The Erie Otters lost in Kitchener 5-3 tonight despite mounting an impressive third period comeback. Patrick Fellows, Kyle Maksimovich (2nd star of the game), and Joseph Mack all had goals. Troy Timpano started in net for the Otters but was relieved early in the second period by Anand Oberoi after the Rangers scored three unanswered goals against Erie.
The first half of the game was not particularly pretty for the Otters. Kitchener’s second goal of the night was shorthanded; a lucky bounce off an Erie defenseman led to a breakaway for the Rangers’ Riley Damiani. The dagger was Giovanni Vallati’s PPG early in the second off a weird bounce to make it 4-0, Kitchener. The Otters had scoring chances but the puck just would not go into the net until Patrick Fellows finally broke through in the third period, unassisted, to quell the Kitchener shutout.
Back-to-back goals from Maksimovich and Mack in the thirteenth minute of the third brought the Otters back within one goal of tying the game. Unfortunately, Joseph Garreffa scored the insurance goal for Kitchener late in the third, ensuring that the Otters would ultimately fall to the Rangers with the final score of 5-3.
This was the Rangers’ first win at home this season; the Otters are looking for their first home win as well tomorrow night against the London Knights, 7pm at Erie Insurance Arena.