ERIE, Pa. - Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the Erie Otters' 4-3 win against Sault Ste. Marie in OHL action Friday night.
His goal allowed the Otters (27-23-2-0), winners of four straight, to overcome squandering a 3-1 lead. Sault Ste. Marie (16-33-2-2) lost for the 10th straight time. The Greyhounds forced overtime on Matthew Lyall's goal with 1:10 left in regulation.
Sault Ste. Marie took the early lead on rookie defenceman Brock Beukeboom's goal 4:08 into the opening period. But the Otters responded with three goals in the next seven minutes for a 3-1 lead.
Converted defenceman Brian Shaw scored his second goal of the season and his career to tie the score 1-1 at the 7:58 mark. Shawn Szydlowski followed with the go-ahead goal with 9:07 left in the period.
Then Szydlowski assisted on defenceman Tyler Hostetter's power-play goal with 5:18 left.
The teams settled into a defensive struggle in the second period, until Jake Carrick scored off a rebound with 2:21 left to move the Greyhounds within 3-2 entering the third. Then the Greyhounds forced overtime on Lyall's late goal off former Otter Jordan Nolan's assist.
Both teams had chances in the extra period, with the Greyhounds enjoying a power play and Otters centre Ryan O'Reilly nearly scoring on two short-handed breakaways. But he didn't miss in the shootout.
Meanwhile, goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime and all three in the shootout.
Szydlowski led the Otters' offence with a goal and assist. Nolan had two assists for the Greyhounds, while Cody St. Jacques made 35 saves.