ERIE, Pa. - Carlos Amestoy scored the lone shootout goal as the Saginaw Spirit held off the Erie Otters 8-7 in Ontario Hockey League play Friday.
Stephen Harper's goal with 44.6 seconds left in the third capped a three-goal rally for Erie, which couldn't complete the comeback in extra time.
Eric Locke and Brandon Saad ? with two short-handed goals ? each scored twice for Saginaw (28-26-8), while Amestoy, Josh Shalla and Michael Fine added singles.
Connor Brown had a hat trick for the Otters (10-45-6), and Jake Evans, Kris Grant and Luke Cairns each scored once.
The Spirit led 7-4 after two periods before Erie started a late rally.
Grant scored at 11:10, Brown added a goal at 14:56 on the power-play and Harper's late goal forced extra time.
Clint Windsor allowed seven goals on 41 shots for Saginaw. At the other end of the ice, Ramis Sadikov and Devin Williams combined for 32 saves.