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Saginaw Prepares for Home Playoff Hockey After Falling to Erie in Overtime Thriller

Saginaw Prepares for Home Playoff Hockey After Falling to Erie in Overtime Thriller

The Saginaw Spirit met up with the Erie Otters for game two of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series on Saturday, March 22nd.  In a gritty physical overtime hockey game, the Otters defeated the Spirit by a score of 4-3.

At the midway point of the first period, Erie took a 1-0 lead after Andre Burakovsky found the back of the net with assists being credited to Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome.

The Otters made it 2-0 when Dane Fox netted an even-strength goal four minutes into the second period that was assisted by Connor McDavid and Travis Dermott. Saginaw managed to make it a 2-1 game with two minutes left in the second period when Justin Sefton blasted home a slap shot that was set up by Kristoff Kontos and Jesse Graham. With only one minute to go in the second period, Erie regained a two-goal lead when Adam Pelech scored a goal that was assisted by Connor Brown making it a 3-1 game.

The Spirit’s Luke Cairns finished off a pretty pass from Kristoff Kontos with a top-shelf wrister to make it a 3-2 game with thirteen minutes left in the third period. Saginaw tied the game at three with less than three minutes left in the game when Cody Payne netted a goal that was assisted by Jimmy Lodge and Mitchell Stephens. The game carried over into overtime where Erie’s Dane Fox netted the game winner via a one-timer that was set up by Connor McDavid two minutes into the overtime session for a 4-3 win over Saginaw.

Applebee’s 3 Stars:

1. Dane Fox (ERIE)

2. Connor McDavid (ERIE)

3. Kristoff Kontos (SAG)

Catch the Spirit:  The Spirit return to The Dow Event Center for game three of the best-of-seven series against the Otters on Monday, March 24th with a 7:11 puck dropping.  For playoff tickets and everything Saginaw Spirit log on to saginawspirit.com. 

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