EC3 WEEKEND PREVIEW: Go West, Young Otters!
Erie, Pennsylvania – The end of a busy week is finally in sight for Erie as they finish up the last three of a seven game stretch in 10 days.
While the end is in sight, the Otters will still have a ways to go as they hit the road for these next three games.
The Otters first will first travel on Thursday to take on the Windsor Spitfires, who they last saw in the beginning of January with a 4-3 shootout victory. After Windsor, the Otters will head on over the next day to Sarnia to play the Sting. Friday’s meeting will be the final one between Erie and Sarnia, with the Otters leading the season series 2-1. The final game, the seventh in ten days for Erie, will see the Otters travel to Saginaw to play the Spirit.
Let’s load the bus and head out West!
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
Erie won two of their last four games in the previous week.
Their first win came on the annual School Day Game (pres. by AETNA Better Health Kids / CHIP) in the shape of a brilliant 3-0 shutout over the Guelph Storm, the Otters’ first shutout of the season and the first-career shutout from Charlie Burns. In their second game of the week, the Otters traveled to London to play the Knights for the second time in seven days, where the Otters fell 5-3 in a hard-fought game.
Back home and playing with something to prove, the Otters firmly trounced the Kitchener Rangers, a divisional foe, with a 6-1 victory. This would earn goaltender Jacob Gibbons his first win of the season. For their final game of the week, Erie was finally able to play the Barrie Colts on Monday after their initial meeting on January 10 was postponed. The Otters dropped a 6-3 decision against the Colts to finish the first half of their ten-day stretch.
WHO TO WATCH
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Malcolm Spence scoring goals. In the past seven games, Spence has picked up 11 points with five goals and six assists. Spence has been on an absolute heater since December 30, finding 17 points in 20 games.
Alternative captain Carey Terrance has been burning hot enough to melt the ice he plays on. He picked up five points last week, when he scored back to back goals against Kitchener and had an assist on every goal in the 3-0 shutout over the Guelph Storm.
KNOW THE FOE
The Windsor Spitfires have lost their last 3 games, losing 4-3 and 4-2 to the Sting and 5-2 to Saginaw. Players to watch for the Spitfires include Liam Greentree, who had three assists across the Spitfires last three games, and Ryan Abraham, with one goal and three assists on the week.
The Sarnia Sting won their last three games in a row, beating the Windsor Spitfires twice and the Ottawa 67’s 4-3. Players to watch for the Sting include Kai Schwindt, who scored two goals and two assists in the last three games, and Easton Wainwright, with five assists in the last week.
The Saginaw Spirit had three games last week, winning 5-4 against the Ottawa 67’s and 4-3 against the Barrie Colts and losing 5-3 against the Soo Greyhounds to remain at the top of the Western Division. Players to watch for the Spirit include Joey Willis, who scored three times with two assists on the week against the Soo, and Rodwin Dioicio, with two goals and four assists.
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 have four games next week, two on the road and two at home.
Wednesday is Valentine’s Day and what better way to spend it than watching the Otters play the Niagara IceDogs at the Erie Insurance Arena! With a very special ticket package on-sale for you and your sweetie, make sure to join us for the evening of fun.
Friday will see the Otters on the road as they travel to play the Guelph Storm for the final time away this season. On Saturday the Otters will be back home against the Oshawa Generals for Mascot Mania Night (pres. by Chick-fil-A)! Celebrate Otto’s birthday with the rest of his friends, and the first 1500 fans to walk in receive a FREE Otto the Otter Bobblehead (pres. by Rebich Investments).
The Otters will finish their week in Brantford against the Bulldogs for Canada’s Family Day. This meeting between the two teams will be the first and only time Erie plays Brantford on the road, and the final of the season.
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].