Erie, Pennsylvania – A new chapter opens, and a new season begins, as the Erie Otters started their 2022-23 campaign against the reigning-OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs. The first of two preseason games during Labor Day weekend for Erie, the team would look to see what both new and returning players had to offer for the team heading into the beginning of the season.
The first period has seen the Otters in attack mode seeing that Malcom Spence, Noah Sedore, and Carey Terrance would challenge the Hamilton defense early, but Hamilton would score first on an awkward deflection and take advantage of the Taeo Artichuk hooking penalty. Marek Vanacker would earn the preseason-opening goal, assisted by Callum Cheynowski and Gavin White. Erie would get their first power play 15:05 in the game as Hamilton’s Brendan Anderson would be called for cross checking, but soon after Artichuk would go off for slashing. For returning goaltender Marshall Nicholls, he would save 8/9, but Hamilton would lead 1-0.
The second period would maintain pressure from either direction, but Hamilton would add their second goal by Adrian Rebelo, assisted by Masen Wray, 11:58 into the second period. Hamilton would put their second of the period in from Lawson Sherk, leaving the score at the end of two periods 3-0 Bulldogs.
Erie will begin their final period on the penalty kill as Artyom Kulakov was called for roughing; leading to a Hamilton goal from Braeden O’Keefe 2:09 into the third period. Erie would finally see a goal, scored by newly acquired Sam Alfano 4:52 into the third. The Otters would score immediately after from Colby Saganiuk, with Sedore picking up his second assist of the night. Rebelo, his second of the night, would bring their lead back to three goals leading 5-2. The Otters scoring opportunity would not end as top-pick Malcolm Spence, the newest draft pick of Erie, scores his ‘first’ OHL goal 11:23 into the third. Dylan Edwards would add a late goal for his ‘first’, and make it a one-goal-game. Another new face would get on the board, as Bruce McDonald would knot things up at five-aside to force the shootout.
After a long, mostly-unsuccessful shootout for either side, Gavin White and Hamilton would secure the win, coming away 6-5.
The Otters preseason schedule will continue on Sunday, as the Saginaw Spirit come to the Erie Insurance Arena. The team will then continue to play preseason games on the road all of September with games in Niagara and London.
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