With only two regulation time losses at home this season the Greyhounds suffered their first loss in the playoffs losing to the Erie Otters in the Western Conference Final 5 to 2.
Despite some good scoring chances by Anthony DeAngelo, Hayden Verbeek and Justin Bailey, the Erie Otters net minder Devin Williams kept the Greyhounds off the board until Nick Ritchie put the puck in the top right corner just past the halfway mark of the first period.
The Greyhounds lead lasted for approximately ten minutes when Dylan Strome found the back of the net to tie the game at 1. The Greyhounds were outshot in the first period by 11 to 7.
Despite the Erie Otters starting to hit a little more in the early goings of the second period the Greyhounds stepped up the pressure with Tolchinsky getting robbed by Williams. Tyler Ganly seemed to be a man on a mission with three solid hits on the Otters offensive line.
Strome would put the Otters into the lead while on the power play on a feed from Connor McDavid and at the end of two had Erie in the lead 2 to 1.
In the span of two minutes at the beginning of the third period Erie added two more goals which were both contributed to turnovers by the Greyhounds. Connor McDavid would get the first goal of the period and Quentin Maksimovich be credited with the second.
Approximately three minutes later it seemed that Tolchinsky found a way for the Greyhounds to cut the lead but after the shot the referee signalled no goal and after a video review it was confirmed and the score remained with the Greyhounds trailing the Otters by three.
Blake Speers added a marker for the Greyhounds while on the power play to bring the Greyhounds within 2. Trying to get within striking distance on net minder Williams was a hard task as the Otters defence kept the Greyhounds from getting any good scoring chances.
With 2:15 left to go in the game Brandon Halverson hit the bench for the extra attacker but the Greyhounds couldn’t seem to get any real good scoring chances. Connor McDavid would seal the win for Erie when he scored on an empty net with only 30 seconds left to go in the game giving Erie a 5 to 2 win over the Greyhounds.
Game 3 of the Western Conference final moves to Erie on Sunday with game time at 7:07.