ERIE, Pa. - Captain Zack Torquato had a goal and two assists to lead the Erie Otters past the Owen Sound Attack 6-3 in the Ontario Hockey League Saturday night.
Brandon Biggers, Paul Cianfrini and Andrew Yogan had two points apiece for the Otters (11-10-1-0), who salvaged a split of their two-game weekend series against the Attack (8-10-3-1).
Erie completed a season-high, five-game homestead with a 4-1 record by starting strong against Owen Sound. A night after quickly falling behind 3-0, the Otters built an early 2-0 lead.
Yogan snapped a scoreless tie five minutes and 58 seconds into the opening period. He finished with a goal and an assist. Less than two minutes later, Luke Gazdic redirected Torquato's shot past Attack goaltender Tyler Beskorowany for a 2-0 Erie lead.
That lead was erased following goals by Myles Doan and Lane MacDermid. Owen Sound appeared ready to take its first lead of the game late in the second period as penalties to Nick Palmieri and Shawn Szydlowski handed the Attack a 5-on-3 power play for a minute and 45 seconds.
But Torquato's pressure on the penalty kill led to an interference penalty against Owen Sound. Then, as the Attack's power play expired, Torquato scored on a breakaway to give the Otters the lead once more.
Cianfrini's goal 45 seconds into the third - his sixth goal in 139 OHL games - extended Erie's lead to 4-2. MacDermid's second goal of the night, a short-handed goal, cut the lead to one with 9:32 left in regulation, but the Otters rebounded on the same power play, as left wing Shawn Szydlowski scored his ninth goal of the season.
Jaroslav Janus made 35 saves to pick up the win for Erie, while Beskorowany stopped 27 shots.