The Erie Otters’ six game home ice win streak was snapped by the Kitchener Rangers this morning. The Annual Hockey Hooky game ended with the final score of 7-3, Rangers.
The Otters came out slow to start the 1st, at 10:30am, and the Rangers capitalized on the Otters’ apparent lethargy, scoring their first goal just 23 seconds into play. Gera Poddubnyi responded to the early wakeup call, tying the game at one a piece just over a minute later. The Otters only mustered two more shots on goal the rest of the period, and the Rangers scored two more goals by the end of the first.
The second period was largely more of the same. The Otters got the first power play opportunity of the game, but still couldn’t get much going with the man-advantage. Patrick Fellows hit the post on one of the Otters’ only great scoring chances of the period. Halfway through the game, Taylor Raddysh found the back of the net from a rebound to put the Otters within one at 3-2. The goal was reviewed as the net was dislodged during the play, but it was determined to have been after the puck crossed the goal line so it was in fact a good goal. Lodnia and Maksimovich picked up the assists. The very next shift, Christian Girhiny took a slashing penalty that put the Otters shorthanded. The Rangers’ Connor Bunnaman scored his second goal of the night on the ensuing PP, 4-2. Shots on goal were relatively even this period, at 12-10, Rangers.
The Otters started the third period down by two goals, which promptly became three just under four minutes into play. The Rangers scored three goals in the third period, Kole Sherwood scoring his second of the game, increasing their lead to 7-2. Kyle Maksimovich scored the only goal for the Otters in the third period with under five minutes left in the matchup. The game ended with the final score of 7-3, the Rangers handing the Otters only their second loss of the season on home ice after a less than inspiring performance from the Otters’ skaters this morning.
Anand Oberoi made 37 saves on 44 shots, for a 0.841 save percentage.
The Otters are on home ice again this weekend, at 7pm, against Oshawa on Friday and Windsor on Saturday evening.