Otters Lose in London, 4-1
The Erie Otters fell to the Knights tonight in London by the final score of 4-1. Josh Wainman scored the Otters’ only goal in the 3rd. Murphy posted a 0.880 save percentage in net for the Otters to Raaymakers’ 0.967.
Despite the Otters dominating in shots in the 1st, the Knights’ Liam Foudy was able to score on London’s first shot on goal, 4:10 into play. Raaymakers shut the door on the Otters’ many attempts to tie and then Billy Moskal made it 2-0 with 7:13 left in the 1st. Nathan Dunkley scored with 3:10 left in the 1st to put the Otters down by three. The play was reviewed for offsides but the footage was deemed too inconclusive to overturn the goal. The Knights put up a 37.5% shot-to-goal conversion rate by the end of the 1st, with 3 goals on 8 total shots. The Otters found themselves in a three-goal hole heading into the 2nd despite having outshot the Knights 13-8 in the 1st.
Owen Headrick took the first penalty of the game 3:35 into the middle frame, a High Sticking call. Josh Wainman took a Hooking call minutes later that gave the Knights back-to-back power play opportunities, but the Otters were able to kill them off. The Otters got their first PP of the game late in the 2nd off a Tripping call against Riley Coome, but couldn’t convert, heading into the 3rd still down 3-0.
Early in the 3rd, Maxim Golod and Billy Moskal dropped the gloves for a quick kerfuffle, landing both in the box for Fighting Majors. Minutes later, Hayden Fowler found himself in the box after a series of cross-checks, having taken exception to a series of hits from the Knights. Just past the halfway point of the 3rd, Josh Wainman finally put the Otters on the board with a goal to make it 3-1. Emmett Sproule and Alex Gritz picked up the assists on the only Erie goal in the matchup. Liam Foudy scored his second of the night, an empty net goal with Murphy pulled late in the game. The Otters outshot the Knights 30-26; the final score was 4-1, Knights.
The Otters are home tomorrow night at 7pm against the Soo Greyhounds. The Erie Insurance Arena will welcome Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook back to Erie for the first time since the trade deadline.