ERIE, Pa. - Goaltender Jaroslav Janus recorded his first OHL shutout as the Erie Otters beat the Kitchener Rangers 4-0 on Saturday night.
Janus turned aside 35 shots - including 13 in the opening 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.
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.