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Anthony Luciani earns hat trick as Erie Otters down Ottawa 67's 5-2

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OTTAWA - Anthony Luciani earned the hat trick as the Erie Otters defeated the Ottawa 67's 5-2 in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night.

Mike Cazzola and Greg McKegg also scored for the Otters (28-23-7) while former 67's netminder Adam Courchaine made 44 saves to beat his old team for the second time this season.

Courchaine was traded to the Sarnia Sting before the start of the season and then to the Otters in January. He was a 7-0 loser with the Sting in his first trip home after the trade.

"I was very excited to learn that I was going to get to play again here," said Courchaine, who is from the Ottawa area.

"It's always nice to play in front of family and friends and this was a very big game for us as a team. Luckily the guys were able to score five."

Corey Cowick and Dalton Smith were the only 67's (30-22-7) to beat Courchaine. Both scored in the second period after the Otters had taken a 3-0 lead.

On the fourth Erie goal, Otters' rookie Jeremy Gottzmann slipped and fell into the 67's net and was on his way out when Luciani stuffed his second goal of the game between the post and Gottzmann, who was pushing 67's netminder Chris Perugini aside at the time.

"We looked at the replay and it was clearly interference but it wasn't called that way," said 67's assistant coach Mark Grady.

The 67's out-shot the Otters 46-31.

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