Spirit lose game 4 to Erie 7-3, fall in 3-1 series hole
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
The Saginaw Spirit played host to the Erie Otters and entertained a home crowd at The Dow Event Center on Wednesday, March 26th to game fourof the Western Conference playoff game. A fast paced game gave way to a 7-3 Erie victory over Saginaw, leaving the Spirit one game on the brink of elimination.
Saginaw's Blake Clarke picked up a pass from Mitchell Stephens and sniped his first goal of the playoffs three minutes into the first periodto put the Spirit up 1-0 on the Otters. Erie utilized the powerplay when Dane Fox netted a one-timer that was set up by Connor Brown and Connor McDavid with ten minutes remaining in the period. The Otters' Dane Fox was at it again scoring his second goal ofthe night with five minutes remaining in the opening period that was assisted by Connor Brown and Connor McDavid to put Erie up 2-1 on Saginaw. With two minutes left in the first period Erie benefited from a five-on-three man-advantage when Connor Brownscored a goal that was set up Dane Fox and Adam Pelech to make it a 3-1 game in favor of Erie.
Erie made it a 4-1 game five minutes into the second period when Andre Burakovsky fired home a goal that was assisted by Michael Curtis. Saginawcut into Erie's lead when Cody Payne finished off a powerplay goal that was set up by Jesse Graham and Kristoff Kontos with eight minutes left in the second period making it a 4-2 game.
With eleven minutes remaining in the third period a skirmish out in front of the Otters' net led to a Dylan Sadowy goal that was assisted byJustin Kea and Nick Moutrey to make it a 4-3 game. One minute later Erie's Dane Fox tallied his hat-trick goal making it a 5-3 game with ten minutes remaining that was assisted by Connor Brown. Erie added to their lead with six minutes remaining in the thirdperiod when Connor McDavid finished off a pretty passing play that was set up by Dylan Strome and Andre Burakovsky to make it a 6-3 game. Erie made it a 7-3 game when Brendan Gaunce scored with an assist being credited to Joel Wigle with five minutes remainingin the game, which is how it ended leaving Erie with a commanding 3-1 series lead.
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