ERIE, Pa. - Sean Jones' tiebreaking goal late in the third period sealed one of the Erie Otters' biggest wins in the past four seasons as they upset the Windsor Spitfires 4-2 on Saturday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
The Otters (10-9-1-0) have a winning record for the first time since Sept. 22, 2006, when they beat the Spitfires on opening night of the 2006-07 season. Erie swept a three-game weekend series for the first time since Oct. 29, 2005. The Otters also have their first three-game winning streak since December of last year.
They reached those milestones by beating the Spitfires (19-2-0-0), the Canadian Hockey League's top-ranked team, snapping Windsor's 13-game winning streak in the process.
Erie trailed by a goal twice, the final time following Ryan Ellis' short-handed goal with 57 seconds left in the first. But the Otters relied on a simple game and Jaroslav Janus' stellar play in goal, which kept the level of frustration low as quality scoring chances and power-play opportunities slipped away.
Luke Gazdic's power-play goal tied the score at 2-2 with 6:33 left in the second. After Jones' go-ahead goal, Zack Torquato added an empty-netter to secure the win.
Taylor Hall, the OHL's leading scorer, added a goal for Windsor. The Otters have allowed three goals or fewer in nine of their last 11 games.
Erie's power play went 2-for-9 against Windsor and finished the three-game weekend 6-for-14. The Otters' league-best penalty kill was 6-for-6, improving their streak to 15 straight.
Janus made 32 saves to post his eighth win in his past 10 starts, while Spitfires netminder Andrew Engelage stopped 35 shots.