Welcome back readers! I’m Spencer Zoth, and I’ll be handling the live blog tonight. I’ll also be tweeting regularly through the game at @theZothman, if you would rather follow there. I’m also going to try and get a few pictures on my Instagram, thezothman. No promises on that one though!
After a thrilling come from behind victory last night, Erie looks to take a commanding 2-0 game lead against the Spirit in tonight’s game.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy some Otters hockey!
1st Fox – 2 G, game winner
2nd – McDavid 3 assists
3rd – Kontos 2 assists
END OF GAME
Dane Fox (3) with the game winner. McDavid with another assist.
ERIE WINS. 2:12 into OT 4-3 final score. 2-0 series lead.
Review time. Crowd goes wild but refs make no move.
Puck drops and OT is underway. I love free hockey.
Remember, postseason hockey is 5 on 5 sudden death. No shootouts.
We have some free hockey going on tonight. Otters and Spirit tied at 3 and are going into overtime. Shots are 40-24 in favor of Erie.
Goal was for Payne (1). Assists by Lodge and Stephens.
Spirit tie it up with 2:41 left in the game. 3 all shots are 39-24 Otters. Not a good goal by Williams.
Moutrey breaks the rules at 15:02. Otters PP.
Attendance at the game: 4554. 5:09 left.
And Otters fans remember they hate Graham again. The boos are back. 6:55 left.
Nice stick save by Williams keeps it 3-2 Otters. 9:09 left in the game.
Cairns (2) with the goal assisted by Kontos.
Spirit score to get within 1. 3-2 Otters 13:21 left in the game.
Scrum behind the Spirit net at the 4:45 mark. Otters up 3-1, outahooting the Spirit 33-18.
Brown gets hit in the head with a puck meant to be a pass to him. went to the bench. appears okay.18:03 left.
Here we go! Otters lead the Spirit 3-1 at the start of the third.
Otters take a 3-1 Lead into the second with goals by Fox (2) and Pelech (1). Spirit goal by Selton (1). Otters are outshooting Spirit 29-16.
Otters take the 2 goal lead back! Fancy passing by Brown leads to a Pelech (1) goal. 3-1 Otters lead. 1:05 left in 2nd.
Spirit score. Selton (1) from Kontos and Graham. Nice shot from the point beats Williams, who hadn’t seen a puck in a while. 2-1 Otters 1:48 to go in the 2nd.
Fans not booing as much when Graham touches the puck. must be boring them. 4 left in the 2nd.
Huge save by Paterson on Wigle. Spirit get a penalty though. Playing with a broken stick.
Connor McDavid with some fancy stickwork mesmerizes the Spirit but can’t score. 6:18 left.
PING. Otters shot from thr point beats Paterson but his best friend, the crossbar, save a goal. 8:36 left in the 2nd.
Good block by MacDermid keeps it 2-0 Otters. 11:39 to go in the 2nd.
Evans with anther great chance but can’t capitalize. Gets pushed into the goalie and we get a shoving match.
13:32 left in the 2nd and the Otters still lead 2-0 thanks to goals by Andre Burakovsky (3) and Dane Fox (2). Shots are 16-11 Otters.
Otters catch the Spirit on a change and Fox scores! It’s his 2nd of the playoffs. 2-0 Otters
Otters Evans misses a wide open redirect. Great chances all around so far in the 2nd.
Both goalies coming up big here early in the 2nd. Good looks by both teams. 17:08 to go in the 2nd.
Spirit fan of several chance on a bouncing puck. Shots 7 a piece.
Puck drops in the 2nd.
That’s the first. Erie lead Saginaw 1-0 on a goal by Burakovsky (3). Shots are 6-5 in favor of Erie.
Nice partial break away by McDavid but a better save by Paterson.
3:03 to go in the first. Otters up 1-0 on the Spirit. shots are 5-4 Otters.
Back to 5 on 5 hockey
Whistle fest here now. Fox in the box for Cross checking. Spirits Stephens for hooking
Gaunce takes a penalty with 1 min left on the PP. Tripping.
Spirits Prophet breaks the rules and goes to the box. Interference at 13:49
Icing at 13:07 by the Spirit. Game has slowed since the goal both teams tightening up on defense.
Little girl wins the shuffle puck game. Shots are 4 a piece. 9:15 to go in the first.
McDavid and Strome with the assists.
Burakovsky with a sick wrister makes it 1-0 Otters! Time of the goal 9:40
8 seconds left on the Otters PP 11:22 left in the 1st.
Otters penalty is over. They have a short PP chance here.
Brown chatting up the ref during that last stoppage. shots are 4-2 Spirit.
4 on 4 after Payne gets 2 for checking from behind.
Fan raining boo’s whenever Graham touches the puck.
Otters kill the first 2 off.
Otters physical early in this PK. Get a faceoff down in the Spirit end of the ice.
Graham is back on the ice, he might have a career in Hollywood if hockey doesn’t work out for him after that acting.
Huge hit by Wood gets him sent to the sin bin. Spirit player, I think its Graham, is down in the corner. 4 min penalty for checking from behind.
Williams making a good save early. Shots are 2-0 Spirit early in the 1st.
Puck goes off an Otters stick brings us our first stoppage at 18:51.
And we’re underway! Puck drops and the Gaunce wins the opening faceoff.
Shooter takes the ice which means the game is moments away!
Line combinations tonight for Erie are:
Williams is in goal again.
The Spirits line combinations are:
Paterson in goal.
Erie scratches are Felker, Murphy, Raddysh, and Maksimovich.
Spirits scratches are Ovsjannikov, Callaghan, Holmes, and Clarke.