ERIE, Pa. - Liam Maaskant scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal in overtime to help the Erie Otters snap an eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.
Maaskant?s shot from the point slipped through a crowd and past Rangers goaltender Franky Palazzese to cap a strong effort from the Otters? rookies. First-round pick Stephen Harper recorded the first two-goal and three-point outings of his short career.
The Otters (2-12-0), which rallied from two-goal deficits twice to force overtime, won for the first time since Oct. 7.
A night after making 43 saves in a loss to the Rangers (8-5-1), Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov had a rough start early in the finale of this home-and-home series. He allowed highly touted rookie centre Radek Faksa?s goal on Kitchener?s first shot for a 1-0 Rangers? lead 1:25 into the opening period.
Matia Marcantuoni scored on Sadikov to hand the Rangers a 2-0 lead at the 6:07 mark.
The Otters responded 26 seconds later, as Johnny McGuire scored his first goal of the season.
Kitchener regained a two-goal lead 22 seconds into the second on Tobias Rieder???s team-best ninth goal of the season. He scored during a scramble in front of Sadikov.
But the Otters struck back 51 seconds later on Harper???s first of two goals to slice Kitchener???s lead to 3-2. Then, Harper scored again to tie the score at 3 at the 2:37 mark of the third to force overtime.
While standing with his back to the net, the rookie winger deflected Brett Cook???s point shot past Palazzese, who finished with 31 saves.
Sadikov finished the game with 26 saves