Otters Secure 4-2 Victory Against Spitfires
After a disappointing three-game weekend that ended with a 1-2 record, the Otters continued their road-trip through Ontario to face the Windsor Spitfires, a fellow Western Conference rival. The Otters paid attention to the defensive side of the game, managing to lock down a 4-2 victory against a strong OHL contender.
Though the Otters and Spitfires traded shots and chances throughout the first period, neither team managed to score until midway through the second: Windsor, operating on their second consecutive power play, managed to convert as Julius Nattinen slapped the rebound past Erie goaltender Troy Timpano. Windsor’s one-goal lead didn’t last long, however. Alex DeBrincat, the OHL’s leading scorer, took a hard slapshot that rocketed past Windsor goalie Michael DiPietro, tying the game at one midway through the second period. Then, the Otters’ offense started to take over: Owen Headrick scored from the point on a power play, and Erie’s trade-deadline acquisition Anthony Cirelli snapped a shot bar-down to make it 3-1 just seconds before the end of the second period. Despite surrendering the first goal of the game, the Otters rattled off three unanswered goals to enter the third period with the 3-1 lead.
Windsor clawed back within one goal midway through the third period: OHL rookie Connor Corcoran snapped a shot over the shoulder of Timpano to cut the Otters’ lead in half. Entering the final minutes of the third period, the Spitfires’ surging offense looked to tie the game, but Erie’s Warren Foegele cut that effort off at the knees when he scored the Otters’ fourth goal of the night. The Spitfires were unable to muster a comeback, and the Erie Otters secured a 4-2 victory against a strong Western Conference contender.
Warren Foegele and Owen Headrick each scored a goal and an assist for the Otters. Alex DeBrincat and Anthony Cirelli also scored goals for the Otters. Troy Timpano made 16 saves on 18 shots in the victory.
Julius Nattinen and Connor Corcoran scored Windsor’s goals, and Michael DiPietro made 28 saves on 32 shots in the loss.
The Otters continue their road trip on Friday, March 10 against rival London, the first of two final matchups against the Knights to close out the season.