THREE STARS: Point Streaks and Clean Sheets
Erie, Pennsylvania – The first half of a seven game stretch finally comes to an end for the Erie Otters, as they close off the seven-in-10 on the road.
The Otters were 2-2 in their first four games of what just might be their busiest week of the season, with wins coming from a brilliant 3-0 shutout victory over the Guelph Storm and a 6-1 stomping over the Kitchener Rangers. Their two losses came from a 5-3 decision at London and a 6-3 loss against the Barrie Colts at home.
Here are the players who made this week possible.
THIRD STAR – CHARLIE BURNS
Burn, Charlie Burns!
After his Erie debut against the London Knights where he was locked in during a shootout, Burns decided to move on to bigger and better things – like a shutout.
In the first of a seven-game stretch, Burns started the week off right by blanking the Guelph Storm in a 3-0 victory, stopping all 23 shots the Storm could send his way to clinch both his and Erie’s first shutout of the season.
Charlie Burns is already proving to be a most promising acquisition for the Otters defense, and there’s no doubt in our minds that he’s destined for greatness.
SECOND STAR – CAREY TERRANCE
Carey Terrance was on a mission this week and he certainly accomplished it.
It was a five point week for the alternative captain, with two goals and three assists coming in four games. Terrance grabbed two assists in the 3-0 shutout against the Guelph Storm, setting up both Malcolm Spence and Spencer Sova in the first and third periods respectively.
He would go on to assist Spence again against the London Knights for their second goal of the game. Against the Kitchener Rangers, Terrance went on a tear with two goals just 13 seconds apart to help them to a 6-1 victory.
With Carey’s scoring continuing to find consistency, Erie will look for a strong season finale in the final eight weeks from their third-year forward.
FIRST STAR – MALCOLM SPENCE
Lucky seven points for number seventeen!
Malcolm Spence picked up four goals and three assists on the week, averaging almost two points a game and extending his point streak to – you guessed it – seven-straight games!
Spence scored the first goal and the game-winner against the Guelph Storm just over four minutes into the first period and would go on to score two more goals away at London, including one short-handed goal.
On Saturday against the Kitchener Rangers, Malcolm lent a helping hand for his teammates, picking up two assists on the night. In the final game of the week, Spence assisted Bruce McDonald less than 45 seconds into the third period before scoring a goal of his own eight minutes later.
This week rounds Spence’s season total points to 52 (15G+37A), as he looks to continue this hot-streak into a big road weekend.
The second half of Erie’s seven game stretch will be underway starting Thursday, with three consecutive games on the road. First on the docket for the Otters is a trip to Windsor to take on the Spitfires. The last time these two teams met the first week of January, the Otters were able to take the victory with a 4-3 shootout win.
The very next day on Friday, the Otters travel to Sarnia to face the Sting. The Otters currently lead the season series against the Sting 2-1, with Friday’s showdown being their last meeting.
The end to a very busy two weeks comes on Saturday, when the Otters play the Saginaw Spirit. The Otters have currently split the season series with the Spirit 1-1, with the teams set to play each other one more time after this Saturday.
About the Erie Otters:
The Erie Otters are an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1996, the Otters have a rich history of excellence both on and off the ice. The team is committed to creating memorable experiences for its fans and contributing to the growth and well-being of the Erie community.
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