, but Erie would have plenty of time to secure the come back. With Kyle Downey starting the second period, and stopping 21/21 on the night, Erie would score five-unanswered goals to seal the deal and the victory 6-4.

The 47th Annual Thanksgiving Night Game saw Erie take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Down 2-1 in the final minutes, Erie would rally together and put up the tying-goal, winning-goal, and empty net insurance goal to shock the SOO 4-2.

Another holiday tradition would continue on Saturday, as Erie would host Barrie for the Teddy Bear Toss game. Held scoreless through 43 minutes, Noah Sedore would score the teddy-tossing goal and Carey Terrance would knot things up. A late power play goal and empty-netter would give Barrie a 4-2 win.

After Saturday, Erie would immediately load up the bus and turn there heads to a Sunday road game in Kitchener. Once again, Erie would not see the outcome they wanted. losing tp the Rangers 8-4. After this week Erie sits with a 10-9-0-2 record and sits in the seventh spot in the OHL Western Conference.  

WHO TO WATCH

Goaltender Kyle Downey has been a factor in helping the team with serious minutes since being acquired early in the season. Downey was called into Monday’s game against Ottawa to begin the second period, and was able to stop all 21 shots he faced to help the Otters in the 6-4 victory. Downey would have two more appearances in net having 22/25 saves on Saturday and coming into the game Sunday in Kitchener saving 17 of 18. 

If its not scoring goals himself, the star defenseman Christian Kyrou is helping his team score goals with the team-lead in assists (20). Kyrou would have a six-point week, with all the points coming by assists. This is a great resume builder for #15, as he looks to snag a bid in this year’s World Juniors competition. 

THE FUN OF READING AND THE JOY OF MASCOTS

The new week starts off early for Erie, as they host the London Knights on Wednesday night. Teaming up with the United Way of Erie County, the Erie Otters celebrate “Imagination Library Night”. This game will serve as the kickoff to the United Way’s ‘Month of Million’ for the Imagination Library program – which will deliver its one-millionth free book to an Erie child in December. The first 100 kids in the arena will receive a free Imagination Library book, with great fun happening during the entire night.

Erie returns home for Saturday against the Mississauga Steelheads. Otto and his friends will take the ice for everyone’s favorite Mascot Mania (pres. by Chick-fil-A). This fun night for the whole family will feature some fan-favorite mascots from around the region, including familiar faces from last year’s celebration. Get to the arena early to get your photos with the mascots, and get ready for the zany fun that awaits!

KNOW THE FOES

The London Knights comes to town with a record of 13-7-1. London will be looking to get their first win of the season against Erie, as the Otters defeated the Knights the last two times the teams played. London is lead in scoring by Sean McGurn who leads the team in assists (21) and total-points (30). George Diaco leads the team in goals (11) and in net for the Knights is Brett Brochu who holds a .892 SV%.

This is the first meeting of the year between the Otters and Midwest Division foe Guelph Storm. Matthew Poitras (Boston) leads the team in assists (19) and points (25). Danny Zhilkin and Max Namestnikov lead the Storm in goals (9). In net for Guelph is Jacob Oster with a .845 SV%. The Storm come into Erie with a record of 8-12-2 and are on the outside looking in, sitting at ninth in the Western Conference.  

The Mississauga Steelheads were one of the first opponents Erie played this season, coming in their fourth game – the Steelheads would see a victory beating the Otters in shootout 3-2.  Mississauga sits with a 12-7-3 record and stands in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Owen Beck (Montreal) leads the team’s offense in goals (15), assists (14), and points (29). Luca Del Bel Belluz (Columbus) is having another good year with 13 goals, 13 assists, and 26 points. In net for Mississauga is Alessio Beglieri who is tied at fourth in the OHL for wins (10).   

HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN, & FOLLOW ALONG

WATCH:

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“OHL Live” is the Ontario Hockey League’s broadcast home on 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:

  • 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:

The League’s largest radio network, the Otters Radio Network gives fans the most-accessible and high-quality way to experience every moment of Otters’ game night – from pregame to postgame.

Every game can feel like a home game as a fan with the Otters Radio Network. With live-game broadcasts of all 68 Regular Season games, fans can always hear the action as it happens. Thanks to the Broadcast Home for Otters Hockey, iHeart Media Erie, fans can listen to every game LIVE on the iHeart App from ANYWHERE in the world! From Pennsylvania to Transylvania and everywhere in between, you’ll always be in range to hear Otters Hockey.

The Otters Radio Network is larger than ever before on terrestrial & digital radio – from Southeast Michigan to Southwest New York!
Coverage Map

  • 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.
  • Media One Radio Group – Ohio (Ashtabula, OH) is home to Otters Hockey in Ohio on ESPN 970 WFUN. 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.
  • Media One Radio Group – New York (Jamestown, NY) is home to Otters Hockey in New York State on Kissin’ Oldies 1340 WKSN. Games can be heard on terrestrial radio on 1340 AM in Jamestown and surrounding communities of Southwest New York and NWPA, or can be livestreamed worldwide on WKSN’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.

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

Make sure to tune in week days from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Fox Sports 1330, Happi 92.7 FM, WERG 90.5 FM, 106.3 FM WCTL, Kinzua County 104.3 FM (Warren, PA), Channel 98.9 FM & Sunny 105.7 FM (Corry, PA), FOX Sports Radio Oil City 1120 & 104.1 FM (Oil City),  ESPN 970 WFUN (Ashtabula, OH), WKSN 1340 AM & WQFX 103.1 (Jamestown, NY), and ESPN Radio MRSN (Flint, MI) to hear the ‘Otters Daily Update’, giving you all the insight on your Otters.

FOLLOW ALONG:

If you want to follow along in-real-time to the weekends games, 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

December rolls along as the Otters stay at home with their second rescheduled game – this time against the Saginaw Spirit on Tuesday, December 6th. Friday the team will host the Windsor Spitfires for the first-ever Children’s Grief Awareness Night (pres. by Highmark Caring Place) in combination with Small Business Night. On Saturday, the Kingston Frontenacs come to town for Night of Champions, as the Otters celebrate the 20th and 5th Anniversaries of their OHL Championships. The first 1000 fans through the door will receive an exclusive Two-Time Champions Double Bobblehead (pres. by Rebich Investments).

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