Courtesy: Erie Otters
Erie, PA – The Erie Otters extended their franchise record home game winning streak to 15 with a 6-4 decision over the Guelph Storm on the annual Thanksgiving Day game in Erie on Thursday night.
The first period saw the goaltenders stand their ground for the majority of the frame. It wasn’t until 17:52 of the first when Spencer Abraham beat Justin Nichols for his fourth goal of the season, sending the Otters into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Erie would tack on two more in the second period to up their lead to 3-0. Connor McDavid scored his ninth of the season when he tucked the puck into the net after a Adam Pelech point shot missed the net and sprung onto McDavid’s stick after banking off the end wall. Dane Fox picked up his first of the night from Connor Brown and Adam Pelech at 17:35. Erie led 3-0 heading into the second intermission.
Justin Nichols watched the rest of the game from the bench as Matthew Mancina finished the game in net for Guelph. The third period saw seven goals scored in total. Michael Curtis tallied his tenth of the season at 4:21 of the third period. New comer Brendan Gaunce picked up an assist on the goal for his first point as an Otter in his first game with Erie. Brody Milne broke the shutout bid 39 seconds later with his seventh of the season. Dylan Strome scored his fifth of the season while Dane Fox notched his second of the game and his league leading 27th of the campaign. Guelph added three goals over the final 5:13 of the game, but it was too little too late as the Otters held on for the 6-4 victory.
Devin Williams made 21 saves on the night for his 11th win of the year. With the win the Otters move into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with 43 points on the season. Erie continues on a three games in three days swing with the start of a home-and-home set with the Mississauga Steelheads Friday and Saturday. The Otters will travel to Mississauga Friday for a 7:30 faceoff.
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