Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie Otters nearly dug out of a two-goal hole Sunday afternoon with a third period comeback bid that came up just a goal short as the Saginaw Spirit clung to a 4-3 decision.
Erie came out strong to start the hockey game, outshooting Saginaw 10-9 in the first period while playing solid defensively. The Otters forced the Spirit into the game’s first mistake when Jamie Drysdale intercepted a keep in attempt and sprung Daniel D’Amato ahead. D’Amato would dish to Brendan Sellan for a break in the zone where he snapped a wrister over the blocker of Tristan Lennox for the opening goal. Erie led 1-0 after the first period.
Saginaw woke up in the second period of the afternoon tilt, using a three-goal period to turn a deficit into a 3-1 lead. First it was Cole Coskey with a power play goal when his wrister beat Murphy from the left circle to tie the game at one. Cole Perfetti would later set up Damien Giroux for the Spirit’s second power play goal of the frame with a backdoor redirect for a 2-1 lead. Erie’s Mathew MacDougall had a chance to tie when he was awarded a penalty shot shortly after the Saginaw goal. MacDougall’s came in from the right side and elected for a backhander that was stopped by Lennox. Cole Perfetti added one late while skating four-on-four to extend the lead to 3-1 after two periods.
The Otters answered the bell early in the third period with Chad Yetman extending his goal scoring streak into a fifth game with a breakaway goal 1:51 in. Yetman turned on the jets on the right side and blew past Bode Wilde who hauled down the Erie forward on the play, but it wouldn’t matter as Yetman would not be denied the goal as he tucked in his 43rd of the campaign around the outstretched leg of Lennox. Saginaw had the answer however as Danil Antropov finished a cross zone pass from Jake Goldowski to regain the two-goal lead. Erie’s power play went to work midway through the frame with Kyen Sopa finding a wide-open Hayden Fowler in the slot for his 20th of the year to draw the Otters to a 4-3 deficit. Erie continued to press and would eventually pull the goaltender looking for the equalizer, and despite flurries in front of the Spirit net the Otters couldn’t find the twine as Saginaw held on for a 4-3 victory.
Erie remains three points ahead of the Soo Greyhounds for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Otters begin their final road trip of the regular season, and eighth three-games in three-days situation, Friday night in Saginaw in a rematch with the Spirit.
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