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The Soo Greyhounds allowed three goals in the third period, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Erie Otters at the Erie Insurance Arena on Thursday night.

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The Greyhounds held a 2-1 advantage with less than three minutes left in the game, surrendering three consecutive goals to extend the team’s losing streak to seven games.

Elias Cohen tied the game with a redirect at 17:19; Cohen giving the Otters a 3-2 lead just 42 seconds later, Brett Brissette scoring into the empty net at 19:58.

“Definitely, the most frustrated I’ve been over a loss this year,” forward Tyler Savard said. “We had that one in our fingertips, and I thought we were going to get over the hump but, again, it feels like a step back. We’re trying to stay positive but it’s tough right now.”

The veteran forward thought the defensive collective—himself included—succumbed to the Otters’ pressure in the waning moments.

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Savard took this loss hard, personally.

“We are a young team and it got a little hectic and guys got nervous and they weren’t making the plays they normally would make if it was a 4-0 hockey game, for us,” Savard said. “I think we were the better team. It’s seems to be a pretty repetitive thing me talking like this but, again, it’s very frustrating and that’s just how I feel.”

Savard picked up an assist on Duarte’s second goal and has five goals and 13 assists in 18 games played. The Peterborough resident is third in team scoring. Kalvyn Watson is second with seven goals and 13 assists with Bryce McConnell-Barker at the top with a dozen goals and 11 assists.

Up until the game-tying goal, the Otters had just eight shots on goal in the third, maybe two considered trouble for Ivanov.

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But 57 minutes doesn’t make a game.

“I feel we had a five-minute lapse and the guys felt the game was over, but in this league the game is never over,” Savard said. “Offensive teams are too deadly and it doesn’t matter if you are in first or last, everyone is so good. In the last five minutes, we had to bear down and I don’t think we did that.”

Mark Duarte scored both goals for the Greyhounds (5-9-4-4). Samuel Ivanov stopped 19 of 22 shots for the Greyhounds.

Malcolm Spence also scored for the Otters (10-7-0-2) Nolan Lalonde turned aside 23 of 25 shots for the win.

The Hounds were blanked in four power-play opportunities. The Otters went scoreless in three chances.

The Hounds continue their three-game road trip with a Friday night encounter against the Mississauga Steelheads. Game time is set for 7 pm at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

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The Otters opened the scoring at 7:29 of the first period as Bressette picked up a loose puck in the slot and fed a pass to Spence, his shot going over the glove hand of Ivanov.

Prior to the goal, Greyhounds defender Matthew Virgilio had possession of the puck but tried to pass the puck up the middle to Marco Mignosa, the puck hitting a skate and deflecting to Bressette, the forward dishing to Spence for the one-time shot that beat Ivanov.

The Hounds tied the game at 10:55 of the second period as Duarte was the recipient of a passing play from Savard. Duarte dropped the puck in the high slot to Savard and headed unmarked for the right post, Savard dishing the puck back to Duarte for the tap-in.

The Hounds took a 2-1 lead at 18:50 of the second period, Duarte notching his second goal of the game.

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Justin Cloutier did all the work as he took the puck across the blue line and shook off a couple of defenders by the side boards before dishing the puck to Duarte. Duarte powered through Otters d-man Nicholas Holomego and wrapped the puck around the left leg of Lalonde.

Game summary

1st Period

Erie, Malcolm Spence 5 (Bressette), 7:29.

Penalties: Carey Terrance Er (hooking), 3:31; Cohen Er (misc-mouth guard), 9:59; Toms Soo (high sticking, high sticking), 10:01; Carlisle Soo (holding), 19:59.

2nd Period

Sault Ste. Marie, Duarte 9 (Savard, Cloutier), 10:55. 3, Sault Ste. Marie, Duarte 10 (Cloutier), 18:50.

Penalties: Watson Soo (boarding, fight-inst. upon), 16:59; Nathan Sauder Er (misc-instigating, instigator, fighting), 16:59.

3rd Period

Erie, Cohen 6 (Sedore, Gilmartin), 17:19. 5, Erie, Cohen 7 (Kyrou, Gilmartin), 19:01. 6, Erie, Bressette 10 (Carey Terrance), 19:58 (EN).

Penalties-Toms Soo (holding), 2:47; served by Sedore Er (illegal stick), 4:05; George Alboim Er (delay of game), 11:30.

Shots on Goal – Sault Ste. Marie 11-9-5-25. Erie 5-7-11-23. Power Play Opportunities-Sault Ste. Mary 0 / 3; Erie 0 / 4. Goalies-Sault Ste. Marie, Ivanov 2-3-2-2 (22 shots-19 saves). Erie, Lalonde 5-3-0-1 (25 shots-23 saves).

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