Sudbury, ON – Dane Fox collected his first hat trick for the Erie Otters to help Devin Williams earn a win in his first OHL start, as the Otters defeated the Sudbury Wolves Saturday night, 7-4.
Liam Maaskant put the Otters on the board with 1:14 to go in the first period as he fired a shot from the right point off the crossbar for his fourth goal of the season.
The Otters offense continued to roll in the second period. During an Erie power play, Jake Evans took a great pass from Travis Wood and fired a shot through the blocker side of Joel Vienneau for his fourth goal of the season at 3:41.
Stephen Harper then scored his 14th goal of the season at 7:39 after banging in a rebound from an Evans shot to make it 3-0.
Vienneau's night would end when Fox fired a shot from the right circle through the wickets for his 18th goal of the season during a two-man advantage at 11:42.
The Wolves responded with a pair of goals in 52 seconds to make it a 4-2 Erie lead going into the third period.
Fox added his second of the game 1:19 into the third as he ripped a shot from the right circle under the crossbar to put the Otters back up by three.
Sudbury would not go down without a fight, and scored a pair two minutes and 13 seconds apart to pull within one. Harper effectively put the game away with his second goal of the game as his shot trickled through Johan Mattsson with 3:29 to go.
Fox then completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with 13.7 seconds remaining. Williams made 36 saves to earn his first OHL victory, and the Otters power play was sensational by going 5-for-9.
The Otters return home to Tullio Arena Friday night against the Brampton Battalion.
JETS NOTE: Williams went 9-9-0 this season with a 3.88 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage with the Jets.