A two goal and one assist performance by Bobby MacIntyre on Monday night in game three, gave the Soo Greyhounds a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Erie Otters to cut the series lead to 2-1. But on Wednesday night, the Hounds were looking to tie the series up at two in game four of the OHL’s Western Conference semifinal series at the Essar Centre.
So far in every game this series, the team that scored three goals ended up being the winner, but that was not the case on Wednesday night in game four.
The Otters scored two goals just 3:21 apart to take a 2-0 lead in the opening frame.
First, at the 4:31 mark of the first period, it would be Alex DeBrincat getting an unassisted goal and his fourth of the postseason to put the Otters up 1-0.
Then, at the 7:52 mark of the first, it would be Los Angeles Kings 2014 sixth rounder Jake Marchment getting his second of the postseason from Kyle Maksimovich and Erik Cernak to put the Otters up by two.
The Hounds would then get back into it at the 17:05 mark of the first, as rookie forward Jack Kopacka, who entered Wednesday night’s game ranked thirty third overall on the NHL’s Central Scouting Final Rankings list, notched his first career playoff goal from Liam Hawel and Tim Gettinger to cut Erie’s lead to 2-1 after one period of play.
No scoring happened in the second, and the question was …… Will it be another big finish?
Just 2:45 into the third, it would be Darren Raddysh getting his third of the postseason from his brother Taylor Raddysh along with Alex DeBrincat to put the Otters up 3-1.
Erie would then make it a 4-1 game at the 8:19 mark of the third, as Nick Betz notched his third of the playoffs from Mitch Byrne and Travis Dermott.
The Hounds would cut the lead to two just twenty nine ticks later, as captain Blake Speers would put in his sixth of the postseason from Conor Timmins and Medric Mercier.
Travis Dermott’s unassisted tally at 18:47 into the empty net put it away on Wednesday night though, as the Hounds fell by a 5-2 decision to the Erie Otters in game four of the Western Conference semifinals and now trail the series 3-1.
Devin Williams stopped only fifteen shots directed his way for the Otters win.
Hounds goaltender Brandon Halverson earned second star of the game after making forty saves in the loss.
With still at least another sixty minutes of hockey to be played, game five goes back at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania on Friday night at 7:07 p.m.