The Erie Otters dropped another road game tonight in Niagara despite a promising first period. The Otters scored two power play goals in the matchup, but the final score was 5-2 after the Ice Dogs scored four unanswered goals in the second period.
The Otters had a great first period of play. They controlled the play in the opening shifts of the game and moved the puck well. They set up a beautiful power play following a tripping call against the Ice Dogs and Gera Poddubnyi found the back of the net to open the scoring with a power play goal under five minutes into the game. The Otters successfully killed off a penalty of their own and seemed to be in a good place to start the second, up 1-0.
The second period was practically the antithesis of the first. The Otters allowed two goals within a minute of each other in the second before even recording their first shot on goal in the middle frame. When Brady Johnson scored his second goal of the night for the Ice Dogs to make it 3-1 nearing the halfway mark, Troy Timpano was pulled and replaced by Anand Oberoi. Timpano allowed three goals on 22 shots for a not-so-bad 0.864 save percentage, considering the utter lack of help he had received in front of him that period. Moments after Oberoi took command of the Otters’ net, an Ice Dog missed a wide open cage that should have made it 4-1. Minutes later, Kirill Maksimov made up for it with a goal. The Ice Dogs outshot the Otters by more than twofold in the second.
The Otters started the third period needing to overcome a three-goal deficit that quickly became four as Daniel Singer scored just 3:33 in for the Ice Dogs to make it 5-1. The Otters took their time-out with nine minutes to play before mounting a 5-on-3. Maksimovich, never being one to give up, managed to score on the power play to make it 5-2, but it was too little too late. The Otters capped off the game with another ultimately lackluster final period of play following that highly unpropitious second period.
The Otters are on the road again tomorrow night in Guelph against the Storm at 7:30pm, trying to solve their current 2-9-1-1 away record heading into the month of December.