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Five Goal Second Period Leads to Otters 16th Home Win
Erie, PA – The Erie Otters netted five goals in the second period on their way to a 7-1 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads Saturday night, completing a home and home sweep over Mississauga.
The five goal explosion came after a scoreless first period that saw the Otters hold the Steelheads to only three shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. Spencer Martin, starting in back to back nights against Erie, stopped 13 shots in the first.
Michael Curtis netted the first goal of the night at 4:41 of the second period, triggering the teddy bear toss for the 5092 fans in attendance at the Erie Insurance Arena. Adam Pelech notched his seventh of the season just 52 seconds after the bears were cleared off the ice. Pelech fired a puck towards the cage that bounced off the leg of Mississauga defenseman Trevor Carrick and redirected into the net. Carrick’s misfortune continued when the Otters went to the power play and he poke checked a puck off of Connor McDavid’s stick and into the net. McDavid was awarded his 11th of the year from Andre Burakovsky and Dane Fox.Fox then joined the goal parade hammering home his 31st of the year on a pass from Brendan Gaunce. For Gaunce, it his third point in three games as an Otter.
Mississauga would score their first goal in three games against Erie at 9:54 of the second period, when Austin Gerhart threw the puck into the crease, banking off of Cory Genovese’s skate and across the goal line. The Erie power play headed back onto the ice late in the period where Burakovsky sniped his 18th of the season from the right wing faceoff dot. Erie took a 5-1 lead into the break.
The third line wasn’t to be outdone as they got their cycle rolling and Dylan Strome found Hayden Hodgson for a one timer that beat Martin to make the score 6-1 in the third period. Andre Burakovsky would pick up another goal at 9:06 of the third leading to Erie’s 7-1 decision and 16th straight win at home.
Oscar Dansk stopped 18 pucks on the way to his 12th win of the season, and second in as many nights. The line of Michael Curtis, Connor McDavid, and Andre Burakovsky combined for ten points on the night, including four of the seven Erie goals. The Otters head on a three game road trip next week starting with Thursday, December 5 at Peterborough.
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