ERIE, Pa. - Dane Fox, Sondre Olden and Luke Cairns all scored in the shootout as the Erie Otters finally reached double digits in wins with a 3-2 victory over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.
Cairns' shootout goal was the winner once Otters' goalie Ramis Sadikov stopped Hunter Garlent on the game's final attempt, the Otters had their 10th win of the season.
Sadikov finished with 40 saves in regulation and overtime for Erie (10-45-5) and stopped two more on four shots in the shootout.
Cairns and Connor Brown had a goal and assist each as the Otters snapped a three-game losing streak.
Garlent and Kyle Pereira scored in regulation as Guelph (25-28-6) was unable to secure a critical extra point in the OHL's Western Conference standings.
The Storm (56 points) are now tied with Sault Ste. Marie, which beat Sarnia 8-2 at home Wednesday, for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Storm have two games in hand and nine games left overall.
The Otters took a 1-0 lead on Cairns goal, off assists from Brown and Fox, six minutes 17 seconds into the second period.
Guelph tied the score 1-1 on Pereira's goal 1:24 later.
That score lasted until early in the third, when Brown scored on the power play ??? his 21st goal of the season ??? 4:48 into the period.
Garlent's power-play goal with 10:12 left in regulation tied the score 2-2. But Sadikov forced overtime by stopping 18-of-19 shots in the period.
The teams managed only three shots on goal in the five-minute overtime. But they combined for five goals on eight shots in the shootout.
Fox and the Storm's Francis Menard scored in the opening round.
The Storm's Jason Dickinson matched Sondre Olden's goal in the third round to send the teams into a sudden-death round. Cairns slipped a shot past Storm goaltender Garret Sparks (21 saves). Garlent wasn't able to do the same against Sadikov, sealing the Otters' victory despite being outshot 42-24.