ERIE, Pa. - Rookie forward Greg McKegg scored in the fifth round of the shootout and goaltender Jaroslav Janus made the final save to seal the Erie Otters' 3-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.
The Otters' fifth win in five shootouts improved their record to 28-24-2-0.
Erie took an early 1-0 lead on a well-executed 3-on-2 rush, as captain Zack Torquato's drop pass led to defenceman Tyler Hostetter's wrist shot inside the left post 5:28 into the first period.
IceDogs centre Mathew Sisca tied the score 1-1 four minutes later, as his shot from the wing deflected off Otters defenceman Chris Breen's skate and through goaltender Janus's pads.
Patrick Lee assisted on the goal, his seventh point in seven career games against his former team.
Niagara went ahead at 5:16 into the second on a seemingly innocent and certainly bizarre play when defenceman Alex Pietrangelo's dump-in from behind the red line skipped past a stunned Janus for a 2-1 IceDogs' lead.
The Otters' power play one of the OHL's worst all season bailed Janus out.
Veteran forward Brandon Biggers banged in a rebound of defenceman Mitch Gaulton's point shot to tie the score 2-2 at the 2:14 mark of the third seven seconds after the power play began.
The Otters outshot Niagara 19-9 in the third and 40-32 in regulation. They also had a power play late in the third, but were unable to score the go-ahead goal.
The IceDogs (22-23-4-6) lost for the sixth time in nine shootouts.