Flint, Michigan – Coming off their highest-scoring night of the season, and the first head coaching win of the career of BJ Adams, the Erie Otters road a wave of positive energy into the Dort Financial Center on Friday night. Heading into their fifth game of the season against the Flint Firebirds, the Otters would look for their first win of the season against their fellow American foe – and their first back-to-back wins of the season.
Despite an offensive onslaught from the Otters in their previous game, they’d amass just seven total shots in the first period. On the opposite side of the ice, the Flint Firebirds would fire off 15 shots against Marshall Nicholls and the Otters, finding their way to a pair of goals – including one on the man-advantage. 3:59 into the game, Brennan Othmann would continue his points punishment of Erie, finding his ninth goal of the season. With Cameron Morton in the box for a Check from Behind, Sahil Panwar would continue his recent hot streak with a power play goal to make it 2-0 Flint. After an unsuccessful power play opportunity, the Otters would find themselves held off the scoresheet, heading to the period break with a 2-0 disadvantage.
Erie would head out of the gates in the second period with a more energized effort, as they’d take the first few shots of the period. Erie would find an early power play in the second, but would once be unable to capitalize. 6:28 into the frame, Owain Johnston (2) would have a tenacious effort toward the net, and sneak one under the right leg of Luke Cavallin to make it a one goal game, 2-1. Just :62 later, Riley Piercey (2) would fire one just past the outreached glove of Nicholls to retake a two-goal lead. Erie would be unable to capitalize again on the man-advantage, as the Otters and Firebirds would finish on a four-on-four that would bleed into the third. 3-2 Flint, leading in shots 26-18.
The Flint Firebirds would waste no time in pulling away in the third period, as Braeden Kressler (3), Othmann (10), and Coulson Pitre (5) would work three more into the Otters net. Cameron Lowe (2) would continue his debut-scoring weekend for the Otters, finding goals in back-to-back games to make it a 5-2 game at the time. Despite outshooting the Firebirds 19-15 in the final frame, Luke Cavallin would make 35 saves and knock the Otters off 6-2.
Erie falls to 0-5 against Flint this season. The Otters now load the bus back up and head as far northwest as the OHL will go – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is Erie’s lone trip to the Soo this season, as they look to take down one of the best teams in the league on Sunday afternoon. Erie will close out the season series with the Greyhounds at home on Thursday for the annual Thanksgiving Night Game, before taking on Guelph in a home-and-home on Saturday in Erie for the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night, and Sunday afternoon in the Storm City.