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Otters Outduel Spirit in Shootout 6-5

Saturday night’s matchup between the visiting Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters needed more than the regulation time as Erie bested Saginaw 6-5 in a shootout.
Erie, PA – Saturday night’s matchup between the visiting Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters needed more than the regulation time as Erie bested Saginaw 6-5 in a shootout.

 

            There was plenty of offense between the two clubs despite both playing the previous nights. The Otters were able to overcome the Spirit even though they gave up the lead three times throughout the contest.

 

            Saginaw opened the scoring in the first period when Eric Locke beat Otters goaltender Devin Williams, who was making his second start of the season. The Otters answered back with two goals of their own from Jake Evans and Connor Brown to take a 2-1 lead. Sean Callaghan answered to tie the game up at two before the first intermission.

 

            The second period saw the Otters score two more goals as Nick Betz picked up his first tally of the year. Justin Kea answered with a shorthanded goal at 8:02 of the second frame. Connor Brown scored his second of the game and ninth of the season on the power play at 17:57 to give Erie a 4-3 lead into the second intermission break.

 

            The third period saw the Otters special teams continue their strong play as Dane Fox scored the team’s third shorthanded goal of the year. That two-goal lead was short lived as the Spirit battled back with a goal off of a faceoff from defenseman Justin Sefton. With the goalie pulled and under 30 seconds to play, Saginaw tied the game when Eric Locke found a loose puck in the paint and backhanded the puck over Williams to tie the game at five.

 

            Overtime wasn’t enough for the two clubs as they headed to a shootout to decide a winner. The five-round affair found rookie Dylan Strome with a chance to give Erie the lead in the shootout. His shot beat goaltender Serebryakov to give the Otters a 3-2 advantage. Williams stopped Jacob Ringuette to hold onto the victory, giving the Otters the extra point in a 6-5 decision.

 

            Devin Williams earned his first win of the season in his second start of the year. The Otters scored on their last three shooters to win the shootout in the fifth round and extend their win streak to four games. The Erie Otters travel to Mississauga Monday for a 2 p.m. faceoff with the Steelheads.

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