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Otters Fry the Fish in the Shootout

Matt Mead

 

The Erie Otters won in the shootout this afternoon against the Mississauga Steelheads by the final score of 3-2. The Otters only dressed five defenseman as Ryan Martin sustained a lower-body injury in last night’s game against the Soo. Jack Duff scored his first OHL goal and Ivan Lodnia notched his 150th career point with an assist.

The Otters got an early power play just 2:13 in off a Tripping call against Nicholas Canade, producing four SOGs for Erie. Daniel Murphy was conservative with his stops, opting to cover the puck so as to not give up any rebounds against the high-powered offense that the Steelheads can put forth. Shots on goal were basically evenly-matched for the duration of the 1st, 6-6 at the half and 10-10 by the end of the period. Mississauga’s D looked good in the 1st, shutting down our smaller forwards on sheer size alone. Otters’ captain Kyle Maksimovich lead by example, adapting to the Steelheads’ physical style of play, getting low and keeping possession of the puck in the offensive zone despite Steelheads being all over him. This created some great scoring chances for Erie by drawing Mississauga’s defensemen in towards the puck and freeing up room for Otters to receive centering passes. Ivan Lodnia had a couple shots on Ingham, looking for his 150th point. The Steelheads managed to score with 1:11 left in the 1st as Owen Tippett got ahold of an unlucky bounce in front of Murphy and was thusly able to shoot the puck off the post and in with plenty of space at the hash marks. The Otters rebounded and finished the remainder of the period in the offensive zone, but Ingham would not allow a tying goal in the 1st.

The Otters had a great 2nd period, tallying two goals to take the lead at 2-1 heading into the 3rd. Max Golod got a breakaway at the 9-minute mark, dangled, but Ingham was able to make the stop. Moments later, Golod fed Fellows in front for the tying goal. With 4:34 left in the 2nd, Jack Duff notched his first OHL goal with a laser beam from the point to give the Otters a 2-1 lead. Ivan Lodnia picked up the secondary assist on Duff’s goal for his 150th career point. Patrick Fellows took a Tripping penalty with 1:07 left that bled over into the 3rd. Shots on goal in the 2nd favored Erie 6-13 for a two-period total of 16-23, Otters.

The Otters started the 3rd with 53 seconds of residual penalty time to kill off from the 2nd. The Otters were 2/2 on the PK against the 3rd ranked PP unit in the league. Ingham made some big saves in the 3rd to keep the Steelheads within one of tying, including one on a beautiful scoring chance for Maksimovich with a 2-on-1 with five and a half minutes left in regulation. The Steelheads pulled Ingham for the extra skater, enabling McLeod to score the equalizer with 1:37 left to force overtime.

Ingham had to make a massive save on Lodnia just 30 seconds into 3-on-3 sudden death overtime, who was absolutely buzzing in the offensive zone. Both teams exchanged quality scoring chances but the goalies stole the show in OT and forced a shootout.
Daniel Murphy stopped Foget, Hague, and Tippett in the SO while Lodnia scored in the other end to give the Otters the W.
The final score was 3-2, Otters. Daniel Murphy was 1st star of the night with a 0.947 save percentage.

The Otters are off until the 17th when we face the London Knights at the Erie Insurance Arena.

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