The Erie Otters lost in overtime tonight to the Kitchener Rangers by the final score of 3-2, despite a solid first period and plenty of quality scoring chances. Kyle Maksimovich and Jordan Sambrook scored for the Otters in the home-ice loss. Owen Headrick was held without a point, effectively ending his league-best point streak that began one month ago on Nov. 3rd.
The Otters came out hard in the opening period, controlling play in Kitchener’s zone. Kyle Maksimovich took a slash to his stick but still managed to score on the shot to put the Otters up 1-0 just over five minutes into play. Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook picked up the assists on the first goal, and Sambrook scored one of his own just 37 seconds later to make it 2-0 from Poddubnyi and Martin. The Otters were outshooting the Rangers by a factor of two when Kitchener finally got on the board with eight minutes remaining in the 1st. The Otters received the only two penalties in the opening frame, but still managed to edge the Rangers in SOGs.
The 2nd period was devoid of goals, but harbored four penalties. The Otters committed the first infraction and the Rangers took the next three. Erie had some excellent scoring chances in the period but they either went just wide or rang off the iron when goaltender Luke Richardson wasn’t square with the shot. Ivan Lodnia had a plethora of beautiful scoring opportunities but just couldn’t hit twine. The period ended with the same score as the first did: 2-1, Otters.
Both teams opened the first minute of play in the 3rd by ringing a shot off the crossbar. The Rangers accrued the only two penalties in the period. Troy Timpano made the initial stop but Adam Liška was able to tap in the rebound that trickled through to score the tying goal just minutes before the halfway mark of the 3rd. The Rangers forced overtime despite being outshot 33-23 in regulation.
Adam Mascherin was able to score unassisted in a similar manner to Liska’s tying goal in the 3rd to win the game in OT for the Rangers.
Jordan Sambrook picked up the second start of the night night his goal and assist in the game. The Otters have a series of three road games coming up, starting in Windsor this Thursday, Dec 7th, against the Spitfires.