Otters Snap Road Losing Streak; Win In Flint

FLINT, Mi - The Erie Otters snapped their nine game road losing streak tonight in Flint against the Firebirds. The final score was 5-2, Otters.

Ivan Lodnia got the Otters on the board 8:31 into the 1st period, with the only assist on the goal going to goaltender Troy Timpano. The period ended at 1-0, Otters; Erie outshot Flint by a factor of two in the 1st.

The Otters started the 2nd on the penalty kill, but the Firebirds took a penalty early which neutralized the man advantage. The Firebirds scored just over halfway through the 2nd to tie the game at 1-1. With just over five to play in the period, Owen Headrick scored blocker side on Cavallin off a slap shot, unassisted. One minute later, Jordan Sambrook’s shot rang off the left post and in to put the Otters up 3-1. Carson Edwardson and Gera Poddubnyi picked up the assists on Sambrook’s insurance goal.

Under five minutes into the third, a Firebird was sent to the box for cross checking, giving the Otters a man-advantage. Max Golod scored on the power play, assisted by Headrick and Raddysh, to put the Otters up 4-1. Ryan Martin was sent to the penalty box for holding with under five to play; Flint scored on the power play to cut the Otters’ lead to 4-2.

Flint headed to the PP again after another netfront scrum late in the 3rd. For the Firebirds, Ethan Keppan and Jake Durham received 10-minute game misconducts and Gera Poddubnyi for Erie also received a 10-minute game misconduct, all subsequently exited the match early. Troy Timpano also received a roughing call from the scrum which Kurtis Henry served. The Firebirds pulled their goaltender and mounted a 6-on-5, but Taylor Raddysh scored the empty-netter for the final score of 5-2, Otters.

The Otters outshot the Firebirds by a total of 38-27. Troy Timpano had a save percentage of 0.926 in the Otters’ first road victory since September. Timpano was the second star of the game and Owen Headrick was the first star with two goals.

The Otters play tomorrow in Saginaw against the Spirit at 5:30pm.


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