HUNTSVILLE - The luck of the Irish was with the Huntsville Otters Sunday, and not with their green-clad guests.
Ryan West of the Huntsville Otters unloads a slapshot while an Erin player attempts to block it.
The Otters rode a 36-save performance by Alex Ebner and goals by Jon Treadwell, Jay Dix and Connor Scott en route to a 3-2 upset win over the Erin Shamrocks at the Don Lough Arena.
The win snapped a four-game losing slide by the Otters, who now have a 6-22 record in the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League.
Losses number three and four in this string came the previous two days. Huntsville dropped a 7-4 decision in Midland to the Flyers Friday night before returning home for a rare Saturday night home game, losing 5-2 to the visiting Fergus Devils.
The Shamrocks, who are in a battle with Caledon for the lead in the league’s South Division, came into Huntsville garnering nine of a possible 10 points in their last five games, which included an 11-3 drubbing of the same Otters on Dec. 1.
But Treadwell got the Otters on the board first, with a goal at 3:06 of the first period.
Erin tied it midway through the period and the two sides went scoreless in the second, thanks to Ebner who kicked aside 14 shots.
The Shamrocks jumped out 2-1 early in the third, but Huntsville scored twice in 80 seconds to take the lead back and hang onto it for good.
General manager Brian Crozier credited a more disciplined approach to play by the team, something this young squad has not done many times this year.
“We played this way all weekend and we played a game where we kept the pressure all game and moved the puck around well. Our goaltending was excellent again,” he said.
The Otters were down 2-0 to Fergus until Brandon Quo Vadis scored a shorthanded, unassisted goal at 11:12 of the second to get Huntsville on the board.
The Devils put two more pucks past Ebner, who was making his sixth consecutive start due to injuries to Landan Peleikis (concussion) and Tye Greschuk (knee).
“We are hoping to get one of our goaltenders back for this weekend and we will know more at Wednesday’s practice,” Crozier said.
Erik Macpherson had the other Huntsville marker, a shorthanded tally early in the third.
In the game against Midland, Huntsville was behind 4-0 in the second before Brendan Fitter got the Otters’ first of the night at 4:14. Ryan West scored at 13:41 before the end of the second to make it 5-2 in favour of Midland.
Shawn Fraser opened the scoring in the third to draw Huntsville to within two goals, but Midland notched two more before Dix closed out the scoring on the night, a powerplay tally at 18:24.
Huntsville is facing another busy weekend with three games in less than three full days.
The Otters travel to Fergus Friday night before heading home Saturday night to host Caledon.
Then the league-leading Alliston Hornets will be here on Sunday afternoon.