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Palmeiri scores twice, Erie beats Peterborough 3-1 for second straight win

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ERIE, Pa. - Don't look now, but the Erie Otters are on a winning streak.

Nick Palmeiri scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Erie Otters downed the Peterborough Petes 3-1 in Ontario Hockey League action.

The Otters (13-39-2-1), who have won two straight for just the second time all season, could match their season high of three consecutive wins Saturday in Guelph. They also would complete their first three-game weekend sweep since Oct. 26-29, 2005, and move a step closer to equalling last season's 15 wins.

Peterborough (24-27-0-3) took a 1-0 lead on Pat Daley's 24th goal of the season 53 seconds into the second period. Two defensive giveaways by the Petes then led to two Erie goals.

Petes goaltender Jason Missiaen's stick broke as he attempted to clear the puck along the boards. Otters winger Luke Gazdic capitalized on Missiaen's misfortune, firing the tying goal into an empty net 2:44 into the period.

Four minutes later, Palmieri capitalized on a miscue inside the Petes' zone to record the go-ahead goal.

If not for Missiaen, the Otters could have taken a commanding lead.

He stopped 23 of 25 shots in the second on his way to a 50-save effort. The Otters finished with 53 shots, their second-best total of the season. They recorded 60 shots in the Sept. 29 season opener against Sudbury.

The 25 shots in a period were a season high, topping their 20 shots in the second period against Barrie on Jan. 25. The Otters entered the game averaging 31.4 shots. The teams combined for 38 shots in the period.

Palmieri extended the Otters' lead to 3-1 just 1:54 into the third on the power play. He finished with two goals after totalling two goals and four points in his previous 10 games.

Rookie goaltender Shane Owen earned his fourth win of the season by making 28 saves.

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