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WEEKEND PREVIEW: TOP OHL TEAMS INVADE ERIE FOR WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS

Erie, Pennsylvania – With the fourth month of the Ontario Hockey League underway, Erie will play three of their remaining four home games in December this week before packing things up for a five-game road trip. 

The Erie Otters get things going by playing their final makeup game against the Saginaw Spirit on Tuesday – the game is being made up due to a weather postponement on their November 18 matchup. Erie will then play back-to-back home games against top OHL teams –  starting Friday against the Windsor Spitfires and Saturday against the Kingston Frontenacs.  

LAST TIME OUT

Much like the week ahead, Erie arrives to their first full week of December following a three-game week. Last week started Wednesday night at the Erie Insurance Arena against the rival London Knights. Down 2-1 with less than 10 seconds remaining, defenseman Spencer Sova tied the game at two – earning Erie an overtime point. However, Erie would fall to London in a shootout 2-1, and in the game 3-2.

Erie would hit the road for a Friday game in Guelph – their first meeting of the season with the divisional foe. A late rally from Guelph would see them down the Otters 4-2. 

The Otters would head back home for a Saturday night game against the Mississauga Steelheads, and explode for seven goals enroute to a 7-3 victory on home ice.

24 games into the season, Erie sits with a record of 11-10-0-3 – ranking at the seventh spot in the OHL Western Conference.  

WHO TO WATCH

Dallas Stars’ prospect Christian Kyrou is on a hot point-streak scoring 12 points (1G+11A) in his last seven games. The defenseman has been racking points of big time through helping hands – coming out of Friday’s game in Guelph and Saturday’s game against Mississauga with four assists. #15 is the top-scoring Otters player, a top-15 scorer in the league, and second overall in the OHL in assists (25). 

Goaltender Kyle Downey has been on a mission in his last few appearances. Getting the start on Saturday against Mississauga, Downey was a wall in net enorute to a career-high 38 saves on 41 shots faced. Almost more impressively, Downey could have the save of the year to his credit, as #80 dove out to make a sensational glove save. With two solid goaltenders for the Otters in both the Downey and Nolan Lalonde, Erie looks to keep the goals-for high and goals-against low in the near future.

PROMO PACKED WEEK

Outside of the action on-ice, the off-ice activities are sure to be thrilling for fans this weekend.

Tuesday night, as part of the rescheduled game night, will feature a one-night-only buy-one, get-one ticket deal. Bring a pal and enjoy a great night of American hockey.

Friday, December 9 is the final Friday home game of the season – and it’s a packed one! 

In rescheduled-dedication of November’s National Children & Teens’ Grief Awareness Month and celebration of the 14th Annual Children’s Grief Awareness Day on November 17, the Otters will finally host the first-ever-in-sports Children’s Grief Awareness Night (pres. by Highmark Caring Place). Upon entrance into the Arena, fans will receive a “HOLDING ON TO HOPE FOR ___” sign and are encouraged to fill in the name of a loved one. These signs will be raised during a pregame Moment of Unity. The team will be wearing specialty Navy & Baby Blue warm-up jerseys – adorned with the logos of Highmark Caring Place & Children’s Grief Awareness Day – that will be actioned off at the end of the game. All proceeds collected during the auction will benefit Highmark Caring Place.

The Friday game will also see Small Business Night. From doors (6:00 P.M.) until the halfway mark of the first period, fans will be able to enjoy $2 Bud Light at the Bud Light Lounge. Around the concourse, local small businesses and vendors will be set up selling items, wares, and opportunities ahead of the holiday season. You have no excuse not to get a gift for that special someone. Class is in session for college students, as those attending university (with valid ID) will have access to discounted-rate tickets! 

On Saturday night, a long-awaited celebration of the 20-year (2002) and five-year (2017) anniversaries of the Otters’ J. Ross Robertson Cup victories comes for Night of Champions! To commemorate the team’s two Ontario Hockey League championships, members of the 2002 Otters team will be in attendance for meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, and to talk about their fond memories. In an even more exclusive memento, the first 1000 fans through the door will receive a championship captain Brad Boyes & Dylan Strome Dual Bobblehead holding the J. Ross Robertson Cups (pres. by Rebich Investments). There’s no better night to send us into the home holiday break than one you’ll never forget.

KNOW THE FOES

Fellow American team the Saginaw Spirit come to Erie on Tuesday. Saginaw is sitting on top of the OHL Western Conference with a 17-7-2-0 record. While this will be a big task for the Otters, Erie has defeated the Spirit this season with a 4-3 overtime victory. Pavel Mintyukov (Anaheim) leads the Spirit in assists (24) and points (36). Forward and rookie sensation Michael Misa lead the team in goals (14). In net for the Spirit is Tristan Lennox (New York Islanders) who is third in the OHL with wins (12).  

The Windsor Spitfires are another top team in the OHL Western Conference with a record of 16-7-1-1. Once again this is a team Erie has beat, defeating the Spitfires 7-4 on October 29th. Windsor will start their play at home on Thursday against the Ottawa 67’s. Matthew Maggio (New York Islanders) leads the team with points (31). Maggio is tied with Oliver Peer in assists (17). Alex Christopoulos is the team’s leading goal scorer (18). In net for Windsor is Mathias Onuska, who is 5th overall in the OHL with wins (10).  

Lastly the Kingston Frontenacs return to Erie for the first time since October 5th, 2019, resulting in 4-1 Otters Victory. This year, the Frontenacs hosted the Otters in the first week of the season, resulting in a 3-1 Kingston victory. The Frontenacs now have a 12-12-1-1 record and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. OHL leading goal–scorer (22) Francesco Arcuri (Dallas) also leads the team in points (31). Forward Matt Sotto leads the team in assists (16). In net for the Frontenacs is Ivan Zhigalov who has an SV% of .901 in 17 games played this season.  

HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN, & FOLLOW ALONG

WATCH:

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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

See you on the New Year! Erie will spend the next five games on the road, starting with a three-game road trip to southwestern Ontario on Wednesday, December 14 in Sarnia, Thursday, December 15 in Windsor, and then cross back into the states for a Saturday, December 17 battle with the Saginaw Spirit. After a ho-ho-holiday for the OHL, the Otters will battle London in the Forest City on December 28, and Niagara in St. Catharine’s on December 30. Erie closes out the 2022 portion of the schedule for a blacked-out New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on Saturday, December 31 at 6 P.M. – you won’t want to miss it!

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