Erie, Pennsylvania – An American Thanksgiving tradition continued in Erie, PA for the 47th year, as the Erie Otters hosted a post-Turkey Time game. Coming off the intense 6-4 comeback win on Monday night against the OHL’s top team of Ottawa, the Otters would look to continue their newfound success against a fledgling Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team that is winless in their last six games. With Nolan Lalonde back in net for Erie, the goaltender would look to get back in track and return to his own winning ways.
First period action would have a lack of that operative word – action. As just 16 shots would be fired during the opening frame, Erie would find only five of those. However, in favor of the Otters would be the period’s only goal, coming from Malcolm Spence (5) in his first goal back since U17s 7:29 into the game. Erie would grab a power play with no time remaining, and take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
A slow-starting second period would turn into a Soo advantage – all thanks to the lone efforts of Mark Duarte (9, 10) who would grab both goals in the period. Halfway into the frame, Duarte and Tyler Savard would go back-and-forth enroute to a fantastic goal to knot things up. Dylan Edwards would be boarded, and Nathan Sauder would drop the gloves to try and fire the team back up. With :70 remaining in the second period, Duarte would strike again to put the Soo up for the first time in the game, 2-1. Erie would trail 2-1, and in shots 20-12.
Erie’s eventual comeback efforts would not start off in a fashion that would lead to believe three goals would be scored by Erie in the period. The Otters would hold just one shot in the first nine minutes of the period, but would hold the Soo Greyhounds out of their own offensive end. As the period would start to wind down, Erie would start to find offensive strides, and a palpable energy was in the atmosphere of the EIA. That energy would culminate in the game-tying goal in the dying minutes from Elias Cohen (6) as Noah Sedore would kareem a pass over to him that hadn’t even yet touched the ice, and the OA Forward would put it away. Not done yet, Elias Cohen (7) would once again be in a preferable position, as Christian Kyrou would feed him a put-away-puck that Cohen would capitalize on. Suddenly, after seeming out of the game, the Otters would strike for two quick ones with just :58 remaining. As the net was emptied, and time was running down, Brett Bressette (10) would continue his reign at the top of the scoresheet with the ENG. Erie would come from nowhere to down Sault Ste. Marie 4-2.
Erie has won back-to-back Thanksgiving Games in comeback fashion to the Soo. After a rest day Friday, the Otters return to action on Saturday night at home against the Barrie Colts for the first time since February 2020. This will be the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss night. Following that game, the Otters will travel to Kitchener for a Sunday afternoon affair with the Rangers – looking to move to 3-0 on the season against their Midwest Division foe.