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Szydlowski's first career hat trick leads Erie past Barrie 3-0 @NHL

ERIE, Pa. - Shawn Szydlowski recorded his first OHL hat trick and goaltender Jaroslav Janus posted his second career shutout to lead the Erie Otters to a 3-0 win over the Barrie Colts on Wednesday night.

Last weekend, an ailing Szydlowski remained in Erie while the Otters (8-9-1-0) headed north for games in Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. But against the Colts (7-9-1-0), he recaptured his offensive rhythm with linemate Ryan O'Reilly. They combined on power-play goals midway through the second and third periods - the club's only chances with the man advantage - and an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left.

Szydlowski improved his total to a team-leading eight, one shy of his career high. Meanwhile, Janus made 31 saves in outplaying Colts goaltender Peter Di Salvo (28 saves).

Janus, Szydlowski and O'Reilly headlined a penalty kill that silenced the Colts on all seven chances, including a brief 6-on-4 in the closing seconds. Coupled with a 2-for-2 effort from an often struggling power play, the Otters enjoyed a perfect night on special teams.

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