ERIE, Pa. - Anthony Luciani did his best to keep Erie from a seventh straight loss with his first career hat trick and Shawn Szydlowski scored the winner in the shootout as the Otters edged the Owen Sound Attack 5-4 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
After Luciani scored his third of the game to force overtime, Szydlowski put Erie up 2-1 in the shootout and rookie netminder Ramis Sadikov stopped the Attack's Marcus Carroll on the final shot to snap the Otters' six-game losing streak and earn his first OHL win.
The Otters (3-6-3) built an early 2-0 lead on Owen Sound (4-7-3) for the second straight night. Once again, the line of Anthony Luciani, Andrew Yogan and Zack Torquato sparked the offensive surge.
Luciani scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season - four more than he scored in 59 games as a rookie last year - on assists from Torquato and Yogan two minutes and 34 seconds into the first period.
Then Torquato turned Yogan's cross-ice pass into his third goal of the season at the 13:52 mark for a 2-0 Otters' lead. Luciani also assisted on the goal. But the Attack responded late in the first with defenceman Keevin Cutting's point shot goal.
Luciani struck again - his third of the weekend and 11th of the season - on the power play with assists from Torquato and defenceman Mitch Gaulton 6:34 into the second for a 3-1 Otters' lead.
Attack winger Bobby Mignardi scored his 11th goal of the year at the 12:42 mark of the second, slicing Erie's lead to 3-2. Early in the third, Owen Sound suffered a scare when centre Joey Hishon, a highly rated 2010 NHL draft prospect, was helped off the ice with what appeared to be a right leg injury.
With 12 minutes remaining in regulation, Steven Shipley tied the score at 3-3, then Marcus Carroll capitalized on a rebound in front to hand the Attack their first lead of the game two minutes later before Luciani completed the trick to tie things up once more.
Sadikov finished with 30 saves for Erie, while Owen Sound netminder Jordan Binnington stopped 27 shots.