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Terriers rally to sink Otters in spirited home-opening triumph

Dominant second period helps Orillia earn first victory of the young season; Wade Monague stops 31 of 33 shots in home ice triumph

A dominant four-goal second period sparked the McLean & Dickey Orillia Terriers to a 5-2 triumph over Huntsville in the squad's Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) home opener Saturday night.

The visiting Otters scored the lone goal of the opening stanza despite being out-shot 10-9 in the frame.

But the second period was all Orillia as the Terriers struck for three goals in less than six minutes — much to the delight of about 250 hockey fans at Rotary Place in west Orillia.

Devon Edmonds got the Terriers on the board; his goal less than six minutes into the period knotted the score at 1-1. 

Kaiden Robitaille then gave Orillia a lead they would not relinquish. And less than two minutes later, Aiden MacDonald's goal extended the advantage to 3-1.

Huntsville climbed back into the contest with a goal of their own, but 80 seconds later, Orillia veteran Josh Brown restored the two-goal advantage in a period in which the home side out-shot the visitors 23-12.

Kaden Goggins scored a last-minute, empty-net goal in the third to ice the win for the Terriers. Owen Vandusen and Colton Drummond each had a pair of assists for the victors.

Netminder Wade Monague stopped 31 of 33 shots to pick up the win in goal. Orillia out-shot the visitors 46-33 and controlled the play for much of the game.

With the win, the Terriers have evened their record at 1-1 after losing their season-opening game on the road in Schomberg 5-1.

The Terriers next see action Saturday night when they host Schomberg in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Rotary Place. The Terriers travel to Caledon for a Sunday afternoon matinee the following day.