On the Erie Otters’ Annual Teddy Bear Toss night, a first-period goal got the Erie fans on their feet and their bears on the ice. But that goal would be all that the Otters could muster on Saturday falling 3-1 to the Eastern Conference-leading Peterborough Petes.

With just under 90 seconds remaining in the first period, Hayden Fowler scored Erie’s lone goal.

Chad Yetman collected the primary assist for his 12th feed and 30th point on the campaign. Maxim Golod earned the secondary assist for his 23rd helper and 35th point this season.

The teddy bears rained down on the ice marking the end of the first period, with the Erie Otters organization set to donate the bears to the Salvation Army for children in need this holiday season.

In net, Petes goaltender Hunter Jones made 38 of 39 saves to pick up first star of the game honors and improve his record to a league-best 17-3-1-0. While Daniel Murphy made 20 saves on 23 shots.

Erie is now 11-8-2-6, first place Peterborough at 19-6-1-1.

The Otters are back in action on Friday when they host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Erie then hosts Sarnia on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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