Guelph, Ont. – The Erie Otters dropped their season opener 4-3 to the Guelph Storm in a matchup that saw the teams needing extra time to decide a winner.
The Otters played with the lead for most of the game as they jumped out to three-1-goal leads, but it wasn’t enough to weather the Storm. Penalty trouble throughout the game put the Otters in difficult spots during the contest.
The Otters opened the season’s scoring in the first period when Stephen Harper scored shorthanded to give the Otters the lead. The Storm answered back just 1:37 later when Robby Fabbri tied the game. Michael Curtis would regain the lead for the Otters on the power play at 9:19 of the first. However, with 36 seconds left, Jason Dickinson tipped a point shot past Oscar Dansk to even the game at two before the end of the first.
The Otters would rebound in the second period when Connor McDavid sprung Connor Brown on a breakaway to score the go ahead goal, making the score 3-2.
Penalties caught up to the Otters in the third period when Guelph found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play. Tyler Bertuzzi would tie the game on the two-man advantage at 7:33 of the third.
Three periods wouldn’t be enough as the teams headed to overtime. In the extra time, it only took the Storm 13 seconds to end the game when Zac Leslie buried a wrist shot from the high slot to win the game 4-3.
The Otters won’t have time to dwell on the loss as they head to Plymouth for a Saturday night showdown with the Whalers.