Otters Lose in the SO to Firebirds
The Erie Otters lost in Flint to the Firebirds tonight by the final score of 4-3. Stephane Patry, Maxim Golod, and Joseph Mack scored for the Otters. The team picked up two points in total from their Michigan road trip.
The Firebirds largely dominated the opening half of the 1st period in Flint, hitting the post 7:20 in and then scoring first at the halfway mark. Ethan Keppen was able to split Headrick and Henry and tap the puck past Murphy on the backhand to draw first blood. Just 22 seconds later, Jack Duff made a cross-crease feed to Stephane Patry who went down on one knee and roofed the puck top shelf to tie. The 1st period ended tied at 1-1, with Flint outshooting Erie 11-7.
The Otters got off to a quick start in the 2nd; Max Golod managed to score from behind Cavallin’s net, unassisted, just 13 seconds into play to take the lead at 2-1. Just over seven minutes later, Joe Mack scored backdoor off a feed from Lodnia to put the Otters up 3-1. The Otters killed a penalty with four minutes left to play in the 2nd, just as they did in the 1st.
The Firebirds took their first penalty of the game just 19 seconds into the 3rd, a Slashing call. Joe Mack took a High Sticking penalty minutes later, which lead to a power play goal for the Firebirds at 4:20. The Firebirds caught the Otters mid-change just over three minutes later and were able to capitalize and score the tying goal, 3-3. The Otters had to kill two holding penalties before the period was over, and a late High Sticking penalty on Ivan Lodnia with 9.4 seconds left in regulation gave Flint the man-advantage in overtime.
The Firebirds remained on the PP for 3:02 into OT before an offsides whistle returned play to even strength. Daniel Murphy made some big stops during the 4-on-3 sudden-death OT to keep the score knotted at 3-3 and force a shootout. Shots on goal by the end of 65 minutes were 46-22 in favor of the Firebirds. Murphy posted a solid 0.913 save percentage.
Kyle Maksimovich was Erie’s first shooter, but Cavallin made the stop. Colella scored for the Firebirds next. Golod scored in the third round to continue the shootout. Mattinen finally ended it in the fifth round with a good goal. The final score was 4-3, Firebirds.
The Otters next play in Niagara against the Ice Dogs on Thursday, January 11th, at 7pm.