THREE STARS: Points Pour Heavy in Three-Game Weekend
Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie Otters closed out the month of November and unwrapped December with three points last week.
The final game of November pitted Erie against Kitchener – just eight days after losing to the Rangers 10-3. The Otters forced the game into a thrilling overtime frame, picking up a point before falling 5-4.
In their first of two back-to-back games at Owen Sound, the Otters fell 7-4 against the Attack. In their final road game against the Attack and for the week, Erie scored six-unanswered goals to win 8-5 and avenge the previous day’s loss.
Here are the players who made this weekend possible for the Otters.
THIRD STAR: CAREY TERRANCE
Leading-scorer and alternate captain Carey Terrance scored four times over the week, including two to force the Rangers into OT on Wednesday. Terrance found the first goal of the game, his seventeenth of the season, less than eight minutes into the first frame. His second goal came with less than 5 minutes remaining in the second period to knot the game up.
In the Otters’ Sunday win against Owen Sound, Terrance’s first goal of the night was the most important one – the game winner. With just over two minutes left in the game, Terrance decided he might as well grab his twentieth goal of the season and the final goal of the game.
In less than 30 games this season, Terrance has already netted a point-plus-per-game average – including an incredibly 20 goals in 26 games.
SECOND STAR: MALCOLM SPENCE
Malcolm Spence has the magic touch!
Spence’s fingerprints were all over the overtime gmae against the Kitchener Rangers in the shape of three points. His first point of the day came from the opening goal from the Otters when he assisted Carey Terrance in the second frame. He would go on to assist one more time in the second, again to Terrance, to tie the game up 3-3. With five minutes left in regulation, Spence would do it himself – finding the back of the net to give the Otters a 4-3 lead before an overtime result.
In Sunday’s vengeance victory against the Owen Sound Attack, Spence scored less than four minutes into the second frame to kick off the start of the Otters’ six unanswered goals. In the third he assisted Carey Terrance on the game winner to wrap the weekend up with a win.
Spence leads the Erie Otters in assists, but was able to jump up to five goals in the season for himself. His point production and puck distribution has been critical for Erie.
THIRD STAR: PANO FIMIS
Take a bow, Pano Fimis! After being voted Perry’s Tavern Player of the Month for November, the alternate captain would just keep adding to his resume.
A seven-point week for the center started with one goal against the top ranked Kitchener Rangers – before he really found his stride.
Fimis opened the scoring for the Otters in the first game against Owen Sound in the first period before scoring his second goal of the night in the third off a power play. A three-point day awaited Fimis in the first game against the Attack with two goals and one assist.
The second-year Otter would keep it going to close the weekend. In the win against Owen Sound on Sunday, Fimis assisted Spencer Sova on the first goal of the game for the Otters and scored the insurance goal, his tenth of the season, in the third frame. He would tally up another three points in Sunday’s win, with a goal and an assist.
Seven points in three games? That’ll earn you first star honors, Pano!
The Otters have a two-game week ahead of them in the shape of one road game at Niagara on Thursday and a home match on Saturday against the Guelph Storm. Saturday’s home game will also be the Otters’ Native Heritage Night! To commemorate and raise awareness on Indigenous communities and trailblazers, Erie will work alongside Hockey Indigenous, the Orange Jersey Project, and many Indigenous artists. The first 1500 fans in attendance Saturday will receive a free Carey Terrance Bobblehead (pres. by Rebich Investments).