Otters Stay Perfect at Home with 5-2 Win Over Whalers
Erie, PA – The Erie Insurance Arena has been a nightmare for opposing teams in the month of October as the Erie Otters continue to roll by winning their eighth straight game in 5-2 decision over the Plymouth Whalers.
The Otters current eight game winning streak is their longest since 2011 when the team won eight in a row from February 26 to March 18 of that year to end their season.
Andre Burakovsky kicked off the scoring late in the first period when the Swedish winger wired a wrist shot under the glove of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic with 1:24 remaining. That lead would be extended early in the second when Michael Curtis scored his fifth of the season. Curtis picked up a pass from Stephen Harper in the offensive zone and made a power move towards the cage where he slid the puck through the five-hole of the net minder.
Plymouth answered with a pair of shorthanded goals. Mitch Jones and Alex Peters scored the goals as the league’s best penalty kill unit tied the game, and now also boast the most shorthanded goals scored with six.
Erie would respond in the second when Connor McDavid won an offensive draw forward and passed the puck back to Troy Donnay at the center point. Donnay blasted home his first of the year to reclaim the lead for the Otters.
The Otters would hold off the Whalers throughout the third with Oscar Dansk stopping all shots faced in the final 20 minutes on the way to his league leading ninth win of the season. Adam Pelech would score his second of the year and Joel Wigle sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Connor McDavid’s two assists on the night extended his streak to eight straight games with an assist. Connor Brown saw his nine game point streak come to an end while Dane Fox had his five game goal scoring streak snapped Wednesday night.
The Erie Otters hit the road to take on the two-time defending Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights at 7:30.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance Three Stars
1. Stephen Harper – Erie Otters – 1 A
2. Adam Pelech – Erie Otters – 1 G
3. Michael Curtis – Erie Otters – 1 G