Otters Fumble Lead, Drop 5-4 OT Game to London

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The Erie Otters lost to the London Knights in overtime tonight by the final score of 5-4. Troy Lajeunesse also had a two-goal night for the Otters, but Liam Foudy’s second goal of the night that came in OT was the game-winner.

The Otters went up by two goals in the 1st period, both accrued during even-strength play despite the four power plays they received in the opening frame. The first PP opportunities for both teams came early, Erie’s just 20 seconds into play as London’s Rollo was sent to the box for Slashing, and London’s just over a minute later as Josh Wainman sat for Hooking.
Chad Yetman opened the scoring 4:33 in from Sproule and Mack. Just under a minute later,
Patrick Fellows scored bardown with a one-timer off of a pass from Golod. Two London penalties later, Alex Gritz thought he had a goal with 3:15 left as he jammed a loose puck in but the net was dislodged and no goal was called on the ice. Aidan Timmermans received a 10-minute Misconduct for a Mouth Guard Violation with 2:05 left. The Otters outshot the Knights by a factor of two in the opening period, leading 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Tymkin started what would be a hectic 2nd period in the box for London from an Interference call at the end of the 1st, giving the Otters their 5th power play, but they could not convert. Minutes into the period, Tymkin and Henry got into a bit of a brouhaha that landed them both in the box with matching 10-minute misconducts. In a scrum that saw Murphy get turned into a chesterfield in his crease as a Knight fell directly on top of him, Lodnia and Formenton came out of it with matching Roughing penalties and Tymkin was sent to the locker room with his second Game Misconduct on the night. Patry joined the other three Otters already in the penalty box with a Cross-Checking call at 5:55 into the 2nd. Foudy scored his first of the night on the ensuing PP time to get London on the scoreboard nearing the halfway point of the game, cutting the Otters’ lead in half. Lajeunesse answered back under a minute later with a goal from a Maksimovich feed that restored Erie’s two-goal lead at 3-1. Collins was able to tee up a laser beam of a shot with 5:57 left in the 2nd to put the Knights within one of tying, which they did just 36 seconds later as Duhart went down on one knee and buried the tying goal to make it 3-3. Girhiny was wide open backdoor on Kooy’s net late and almost gave the Otters the edge back heading into the 3rd, but whiffed on the pass. Evan Bouchard took a Tripping penalty with 48.6 seconds left that gave the Otters some more time on the man-advantage to start the 3rd. The Otters again outshot the Knights, but allowed two back-to-back goals that jeopardized any previously held solidity by giving up their lead on the scoreboard.

Owen Headrick let a shot from the point fly 26 seconds into their 3rd period power play that Lajeunesse was able to deflect past Kooy to regain the lead at 4-3. The next two penalties went to Otters after a long succession of Knights infractions that the Otters were finally able to convert into a goal. Tempers on both sides were flaring as the game progressed, but the only calls in the 3rd were for a Hook and a Slash, despite some extracurricular activities behind plays. With just 3:04 left in regulation time, Perrott was able to lift a puck off all three posts and into the net from the crease to tie the game at 4-4 to force overtime. Fowler set up Girhiny for a goal late but the net was dislodged on the play and a review settled upon ‘No Goal.’ The Knights outshot the Otters in the 3rd 13-9, but the Otters maintained the edge in the three-period total of 34-29.

Murphy made some big saves in overtime, but the Otters’ notoriously bad OT performance record reared its ugly head again tonight, giving London the W and extra point. Foudy scored his second goal of the night, the game-winner, with 1:42 left in OT, from Bouchard.

The Otters are at home again tomorrow night against the Guelph Storm at 5pm.

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