|By Victor Fernandes, Erie Times-News, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Their high-powered offense and stifling defense provided it. The Otters scored six unanswered goals while holding Midwest Division rival Kitchener to six shots on goal over the final two periods on the way to a 7-3 comeback win in front of a sellout crowd of 6,674 fans -- the second largest in franchise history -- at
"We just kind of woke up there," said
A fifth straight win moved the Otters (49-14-2-0) within one point of idle
Still, Erie's latest victory wasn't easy.
The Rangers (22-40-2-1) gave the Otters tough battles throughout the six-game season series.
On Saturday night, they jumped to a 1-0 lead on
McDavid slipped past the Rangers' defense for his 25th goal of the season to cut the Otters' deficit to 2-1 less than two minutes later.
That's when Otters head coach
Erie outshot the Rangers 13-4 in the middle period. Then the Otters took the control early in the third with goals from
"We know as a team now that we can do it,"
Gaunce finished with a goal and three assists. McDavid had a goal and two assists. Donnay (goal, assist) and
"We always knew we could score. It just wasn't coming to us as easy as it was before in games," Gaunce said. "I think we found way to bear down in front of the net. All our goals aren't pretty right now. But they're going in the net."
- Notes: Fox (101 points) joins Brown (123) as the only players in franchise history to top the 100-point mark in a season. ...
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