McDavid Wins Game in Overtime 4-3, After Late Otters Heroics
Erie, PA – The Erie Otters battled back in the third period, scoring three shorthanded goals to tie the game, leading to Connor McDavid’s overtime winner topping the Guelph Storm 4-3 Saturday night.
Things seemed bleak early on for the Otters, as Storm goaltender Justin Nichols held Erie scoreless through 40 minutes of play. Guelph picked up their first goal of the game seven minutes into the contest on a Tyler Bertuzzi shot from a sharp angle that found its way through Otters net minder Devin Williams.
Guelph would tack on two more goals in the second period with a power play goal just 28 seconds into the start of the second frame. Hunter Garlent got his own rebound after a goal line drive and was able to fire it over the pad of Williams for the 2-0 lead. Brock McGinn picked up his eighteenth of the season after banging home a rebound from a Bertuzzi shot on a two-on-one rush.
The third period is where things got interesting. Erie finally got on the board at 3:42 of the third on a Michael Curtis shorthanded tally. Trailing 3-1, the Otters again found themselves on the penalty kill. This time Connor Brown received a pass from Dane Fox to spring on a breakaway, beating Nichols for the Otters second shorthanded goal of the night.
Erie found themselves once again on the penalty kill with under 1:30 left in regulation. Dane Fox stole the puck near the right wing circle of the Guelph zone and dropped a pass to Spencer Abraham who joined the play. Abraham released the puck off the body of Nichols with the rebound heading into the slot. Abraham found that rebound and hammered the loose puck into the cage, scoring the Otters third shorthanded goal of the game, and more importantly tying the game at three.
The two teams headed to overtime for the second time on the season. This time the Otters got the heroics in the extra five minutes. Just 53 seconds into overtime, Connor McDavid took a pass from Andre Burakovsky and skated down the left wing wall. McDavid carried towards the bottom of the left wing circle where he unleashed a seeing eye shot that beat Justin Nichols on the short side, completing the comeback, and sending the Otters home with a 4-3 victory.
The Otters won their twelfth straight game at home, as they are undefeated at the Erie Insurance Arena. Devin Williams won his eighth straight start as Erie remains on top of the OHL Standings. Next up for the Otters is a 11 a.m. matchup with the Kitchener Rangers Tuesday afternoon.
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