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Otters top Sudbury in front of record crowd

The Erie Insurance Arena was packed to capacity as a sellout crowd of 6,750 watched the Otters skate to a 5-2 victory over the Sudbury Wolves.
Courtesy: Erie Otters

The Erie Insurance Arena was packed to capacity as a sellout crowd of 6,750 watched the Otters skate to a 5-2 victory over the Sudbury Wolves.
 
            Coming off of a loss in London Friday night, Erie looked to rebound against former Otter Connor Crisp and the Sudbury Wolves. Crisp was shipped to Sudbury along with Jimmy McDowell for Cory Genovese during the preseason.
 
            After giving up the first goal in each of the last three games, the Otters got out to the quick start when Dane Fox redirected a Spencer Abraham shot past Sudbury goaltender Franky Palazzese for the opening goal. Erie fired 14 shots on goal in the first twenty minutes but only led 1-0 into the intermission.
 
            The Otters power play went to work in the second period, scoring twice after being shut out Friday night. Connor McDavid tallied his eighth goal of the season after some pretty passing from the Otters unit. Dane Fox picked up his second of the night and 25th of the season on the power play at 6:59. Dylan Strome would extend the Otters lead to four just twenty seconds later when he entered the zone, dragged the puck to the slot, and fired a wrist shot off the post in into the goal, giving Erie a 4-0 lead.
 
            Craig Duininck would spoil the shutout bid when his point shot deflected off the skate of Cory Genovese and wound up behind Devin Williams. Adam Pelech knotted his sixth of the season to put the game out of reach as the Otters went on to win 5-2.
 
            Devin Williams made 37 saves on the night for his tenth win on the year. Dane Fox recorded a three point night with two goals and an assists. Connor Brown picked up three helpers in the effort giving him a league leading 49 points on the year.
 
            Next up for the Otters is the traditional Thanksgiving Day game, with the Guelph Storm coming into town this year. Thursday’s matchup will start a three games in three nights stretch for the Otters.

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