With a 4-3 overtime victory, the Erie Otters eliminated the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night.
The game started off well for the Steelheads who stormed out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Spencer Watson (unassisted) and Michael McLeod (from Ryan McLeod and Watson). Steelheads’ starting goaltender Matt Mancina stopped all nine shots he faced in the opening frame.
The Otters cut the Steelheads 2-0 lead in half in the second period when Taylor Raddysh scored his first of three on the night, assisted by Kyle Maksimovich and Anthony Cirelli.
2017 NHL Draft eligible winger Owen Tippett restored the Steelheads’ two goal lead at the 14:09 mark of the second. Tippett corralled a creative alley-oop pass from defenceman Nic Hague, slid the puck to his backhand and past Otters’ goalie Troy Timpano.
Not to be out done, Raddysh netted his second of the game before the frame was over.
With their season on the line, the Steelheads held on to a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. An exciting period saw chances at both ends. The Steelheads were unable to find an insurance goal as Mancina continually made highlight reel saves at the other end.
The Otters pulled their goalie and with just 1:15 remaining in the game, Taylor Raddysh found a loose puck in front of the net to tie the game.
Overtime didn’t last long as Kyle Pettit drew a penalty just minutes in and the Otters capitalized on the powerplay. With Shaw Boomhower in the box, trade deadline acquisition Anthony Cirelli played the role of hero and secured the title for the Otters.
The Steelheads organization would like to thank all of our players, coaches, staff and especially our amazing fans for an outstanding and record setting 2016-17 season.
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