Hounds Down Otters 6-2
The Erie Otters lost to the Soo Greyhounds tonight by the final score of 6-2. Kurtis Henry got his first OHL goal in the matchup. The Erie Insurance Arena welcomed back Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook for the first time since they were traded to the Soo.
In his first game back at the Erie Insurance Arena since dawning the red and white sweater, Taylor Raddysh opened the scoring with a goal just 10 seconds into play for the Soo. Ryan Martin answered just three minutes later with his 2nd goal of the season to tie, assists going to Troy Lajeunesse and Joe Mack. Both teams scored on just their first shot on goal. Hayden Verbeek took the lead back for the Soo 5:15 into the 1st from LeGuerrier’s point shot to make it 2-1. Three goals were scored on just 4 total shots. Both teams exchanged Slashing penalties in the 1st: Kyle Maksimovich for the Otters 6:31 in, followed by Jack Kopacka for the Soo 7 minutes later. Birthday Boy Anand Oberoi in net for the Otters made a big save on Katchouk who had a shorthanded breakaway during Kopacka’s penalty. Hayden Verbeek managed to notch his second of the night with 3:10 left in the 1st to put the Hounds up 3-1 heading into the 2nd. Josh Wainman took a high sticking penalty late but the Otters were able to kill that. Christian Girhiny passed to Wainman coming out of box, right in front of Tyler Johnson’s net, but he whiffed on the shot. Maksimovich had a late chance on the backhand that created a juicy rebound in front of Johnson but time ran out. The Hounds outshot the Otters by a factor of two in the 1st.
Oberoi had to make a couple big saves early in the second, including a pad save on Verbeek looking to complete the hat trick, but the rebound from that save ended up in the back of the net as Noah Carroll buried a shot moments later, 2:04 into the 2nd, to make it 4-1. The Otters were buzzing in the offensive zone for some time following Carroll’s goal, but Johnson made the saves. Jack Kopacka lobbed a shot towards the Erie net and it went in nearing the halfway point of the game, 5-1. Minutes later, the Soo scored shorthanded following a Hooking minor against Joe Carroll, effectively chasing Oberoi. Daniel Murphy took over the cage in relief of Oberoi following the 6-1 goal. Kurtis Henry scored his first OHL goal with 3:50 left in the 2nd, from Golod and Duff, to make it 6-2 heading into the 3rd.
The 3rd period consisted of three penalties to SSM and two to Erie. Jordan Sambrook’s Foul from Behind 6:14 in resulted in a penalty shot for Christian Girhiny, but Johnson made the stop. The Otters went 0/5 on the power play and were outshot 25-20 by the league-leading Soo Greyhounds.
The Otters are home again tomorrow afternoon at 2pm against the Mississauga Steelheads for Patrick Fellows Poster Night and Skate with the Otters directly following the game.