Otters fire coach
Robbie Ftorek was fired as the head coach of the Erie Otters on Thursday, shortly after the team's fourth straight loss. Ftorek's replacement, Kris Knoblauch was signed to a two-year contract, shortly after the dismissal.
Ftorek was 139-184-15-13 overall with a 4-12 mark in three playoff appearances for the Otters since his hiring on October 29, 2007. The Otters are just 17-67-5-6 since a prolonged rebuilding effort began two seasons ago.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
On top of things
Jeremy Ehrgott (top) jumps on top of Blake Morris during an elimination drill at Sheffield’s wrestling practice on Friday. The Wolverines open their season next Saturday, when they travel to Greenville for the Greenville Invitational.
Erie begins a two-game weekend road trip with the league's third-worst record at 7-15-2-3. The Otters are currently six points out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot in the the Ontario Hockey League.
Several results from Johnson's Black Belt Academy annual Intra School Tournament held Nov. 17 were incorrectly submitted to the Times Observer. Corrected results for those divisions are listed below:
Sparring: 1. Deven Lamb
Sparring: 1. Grey Tucker, 2. Wyatt Tucker, 3. Tommy Rice
Forms: 2. Grey Tucker