Erie, PA – The Erie Otters cruise by the Ottawa 67’s with the help of a five goal second period and scoring six straight goals on the way to a 6-2 victory Saturday night at the Erie Insurance Arena.
It was Ottawa who scored the game’s first goal, when Sam Studnicka banged home a rebound past Oscar Dansk after a one-time shot from Ryan Van Stralen in the slot. Erie would tie the game up as Connor McDavid scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 16:28.
The second period was all Otters as they put up a five spot on starting goaltender Jacob Blair. Adam Pelech would give Erie the lead with his second goal of the season on the power play at 6:17. Just ten seconds later, Andre Burakovsky unleashed a laser of a wrist shot from the left wing circle to give Erie a 3-1 lead. Dane Fox would add in a pair of goals 33 seconds apart as line mate Connor Brown would add helpers on both. Darren Raddysh deflected home his first of the year on the power play to extend the lead to 6-1 entering the intermission.
Studnicka scored his second of the game at 8:12 of the third, but it made no difference in the outcome as the Otters would take the game 6-2. Saturday night marks Erie’s seventh straight win and fifth straight win at the Erie Insurance Arena.
Connor Brown recorded four assists on the night, extending his point total to 29, and was named second star of the game. Oscar Dansk, making his second start in as many nights, picked up his league leading eighth win of the season.
The Otters will look to continue their home ice dominance on Wednesday when the Plymouth Whalers make their first visit of the season to the city of Erie. Wednesday marks the first Erie SpringHill Suites Big Assist Wednesday, as the Otters will hold Hockey for the Hungry that evening. Fans can donate a non-perishable food item and receive a ticket to the game for five dollars.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance 3 Stars
1. Connor McDavid – Erie Otters – 1G, 1A
2. Connor Brown – Erie Otters – 4 A
3. Dane Fox – Erie Otters – 2G