Erie, PA - The Erie Otters and the Owen Sound Attack took a tie game into the last seconds Wednesday night when defenseman Adam Pelech scored his first of the season with 2.4 seconds left on the clock to push the Otters past the Attack by the score of 3-2.
The final shift of the game found Andre Burakovsky running the gauntlet by taking the puck from his own zone through the neutral zone, then circled behind the net and made a pass out to a wide open Adam Pelech. The Otters defender skated into the high slot and unleashed a wrist shot over the blocker of Brandon Hope to give Erie a 3-2 lead just before regulation time ended.
Owen Sound started off the scoring with a goal from Kurtis Gabriel, as his backhander deflected off the skate of Troy Donnay and found its way behind Oscar Dansk. Erie would even things up later in the first when Andre Burakovsky scored his fourth of the year on the power play.
Connor Brown would notch his seventh of the year when he found himself on a shorthanded breakaway, beating Hope on the backhand. The Otters 2-1 lead wouldn’t last too long into the third when Chris Brigras was the beneficiary of a fluke bounce, when Dansk played the puck off of Bigras. The puck deflected off his body and behind Dansk to tie the game at 2.
The dramatic finish started in the Otters zone as the speed of the Swedish forward drew in the Attack’s defense. As Burakovsky circled the cage, Adam Pelech found the open space at the top of the circle. Pelech then wired the puck to the back of the cage to give Erie the lead and the win 3-2.
Erie outshot Owen Sound 26-16, as the Otters have outshot opponents in every game this season. Oscar Dansk stopped 14 shots in his fourth victory of the season.
The Otters will travel to Kitchener Friday night to take on the Rangers for a 7:30 game. Erie will travel back that night to prepare for a Saturday night matchup with the Saginaw Spirit.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance Three Stars:
1. Adam Pelech – Erie Otters – GWG
2. Connor Brown – Erie Otters – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Connor McDavid – Erie Otters – 1 Assist