MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Centre Justin Hodgman had a goal and two assists and Brandon Biggers chipped in with a goal and as assist as the Erie Otters fended off a late rally to edge the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 4-3 and halt a three-game losing streak in the Ontario Hockey League on Friday night.
Hodgman set up first-period goals by David Shields and Biggers and then scored in the second period as the Otters (12-13-1-0) built up a 4-0 lead, only to see the Majors (9-13-0-1) close the gap with a rally late in the third period.
"We're working hard but all of our top guys have to play better," said Biggers, who scored his eighth goal of the season. "We've just got to keep doing the same thing every game, working hard like we do in practice."
Andrew Yogan scored the other goal for the Otters.
Kyle Neuber, Jordan Mayer and Zac Rinaldo found the net for the Majors, who scored twice in the late stages of the third period to pull within a goal.
Chris Carrozzi started in goal for the Majors but was pulled after allowing two goals in the first period. He was replaced by rookie JP Anderson at the start of the second. The two combined to stop 27 shots.
Erie netminder Jaroslav Janus made 36 stops to earn the win.