Spitfires Fight off Otters, Win 7-6 (OT)

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By: Nick Welsh

The Spitfires traveled down to Erie, PA, for a matchup with the Otters Friday night. In the first period, Erie struck first just 5 minutes into the game, making it 1-0. A couple of minutes later, the Spitfires hit back on the powerplay. Foudy scored to tie the game at 1. After a few more minutes Douglas was walloped by Captain of the Otters, Boka Spits Captain took exception to the hit and stood up for Douglas by fighting the Otters captain, both serving 5 minutes for fighting. Another powerplay for the Spits gave them the lead after Cuylle buried his 5th on the season. Spits lead 2-1 after one period and lead in shots 13-10.

In the second frame, the spitfires had another couple of powerplay’s but failed to score on both. Just after the penalty expired, D’Amico put the Spits up 3-1. Erie struck back with a goal making it 3-2 after 2 periods of play. Shots were in favour of Windsor 24-15.

In the third period, Erie opened up the scoring to tie the game at 3 apiece. After a few minutes, it was Corcoran putting the Spits up 4-3. Just halfway into the period, Afansyev set up Angle for a beauty one-timer putting the Spitfires up by 2 goals. But it only took the Otters 16 seconds to respond, making it 5-4. On the penalty kill, the Otters had a 5 on 3 for over a minute and capitalized tying the game at 5. Just 3 minutes later, the Otters took the lead making it 6-5 and taking the lead for the first time since being up 1-0. With 53 seconds left, the Otters took a high sticking penalty putting the Spitfires on the powerplay. The Spitfires’ powerplay is the best in the league. The Spitfires capitalized on the PP tying the game at 6 with just 22 seconds left! After nothing in the last 22 seconds, we are headed at overtime!

In the 3 on 3 overtime period, the Spitfires dominated play and just 46 seconds into the period, a Corcoran slapper beat the goalie, and the Spitfires won 7-6. Corcoran was the games first star and has 9pts with a plus 8 rating in his past 5 games.

The Spitfires are on the road tomorrow, November 16th, in Niagara as they take on the Ice Dogs. The puck drops at 7:00pm.

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