Late Lapses Lead to 4-2 Otters Loss
After dropping Game 1 due to the outstanding play of London goalie Tyler Parsons, the Otters won Games 2 and 3 by relying on their own goalie, Troy Timpano, to take a 2-1 series lead heading into Thursday’s matchup. The Knights were able to split their two home games, however, winning Game 4 by a score of 4-2.
The Otters, looking to take a 3-1 series lead before heading back to Erie, took it to the Knights immediately following the puck drop. Just before the halfway mark of the period, Erie’s Warren Foegele put on a burst of speed, slipped through the Knights’ defenders, and jammed the puck through Parsons’ pads to give the Otters an early 1-0 lead. Nearly ten minutes of scoreless hockey ensued, as both teams’ attempts were denied by the star goaltenders. It was Anthony Cirelli, however, the former Oshawa Generals captain, who scored next: waiting just behind Parsons, Cirelli caught Dylan Strome’s tape-to-tape pass and tapped the puck past the goalie, giving the Otters a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
With a two-goal advantage, the Otters reverted to a defensive style of play in the second, attempting to limit the Knights’ ability to put solid chances in on Timpano. They succeeded, grinding out a goalless twenty-minute period while matching the Knights shot-for-shot. Timpano handled the chances that made it through the Otters defenders, and they skated off for the second intermission with the 2-0 lead.
The Knights finally solved Timpano early in the third period: Max Jones, working the puck down low, shrugged off a body check and sent a shot five-hole to make it a 2-1 game. Then, just minutes later, Janne Kuokkanen scored twice in under thirty seconds to give the Knights their first lead in over sixty minutes of hockey. Max Jones scored on the empty net with under a minute left, and the Otters dropped Game 4 by a score of 4-2.
Warren Foegele and Anthony Cirelli scored the Otters’ goals. Troy Timpano made 29 saves on 32 shots in the loss.
Janne Kuokkanen scored two goals for London, and Tyler Parsons stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced.
The Otters head back to Erie for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. They’ll have home-ice advantage if the series goes to seven games.
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