Windsor, Ontario – The Erie Otters battled their way back Thursday night at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre takedown the Windsor Spitfires 3-2 to tie their franchise record of 102 points in one season.
The only other Otters team in franchise history to eclipse the century mark for points was in the 2000-2001 season. This year’s Otters team is the only Erie club to reach 50 wins on a season.
Erie found themselves behind the eight ball early when Connor McDavid took a double minor for high sticking 48 seconds into the contest. With the man advantage Windsor was able to capitalize to take the first lead. Josh Ho-Sang blasted a slap shot through Oscar Dansk 1:26 into the game for a 1-0 lead that held into the intermission.
The Otters found their legs underneath them in the second period after Wednesday’s nine hour bus ride to Windsor due to weather related issues on Ohio highways. Erie found themselves on the power play multiple times in the second period, but were unable to capitalize. With less than five minutes to play in the period, the Otters finally struck. Dane Fox won a faceoff back to Connor McDavid who wheeled towards the back of the net before passing off to Connor Brown stationed in front of the crease to chip home his 44th of the year past Alex Fotinos.
The game went into the final period tied at one. The Otters forced a turnover in the offensive zone with Jake Evans poking a puck to Dylan Strome. Strome then found Andre Burakovsky who buried his 38th of the year from in tight. The Spitfires generated momentum working off a cycle of their own. Ben Johnson picked up a puck behind the Otters net and sped out to the slot, firing a backhand shot past Oscar Dansk to tie the game at two. The Otters did not lose control though and just under two minutes later they reclaimed the lead for good. McDavid went to work in his office drawing in two defenders behind the net. McDavid then dished the puck out in front to Connor Brown who roofed his second of the night, giving the Otters a 3-2 lead.
Erie held on, thwarting the Windsor comeback attempt with the goaltender pulled. Erie still controls third place in the Western Conference and now has a three point lead in over the London Knights for the three spot. Erie will travel to Plymouth tomorrow to take on the Whalers before finishing their regular season against the Sarnia Sting Saturday night in Erie.
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- Alex Fotinos – Windsor Spitfires
- Connor McDavid – Erie Otters
- Connor Brown – Erie Otters