EC3 WEEKEND PREVIEW: A Weekend Four Pack Starts February Off
Erie, Pennsylvania – It’s the start of a very busy month for the Erie Otters as they look at the first four of seven games in the next ten days.
To kick this week off, the Otters will be playing the Guelph Storm in the annual School Day Game at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday. The very next day, the Otters will travel to London to take on the Knights for the final time on the road and the second-to-last time for their season series. Erie will turn right around and come home on Saturday to face the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday for a long-awaited divisional battle. After a much needed day of rest on Sunday, the Otters will finally play the Barrie Colts on Monday night after their initial meeting in early January was postponed.
A lot to talk about for a busy week, let’s jump in.
THE NEW YEAR IS HERE
The new class of EC3 was welcomed with free Tuition in October – but now is the time to look ahead to the Spring Session!
With flexible online and in-person educational opportunities all across Erie County, EC3 is working to educate around your schedule. If you’ve ever asked yourself “Is an associate’s degree or certificate worth it?” — the answer is a resounding “yes!” Whether your goal is to increase your employable skills in the short term or build toward a more advanced degree in the long term, an associate’s degree or certificates can serve as a stepping stone both academically and professionally.
It’s not too early to apply! For more information on Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania – including their free Spring Tuition – head to EC3PA.org.
LAST TIME OUT
Last week wasn’t easy, but Erie showed resilience and grit in a pair of tough battles.
The Otters started with their only road game against the Oshawa Generals of the season. After a terrible start in the contest that saw Erie being outshot and outworked early, they started a comeback campaign in the second period before falling in a close 6-5 decision.
Saturday saw the London Knights roll into town for a highly-anticipated Sweet Caroline game. This edition of the game would be an extra special one for the Erie Otters, with one of the largest crowds in team-history attending on a sold-out Star Wars Night (pres. by the Millcreek Mall). In another back-and-forth contest, the Otters saw out a 5-4 shootout victory over their divisional rivals to help the fans sing the night away.
AROUND THE ARENA
It’s the School Day Game (pres. by Aetna Better Health Kids/CHIP) on Thursday! Students can learn about the Otters, hockey, and the science and math that goes on behind the scenes. Enjoy the best of both worlds with morning hockey and an exciting way to learn outside of the classroom! The first young fans to walk in also receive a Education Day Packet! With the Guelph Storm in town, it’s sure to be a fun divisional battle.
At home against the Rangers on Saturday, it’s Blue and White Night (pres. by Penn State Behrend)! Celebrate the roar of the lions and wear white for our whiteout! With a specialty balloon and light display from Rubber Ducky The Otters will also take the ice in specialty Penn State Behrend-inspired jerseys that will be auctioned off throughout the week, ending on Sunday at Noon. The proceeds from these jerseys will go to benefit The Lion’s Pantry.
Last but not least, on Monday against the Barrie Colts, it will be both Mental Health Awareness Night (pres. by NAMI Erie County) and as a Winning “Wednesday” (pres. by Widget Financial)! It’ll be an empowering evening as we break through the stigma around mental health, and if the Otters win, all fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to next Wednesday’s game on February 14.
WHO TO WATCH
Malcolm Spence is an unstoppable force on the Erie Otters’ roster. Spence showed up and showed out against London, with one goal and one assist in regulation time before adding the game winner in the shootout to his tally. In his last seven games, he’s added eight points to bring his season total to 45 points.
Watch out for the big rig – Sam Alfano! With five goals and five assists in his last seven games, and 11 points in the month of January alone, Sam Alfano is a force to be reckoned with on the ice!
KNOW THE FOE
The Guelph Storm are most recently coming off a 7-1 loss to the Owen Sound Attack. Before that, they had a 3-2 overtime victory over the Sarnia Sting. As divisional foes, they currently sit in third, just two spots and seven points ahead of the Otters. Players to watch for the Storm include Max Namestnikov, with two goals and two assists in his last three games, and Brody Crane, another player with two goals and two assists in the last three games for Guelph.
The London Knights’ 14-game win-streak was snapped by the Peterborough Petes last week and beaten, of course, by yours truly, the Erie Otters on Saturday. The Knights still sit at the top of the Midwest Division. Players to watch for the Knights include Easton Cowan, who has one goal and three assists in his last two games, and Isaiah George, with three assists in his last two games.
The Kitchener Rangers are currently on a four game losing streak, with losses coming from the Saginaw Spirit, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and back-to-back London games. Still, the Rangers sit second in the Midwest Division, just below the London Knights. Players to watch for the Rangers include Matthew Sop, with a goal against the Spirit and another goal and an assist in the Rangers’ game against the Soo Greyhounds, and Adrian Misaljevic, who has two assists in his last three games.
The Barrie Colts have won two of their last three games, with a 7-3 win over Owen Sound, a 3-2 win over the Oshawa Generals, and a 7-1 loss to the North Bay Battalion. Players to watch for the Colts include goaltender Sam Hillebrandt, who has 78 saves off of 83 shots in his last two games, and Michael Derbidge, who has two goals and one assist in his last three games.
HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN, & FOLLOW ALONG
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Listen to Otters Hockey all across Lake Erie on the league’s largest radio network! The Otters Radio Network gives fans the most-accessible and highest-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!
- 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 96.7 FM/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 Legends 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 Otters Hockey Pregame Show starts 20 minutes prior to puck drop, hosted by the Voice of the Otters, Shawn Bednard.
Make sure to tune in weekdays 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.
If you want to follow along in-real-time to the weekend’s games, make sure you’re following the Otters on Facebook, Twitter, 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.
The Otters are on the road for their next three games, where they’ll finish off their stretch of seven games in ten days.
On Thursday, Erie will travel to Windsor to play the Spitfires. The last time the Otters saw Windsor was in early January, where they beat the Spitfires 4-3 in a shootout. Erie is 2-0 against Windsor this season. The very next day, the Otters will take on the Sarnia Sting, who they most recently beat in the 5-2 decision. The final game of the week is Saturday against the Saginaw Spirit; the Otters haven’t seen the Spirit since November, where they fell in a close 3-2 game.
About the Erie Otters:
The Erie Otters are an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1996, the Otters have a rich history of excellence both on and off the ice. The team is committed to creating memorable experiences for its fans and contributing to the growth and well-being of the Erie community.
For further information on the Erie Otters and for media inquiries, please contact Shawn Bednard at [email protected].