Otters Can’t Quite Catch Colts
The Erie Otters lost their second road game tonight in Barrie by a final score of 7-5. After four straight unanswered goals from the Colts, Owen Headrick’s shot from the point would be the breakthrough that got the Otters’ offense rolling in the second. Anand Oberoi started in net for this game, giving Timpano a break after last night’s game in Owen Sound.
The only action the Otters generated in the first came from Carson Edwardson’s right fist, as he and Kyle Heitzner both accrued fighting majors just over halfway through the first, with Barrie up 1-0. Heitzner got the Instigator penalty as well, and a Game Misconduct. Curtis Douglas scored late in the first to give the Colts a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
The Colts got two more unanswered goals in the second period before the Otters finally mounted their comeback. Sam Rhodes’ tripping penalty sent the Otters to the power play, where Headrick finally scored from the blue line, assisted by Maksimovich and Raddysh. Seven minutes later, Stephane Patry scored his first OHL goal, assisted by Headrick and Wainman. Minutes later, Cade Robinson got his first of the season as well, assisted by Maksimovich. The Otters would put one more puck in the back of the net before the second was over, but it would be deemed a no-goal.
Despite the Otters having all the momentum rolling into the final period of play, Barrie scored under 10 seconds in to restore their two-goal lead. Andrei Svechnikov was called for interference just over a minute and a half into the third, sending the Otters to the power play. Ivan Lodnia capitalized on the man-advantage to make it 5-4 and put the Otters back within one goal. Unfortunately, third star of the night Heitzner tallied the game-winning goal with 5 to go in the game. Lodnia scored unassisted a little over a minute later, but it wasn’t enough. Despite the Otters getting a power play for the last two minutes of the game and pulling Oberoi for an extra skater, Alexey Lipanov scored an empty-netter to secure the W at a final score of 7-5.
The Otters outshot the Colts by a total of 39 to 31, but Leo Lazarev’s 0.872 save percentage bested Oberoi’s 0.806, despite Oberoi making some big saves in the game.
The Otters are back on home ice this Saturday against the Niagara Ice Dogs at 7pm, looking for a win in the rematch.