ERIE, Pa. - Sean Jones snapped a 2-2 tie with three minutes and 14 seconds left in regulation to lead the Erie Otters to their second straight win, 4-2 against the Kitchener Rangers in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.
Otters captain Zack Torquato called it a storybook ending: Jones firing a wrist shot past Rangers goaltender Parker Van Buskirk for the winning goal in the club's second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Gayle Wright, Jones' grandmother, lost a long battle with breast cancer last November at age 64.
It certainly was a fitting end to one of the club's best weekends in the past few seasons. The Otters (6-8-1-0) earned two wins in three nights, both against Midwest Division rivals. They won in Guelph against the Storm on Thursday but lost to the Saginaw Spirit on Friday.
Erie fired 16 shots on goal in the first period, with Shawn Szydlowski's wrist shot beating Van Buskirk for a 1-0 lead with 3:41 left. The Otters doubled up on the Rangers (7-5-0-1) in shots, outshooting them 42-21.
Torquato's first goal handed the Otters a 2-0 lead with 32 seconds left in the second period, but their true test of character occurred after Kitchener's Steve Lock tied the score at 2 with 3:06 gone in the third.
After Jones netted the eventual winner, Torquato notched an empty-netter with a minute left for his sixth goal and seventh point in the past six games.
Jaroslav Janus made 19 saves for Erie, while Van Buskirk stopped 38 shots.