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WEEKEND PREVIEW: TOP TEAMS COME TO TOWN FOR AN OFFICE PARTY

Erie, Pennsylvania – After losses in three-straight games, the Erie Otters return to the Erie Insurance Arena for eight of their next 10 games, hoping that a bit of home-cooking will return the team to its previous winning ways.

Erie will host fellow American team Saginaw on Friday night, for the second meeting of the season against the Spirit. Erie took game one of the season series, 4-3 in overtime. The top team in the OHL comes to town on Saturday, as Erie plays its final game of the season against the Ottawa 67’s. The first meeting between these two teams, back on Opening Weekend, went in favor of Ottawa 4-2.

LAST TIME OUT

It was not the weekend the Otters wanted when facing the top team in the Midwest Division, the Owen Sound Attack. The hometown Attack would win both games against the Otters with an 8-5 win Saturday and 6-3 victory on Sunday. All eyes will be on how the team rebounds this upcoming weekend after dropping their last three.

The Otters now have a record of 8-7-0-2, sitting at third place in the Midwest Division and seventh overall in the OHL Western Conference. 

WHO TO WATCH

Forward Colby Saganiuk has really been running up the numbers for the team offensively. He is coming off a four-point weekend in Owen Sound (1G+3A), and has been a big contributor on the christened Score Big Goals line of Saganiuk, Brett Bressette, and Liam Gilmartin. #71 sits in third in team assists (11) and total points (16).  

Erie also has a new goal-scoring leader (8) and it is held by Brett Bressette. Bressette has found seven points in his last four games (2G+5A), and is now tied with Christian Kyrou in total points (21). #89 is playing consistently, and continues to be a big contributor in the team’s play. 

FOR ALL THOSE GRIEVING

In dedication of National Children & Teens’ Grief Awareness Month and celebration of the 14th Annual Children’s Grief Awareness Day on November 17, the Otters will 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.

Another promotion for Friday, from 6:00 P.M. until the halfway mark of the first period is the return of Bud Light Happy Hour, with $2 Bud Light at the Bud Light Lounge from 6 P.M. until the halfway mark of the first period. College Students with a Valid College ID will also receive a game ticket for just $5 at the box office.

THROWING AN OFFICE PARTY

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Identity theft is not a joke, but we’re turning the EIA into “Dunder-Mifflin Erie” for Office Tribute Night (pres. by Printing Concepts). Nobody’s taking Meredith Palmer to the Opera to meet the Queen, but we are bringing her to Northwest Pennsylvania! Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer, The Office) will be in attendance for the game for an exclusive pregame meet-and-greet opportunity. We’ll also have Kate Flannery dropping the puck in pregame, and getting the crowd ready for a night with your people person’s paper people.

On top of all The Office fun, the first 1000 fans in attendance will be given a “World’s Best Hockey Fan” / Printing Concepts coffee mug.

VERY LIMITED numbers of Pregame Meet-and-Greet event tickets still remain. This is your ONLY WAY to guarantee meeting Kate/Meredith during the night. To get yours, click HERE.

KNOW THE FOES

The Saginaw Spirit come into Erie for the second time this season on Friday night. The Otters were able to take game one, beating the Spirit 4-3 in overtime on October 14. Saginaw brings a record of 12-6-1 and are in third place overall in the Western Conference. 

Defensemen Pavel Mintyukov (Anaheim) leads the team in assists (18) and points (28), and is tied in goals with rookie-sensation Michael Misa (10). Misa is leading all OHL rookies in points (17) and goals (10). In net for the Spirit has been Tristian Lennox (New York Islanders) who is fourth-overall in wins (9).  

The Spirit will be competing in a three-in-three road trip starting Thursday night in Niagara, Erie on Friday, and ending the weekend on Saturday in Hamilton.  

Saturday night welcomes in the Ottawa 67’s for the last meeting of the season with Erie. The 67’s are having quite a year, standing as the top team in the OHL with a record of 15-1-0. The team from Canada’s Capital brings a number of NHL Prospects to NWPA. Forwards Jack Beck (Calgary), Tyler Boucher (Ottawa), and Vinzenz Rohrer (Montreal) – with Rohrer tied in assists with Defenseman Jack Matier (Nashville), and Cameron Tolnai (14). Tolnai led the team in points (23) while forwards Brady Stonehouse and Brad Gardiner lead the team in goals (10). In net for the 67’s has been Max Donoso, who leads the OHL in wins (10) and is fourth overall in GAA (2.62).  

Ottawa is coming off a Tuesday morning School Day Game hosting the Kingston Frontenacs. The 67’s have a three-in-three road series starting Hamilton on Friday, Erie on Saturday, and ending in Mississauga on Sunday.  

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
  • iOS / Android mobile devices.
  • Amazon Fire
  • Apple TV
  • Roku platforms

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, 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

American Thanksgiving Week is upon us, and what better way to end the day of Thanks with a 7:00 P.M. puck drop against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. After an off-day Black Friday, Erie will stay on home ice on Saturday, November 26 for one of the most special games in hockey, the Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring their teddy bears to toss on the ice after Erie’s first goal for the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss against the Barrie Colts. Puck drops at 7:00 P.M.

The weekend will end on Sunday, November 27 as the Otters travel to Kitchener to face the Rangers at 2:00 P.M.

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