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BLOG: Sault Ste. Marie stays alive, beats Erie 4-2

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds avoided elimination and forced game six with a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters.

Nicholas Baptiste opened scoring at 2:06 of the first period, giving Erie a 1-0 lead. A turnover right out in front of Sault Ste. Marie goaltender Brandon Halverson led to that score.

The Greyhounds responded, on the power play, at 12:09 of the same period. Jared McCann’s one-timer found twine, assisted by Anthony DeAngelo and Sergey Tolchinsky.

A scoreless second period followed.

A turnover in the neutral zone gave the Greyhounds a 3-on-1 rush. Michael Bunting put it away, at 3:36 of the third to put Sault Ste. Marie up 2-1.

Travis Dermott tied the game for Erie at 5:13 of the third.

It was Bryan Moore who broke the tie and scored the winner, at 12:55. Moore came down the ice from his own blueline and picked the corner behind Devin Williams.

Gabe Guertler buried an empty-netter at 19:58 to put the icing on the cake.

Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse finished the game +1, with no points. Top-ranked draft prospect Connor McDavid had an assist on the Dermott goal.

Game six of the OHL Western Conference Final takes place in Erie on Saturday. Game six is on Sportsnet 360.

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