The Erie Otters beat the Peterborough Petes tonight at the Erie Insurance Arena by the final score of 9-3, a score reminiscent of recently past Otters’ seasons. The Otters produced a staggering six goals in the third period, five of which were within a three minute span. Ivan Lodnia got the Gordie Howe Hat Trick and first star of the game.
Despite an early hiccup to start the game which resulted in a goal from the opposition just 45 seconds into play, the Otters got it together as the 1st progressed, producing an answer for both Peterborough goals in the period. Maxim Golod scored on the tailend of a power play seven and a half minutes into play to tie at 1-1. The Petes pulled ahead briefly with three minutes left, but Patry tied the game again less than a minute later off of a gorgeous feed from Lodnia. The period ended tied at two goals a piece, the Otters leading by three shots on goal.
The 2nd period was relatively evenly matched, with a lot of chances for either side. Patrick Fellows was sent to the box for Interference with 4:15 left, giving the Petes their second consecutive power play of the period. Ivan Lodnia got a breakaway, dangled Jones, and roofed the puck for a shorthanded goal to put the Otters up 3-2 heading into the 3rd.
The Otters got off to another rough start in the 3rd, as the puck just trickled through Oberoi’s pads and in for the tying Peterborough goal just 2:44 into the period. Patrick Fellows answered back minutes later with a goal to give the Otters the lead back, going blockerside on Jones with a deceptive wrist shot. Lodnia and DeNoble engaged in fisticuffs with 6:52 left in the 3rd, giving Lodnia the Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, assist, and a fight. Lodnia exited the game with a 10-minute Misconduct, 5 for Fighting, and 2 for Instigating. DeNoble got 5 for Fighting as well and 2 for Cross Checking. The Otters blew the third period wide open late with five goals in a three minute span. Poddubnyi scored on the power play from the Peterborough bench minor for Too Many Men on the Ice. A minute later, the Petes pulled their goaltender and Yetman scored an empty net goal. The Otters produced three more goals in the next thirty seconds to take a 9-3 win over Peterborough after being shut out by Owen Sound the game before. The late three goals were from Maxim Golod, Joe Mack, and Emmett Sproule.
Ivan Lodnia was first star of the night with the Gordie Howe hat trick, followed by Fellows and Patry as second and third, each with a goal and two assists on the night. The Otters now head out to Mississauga for a 2pm puck drop against the Steelheads tomorrow afternoon.