Adam Dennis stopped all three Otter shooters and David Bolland scored the only shootout goal to give the London Knights a 5-4 win last night in Erie, Pa.
Bolland beat Erie goalie Josh Disher of Chatham before Disher stopped Rob Schremp and Dylan Hunter.
Dennis stoned Vince Scott, Ryan O'Marra and Adam Berti.
Knights head coach Dale Hunter said Dennis came up big against a team in a desperate fight to make the playoffs.
"They came at us hard," Hunter said. "And Adam played really well."
Hunter said special teams played a major role in a "chippy" game in which he complained Erie was targeting Knights stars Bolland, Schremp and Hunter.
London went two-for-11 on the power play, while the Otters were three-for-13.
The Knights led 4-2 at the midway point of the second period but Erie battled back with two power-play goals.
Chris Green brought the Otters back to within a goal at 10:45 with Bolland in the box for holding. Michael Blunden tied the game just over two minutes into the third with Knights defenceman Matt Pelesh off for elbowing.
Josh Beaulieu opened the scoring for London with his 12th of the season 4:25 into the first period.
Erie responded at 7:59 on a power-play goal by Sean O'Connor and took the lead at 12:18 when Nick Palmieri scored.
Hunter evened the score at 2-2 with his 23rd of the season at 14:44 of the first with the man advantage.
Jordan Foreman put the Knights ahead 3-2 at 3:08 in the second with his 13th goal. Sergei Kostitsyn made it a two-goal lead with his 20th at 7:37 in the second on the power play.
Dennis stopped 25 shots through regulation and overtime.
Disher made 24 saves for the Otters.
The Knights face the Storm tonight at 7 p.m. in Guelph.
They play in Windsor on Thursday night before returning home to the John Labatt Centre Friday to take on the Sarnia Sting.