ERIE, Pa. - Rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 46 shots in regulation and overtime, and then added two more saves in the shootout to seal the Erie Otters' 5-4 win over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League Action on Saturday night.
The Otters (5-20-2-1) snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Storm (8-14-4-2) lost their 10th straight game. Nick Palmieri and Ryan O'Reilly scored both Otters' goals in the shootout.
Palmieri continued his torrid offensive play at the perfect time. He tied the score at 4-4 with 9:29 left in regulation - his 10th goal in 14 games this season. He has seven goals and nine points in nine games since returning from a month-long absence because of mononucleosis and tonsillitis.
The Otters built a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from centres Zack Torquato and Justin Hodgman. Meanwhile, Janus stopped all 17 Storm shots in the first period.
Guelph sliced the Otters' lead to 2-1 on defenceman Nathan Martine's power-play goal 6:10 into the second period. Erie winger Sean Jones scored 2:22 later to regain the Otters' two-goal lead.
The Storm followed with three unanswered goals to turn the deficit into a 4-3 lead. Another power-play goal, this time by defenceman Michael Caruso, moved the Storm within 3-2 with 7:38 left in the second. The Storm then tied the score at 3-3 on centre Anthony Nigro's goal with 5:05 left in the period. Brandon Buck's goal with 53.5 seconds left handed the Storm their first lead of the game.
The Storm's lead vanished on Palmieri's goal midway through the third.
Caruso led the Storm with a goal and two assists.