OTTERS FINAL: McKegg's 4 goals lead Otters past Attack

   February 16, 2011 7:31 pm    0

 

The Owen Sound Attack arrived Wednesday night as the Western Conference’s top team.

But the Erie Otters were the better team in a 6-2 win in front of 3,191 at Tullio Arena.

The Otters (30-24-1-1) continued their offensive onslaught in February, as they reached the five-goal mark for the fifth time in six games. Greg McKegg led the way with his second career four-goal game and third hat trick. Shawn Szydlowski (four assists) and Mike Cazzola (three assists) had multi-point outings.

McKegg recorded the eighth four-goal game in franchise history – the third this season. He’s the first Otter with a pair of four-goal games in the same season.

The No. 1 line of McKegg, Szydlowski and Cazzola combined for four goals and 11 points.

The Otters enjoyed a break from Attack goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has allowed five goals on 95 shots in posting a 3-0 record against them this season. Then the Otters beat backup Michael Zador on their first shot, as Brett Appio’s sharp-angle shot slipped past Zador for a 1-0 lead 2:18 into the game.

McKegg snapped a seven-game, goal-scoring drought – his longest since his rookie season in 2008-09 – with a goal at the 12:21 mark of the first that gave the Otters a 2-0 lead. But he was far from done.

The Attack sliced Erie’s lead in half 20 seconds later, as Roman Berdnikov scored. But with 1:07 left in the period, McKegg scored on the power play – his 36th of the season – to regain a two-goal lead.

Brett Thompson scored his 38th goal of the season 3:52 into the second for a 4-1 Otters’ lead. Less than three minutes later, McKegg completed his third career hat trick – all this season – to extend the Otters’ lead to 5-1. Garrett Wilson scored his 36th of the season 2½ minutes later to move the Attack within 5-2.

But McKegg capped his four-goal night, which tied a career high set Nov. 25 against Belleville, with 5:03 left to hand the Attack (37-16-1-2) their first loss in five games and their second loss in the last 11 games.

The Attack played without injured defensemen Geoffrey Schemitsch and Matt Stanisz. The Otters’ Ramis Sadikov became the first goaltender in franchise history to record 30 wins in a season.

– Victor Fernandes

SUMMARY

Otters 6, Attack 2

Owen Sound  1  1  0  —  2

Erie  3  2  1  —  6

1st Period — 1. Erie, Brett Appio 9 (Paton), 2:18. 2. Erie, Greg McKegg 35 (Szydlowski, Cazzola), 12:21. 3. Owen Sound, Roman Berdnikov 4 (Halmo), 12:41. 4. Erie, McKegg 36 (Szydlowski, Varone), 18:53 (pp). Penalties — Petgrave (O) hooking, 15:53; Cutting (O) interference, 17:29.

2nd Period — 5. Erie, Brett Thompson 38 (Shields, Holden), 3:52. 6. Erie, McKegg 37 (Cazzola, Szydlowski), 6:31 (pp). 7. Owen Sound, Garrett Wilson 36 (Hishon, Gilbert), 8:58. Penalties — Hishon (O) boarding, 4:37.

3rd Period — 8. Erie, McKegg 38 (Cazzola, Szydlowski), 14:57. Penalties — Cazzola (E) high sticking, 9:41.

Shots on goal — Owen Sound, 5-10-10—25; Erie, 10-11-4—25.

Goaltenders — Owen Sound, Michael Zador 17-5-1-1 (25 shots, 19 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 30-17-1-1 (25 shots, 23 saves).

Power plays — Owen Sound (0-1), Erie (2-3).

Referees — Chris Carnegie, Bob Langdon. Linesmen — Mike Harrington, Daryl Wolfe.

Attendance — 3,191.

Three stars

* Greg McKegg, Otters (4 goals) ** Shawn Szydlowski, Otters (4 assists) *** Mike Cazzola, Otters (3 assists)

 

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