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Platzer scores shootout winner as the Knights edge the Otters 4-3

Saturday, 10.06.2012 / 11:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Platzer scores shootout winner as the Knights edge the Otters 4-3

ERIE, Pa. - Kyle Platzer scored the winning goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the London Knights edged the host Erie Otters 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Seth Griffith and Bo Horvat had a goal and assist apiece for the Knights (4-2-0), while Max Domi added a goal.

Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Stephen Harper scored for the Otters (2-3-2). Brown added an assist for a two-point outing.

Kevin Bailie stopped 26 shots for the win while Oscar Dansk turned away 19 shots in a losing effort.

London failed to score on three chances with the power play while Erie went 2-for-3.

McDavid continued his impressive start to his rookie season by scoring 1:55 into the opening period. He slid past the Knights' defense and slipped a shot past Bailie to give the Otters a 1-0 lead.

But, that lead didn't last long as Domi tied the score at the 6:23 mark with his fourth goal of the season.

Domi escaped a crowd of defenders behind the Otters' net and squeezed a shot between the right post and Dansk's left pad.

Then Griffith, who burned the Otters for three goals in an 8-2 Knights' win in London Sept. 21, scored his seventh goal in six games to make it 2-1 London with 8:28 left in the period.

The Otters dominated at the start of the second period as they held the Knights without a shot on goal for nearly eight minutes. Meanwhile, the Otters' offense generated several quality scoring opportunities.

Bailie halted the Otters long enough, though, for Horvat to score on the Knights' first shot of the period at 7:56.

The Otters converted their first power-play of the game when Brown turned a fortunate bounce off a defender in front of the net into his fourth goal of the season.

With London leading 3-2, Erie capitalized on their second power play of the game 9:27 into the third to complete the comeback.

After Nick Betz stole the puck from a Knights defender, linemate Jake Evans found Harper in front for his fourth goal of the season.

Harper appeared to give the Otters a 4-3 lead on a power play late in regulation. But, the officials whistled the play dead for an offside.

Scott Harrington nearly sealed the Knights' win in overtime, but his shot from the point glanced off the post.

Then the Otters killed off a power play in the final 1:32 of the extra period to force a shootout.

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