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Erlich scores first career OHL goal as London blanks Sault Ste. Marie 4-0

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LONDON, Ont. - There are a lot of different ways to score your first OHL goal.

Setting off an avalanche of 5,884 stuffed animals is one of the best.

That's how Daniel Erlich celebrated his unforgettable introductory goal in the first period of a 4-0 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before 9,070 Friday night at the John Labatt Centre.

Playing in just his fourth game since opting for the Knights over a future spot at Northeastern University, Erlich got the fur flying by banking a loose puck off Soo goalie and London native Kyle Gajewski one second after a holding penalty to Greyhounds defenceman Tyler Cuthbert expired, triggering the teddy bear toss.

Erlich wasn't finished there. He saw time on London's top power-play unit and set up U.S. world junior team member Kevin Montgomery for a man-advantage marker in the second period.

London goalie Steve Mason shone with the shutout in his a final OHL audition in front of Canada's world junior head coach Craig Hartsburg, also the Soo's bench boss.

London captain Adam Perry blasted a long-distance shot past him with 1.8 seconds left in the second period for a three-goal lead.

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