It was all Otters on Opening Night at Erie Insurance Arena as overage captain Kyle Maksimovich (1, 2, 3) started his fifth year in the league with his first career hat-trick. Erie led 4-0 after two periods before tacking on eight goals in the third for a 12-1 final. Gera Poddubnyi (1, 2) had two goals and two assists while Emmett Sproule (1, 2) had two goals and one helper. Other Otters top contributors included Alex Gritz (1) with a goal and two assists, Christian Girhiny with four helpers and Chad Yetman with three. Erie outshot Flint 42-22, opening their season at home for the first time in their 23 seasons in Erie. Ethan Keppen provided the lone goal for the Firebirds.