The IceDogs scored twice in a span of one minute and 48 seconds during the first period thanks to goals by Brett Ritchie and Carter Verhaeghe.
Connor McDavid put the Otters on the board 33 seconds into the second period with his 12th goal of the season. Connor Brown won the faceoff to Troy Donnay, whose point shot was deflected by McDavid.
Steven Shipley put the IceDogs back up by two at 8:48 of the second. The Otters came back to within a goal after Connor Crisp scored his seventh goal of the season. Crisp fired a shot from the left circle through the blocker side of Chris Festarini at 13:46.
Mitchell Theoret and Ryan Strome each scored for the IceDogs in the third period to put the game away for the visitors.
Locastro-Bonini Insurance Three Stars of the Game
No. 1 Star - Steven Shipley, Niagara - game-winning goal, one assist
No. 2 Star - Brett Ritchie, Niagara - one goal, two assists
No. 3 Star - Carter Verhaeghe, Niagara - one goal, one assist
The Erie Otters travel to Kitchener for their first meeting against the Rangers Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen in to all the action starting with the Erie Federal Credit Union Pregame Show at 7:15 p.m.
The Otters return home Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. to host the Guelph Storm. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Connor McDavid poster courtesy of Erie County Recycling. For tickets, call 814-452-4857 or go to OttersHockey.com.