ERIE, Pa. - The Erie Otters won their third straight home game of the season tonight against the Owen Sound Attack by the final score of 6-4. Lodnia tallied two goals in the game, his first of the night coming just 35 seconds into the first period, effectively extending his point streak to six games. Alex Gritz also scored two goals on the night and picked up the first star of the game. Anand Oberoi picked up the win in net for the Otters tonight.
The first period was high-octane right off the start. Erie found themselves up by two goals early following Lodnia’s quick goal just 35 seconds in, assisted by Kyle Maksimovich and Taylor Raddysh, and Alex Gritz’s first goal of the night just five minutes later, assisted by Cade Robinson and Maxim Golod. Shortly thereafter, Aidan Timmermans took a hooking penalty and Owen Sound scored on the power play to cut the Otters’ lead in half at 2-1. Kyle Maksimovich scored to put the Otters up 3-1 at 13:31, assisted by Taylor Raddyish and Ryan Martin, but the Attack climbed back into the game with Nick Suzuki’s two goals of the game, one a PPG and the other at even-strength, to tie it at 3-3 after 20 minutes.
The Otters got off to another quick start in the second period, with Joe Mack scoring a minute and a half into play to break the tie at 4-3, assists going to Christian Girhiny and Patrick Fellows. Owen Sound made a goaltender change, replacing Zack Bowman in net with Mack Guzda following Mack’s goal. Matthew Struthers was called for boarding at 7:58, sending the Otters to the power play. Ivan Lodnia capitalized on the man advantage and netted his second of the night to make it 5-3, assisted by Taylor Raddysh and Owen Headrick. Gritz tallied his second of the night as well before the end of the 2nd with a snipe on Guzda’s doorstep, off a great feed from Max Golod. The Otters found themselves on the short end of a 5-on-3 towards the end of the period that resulted in a PPG for Owen Sound, scored by Sean Durzi, to make it 6-4.
The third period was defensively-dominant. Carson Edwardson found the back of the net late but the play was reviewed and found to be offsides so his goal was disallowed. Anand Oberoi made some big glove saves to keep the score at 6-4, Otters, despite the Attack mounting a 6-on-4 power play for the last minute of the game after Ivan Lodnia was called for high sticking and they pulled their goalie for the extra attacker.
Owen Sound’s Nick Suzuki picked up the third star of the game after a two goal, two assist performance. Ivan Lodnia was second star with two goals and Alex Gritz picked up the first star with his two goals on the night as well.
The Otters play the Attack again tomorrow night at 5om at the Erie Insurance Arena.
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