A pair of goals from Kyle Pettit and Alex Debrincat helped the Erie Otters to a 7-1 win over the London Knights on Saturday in Erie.
The Otters seemed fueled by the idea of getting a little payback for the series sweep by the Knights in the 2016 Western Conference finals as they ran their win streak to five games. The loss stopped London’s unbeaten-in-regulation streak at six games.
Debrincat kept on pace for his third consecutive 50+ goal season as he opened the scoring on a give and go with Taylor Raddysh in the first period and snapped a shot past Tyler Parsons to make it 1-0.
The Knights killed off the first Erie power play of the game, but the Otters made good on a second one as a goal line plunge popped a puck free to Kyle Pettit and the Komoka native shoveled the puck across the goal line and the Otters were up by two.
Max Jones got a goal back for the Knights in the final minute of the first as he did his best impression of a bull at the ballet, steaming into the Erie zone and crashing through bodies and sticks until he got to the front of the net with a pirouette and a backhand that beat Erie goalie, Troy Timpano and cut the Otters’ lead to 2-1 through 20 minutes.
The Otters restored the two goal bulge early in the second as Carson Edwardson stripped away a puck from the Knights as they broke out of their own zone, raced to the London net and fired home his first ever OHL goal.
Before the period was over, the puck found Debrincat at the side of the London net after getting lost in the body of Olli Juolevi in front and he banged it in to stretch Erie’s lead to 4-1.
In the third, 2017 NHL draft prospect, Ivan Lodnia showed off how dangerous he can be in behind the opposition net as he banked a puck off teammate Gera Poddubnyi and in to make it 5-1.
A pair of power play goals from Red Wings’ prospect Jordan Sambrook and Pettit completed the scoring as Tyler Johnson replaced Parsons in net.
Erie outshot the Knights 35-19.
London returns home for back-to-back games on Thursday against the Kitchener Rangers and Friday against Saginaw. Both games can be heard on AM 980.