Bryan Moore sent the 4,925 fans in the Essar Centre into a frenzy with his game winning goal with less than seven minutes left to play in the third period to beat the Erie Otters in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final by a final score of 4 to 2.
The Greyhounds kept control of the game from the first period and did not waiver under the pressure even when Erie scored the opening goal early in the first period by Nick Baptiste. The Greyhounds kept firing at the net looking for a way to get the puck past Otters net minder Devin Williams and were eventually rewarded when Jared McCann tied the game while on the power play.
The second period didn’t see any scoring but McCann had a good scoring chance early in the period. Justin Bailey would get a pass from Blake Speers while the Greyhounds were short handed around the 13:00 minute mark but couldn’t get the puck past Williams. The shot clock for the Greyhounds climbed in the period with the mounting pressure put on by the Soo and the Otters net minder Williams came up with a huge number of saves to keep the score knotted at 1 at the closed of the second period.
Michael Bunting would give the Greyhounds the lead in the game at the 3:36 mark of the third period. The lead was short lived though as Travis Dermott would get a feed from Connor McDavid to tie the game at 2.
Bryan Moore would get his 7th goal of the playoffs at 12:55 to put the Greyhounds back into the lead. With 1:41 left in the third period Williams would hit the bench for an extra Erie attacker. Nick Ritchie just missed the empty net with a little over a minute left to play as the puck just breezed by the side of the net.
Anthony DeAngelo would get a Delay of Game penalty as he tried to clear the puck but went out of play giving the Otters a 6 on 4 player advantage. Brandon Halverson was true to form making a number of saves to keep the Greyhounds in the lead but Gabe Guertler would score on the empty net while short handed with only two seconds left in the period to make the final score of 4 to 2 for the Greyhounds.
Game 6 of the Western Conference final moves to Erie on Saturday with game time at 7:07.