The Erie Otters beat the Guelph Storm again today by the final score of 4-0, this time at the Sleeman Centre. Guelph-native Daniel Murphy got the start in net today for the Otters and earned his first OHL shutout with a perfect 28-save performance. Rookie Chad Yetman had his first two-goal game this afternoon, earning first star of the game.
The Otters set the pace of the game right off the opening faceoff, generating a plethora of scoring chances in Guelph’s zone. Christian Girhiny went down in a net-front collision that took him out of the game nearing the end of the 1st. Erie turned up the intensity another notch as the 1st period wound down, Chad Yetman converting with a goal to make it 1-0, Otters, with 3:25 left. The Otters’ goal jolted the Storm and produced some late scoring chances for them but the period ended with the Otters up 1-0 on the scoreboard and 8-5 in shots on goal.
The Otters again dictated the style of play right off the bat in the 2nd. Gera Poddubnyi scored bardown on Nico Daws 6:17 into the 2nd to make it 2-0. The Storm again made a late push in the period, but Murphy was up to the challenge, stopping every shot, including two of Guelph’s best chances of the game from Toropchenko and Schnarr. Shoemaker took the first penalty of the game with 1:08 left in the 2nd for a Cross Check, sending the Otters to the PP with residual time to start the 3rd. The Otters took a much more defense-oriented stance in the 2nd, as evidenced in the shot totals for the period in which Guelph outshot the Otters 14-5. In the 2nd period intermission, James McEwan called the style of play in the 2nd “frustrating,” and equated it to a “playoff Trap style of play.” The Otters’ defensive corps was certainly solid today.
Yetman scored his second of the game just 2:05 into the 3rd off a passing sequence in front of Daws to put the Otters up 3-0. Less than two minutes later, Maksimovich held the puck and found Headrick with a centering pass to make it 4-0. Poddubnyi took Erie’s first penalty of the game shortly thereafter for Holding. Thirty seconds into Guelph’s first PP, Henry and Ratcliffe continued their brawl from the night before and both ended up in the box with matching Roughing minors. The Otters were again leading in shots halfway through the period, 7-4. Daws had to make one of his best saves of the game with thirty seconds left in regulation on Maksimovich, getting back just in time to cover a wide open net backdoor. The Storm were unable to solve the Otters’ defense and Murphy in net, as the Otters won by the final score of 4-0.
Yetman was first star of the night with two goals, Murphy second star with the shutout, and Poddubnyi third star with a goal and an assist. The surging Otters are at home this Friday against the Saginaw Spirit for a 7pm puck drop at the Erie Insurance Arena.