The Erie Otters defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL 12-5 in their second game of the Memorial Cup on Monday night.
Erie had this game in their dominant possession from the beginning, keeping the Saint John Sea Dogs to only 2 SOG in the first period. Just over a minute into the period, Taylor Raddysh (Tampa Bay) got Erie on the board early. Although the Otters controlled the tide, Saint John answered, with Cedric Paré roofing one past Erie goalie Troy Timpano to tie it up 1-1. Erie tightened up their game, getting one back less than a minute later by Darren Raddysh. The Otters scored two more goals in the next 5 minutes, a beautiful toe-drag and snipe by Kyle Maksimovich and a one-timer from Strome that put Erie in the lead 4-1.
Not long after, Mathieu Joseph (Thomas Chabot) got one back for Saint John to cut Erie’s lead in half, 4-2. In the last 5 minutes of the first, Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning) netted a wraparound to extend Erie’s lead and end the period at 5-2. After a tough onslaught, Saint John pulled Callum Booth and sent in rookie goalie Alex D’Orio to try and lock it down.
The Otters started the second period on a power play and got nothing going, but that wasn’t the case for long. Another 5-on-3 power play for the Otters and they capitalized, Taylor Raddysh (Lightning) with a feed from his brother Darren for the game winner and Dylan Strome with his second of the game put the Otters up 7-2 on the second part of their power play.
Saint John eventually slogged through the Erie defense to get their third of the night from Spencer Smallman, but the Sea Dogs couldn’t keep a hold on their discipline, racking up two more penalties to put Erie on the power play again. Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) shot one past D’Orio to get his first of the game and extend the Otters lead to 8-3. Penalty troubles struck the Sea Dogs once again not long after, putting Erie back onto their dangerous power play. The Otters took advantage of their man advantage and scored another, a blast from Darren Raddysh for his second of the game to make it 9-3 just before the horn sounded, leaving them with some powerplay time left to open the third.
22 seconds into the third period, and on what was left of the Otters power play, Ivan Lodnia with a huge slapper put Erie up 10-3, the Otters tying the record for goals scored in a single game in the Memorial Cup. Not long after, Strome completed his hat trick, with both him and Taylor Raddysh tying the Memorial Cup record for points in a single game at 6 points each.
After trading penalties and battling through the neutral zone, just over halfway through the third Dylan Strome (Alex DeBrincat, Warren Foegele) scored again, his fourth of the game, to set a new record for points in a game (7 points) and goals scored in a single game (12 goals), making it 12-3 Erie Otters.
The Sea Dogs would go on to score two more goals in the latter part of the third by Cedric Paré (his second of the game) and Julien Gauthier, but there was no coming back from the Otters dominant lead and play. The final score was 12-5 Erie, with the final SOG 39-23 in favor of the Otters.
Dylan Strome finished the game with 4G, 3A, 10 SOG, +3, and a faceoff win percentage of 72% (21/29).
The Erie Otters (2-0) take on the Windsor Spitfires (2-0) on Wednesday night at 4 PM Arizona local time, with the winner snagging a concrete spot in the final. The Seattle Thunderbirds play the Saint John Sea Dogs on Tuesday at 4 PM local AZ time, the winner of which will play the loser of Windsor/Erie in the semi-finals to declare who makes it to the final.