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Erie Otters thumps Saginaw Spirit 7-1 in the Ontario Hockey League

Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 9:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Erie Otters thumps Saginaw Spirit 7-1 in the Ontario Hockey League

ERIE, Pa. - J.P. Labardo scored twice and Luke Cairns added a goal and two assists Wednesday as the Erie Otters dismantled the Saginaw Spirit 7-1 in the Ontario Hockey League.

Jimmy McDowell and Connor Crisp, each with a goal and an assist, Hayden Hodgson and Connor Brown also scored for Erie (4-7-2).

Oscar Dansk made 34 saves to pick up the win.

Jimmy Lodge had the lone goal for Saginaw (4-7-2). Jake Paterson started between the pipes for the Spirit but gave up four goals on 15 shots. Nikita Serebryakov stopped 16-of-19 shots in relief.

Erie scored three times in both the first and second periods, including two power-play goals and two short-handed scores, on the way to the franchise's largest margin of victory since a 10-3 win in Kingston Feb. 13, 2011.

The Otters also scored their most goals in a game since an 8-7 shootout loss to the Spirit on March 2.

Special teams sparked the Otters to a 3-0 first-period lead, as they sandwiched two short-handed goals around a power-play goal in a span of seven minutes and never looked back.

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There's standards that this team is going to play to and there are expectations. We're going to hold these guys accountable to high standards.

— Coach Dave Lowry on Canada's junior team, the defending IIHF World Junior champions