SARNIA, Ontario — Jake Marchment scored three goals in the second period, and Connor McDavid's goal snapped a tie midway through the third period, to lead the Erie Otters to a 6-5 win against Sarnia in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday night at RBC Centre.
The Otters now lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in Sarnia.
Marchment's hat trick sparked a four-goal middle period that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead.
The Sting rallied to tie it at 5 on early third-period goals from former Otter Hayden Hodgson and Troy Lajeunesse. But McDavid scored his second goal of the playoffs with 10:37 left to give the Otters the lead for good.
Dylan Strome scored twice for the Otters.
Marchment's three goals in a span of 3:23 shattered the franchise record for the fastest three goals in a playoff game after totaling four goals in 29 regular-season games with the Otters.
Cory Pecker set the previous mark of 14 minutes, 14 seconds against Windsor on April 21, 2002.
Erie Otters vs. Sarnia Sting
Game 1 – Sting 3, Otters 2
Game 2 – Otters 3, Sting 1
Game 3 – Otters 6, Sting 5
Game 4 – Tue. March 31 at Sarnia 7:05
Game 5 – Fri. April 3 at Erie 7*
Game 6 – Sun. April 5 at Sarnia 7:05*
Game 7 – Tue. April 7 at Erie 7*
* If necessary