Erie Wins Ninth Straight, Pull Away From Niagara 7-2
St. Catharines, ON – The Erie Otters used all three periods to pull away from the Niagara IceDogs, taking a 7-2 final score Thursday night in the Otters ninth straight win.
The Otters, who are a perfect 16-0 against the Eastern Conference so far this season, shutdown the IceDogs for the third time this season in what was the last time Erie will see Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk this calendar year.
Dane Fox only needed 37 seconds into the game to score his first of the night giving the Otters an early 1-0 lead. Cody Caron would tie the game up with his first OHL goal at 10:44 of the first. Erie would score the next two goals to chase Niagara starter Chris Festarini. Dane Fox scored his second of the night and 40th of the season at 12:44 of the first. A minute 28 seconds later, Andre Burakovsky picked up his first of the night unassisted. Brendan Perlini scored with a minute left in the first to send the score to the break 3-2 in favor of Erie.
Andre Burakovsky scored his second of the night and 23rd of the season at 1:02 of the second period giving Erie a 4-2 lead. Oscar Dansk, starting in back-to-back nights, stopped 13 shots in the second period to keep Niagara off the board.
Brendan Gaunce took over the third period, scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes. Gaunce has multi-goal games in two straight nights for the Otters. Quentin Maksimovich fired home his first OHL goal at 18:48 to round out the scoring at 7-2.
Dansk made 28 saves on the night for his 16th win of the season. Burakovsky recorded a three point night, to extend his assist streak to nine games. Connor Brown recorded another three assist night to keep his assist streak at nine games as well.
Erie will host their final home game before the break Saturday night, when the London Knights visit Erie for the first time this season at 7 p.m.