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Four Goal Third Period Powers Otters to 7-3 Victory

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St. Catharines, Ontario – The Erie Otters picked up their second road win of the season by using a four-goal third period to power their way past the Niagara IceDogs 7-3 Thursday night at the Meridian Centre.

The Otters were looking to find their footing in the first period as a slow start saw them take two penalties in the first six minutes. The IceDogs would strike first on a Kyen Sopa goal between the power plays to take a 1-0 lead. Erie would use the momentum of the second penalty kill to get to work. Erie would cash in on their first power play chance of the night on a redirect of a Max Golod shot from Chad Yetman to tie the game at one heading into the break.

The Otters kept rolling into the second period and would net a pair of goals 1:03 apart. First it was Jamie Drysdale with a wrister to beat rookie goaltender Tucker Tynan for the Otters first lead of the season. Brendan Hoffmann would extend the lead to two with his first of the season by completing a nifty passing play between Noah Sedore and Danial Singer on a three-on-one rush. The IceDogs would get one back on a rebound goal from Theriault and send the game to the intermission with Erie leading 3-2.

The third period would begin with Niagara tying things up at three when Jonah De Simone snapped home his second of the year just under two and a half in. Erie seemed unfazed and continued at their game. At 6:02 Connor Lockhart won an offensive zone faceoff to Jamie Drysdale who blasted a slap shot bar down for the 4-3 lead. The insurance rolled in from there with Mathew MacDougall replenishing the two-goal lead. Emmett Sproule chipped in the empty netter and Danial Singer provided an extra point with his second of the year with 29 seconds left for the 7-3 victory.

Jamie Drysdale scored his first two-goal game of his OHL career and finished with a three-point night. MacDougall missed the first nine games of the season with a lower body injury to return tonight and score a goal. Noah Sedore picked up his first OHL point with an assist on Brendan Hoffmann’s second period strike.Goaltender Daniel Murphy made 30 saves on the night for his second win of the season.

The Erie Otters head to Guelph to take on the Storm Friday night at 7:30 before returning home Saturday night when they host the Mississauga Steelheads at 7pm.

Single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now. Erie Otters season tickets and flex packages are also available and can be purchased in person at the Erie Otters front office located at 201 E. 8th Street in Erie, or by calling 814-455-7779. For the latest Otters news, visit www.ottershockey.com, or follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/erieottershockey), Twitter (@ErieOtters) and Instagram (@ErieOtters).

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