The Saginaw Spirit fell to the Guelph Storm 7-3 in regulation Monday night at The Dow Event Center of Saginaw, with the Storm now possessing a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven playoff series between the two teams. Spirit fans can catch game three Thursday night on My5 with a live televised broadcast from Guelph starting at 7:00 PM, then the action returns home to The Dow Saturday, April 2 for a 7:11 PM game five match-up. The Spirit playoffs are presented by the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors Bureau with Thursday’s televises broadcast also coming courtesy Covenant HealthCare and The Dow Chemical Company.
The two teams traded goals in the first period, ending the frame with a 2-2 tie. Guelph opened with winger Taylor Beck scoring at 1:49 from winger Richard Panik and center Peter Holland, but moments later at the 4:11 Saginaw center John McFarland scored from center Vincent Trocheck and winger Brandon Saad. Spirit winger Micky Sartoretto made it 2-1 at 8:22 in the frame, his goal coming from winger Anthony Camara and defenseman Brad Walch. The Storm would round out first period scoring and tie up the contest at two apiece before breaking for intermission. Center Michael Latta scored a power play goal at the 10:39 mark from winger Cody McNaughton.
The Guelph jumped to a commanding three goal lead in the second period. Beck scored at the 2:51 mark with a power play goal assisted by Holland and winger Daniel Erlich to move the score to 3-2. Erlich followed suit with a goal at the 10:52 mark from defenseman Matt Finn and winger Zack Mitchell, then moments later defenseman Sam Lofquist would make it 5-2 with a goal at 15:43 that saw assists from Latta and defenseman Andrey Pedan.
The Spirit would open third period scoring to move the score to 5-3, with defenseman Ryan O’Connor notching his second of the post season at 2:01 from rookies Terry Trafford and Justin Kea. The Storm would quickly counter however, with two goals securing the Guelph win. Latta scored a power play marker from Panik and Lofquist at 6:10 in the period, then Holland scored another Storm power play goal at 15:51 in the frame from Lofquist and Pedan.
Spirit goalie Mavric Parks posted 14 saves on 19 shots in 35:43 minutes of play, and Tadeas Galansky tallied 14 saves on 16 shots in 24:17 minutes of action after relieving Parks. Storm goalie Brandon Foote posted 37 saves on 40 shots.
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Catch the Playoff Spirit! The Spirit playoff series against the Guelph Storm resumes Thursday night in Guelph, and fans can check out the action live on My5 with a televised broadcast of the game starting at 7:00 PM courtesy support from the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors Bureau, Covenant HealthCare and The Dow Chemical Company. Playoff hockey returns home to The Dow Event Center for game five of the series on Saturday, April 2 at 7:11 PM. The Spirit playoffs are presented by the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors Bureau. Get your tickets at SaginawSpirit.com or by calling 989-497-7747.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SERIES ‘B’ – SAGINAW SPIRIT (2) vs. GUELPH STORM (7):}
GAME ONE: GUELPH 2 at SAGINAW 3 Final
GAME TWO: SAGINAW 2 at GUELPH 6 Final
GAME THREE: GUELPH 7 at SAGINAW 3 Final
GAME FOUR: Thursday, March 31 at Guelph; 7:00 PM
GAME FIVE: Saturday, April 2 at Saginaw; 7:11 PM
GAME SIX: Sunday, April 3 at Guelph; 7:00 PM (If Necessary)
GAME SEVEN: Tuesday, April 5 at Saginaw; 7:11 PM (If Necessary)