As a rule of thumb, taking penalties when trailing in the third period will get any hockey team beat about 97% of the time.
The Erie Otters probably would have have preferred a neat-and-tidy win over the Guelph Storm in a first-place battle on Saturday night, but instead they were thaumaturgic on the penalty kill, scoring three third-period short-handed goals to force overtime. That set the stage for 16-year-old sensation Connor McDavid to score the decider for a do-you-believe-in-unlikelihoods 4-3 win.
The Storm, who would have taken over first overall in the OHL with a win in regulation, were up 3-0 just fewer than four minutes into the third. André Burakovsky stole the puck and sprung Michael Curtis for a breakaway, leading to a deke and goal with 16:18 to play.
Erie wing Stephen Harper was sent off with 6:05 left. That Guelph man advantage, nominally speaking, ended with Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown forcing a turnover at the blueline. A return feed from Dane Fox sent him off to the races to score and pare the margin to 3-2 with 5:36 left. Harper took another penalty with 2:32 left, but Erie managed to sustain pressure before overage Spencer Abraham sniped with 52 seconds to play.Read More »from Erie Otters score 3 short-handed goals in one period for comeback win (VIDEO)