Monday, March 14, 2005

Saginaw plays to Spirited tie with Hounds

The Saginaw Spirit notched a come-from behind tie in Saturday's 3-3 game with divison-leading Sault Ste. Marie before a sellout crowd at the Dow Event Center.

The season home finale also marked the team's Fan Appreciation Day and live jersey auction to benefit the Spirit Charitable Foundation.

Spirit head coach and general manager Bob Mancini said the team demonstrated a "no-quit" attitude in the game.

"It's important to finish hard," Mancini said. "It was a good effort tonight. We cut our openings and played smart defense along the blue line. A lot of our younger players got to play more tonight, and demonstrated the promise and potential for next year."

Tommy Mannino, Joe McCann and Matt Corrente scored for the Spirit with Corrente's game-tying goal coming at 14:30 of the third period.

Saginaw goaltender Jeff Weber turned back 28 shots in the effort. The tie takes Saginaw's record to 17-41-4-4 on the season and the Spirit finish the season with a pair of road games Friday and Saturday in Guelph and Erie, respectively.

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