EC3 WEEKEND PREVIEW: Onward to the Final Month of 2023
Erie, Pennsylvania – November wraps up on home ice, as a three-game week welcomes in the month of December. It’s all Midwest this week for the Erie Otters.
After seeing them last week on the road and losing 10-3, the Otters look to avenge themselves against the Kitchener Rangers at home on Wednesday night. In back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, the Otters will make the trip to Owen Sound for the final time this season, battling the Attack.
NEW YEAR ON THE HORIZON
The new class of EC3 was welcomed with free Tuition in October – but it’s never too early 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:
A busy week of American Thanksgiving would give the Otters a trio of games, starting on the road in Kitchener. Despite two power play goals and a shorthanded goal, the Otters would muster just 19 total shots in a 10-3 loss to the #1 team in the Ontario Hockey League.
The Otters would return to Erie for the 48th Annual Thanksgiving Game on Thursday, hosting the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the third-consecutive holiday game. Captain Spencer Sova would open and close Erie’s scoring, ending the game just under :50 into overtime for his third game-winning goal of the month.
On the 15th Annual Teddy Bear Toss Night (pres. by EHCA), Erie would fire 48 shots at Mississauga’s Jack Ivankovic, but be shutout by the Steelheads for the second time in the season series for a 5-0 loss.
Thanks to our friends at Widget Financial, Wednesday Night’s game is a Winning Wednesday! If the Erie Otters are successful in downing the Kitchener Rangers, all fans in attendance will receive a ticket voucher for the Wednesday, January 10 game. When WE win, YOU win – thanks to Widget Financial.
Toys for Tots Erie County PA and the Marine Corps. Reserve will be on hand for their annual Holiday Toy Drive, and your donations could land you a terrific Otters prize pack. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.
WHO TO WATCH:
Captain Spencer Sova was electric last week with two goals, including the game-winner in OT, in the Otters’ Thanksgiving victory against the Soo Greyhounds. With still over half a season left to play, Sova has already tied his career season-high of game-winning goals with three so far, as well as matched the amount of goals he had in his rookie-season with nine. Don’t expect the scoring contributions to slow down any time soon for the third-year Otter.
Malcolm Spence has been putting in some early work to get his name on the Nice List. While leading the team in assists with 19, Spence also has three goals under his belt, including the goal to send the Otters into OT against the Soo Greyhounds. The line of Spence-Terrance-Smith has been a lethal one this season, and with continued contributions by Spence, will only continue to heat up.
KNOW THE FOE:
Since beating the Otters 10-3 last Monday, the Kitchener Rangers lost 4-1 to the Owen Sound Attack and 8-6 to the Guelph Storm before pulling out a 3-1 victory over the Flint Firebirds. Kitchener remains the top team in the OHL, and a top team in all of the Canadian Hockey League with lethal scorers and deadly special teams units. Players to watch for the Rangers include Antonino Pugliese, who scored four goals alone against the Rangers’ victory over the Otters and another lone goal against Guelph, and Matthew Sop, who has scored both an assist and a goal in his last two games.
It’s been a while, Owen Sound. The Owen Sound Attack beat the Barrie Colts in a 3-0 shutout victory last week and the Kitchener Rangers 4-1 before losing 6-3 to the North Bay Battalion. Erie earned its first point of the season against the Attack back on October 7 in an overtime loss at the Bayshore Community Centre. Players to watch for the Attack include goaltender Carter George, who had a perfect game against the Colts with 50 saves off of 50 shots, and Deni Goure, who had two goals and two assists on the week.
HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN, & FOLLOW ALONG
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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 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.
Next up for the Otters is a two-game week, with a road trip to face the Niagara IceDogs and a home game against the Guelph Storm! Saturday’s game against the Storm is also Erie’s Native Heritage Night! The Otters will partner with Hockey Indigenous, the Orange Jersey Project, and Indigenous Artists like Paints by Parkin for fun and educational activities throughout the night. The Otters will also take the ice in specially designed jerseys by an indigenous artist that will then be auctioned off to benefit Hockey Indigenous and other indigenous non-profits. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a Carey Terrance bobblehead!