Fox Nets Record as Otters Take Down Spirit
Erie, PA – The Erie Otters notched their eleventh shutout of the season on Dane Fox’s record breaking night, as the Otters blanked the Saginaw Spirit 3-0 Thursday night at the Erie Insurance Arena.
Saginaw had the hop early, as the tested Otters net minder Devin Williams with the first few shots on goal. At 4:39 however, Dylan Strome’s individual effort would give Erie the lead for good. Strome stole the puck away from Saginaw defenseman Jesse Graham at the right wing circle. Strome immediately released a shot that beat Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson to the glove, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead. Saginaw tested Williams in the first, firing 14 first period shots. The Otters also killed a five-on-three opportunity midway through the first.
Erie’s 1-0 lead held through the second period, as the Otters had to hold down their defensive zone in the second 20 minutes. Saginaw had another five-on-three opportunity that Erie had to kill. In all, the Otters killed off seven Spirit power play opportunities.
Dane Fox entered the night tied with Cory Pecker’s single season goal scoring record of 53. Fox got his shot to break the record midway through the third period with the Otters on the power play. Fox set up in the slot for his shot, as Connor Brown waited to feed the Otters sniper. Fox then buried the one-timer, giving the Otters a 2-0 lead and notched his 54th of the year for a new Erie Otters single season goal scoring record. Michael Curtis added insurance with an empty netter as the Otters took down the Spirit 3-0.
The Otters pick up their 40th win of the season, only the fourth team in franchise history to reach the number. Erie will wait for the London Knights to come to town Saturday night, for the fifth contest between the division rivals.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance Three Stars
1. Dane Fox – Erie Otters
2. Devin Williams – Erie Otters
3. Dylan Strome – Erie Otters