Otters Defeated by Battalion in OT, 3-2
With their win-streak broken the night previous and starting goaltender Troy Timpano needing a rest, the Erie Otters turned to rookie Anand Oberoi in net against the North Bay Battalion. Longtime backup goaltender Jake Lawr was a healthy scratch alongside Erik
Cernak, who was serving the first game of a suspension for slew-footing during the game on November 12 against Sault Ste. Marie.
Kyle Maksimovich, playing on Erie’s top line alongside Alex DeBrincat and Taylor Raddysh–the OHL’s two leading scorers–struck first for the Otters in the first period. It was Maksimovich’s fourth goal of the season; DeBrincat and Taylor Raddysh assisted on the
Erie veteran forward Kyle Pettit increased the lead to two early in the second period, but North Bay’s Steve Harland quickly responded by scoring the Battalion’s first goal of the game nearly halfway through the contest. The Otters maintained their lead until the
final moments of the period: Brett McKenzie’s buzzer-beater rocketed through Oberoi and past the goal line to tie the game at two. McKenzie’s goal was scored with one second remaining, and the Otters headed off for the intermission tied with the Battalion
The third period was scoreless, and Steve Harland scored his second of the game in overtime to give North Bay the win. With a schedule that saw three games in three days, the Otters skated away with a record of 1-1-1 on the weekend.
Kyle Pettit and Kyle Maksimovich scored for the Otters, and OHL rookie Anand Oberoi made 26 saves on 29 shots in the overtime loss. Oberoi was named the third star of the game for his stellar play in Erie’s net.
Steve Harland scored two goals–including the OT winner–for North Bay, and Brent Moran saved 34 of the 36 shots the Otters sent his way.
The Otters have several days off before continuing their road trip; they travel to Saginaw to face the Spirit on Friday, November 18.