Otters Subdue Attack 5-1
With OHL rookie Allan McShane returning from the U17 Tournament with Canada Black, the Erie Otters took on the Owen Sound Attack on Tuesday, November 8. The Otters decisively defeated the Attack, 5-1.
Though the first seven minutes of the game would remain scoreless as neither team gained the upper hand early, Erie’s deadly offense broke through first with three goals in under three minutes. Taylor Raddysh scored first for the Otters when he rocketed a shot past
Attack goaltender Michael McNiven’s blocker, giving Erie the early lead. Otters rookie and OHL first-round pick Allan McShane scored next: his shot deflected off a player and floated in on net and over McNiven. Then, Taylor Raddysh scored again: he executed
a perfect passing play with linemate Alex DeBrincat before backhanding a shot past McNiven for his second goal of the game. McNiven was pulled for Attack backup goaltender Riley Daniels after allowing two goals on three shots. Erie would maintain its dominant
play for the rest of the period and went off for the first intermission with the 3-0 lead.
The second period was another slow start for the Otters, but Shaun Bily rectified that at the halfway mark: waiting on the back door, Bily received a pass from McShane for the backhand shot and goal, increasing Erie’s lead to 4. The Otters looked to go on a four
minute powerplay after Justin Brack’s high-stick on Darren Raddysh, but Kyle Pettit’s own four minute high-sticking penalty would nullify that advantage and set the stage for three minutes of four-on-four hockey. Neither team scored in the second half of the
period, and the Otters skated off for the second intermission up 4-0.
Erie opened the third period up with another goal: DeBrincat, alone in front of goaltender Riley Daniels, received a pass from linemate Taylor Raddysh, walked around Daniels, and slipped the puck past the goal line for his third point of the game. It was the Otters’
5th goal on just 12 shots. Nick Suzuki ended Erie goaltender Troy Timpano’s shutout bid midway through the third on a sharp-angle shot that slipped through Timpano and past the goal line. Owen Sound couldn’t build any momentum from the goal, however, and Erie
closed out the game for the 5-1 victory.
For Erie, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh scored two goals and notched an assist; Alex DeBrincat, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, scored one goal and one assist; and Kyle Maksimovich assisted on two of his teammates’
goals. Troy Timpano is undefeated in twelve games with the Otters this season; he saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced.
Nick Suzuki scored Owen Sound’s lone goal. Michael McNiven surrendered 2 goals on 3 shots and was relieved of duty in favor of Riley Daniels, who saved 9 of the 12 shots he faced in the loss for the Attack.
Erie played its last game at home before a five-game road-trip through the middle of November. The Otters face the Sudbury Wolves, Troy Timpano’s former team, on Friday, November 11.