Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Saginaw gets just one point over weekend

Fighting to make the OHL playoffs, the Saginaw Spirit may have done themselves in last weekend as they tied and lost after a loss Wednesday night to Plymouth.

Saturday night at home to the Kitchener Rangers, the Rangers scored with an extra attacker at 19:06 of the third period to gain the 2-2 tie. Jesse Gimblett and Matt Corrente scored for Saginaw and goaltender Jeff Weber made 35 saves.

"We're in a fragile state right now," Saginaw head coach and general manager Bob Mancini said. "But the players battled back from a 1-0 deficit. I think we played our best hockey tonight when we were down."

Sunday in Windsor, the hometown Spitfires took a 6-2 decision. Erik Lundmark and Gimblett scored for the Spirit. Weber turned back 17 shots. Rookie Ryan Daniels played the third period and made nine saves on ten shots.

The loss takes Saginaw's record to 17-37-3-4 on the season, nine points behind the eighth-seed Guelph Storm for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Saginaw returns to action Friday night in London and home Saturday to face the Sudbury Wolves at 7:00 p.m. Detroit Red Wings national anthem singer Karen Newman will do the honors in Saginaw that evening.

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