|By Victor Fernandes, Erie Times-News, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It took only two games to make that happen.
The Otters have scored 17 goals in consecutive routs of overmatched West Division teams, with banged-up
"We know we can score goals," said rookie
It was only a matter of time before they turned those shots -- 19 in the opening period and 41 overall -- into goals.
The Otters overwhelmed a Spitfires defense that already was plagued by injuries before Friday's announcement that Slater Koekkoek will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated right shoulder suffered Thursday against Saginaw. Koekkoek, one of the league's top two-way defensemen and a
A fourth straight win pulled the Otters within three points of first-place
"It looks good going into the playoffs," Strome said. "So hopefully we keep it up the last four games.
"We had to challenge them and really set the pace (and) play with a lot of speed," Knoblauch said. "I thought we did that. We didn't make it easy for them."
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