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Posted: March 26th, 2014

Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 4 between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit…

Maksimovich (OHL playoff debut)-Pettit-Betz

Pelech-Raddysh (OHL playoff debut)*


SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy, D Darren Raddysh


Locke/Alexeev-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)



SCRATCHES:D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference quarterfinals, Game 4 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 6 Saginaw Spirit

When: Today, 7:11 p.m.
Where: Dow Event Center – Saginaw, Mich.
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Series record: Erie leads 2-1
Players to watch
Erie – LW Dane Fox (3 goals, 3 assist, 6 points), LW Andre Burakovsky (5-0-5), C Brendan Gaunce (2-3-5), RW Connor Brown (1-3-4), C Connor McDavid (0-3-4), G Devin Williams (2-0-1 record, 3.44 goals-against average, .879 save percentage); Saginaw – G Jake Paterson (1-1-1, 4.53, .901), C Kristoff Kontos (1-6-7), C Eric Locke (2-3-5), C Jimmy Lodge (2-2-4), LW Luke Cairns (2-1-3, former Otter), RW Cody Payne (2-1-3)
Fast facts: The Otters had a 10-game winning streak dating back to the final eight games of the regular season snapped in the Game 3 loss on Monday. … The seven goals in Game 3 were the second-most allowed by the Otters this season (8 vs. Windsor on Sept. 28). … The Otters are 3-9 when allowing five goals or more this season. … The Otters, who led the league with 170 goals against in the regular season, have allowed 13 goals in the first three games of this series. … Kontos is tied for the league lead with seven points in the playoffs, one ahead of Fox. … Burakovsky leads the league with five goals. … The Otters have outshot Saginaw 142-91 in the series. … Erie has played two overtime games in the series, one shy of tying the franchise record of three set in 2005 and matched in 2011. … The Otters are 10-9 all-time in overtime games in their playoff history.
Outlook: Payne’s overtime winner Monday kept the Otters from taking control of the series. Now the Spirit can do the same with the next two games at home.

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 6 Saginaw
Otters lead series 2-1

Game 1 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3
Game 2 – Erie 4, Saginaw 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Saginaw 7, Erie 6 (OT)
Game 4 – Today at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday at Saginaw, 7:11 p.m.
Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 6 p.m.*
Game 7 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.*

Posted: March 25th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – Luke Cairns waited his entire OHL career to gain consistency in his offensive game. He has achieved it at the right time.
The Saginaw Spirit forward had four goals and six points in his final seven regular-season games, and followed that with two goals and three points in the first three games of this Western Conference quarterfinal series against his former team, the Erie Otters. “I’ve just matured over the years, and realized what I need to do every night,” Cairns said.
Cairns, 19, spent his first three years in Erie before being traded to Belleville last August. Along the way, he said, “I’d have a few good games here and there in Erie, and then I’d fall off the map for the next few games. This year, I think, has been different.” He had 16 goals – a career high – and 40 points – one shy of his career best – in 61 games this season.
“It just happened to be good timing coming into the playoffs,” said Cairns, who has benefited from playing on the No. 1 line alongside Kristoff Kontos and Eric Locke.
* Speaking of the Spirit’s top line: The Otters’ No. 1 line of Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points), Dane Fox (64-43-107) and Connor McDavid (28-71-99) finished the regular season as three of the league’s top four scorers. But they have combined for one fewer point (4 goals, 15 points) than the Cairns-Kontos-Locke line (5 goals, 15 points) in the first three games of this series. They have headlined a Spirit attack that has scored 13 goals in the series against the league’s top scoring defense this season (170 goals against).
“We’ve got a lot of good offensive forwards,” said Cody Payne, who scored the winning goal in overtime Monday night. “At points we struggled in the season, but we’re starting to find consistency. We’ve got a lot of confidence in our offensive forwards. We’re just doing our jobs.”
* Wigle feeling better: RW Joe

Joel Wigle

l Wigle was helped off the ice in the second period Monday after a knee-on-knee collision with teammate Travis Wood. Yet he returned in the third period and was back on the ice for Tuesday’s practice despite some bruising and stiffness in his knee. “I feel fine. … Nothing I won’t be able to battle through,” Wigle said. “Scooter (head athletic trainer Scott McLay) just took a lot at it. (There’s) nothing wrong with it really.”
* Learning experience: Rookie F Dylan Strome has four points in the series. But he was more concerned with a failed clearing attempt that led to the winning goal Monday.
Strome tried to find linemate Andre Burakovsky along the boards in the Otters’ defensive zone. “I didn’t see Payne come pick it off. Obviously he got a shot off the half wall. I think it maybe got tipped in front. I’m not sure what happened. That stuff happens. You’ve got to flush it and look forward to (tonight).”

* Quote of the day: “We go into this series a

Cody Payne

s underdogs, but we love that. We don’t mind that at all. Now (the Otters) start to think, (and) they’re a little bit on their heels. We have two more games in Saginaw. So we’re just trying to hit them and wear them down.” – Cody Payne, Spirit forward

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 24th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – Tonight’s wild back-and-forth between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit has left the Otters with a 2-1 series lead in this Western Conference quarterfinal series heading into Game 4 on Wednesday at Dow Event Center.
Head coach Kris Knoblauch wasn’t happy with his team’s subpar defense, while Oscar Dansk wasn’t happy with his performance in his OHL playoff debut – five goals against on 25 shots.
Dansk doesn’t warrant all of the blame. The Otters had breakdown after breakdown against the Spirit, which got more production from the No. 1 line of Kristoff Kontos (2 assists), Eric Locke (goal) and former Otter Luke Cairns (assist) and also had big nights from Jimmy Lodge (2 goals, assist), Dylan Sadowy (2 goals) and OT hero Cody Payne.
The Otters were in rhythm offensively, led Brendan Gaunce (2 goals, assist) and Andre Burakovsky, who scored two more goals to give him five in three games.
Dylan Strome had another solid game with two assists.
But their offensive play wasn’t good enough to overcome the Otters’ play at the other end of the ice. Now they to get back to work at practice Tuesday.
They have plenty work on…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Kris Knoblauch‘s take on the series in this edition of Knoblauch Korner

Western Conference quarterfinals (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 6 Saginaw Spirit

Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Saginaw 33-30-4-1
Season series: Erie won 3-1
Players to watch

Oscar Dansk

Erie – RW Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points in the regular season), LW Dane Fox (64-43-107), C Connor McDavid (28-71-99), D Adam Pelech (9-45-54, plus-52 rating), G Oscar Dansk (29-9-1-0 record, 2.39 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, 6 shutouts)
Saginaw – D Jesse Graham (11-43-54, +3), C Kristoff Kontos (25-50-75), C Eric Locke (26-34-60), G Jake Paterson (24-18-2-0, 3.41, .906, 2 SO), LW Luke Cairns (16-24-40, former Otter)
Fast facts: The Otters finished the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and a league-best 30-3-1-0 record at home. … Brown, Fox and McDavid finished among the top four scorers overall to lead an offense that ranked third with a franchise-record 312 goals. … Erie led the league with a franchise-best 170 goals against, which was at least 17 fewer than any other team. … Erie had seven players with 50 points or more, while the Spirit had three. … Pelech and Graham finished tied for third in points among defensemen. … Cairns had 10 goals and 26 points in 42 games since being acquired from Belleville. … Erie native Brian Allen has served as the Spirit’s equipment manager for the past four seasons.
Outlook: The Otters have a decided advantage over the Spirit in net, on defense and up front. The Spirit also enter the playoffs coping with the recent death of teammate Terry Trafford. Both will be too much for the Spirit to overcome.
Prediction: Otters in 4 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 19th, 2012

This week, I’ll break down all 20 OHL clubs division by division and unveil my predictions for the 2012-13 season. Today, let’s look at the Western Conference’s West Division (listed in alphabetical order):

Plymouth Whalers
Coach/GM: Michael Vellucci
2011-12 finish: 47-18-2-1, 1st division, 2nd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Kitchener 4-3 in conference semifinals
Key players: LW Stefan Noesen (38 goals, 44 assists, 82 points; signed with Ottawa), C Mitchell Heard (29-28-57; signed with Colorado), RW Alex Aleardi (36-29-65), LW J.T. Miller (25-37-62; signed with N.Y. Rangers; G Matt Mahalak (19-8-0-0 record, 2.66 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 3 shutouts; Carolina prospect)
Key losses: G Scott Wedgewood (28-10-2-1, 3.02, .911, 3 SO; signed with New Jersey), D Beau Schmitz (14-40-54, +37; signed with Carolina), C Andy Bathgate (19-44-63)
Outlook: The Whalers had a chance to reach the Western finals last season, but they lost Game 7 at home to Kitchener. They lost some key players off that team, but the Whalers still have are strong enough to make a deeper run this season.

Saginaw Spirit
Coach/GM: Greg Gilbert/Jim Paliafito
2011-12 finish: 40-22-4-2, 3rd division, 5th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-2 in conference semifinals
Key players: C Vincent Trocheck (29-56-85; signed with Florida), LW Brandon Saad (34-42-76; signed with Chicago), LW Garret Ross (25-29-54), C Eric Locke (20-20-40), D Dalton Young (5-15-20)
Key losses: LW Josh Shalla (40-36-76; signed with Nashville), RW Michael Fine (22-45-67), C John McFarland (20-21-41; signed with Florida), D Brad Walch (5-18-23, +21)
Outlook: Trocheck and Saad headline an offense that ranked fifth in the league a season ago with 259 goals. Now they have to solidify a defense that allowed 259 goals, the fourth most in the league. Clint Windsor and Jake Paterson are the keys in net.

Sarnia Sting
Coach/GM: Jacques Beaulieu
2011-12 finish: 34-27-2-5, 2nd division, 4th conference
Playoff finish: Lost 4-2 to Saginaw in conference quarterfinals
Key players: C Alex Galchenyuk (0-0-0 in 2 games; signed with Montreal), G J.P. Anderson (27-23-2-4, 3.03, .908, 3 SO), LW Reid Boucher (28-22-50), D Connor Murphy (8-18-26; signed with Phoenix), D Alex Basso (9-27-36, +5)
Key losses: RW Nail Yakupov (31-38-69 in 42 games; signed with Edmonton), C Brett Thompson (32-38-70; former Otter), C Ryan Spooner (29-37-66; signed with Boston), LW Tyler J. Brown (21-27-48), D Adrian Robertson (10-28-38, +13)
Outlook: Yakupov, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, isn’t expected to rejoin the Sting. But Galchenyuk, the No. 3 pick in the draft, returns after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury. But can the Sting overcome other key losses?

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Coach/GM: Mike Stapleton/Kyle Dubas
2011-12 finish: 29-33-2-4, 5th division, 9th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Nick Cousins (35-53-88; signed with Philadelphia), G Matt Murray (13-19-0-1, 4.08, .876; Pittsburgh prospect), D Ryan Sproul (23-31-54, +16), RW Andrew Fritsch (13-19-32 in 35 games; Phoenix prospect), LW Michael Schumacher (26-24-50)
Key losses: C Brett Findlay (20-36-56; traded to Peterborough), C Carson Dubchak (16-16-32)
Outlook: The Greyhounds are trying to avoid a third straight season out of the playoff picture. But does Stapleton, the Otters’ former associate and assistant coach, have enough talented depth to make that happen in a challenging conference?

Windsor Spitfires
Coach/GM: Bob Boughner/Warren Rychel
2011-12 finish: 29-32-5-2, 4th division, 8th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to London 4-0 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: LW Kerby Rychel (41-33-74); C Brady Vail (22-30-52), LW Chris Marchese (18-25-43; former Otter), D Nick Ebert (6-33-39), RW Joshua Ho-Sang (No. 5 pick in OHL Priority Selection), LW Ben Johnson (18-20-38)
Key losses: C Alexander Khokhlachev (25-44-69; playing in Russia), C Zack MacQueen (18-20-38; son of former Otters coach Dave MacQueen)
Outlook: The unexpected departure of Khokhlachev will hurt thre Spitfires, unless forwards like Rychel, Vail, former Otter Marchese and first-round pick Ho-Sang pick up the slack. But will they have enough on defense and in net to win consistently?

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 2nd, 2012

The Erie Otters went down Friday night. But they didn’t go down without a fight.

Stephen Harper’s goal with 44.6 seconds left in regulation capped Erie’s furious comeback from a three-goal deficit against Saginaw. But Carlos Amestoy scored the lone shootout goal, and goaltender Clint Windsor stopped Luke Cairns on the final attempt, in Erie’s 8-7 loss in front of 2,314 at Tullio Arena.

The teams exchanged a pair of goals apiece in six the opening minutes. Saginaw’s Michael Fine scored at the 1:23 mark, followed by Otters rookie Jake Evans’ goal 3:30 later. Brandon Saad’s first of two short-handed goals snapped the 1-1 tie at the 6:02 mark. Then Connor Brown scored on the power play 19 seconds later to tie the score at 2.

Saginaw built a 5-2 lead early in the second on a goal from Amestoy and two from Eric Locke. Cairns moved the Otters within 5-3 at the 4:19 mark, only to have Saad’s second short-handed goal regain the Spirit’s three-goal lead at 6-3 6:49 into the period. Then the teams exchanged goals – Brown’s second power-play goal and Josh Shalla’s 35th goal of the season – to send the Otters into the third trailing 7-4.

Ramis Sadikov returned to the ice for the third to replace rookie backup Devin Williams, who was injured late in the second. Williams allowed three goals on 17 shots in 26 minutes. Then the Otters’ comeback began with 8:50 left on Kris Grant’s second goal of the season and third in 101 career OHL games.

Dane Fox (goal, two assists) had a goal waved off a short time later, but his power-play goal with 5:04 left sliced the Spirit’s lead to 7-6.

Then with Sadikov on the bench for an extra attacker in the final minute, Harper’s goal off a deflection in front of Windsor completed the Otters’ three-goal comeback. But Fox, Sondre Olden and Cairns failed to score in the shootout.

Shalla and Fine led the Spirit (28-26-1-7) with a goal and two assists apiece.

- Victor Fernandes




Spirit 8, Otters 7 (SO)

Saginaw  4  3  0  0  1  —  8

Erie  2  2  3  0  0  —  7

1st Period — 1. Saginaw, Michael Fine 20 (Shalla, Young), 1:23. 2. Erie, Jake Evans 8 (Olden, Harper), 4:53. 3. Saginaw, Brandon Saad 27 (unassisted), 6:02 (sh). 4. Erie, Connor Brown 22 (unassisted), 6:21 (pp). 5. Saginaw, Carlos Amestoy 6 (Shalla, Fine), 11:58. 6. Saginaw, Eric Locke 16 (Trafford), 14:04. Penalties — Saad (S) tripping, 5:14.

2nd Period — 7. Saginaw, Locke 17 (Trafford, Strong), 2:09. 8 Erie, Luke Cairns 11 (Brown, McDowell), 4:13. 9. Saginaw, Saad 28 (Fine), 6:49 (sh). 10. Erie, Brown 23 (Fox, Evans), 17:50 (pp). 11. Saginaw, Josh Shalla 35 (Lopez, Ross), 18:33. Penalties — Archibald (S) slashing, 5:15; Saginaw, too many men (served by Perklin), 16:05.

3rd Period — 12. Erie, Kris Grant 2 (Olden), 11:10. 13. Erie, Dane Fox 22 (Pelech, 14:56 (pp). 14. Erie, Stephen Harper 20 (McDowell, Fox), 19:15. Penalties — Trocheck (S) kneeing, 5:24; Saad (S) interference, 11:26; Saad (S) unsportsmanlike conduct, 11:26; Evans (E) 5-min. fighting, 18:14; Webermin (S) 5-min. fighting, 18:14.

Overtime — None. Penalties — Archibald (S) closing hand on puck, 4:21.

Shootout — Fox (E) no goal, Amestoy (S) goal, Olden (E) no goal, Trocheck (S) no goal, Cairns (E) no goal.

Shots on goal — Saginaw, 13-15-7-4-1—40; Erie, 9-16-14-2-0—41.

Goaltenders — Saginaw, Clint Windsor 14-7-2-3 (41 shots, 34 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 6-22-3-2 (22 shots, 18 saves), Devin Williams (17 shots 14 saves).

Power plays — Saginaw (0-0), Erie (3-7).

Referees — Joel Washkurak, Korey Bannerman. Linesmen — Ray King, Adam Harris.

Attendance — 2,314.


Three stars

* Connor Brown, Otters (2 goals, assist) ** Dane Fox, Otters (goal, 2 assists) *** Brandon Saad, Spirit (2 SH goals)

Posted: December 31st, 2011

BARRIE, Ontario – The Erie Otters will begin 2012 with a three-game losing streak.

Barrie scored twice in the third period to snap a tie and hand the Otters a 5-3 loss in front of a New Year’s Eve crowd of 4,276 at Barrie Molson Centre.

Colin Behenna’s goal 9 minutes, 11 seconds into the third handed the Colts (21-13-2-1) a 4-3 lead. Eric Locke’s goal with 7:45 left extended the lead to 5-3.

Barrie then stymied the Otters (5-30-1-1) on two late power plays to seal Erie’s fate. The teams traded goals in the first period, with Barrie’s Dylan Smoskowitz and Erie’s Greg McKegg scoring in the first five minutes. The Colts took a 2-1 on Alex Lepkowski’s goal 1:37 into the second period.

But the Otters turned that one-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead on Travis Wood’s goal at the 8:47 mark and Connor Brown’s team-leading 14th goal of the season with 6:02 left in the period. Yet the Colts tied the score at 3 with the man advantage, as Reid McNeill scored with 3:38 left in the period. Barrie then took the control in the third on the strength of an 18-9 shot advantage. Barrie outshot the Otters 46-29.

Tyson Teichmann stopped 41-of-46 shots for the Otters. Brown finished with a goal and assist while Mike Cazzola had two assists. Daniel Erlich paced the Colts with four assists. The Otters return to action next weekend with games at Tullio Arena against Sarnia on Friday and Kitchener on Saturday.




Colts 5, Otters 3

Erie  1  2  0  —  3

Barrie  1  2  2  —  5

1st Period — 1. Barrie, Dylan Smoskowitz 3 (Erlich, Buonomo), 1:23. 2. Erie, Greg McKegg 12 (Cazzola, Brown), 4:24. Penalties — Cairns (E) holding, 9:53; Evans (E) hooking, 12:23; Bradford (B) hooking, 14:36.

2nd Period — 3. Barrie, Alex Lepkowski 5 (Buonomo), 1:37. 4. Erie, Travis Wood 6 (Cook, Betz), 8:47. 5. Erie, Connor Brown 14 (Pelech, Cazzola), 13:58. 6. Barrie, Reid McNeill 2 (Erlich, Bradford), 16:22 (pp). Penalties — Bell (B) slashing, 1:50; Erie, too many men (served by McKegg), 16:07; Locke (B) interference, 17:43; Cook (E) hooking, 18:32.

3rd Period — 7. Barrie, Colin Behenna 14 (Erlich, Hall), 9:11. 8. Barrie, Eric Locke 7 (Beyers, Erlich), 12:15. Penalties — Grant (E) cross checking, 4:10; Cook (E) roughing, 4:29; Locke (B) slashing, 15:44; Lepkowski (B) holding, 18:31; Cazzola (E) roughing, 20:00; Buonomo (B) roughing, 20:00.

Shots on goal — Erie, 5-15-9—29; Barrie, 8-20-18—46.

Goaltenders — Erie, Tyson Teichmann 1-15-0-0 (46 shots, 41 saves); Barrie, Mathias Niederberger 13-81-0 (29 shots, 27 saves).

Power plays — Erie (0-5), Barrie (1-6).

Referees — Korey Bannerman, Scott Oakman. Linesmen — Ryan Wilson, Mike Zujko.

Attendance — 4,276.


Three stars

* Daniel Erlich, Colts (4 assists) ** Reid McNeill, Colts (goal) *** Connor Brown, Otters (goal, assist)

Posted: December 30th, 2010

What: Erie Otters (17-18-1-1) at Windsor Spitfires (21-13-0-1)

When: Thursday, 2:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (25 goals, 28 assists, 53 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (17-15-32), RW Anthony Luciani (13-18-31), G Ramis Sadikov (17-14-1-1 record, 2.95 goals-against average, .911 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Phil Varone (13-14-27)

Windsor – C Alexander Khokhlachev (16-28-44), G Troy Passingham (9-4-0-1, 3.00, .902), C Eric Locke (19-13-32), C Stephen Johnston (8-22-30), RW Kenny Ryan (10-17-27)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters complete a three-game West Division road trip against the Spitfires, who won the first two meetings in the four-game season series (5-3 in Windsor Oct. 14 and 3-2 in Erie Oct. 29). … The Otters are 1-6-0-1 against West Division teams. … Rookie LW Chris Marchese (3-7-10), rookie D Adam Pelech (1-5-6, plus-1) and Team Ontario topped Czech Republic 7-1 Wednesday in their opener at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Marchese had a goal and assist for Ontario, which faced Slovakia late Thursday night in Winnipeg. … McKegg and Luciani have a combined three points in the team’s last four games. … Sadikov extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive starts to 27 games in Wednesday’s loss to Saginaw. … The Otters are 8-10-1-0 on the road.

Windsor – RW Zack Kassian (15-33-48) and D Ryan Ellis (12-28-40) are representing their native Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. … G Jack Campbell (12-9-0-0, 3.68, .887) is playing for the United States. … C Tom Kuhnhackl (17-16-33) is playing for Germany. … The Spitfires, who are fourth in the Western Conference, have lost two straight after a stretch of seven wins in eight games. … They are among the top 10 on the power play (21.4 percent) and penalty kill (80.7).

Up next: vs. Niagara (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 29th, 2010

The Windsor Spitfires desperately needed a road win. The Erie Otters were gracious hosts.

Rookie Eric Locke’s goal snapped a tie with 7.8 seconds left in the Spitfires’ 3-2 in front of 2,527 at Tullio Arena Friday night. In the process, Windsor (8-6-0-1) snapped a 0-4 start on the road.

After an evenly matched start to the game, Spitfires forward Stephen Johnston’s slashing penalty handed the Otters’ dangerous power play a quality scoring opportunity. The Otters (4-10-1-0), which began the night ranked third in the OHL with the man advantage, capitalized on the chance.

Mike Cazzola redirected Tyler Hostetter’s cross-crease pass past Spitfires goaltender Jack Campbell to snap the scoreless tie 7:46 into the opening period. Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov took control from there, as he stopped all 13 shots he faced in the period.

Sadikov faced a steady barrage of shots in the second period – 19 in all. The Spitfires slipped one past him early, as Tom Kuhnhackl’s shot from in front deflected off Hostetter’s stick and floated over Sadikov for the tying goal at the 1:14 mark. Brett Appio’s goal, on assists from Matthew Paton and Mitch Gaulton, regained the Otters’ one-goal lead at 2-1 with 10:58 left in the period.

But Zack Kassian scored off a rebound – his seventh goal and 19th point in 10 games – to tie the score at 2 less than two minutes later. Windsor finished with a 19-10 shot advantage in the period.

The Otters outshot Windsor 14-10 in the third. But the Spitfires managed the lone score, Locke’s goal off a 3-on-2 rush in the waning seconds. Locke had a goal and assist. Windsor finished with a 40-34 shot advantage. Campbell finished with 32 saves while Sadikov had 37.

- Victor Fernandes


Spitfires 3, Otters 2

Windsor  0  2  1  —  3

Erie  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Erie, Mike Cazzola 8 (Hostetter, Holden), 7:46 (pp). Penalties — Paton (E) tripping, 1:17; Johnston (W) slashing, 7:10; Posa (W) hooking, 9:03; Cazzola (E) holding, 13:56; Paton (E) goaltender interference, 16:19.

2nd Period — 2. Windsor, Tom Kuhnhackl 6 (Khokhlachev, MacIntyre), 1:14. 3. Erie, Brett Appio 3 (Paton, Gaulton), 9:02. 4. Windsor, Zack Kassian 7 (Ellis, Locke), 10:27. Penalties — MacIntyre (W) interference, 13:42; Posa (W) hooking, 15:59; Holden (E) interference, 17:26.

3rd Period — 5. Windsor, Eric Locke 5 (Ryan, Johnston), 19:52. Penalties — Locke (W) high sticking, 7:43; Gaulton (E) hooking, 9:46; Ellis (W) hooking, 13:18.

Shots on goal — Windsor, 11-19-10—40; Erie, 10-10-14—34.

Goaltenders — Windsor, Jack Campbell 5-5-0-0 (34 shots, 32 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 4-7-1-0 (40 shots, 37 saves).

Power plays — Windsor (0-5), Erie (1-6).

Referees — Keith Kaval, Joe Celestin. Linesmen — Drew Jackson, Ryan Wilson.

Attendance — 2,527.

Three stars

* Brett Appio, Otters (goal) ** Adam Pelech, Otters (defense) *** Eric Locke, Spitfires (goal, assist)