Otters win 6th straight, beat Niagara 6-5 on the road

The Erie Otters held on to win against Niagara 6-5 despite two late third period goals by the IceDogs. Erie had previously been defeated by Niagara 4-3 on October 6.
Niagara scored first during an Erie power play that has surrendered two other shorthanded goals this season while struggling to score themselves. Matthew Phillip shot in tight in front of the Erie net on a feed from Graham Knott to make it 1-0 in the IceDogs’ favor. The shorthanded goal against seemed to light a fire under the Otters. Just over two minutes later, Patrick Fellows scored the tying goal for Erie on a sneaky backhand shot that slipped through Niagara goaltender Stephen Dhillon and into the net. Graham Knott, the Chicago Blackhawks second round pick in 2015, would score for Niagara with a minute left in the first, but the goal was waved off after video review; Knott kicked the puck into the Otters net, and Erie went into the second period tied 1-1. The Otters outshot the IceDogs 15-8.
Despite keeping Niagara on the defensive through a strong forecheck, Erie allowed the first goal of the second period when Erie’s defense was caught on a bad change and the IceDogs’ Christopher Paquette was sprung for a partial breakaway. Paquette wristed a hard shot past Erie goaltender Troy Timpano’s blocker to give Niagara the 2-1 lead. After several minutes of scoreless hockey, Alex DeBrincat received a pass from Taylor Raddysh and hammered a shot home, tying the game 2-2. Raddysh scored from the faceoff dot with under a minute remaining in the period to make it 3-2, a lead Erie held to close out the second.
Early in the third period, Christopher Paquette muscled his way into Erie’s defensive zone and put a shot through Timpano’s five-hole to score his second of the game and tie it 3-3. Erie regained its lead shortly thereafter as Taylor Raddysh wristed a shot through traffic and in on the powerplay, with Ivan Lodnia and TJ Fergus picking up assists on the play. Ivan Lodnia tapped in a rebound off Dhillon’s left pad, and OHL rookie Allan McShane drove the net hard to finish a tight passing play from the Otters’ first line to put Erie up 6-3. Niagara’s Aaron Haydon and Ryan Mantha scored late goals with the goalie pulled to bring the IceDogs within one goal, but Erie held on for the final minute to secure a 6-5 victory.
For Erie, Taylor Raddysh had two goals and two assists; Ivan Lodnia scored a goal and two assists; and Alex DeBrincat and Allan McShane each notched a goal and an assist. Christopher Paquette scored two goals for Niagara.
Troy Timpano, who remains undefeated in his five starts for Erie, made 28 saves on 33 shots in the victory. Stephen Dhillon made 31 saves on 37 shots in the loss.

Erie plays seven of its next eight games at home. They will meet the Owen Sound Attack on Friday, October 21, where the Otters look to continue its six-game win-streak.

Courtesy: Aaron Cooney, Otters Hockey

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