ERIE, Pa. - The Niagara IceDogs got off to a quick start after arriving late, scoring 33 seconds into the game en route to defeating the Erie Otters 4-2 on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
The IceDogs (18-19-4-4) arrived at 6:30 - a half hour before the scheduled start time. Chris DeSousa scored on the game's first shot, then Johnson Andrews scored his first OHL goal for a 2-0 Niagara lead with 6:01 left in the first.
The second period began as poorly as the first for the Otters (21-20-2-0), as Niagara's Andrew Shaw scored at the 1:19 mark for a 3-0 IceDogs' lead. Otters winger Sean Jones' unassisted goal, in which he beat all-star defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, moved the Otters within two with 13:08 left.
But the IceDogs scored on the power play less than two minutes later, with Marco Insam's goal ending Otters goaltender Jaroslav Janus' evening. Janus allowed four goals on 16 shots in his third straight subpar effort since returning from the IIHF World Junior Championship. He has surrendered 15 goals on 91 shots in those games a 5.88 goals-against average and .835 save percentage.
The goaltender change appeared to spark the Otters, as Andrew Yogan's work during a goal-mouth scramble moved the Otters within 4-2 with 4:46 left in the second. But the Otters were silenced the rest of the way.