A Nick Betz shootout winner in round four of the shootout was the slimmest of differences Friday night as Erie beat London 3-2 at Budweiser Gardens.
The point moves London into sole possession of fourth overall in the OHL.
A tight first period saw just one goal as Alex DeBrincat ducked into a scrum and used quick wrists to score his league-leading 23rd goal to put the Otters ahead 1-0 early.
Each team had a chance on the man advantage, but the Knights’ #3 power play unit and Erie’s #2 unit were kept off the board.
London forward Owen MacDonald showed that he might have had the best peripheral vision in the building as he was able to duck underneath a high hit from the Otters’ Kurtis MacDermid, who did a great impression of a passenger jet at the Knights’ blue line in trying to take out MacDonald.
The second period saw a single goal and Londoner Kyle Pettit of the Erie Otters may have been the only person in the building who actually saw it go into the net. With Erie on a power play, Pettit wrapped a puck off London goalie Michael Giugovaz and over the goal line. He celebrated. The red light did not go on, but eventually a goal was signalled and Erie had a two goal bulge.
The Knights worked their way back in the third period. They began it on a power play and it took just 33 seconds for Max Domi to find Mitch Marner for his 22nd of the season. The goal extended Marner’s point streak to 14 games and gave the 17-year old 29 points in the month of November.
The Knights kept the heat on and got rewarded at 4:18 as Drake Rymsha poked in a Tait Seguin shot for his second of the year to tie the game 2-2.
London outshot Erie 16-10 in the third period and 37-34 in the game.
The Knights will host Kingston on Saturday at 7 PM.
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