Monday, January 30, 2006

Spirit fall in OT to Greyhounds on Sunday

The Saginaw Spirit added to their West Division lead with Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Sault Ste. Marie at home. Saginaw now has 53 points to second-place Plymouth's 50, with one game in hand.

The Greyhounds opened the scoring late in the first period, when captain Tyler Kennedy scored. The 'Hounds made it 2-0 early in the second period on a goal from Scott Restoule.

Sault Ste. Marie carried the 2-0 lead through much of the second period before Saginaw cut the Soo lead to 2-1 at 15:19. Spirit forwards Tom Pyatt and Ryan McDonough connected with linemate Jesse Gimblett on the power play.

The Spirit tied the game at 11:25 of the third, when forward Michal Birner (pictured) picked the puck off the boards then beat the Soo's Kyle Gajewski on a breakaway.

Saginaw entered OT on the penalty kill and the Greyhounds strick 1:17 into the extra period, when Josh Godfrey scored on a one-timer from the blue line.

Spirit goalie Francois Thuot had 37 saves in the effort, completing a streak of three games where he gave up just four goals on 119 shots for a 1.32 goals against average and a .966 save percentage. Saginaw's record moves to 26-20-1-0 on the season.

The Spirit resume action Thursday in Windsor against the Spitfires. The Spirit return home Friday to face the Spits.

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