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OTTERS NEED SHOOTOUT TO DEFEAT KNIGHTS

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Chad Yetman scored the only goal of the shootout to end a wild game in Erie as the Otters defeated the London Knights 6-5 on Saturday night.

Erie outscored the Knights 3-1 in the first period, while London outscored the Otters 4-2 in the second period.

Then, in true junior hockey fashion, things went completely the other way in the third period as neither team scored at all, setting the stage for an overtime that featured close calls at either end but still no goals.

The puck found the back of the net much more easily through the first 40 minutes of the game.

Chad Yetman’s 13th of the season put Erie ahead 1-0 before the games was five minutes old, then Knights forward Connor McMichael scored his 12th of the year to tie the game at 13:14 of the opening period.

Hayden Fowler of the Otters sent Danial Singer in on a breakaway to give Erie a 2-1 lead and then Fowler popped in a rebound to complete a three-point period for him and the teams went to the dressing room with the Otters ahead 3-1.

The second period saw the Knights battle back, but Erie didn’t make it easy.

Jonathan Gruden banged in a Luke Evangelista pass to make it 3-2, only to have Daniel D’Amato of the Otters restore the two-goal bulge one minute and 47 seconds later.

Tonio Stranges went to work for London just over seven minutes into the middle period as he scored goals 31 seconds apart to even the score 4-4.

Emmett Sproule got Erie back in front on a breakaway goal at 11:40 and then the Knights tied the game for a third time on a slow sizzler of a shot from McMichael at 15:02.

That’s where the scoring stopped for almost 30 minutes of play.

McMichael recorded his second consecutive two-goal game for London. He also had an assist. Stranges has three goals in his past two games.

Liam Foudy saw a three-game goal streak end but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Foudy led all skaters with six shots on goal, chipping in a pair of assists. Evangelista and Cole Tymkin had two assists in the game. Evangelista put a puck off the crossbar in the third period.

Jordan Kooy played goal for the Knights and stopped 29 shots. Daniel Murphy was replaced by Aidan Campbell after the fifth London goal. He did not allow a goal.

The Knights were 0-for-1 on the power play. The Otters were 1-for-2.

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