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Otters fail to clinch playoff birth as Plymouth beats Erie 6-3 @NHLdotcom

ERIE, Pa. - The Erie Otters' four-year wait for an Ontario Hockey League playoff spot continues for a few more days.

Considering how they played Sunday, they don't seem to mind.

The Otters had a chance to finally secure that elusive postseason berth against Plymouth on Sunday after Kitchener lost to Guelph earlier in the day. Instead, Erie surrendered six straight goals on 20 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Whalers.

With the loss, the Otters squandered another chance to keep pace with teams like Plymouth in the Western Conference. Erie sits in seventh place, four points behind No. 6 Sarnia and seven points out of the fourth and fifth spots.

Chris Terry led the way for the Whalers with a goal and four assists as Plymouth built a 6-0 lead and held off a late charge by the Otters.

Matt Caria scored twice and added an assist. He has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) on a seven-game scoring streak.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, while Ryan Hayes and Tyler J. Brown also scored for the Whalers (34-23-5-0), who won their fourth straight.

Zack Torquato had two goals in the third period and also assisted on Justin Hodgman's marker for Erie (30-28-3-1).

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