Jaroslav Janus celebrated an Ontario Hockey League first Saturday night, while giving the Erie Otters something they hadn't had in nearly four years.
Janus turned aside 35 shots for his first OHL shutout as the Otters beat the Kitchener Rangers 4-0 on Saturday night.
Janus was sharp all night - facing double-digit shots in each period - as the Otters (2-2-0-0) posted their first shutout win since Feb. 5, 2005. Erie scored three goals in a decisive 6 1/2-minute span of the second period to turn a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 advantage.
Justin Hodgman, just a few days removed from being at the Minnesota Wild's training camp, capped the offensive outburst by scoring on a short-handed breakaway with 15.6 seconds left in the period.
Hodgman also scored with 4:22 left in the opening period. In between, Josh Sidwell and Sean Jones scored their first goals of the season less than two minutes apart in the second. Brian Shaw, a defenceman-turned-left wing, assisted on Sidwell's goal, only the eighth point of Shaw's three-year career.
Right wing Shawn Szydlowski's assist on Jones' goal was his team-leading fifth point of the season.
In other Ontario Hockey League action Saturday, it was: Guelph 5, Plymouth 3; Niagara 4, Brampton 2; Ottawa 5, Belleville 2; Barrie 2, Peterborough 0; Sault Ste. Marie 6, Saginaw 2; and Sarnia 4, Owen Sound 1.
At Erie, Pa., the Otters have scored 10 goals in their two wins, but only once in their two defeats. The Otters failed on all five power plays, dropping them to a league-worst, 1-for-23 with the man advantage. But they stopped all six of the Rangers' chances. The Otters lead the league on the penalty kill at 95.5 per cent (21-for-22).
The Rangers fell to 1-2-0-0 on the season. They were the Otters' last shutout victim.
Storm 5, Whalers 3
At Plymouth, Mich., Tim Priamo had two goals and two assists as Guelph beat the Whalers.
Luke Pither, Matt Kennedy and Peter Holland added singles for the Storm (3-0-0-0).
Patrick Lee, Ryan Hayes and Chris Terry replied for Plymouth (1-3-0-0).
IceDogs 4, Battalion 2
At St. Catharines, Ont., Matt Piva ran his goal-scoring streak to four games, scoring twice as the IceDogs doubled Brampton.
Andrew Agozzino and Andrew Merrett also scored for Niagara (2-1-1-0).
Kyle DeCoste and Ken Peroff countered for the Battalion (1-2-0-0).
67's 5, Bulls 2
At Belleville, Ont., Ryan Martindale's goal at 13:25 of the second period was the difference as Ottawa beat the Bulls.
Thomas Kiriakou, Julien Demers, Corey Cowick and Riley Sonnenberg also had goals for the 67's (2-2-0-0).
Shawn Lalonde and Bryan Cameron replied for Belleville (2-1-0-0).
Colts 2, Petes 0
At Barrie, Ont., Peter Di Salvo turned aside 30 shots for his first career Ontario Hockey League shutout as the Colts blanked Peterborough.
Alex Hutchings and Stefan Della Rovere scored for Barrie (2-1-0-0).
Trevor Cann stopped 36 shots in a losing cause for the Petes (1-4-0-0).
Greyhounds 6, Spirit 2
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Matthew Lyall and Jake Carrick scored 45 seconds apart late in the first period as the Greyhounds cruised past Saginaw.
Michael Quesnele, Jordan Nolan, James Livingston and Jordan Carroll added singles for Sault Ste. Marie (2-1-1-0).
Nick Crawford and Chris Chappell replied for the Spirit (2-2-0-0).
Sting 4, Attack 1
At Owen Sound, Ont., Ben O'Quinn scored twice, including the game winner early in the second period, as Sarnia upended the Attack.
Jamie Arniel and Nathan Chiarlitti added singles for the Sting (1-4-0-0).
Lane MacDermid replied for Owen Sound (1-1-1-0).