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Otters Win Thanksgiving Game in the Shootout

November 24, 2017 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Erie Otters News Release

The Erie Otters won their annual Thanksgiving night game at the Erie Insurance Arena by the final score of 5-4 against the Ottawa 67's. The game ended in the sixth round of the shootout with a goal from Maxim Golod.

The Otters came out strong to start the 1st period. Ivan Lodnia netted his 14th goal of the season just one minute into play, assisted by Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook, to put the Otters up 1-0 early. While the Otters largely controlled the play for the majority of the period, Troy Timpano made the big saves in net when he had to, rounding out the Otters' solid period with all cylinders firing. The Otters' offense broke through again late in the period. Taylor Raddysh fired the puck over Cedrick Andree's shoulder, assisted by Lodnia, to make it 2-0 with just over a minute to play. Owen Headrick put an exclamation point on the period with another goal just 45 seconds later, assisted by Gera Poddubnyi and Cade Robinson, to give the Otters a three goal lead heading into the 2nd.

Otters' D-man Josh Wainman took a holding penalty early in the 2nd which seemed to set the Otters back on their heels a little after a dominant 1st period. The 67's got on the board right after Wainman's penalty expired to make it 3-1, but the Otters quickly responded. Owen Headrick scored his second goal of the night roughly 45 seconds later, again, to restore the Otters' three goal lead at 4-1. Play in the 2nd got a little chippy; the Otters accrued four total penalties to the 67's three in the period after a clean 1st. Ottawa scored their second goal of the night just over halfway through the game to make it 4-2, which the period ended at.

The 67's scored just under three minutes into the 3rd to put them within a goal of tying. No penalties were called in the final period of regulation as the refs were simply letting both teams play largely unhindered. Ottawa pulled their goalie in the final minutes of the period for the extra attacker. They used their timeout with just over a minute to play and ended up tying the game with 14 seconds left to force overtime.

Both teams got ample scoring chances in the 3-on-3 sudden death overtime. Ottawa appeared to have a good goal with 1:22 left in the five-minute period, a 67 emerging victoriously from the pileup of players on top of Timpano where the net should be. The ref called a good goal on the ice and the 67's celebrated, but the play was reviewed as Timpano had been plowed into his own net on the play and the puck may have crossed the line after the net had been dislodged. The goal was, in fact, disallowed upon further review, and overtime play resumed. Neither team could end it in the remaining minute, so we headed to the shootout.

Kyle Maksimovich shot first for Erie, followed by a succession of five other Otters before Max Golod made the right move to solve Cedrick Andree and got the first tally in the shootout.

Timpano denied Ottawa's next shooter and the Otters won by the final score of 5-4 in front of an absolutely rocking Erie Insurance Arena crowd.

Owen Headrick picked up the first star of the night with two goals, followed by Ivan Lodnia (1G, 2A), and Troy Timpano with 32 saves by the end of overtime and 6 more saves in the shootout. Timpano was quoted after the game as saying, "I've always loved shootouts."

The Otters play at home again this Saturday for the Teddy Bear Toss game at 7pm against the Sarnia Sting.

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