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Courchaine makes 30 saves to lead Erie to 4-2 victory over Brampton @NHLdotcom

ERIE, Pa. - The Adam Courchaine-Brett Appio era began on a good note.

Courchaine, acquired from Sarnia on Sunday, stopped 30 shots in his debut to lead the Erie Otters to a 4-2 win over the Brampton Battalion in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night. Appio, who also was acquired in that deal, scored his first goal as an Otter.

Shawn Szydlowski, Anthony Luciani and Brett Cook also scored for Erie (20-16-7). The Otters snapped a two-game losing skid by winning their third straight at home.

Domenic Alberga and Sean Jones replied for Brampton (14-20-9). The Battalion lost their fifth straight game and ninth in the past 11 overall.

Courchaine had an enjoyable first period as an Otter. He faced only four shots on goal against the OHL's lowest offence. None led to quality scoring chances for the Battalion.

Meanwhile, the Otters built a 1-0 lead 51 seconds into the period, as Szydlowski scored on assists from Zack Torquato and Greg McKegg. The Otters had scoring opportunities throughout the period, as they finished with 13 shots on goal. They finally capitalized on another with 1:43 left, this time during a 4-on-4 situation. Luciani deflected Mitch Gaulton's point shot past goaltender Patrick Killeen.

But Courchaine was much busier in the second period. Brampton battled the Otters throughout the period, posting a 13-10 shot advantage. The Battalion's hard work led to Alberga's rebound goal past a sprawled Courchaine, which sliced the Otters' lead half at 2-1 with 5:16 left.

The Otters regained a two-goal lead at 3-1 when Cook fired a slap shot from the point past Killeen 4:14 into the third. Then Appio scored with 5:49 left in the game. Former Otter Jones scored short-handed for the Battalion with 31 seconds left.

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