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Hamilton Flexes Offensive Prowess, Wins 7-2 on Family Day

February 21, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
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Hamilton, Ontario - For just the second time this season, the Erie Otters found themselves in action on a Monday afternoon matinee. In celebration of Canada's Family Day, the Otters headed north of the border to Hamilton for their fourth game against Hamilton in 2021-22. With a 1-1-0-1 record against the #7-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League coming into Monday's affair, Erie would look for redemption and revenge from a 6-3 loss on Friday night at home.

A slow start for the Otters made an already uphill battle an even more rigid one. Stuck back in the defensive end for a majority of the opening minutes, and watching the first six shots come by against them, Erie quickly fell behind 2-0 with goals Lawson Sherk (9) and Ethan Sims (1). Erie would get a response late in the first period from Taeo Artichuk (3) for his second goal this season at Hamilton. The Otters would have a terrific opportunity to knot things up with a double-minor giving them four minutes on the man-advantage. An Erie penalty just :43 into the power play would make it four-on-four, and Hamilton would score just :04 into the even-strength opportunity. After 20 minutes of play, Erie would trail 3-1, and in shots 12-9.

Scoring would start with a bang in the second period, with each team netting one in the opening three minutes. It would be the Otters who would strike first in the frame, as Colby Saganiuk (10) would score on the power play to give him points in three-straight games. Unfortunately for the Otters, this would be as close as Erie would get in the second, with Hamilton responding 1:41 later from Ryan Winterton (11) on the power play. Late in the second period, with limited action between the two teams, Arber Xhekaj (9) would get one past Lalonde to give Hamilton a 5-2 lead after 40. Erie would trail in shots 21-18.

Erie would weather the storm in the third period, come up with a number of offensive opportunities, but a pair of late goals from Hamilton would officially put the game on ice, as Ryan Humphrey (14) and Lucas Moore (2) would get their names in the goal column. Erie would drop the game in a 7-2 final, losing in the shots category 28-23.

The Otters have dropped three-straight, looking to buck the trend in the coming games. Three more on the road await Erie to close out the week, with a trip to the Mitten State on the docket for the weekend. Erie will start in Saginaw on Friday and Saturday night, before closing up shop in Flint on Sunday afternoon. Erie will then have another substantial homestand to start off the month of March.

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