ERIE, Pa. - Nick Palmieri scored the tying and winning goals and Justin Hodgman had a goal and two assists as the Erie Otters beat the Niagara IceDogs 7-5 in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.
Shawn Szydlowski, Luke Gazdic, Doug Clarkson and Sean Jones also scored for Erie, while Kelly Geoffrey added three assists.
Stefan Legein had two goals and Luca Caputi had a goal and two assists for Niagara (37-25-0-1). Michael Swift and Jason Bergeron also scored.
The Otters (16-43-2-2) scored three unanswered goals in a four-minute span of the third period to rally from a 5-4 deficit and get their third win in their past four games. The win moved the Otters out of last place in the OHL.
The Otters won despite beginning the game without defencemen Mitch Gaulton (left elbow), Frank Grzeszczak (team-imposed suspension), Brian Shaw (league-imposed suspension), Paul Cianfrini (sprained medial collateral ligament in left knee) and Tyler Hostetter (concussion). Robyn Sertic left in the second with an apparent leg injury, leaving the club with two regular defencemen - Josh Kidd and David Shields.
Forwards Michael Liambas, who began his OHL career as a defenceman, and Jordan Skellett started the game on defence. Jones replaced an injured Skellett in the third.