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Otters Fall 6-3 in London

Keith Dotson

 

The Erie Otters lost their final away game of the 2017-18 season to the London Knights, 6-3. Contrary to the implications of the final score, the game was much more evenly matched with very back-and-forth goal scoring until the Otters caught a bad break late in the 3rd. The Knights converted on a penalty shot and then scored on an empty net to heavily cushion what had only been a one-goal lead with three minutes to go in regulation. Kyle Maksimovich played in his 250th career game tonight, notching a goal in the game.

The 1st period contained a Knights’ goal from Richard Whittaker, his first of three, followed by six penalties amongst the two teams. The score remained 1-0, Knights, until Kyle Maksimovich got the Otters on the board early in the 2nd off a feed from Maxim Golod to tie the game at one goal a piece. However, Whittaker scored again just 15 seconds later to put the Knights back up by a goal. Minutes later, Troy Lajeunesse tipped in Gera Poddubnyi’s shot to tie on the power play from Cole Tymkin’s Tripping penalty. Sergey Popov again put the Knights up by one just under two minutes later, with a goal to make it 3-2. With five and a half minutes to go in the 2nd, Kurtis Henry and Whittaker dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight that resulted in a slew of penalties. The Otters came out ahead in the tally, ending up with an extended four-minute power play. Formenton took a shot shorthanded that trickled through Oberoi’s pads and ended up in the back of the net, giving the Knights their first multi-goal lead of the night at 4-2.

Gera Poddubbnyi scored 6:11 into the 3rd period to get the Otters back within one at 4-3, but the Otters took three more minor penalties in the frame and were unable to tie. Nathan Dunkley was awarded a penalty shot with 2:33 left in regulation, having been brought down by one of the three Otters on him as he sped to the net during the 4-on-4 play brought about by another pair of offsetting minors. Dunkley scored on his penalty shot, serving as an insurance goal for the Knights and a nail in the coffin for the Otters who were looking to tie the game and force overtime. Whittaker completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with just 9 seconds left in regulation to give the Knights the 6-3 win.

Shots on goal were even at 29-29 by the end of 60 minutes in London. The Otters went 1/7 on the PP and the Knights 0/4. Oberoi posted a 0.821 save percentage in net to Raaymakers’ 0.897.

The Otters are at home tomorrow night at 7pm against the Windsor Spitfires.

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