Greyhounds end losing streak in ErieFriday, October 26, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
ERIE, PA. – The Soo Greyhounds ended a three-game losing skid on Friday night with a 6-5 shootout win over the Erie Otters.
The Greyhounds needed a third-period comeback to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The Greyhounds fell behind by a pair of goals in the opening period as Connor Brown beat Matt Murray twice in a five minute span in the frame. Despite the goals, Murray still stopped 15 shots in the period.
After his two power play goals in the first period, Brown completed the natural hat trick in the first minute of the second period to give the Otters a three-goal cushion.
Darnell Nurse got the Greyhounds on the board just under five minutes into the second period with his third goal of the season. Nick Halagian cut the Otters lead to one at 12:08 of the second period. Connor Crisp added to the Otters lead just two minutes later to give the Otters a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
In the third period, David Broll and Colin Miller scored just over two minutes apart the get the Greyhounds back on even terms. Stephen Harper scored on the power play at 8:23 to give the Otters a 5-4 lead. Nurse tied the game again for the Greyhounds at 13:55.
The two teams played a scoreless overtime period, sending the match to a shootout.
After Sergey Tolchinsky and JP Labardo traded goals to open the shootout but Murray and Erie goaltender Oscar Dansk held the next four shooters at bay. Andrew Fritsch then scored the game-winner in the fourth round, giving the Greyhounds the come-from-behind win.
The Greyhounds also lost the services of forward Michael Schumacher in the opening period. The Swedish forward left the game with what the team described as “an upper body injury”.
The Greyhounds now enjoy a day off before ending their three-game road trip in Guelph on Sunday afternoon.