The Erie Otters lost by three to the Hamilton Bulldogs after giving up three power play goals on the night. Kyle Maksimovich scored twice; the final score was 7-4, Bulldogs.
The Otters got off to a rough start in this particular away game. The Bulldogs scored two early goals to make it 2-0 before the Otters woke up. Maksimovich found the net to get the Otters on the board halfway through the period, but the Bulldogs scored again just 11 seconds later. The period ended at 3-1.
The Otters seemed to rally for the second period, outshooting the Bulldogs 10-8. They climbed back into the game with a PPG from Carson Edwardson to put them within a goal of tying. Late in the period, Headrick made an unfortunate D-to-D pass to Wainman that got picked off and resulted in a goal for the Bulldogs with just 33 seconds left. This late goal to reinstate Erie’s two-goal deficit appeared to be extremely deflating for the Otters, who entered the third period down 4-2.
The Otters played as though they had already been defeated to start the final period of play. Hamilton took advantage and scored three goals, including two quick back-to-back power play goals in the 3rd. The Bulldogs’ seventh goal of the game appeared to be deflected off a high stick and was disputed, but ultimately ruled a good goal. Kyle Maksimovich scored his second of the night late in the game, breaking his stick on the shot to make it 7-3 and evidently rallying the troops. Christian Girhiny scored less than a minute later to get them up to 7-4. Unfortunately, the Otters’ late offensive push was ultimately too little, too late. The game ended by the final score of 7-4, the Bulldogs handing the Otters their eighth straight road loss.
Erie was 1 for 5 on the PP tonight. Troy Timpano made 24 saves on 31 shots for a 0.774 save percentage.
The Otters are back at home tomorrow night at 7pm against the Saginaw Spirit in the Erie Insurance Arena for Taylor Raddysh poster night with an autograph session after the game.