Friday, February 03, 2006

Saginaw beaten in Windsor, 6-4

The Saginaw Spirit fell 6-4 to the Windsor Spitfires in Windsor Thursday night.

However, Saginaw maintained a three-point lead on first place in the OHL West Division over idle Plymouth.

Spirit forward Ryan McDonough's two goals gives him 68 points, tying the Spirit team record for points in a season set by former Spirit forward Nick Lees in the 2003-2004 season.

Windsor struck just 12 seconds into the first period when winger Bryan Bickell scored. Left wing Patrick Davis (Sterling Heights) scored just past the two-minute mark, making it 2-0 Windsor. Davis' second goal of the game made it 3-0 at 11:01 of the first. The Spitfires outshot Saginaw 22-10 in the first period.

Davis completed a power play in the seventh minute of the second to give Windsor a 4-0 lead. But Saginaw broke Windsor goalie Anthony Guadagnolo's shutout twenty seconds later when McDonough scored his first of two goals. Forward Tom Craig assisted. Windsor's Mickey Renaud made it 5-1 at 9:31 of the second to end the scoring for the period.

Saginaw cut into Windsor's lead early in the third period, when McDonough (pictured) scored from linemate Tom Pyatt and captain Patrick McNeill. Davis' fourth goal of the game extended Windsor's lead to 6-2. But Saginaw continued to chip away at the Spitfires lead.

Saginaw's Vaclav Meidl scored on the power play, from Ryan Berard and Jesse Gimblett, at 10:35 to make it 6-3. Gimblett then scored from Meidl three minutes later to make it 6-4 Windsor.

The Spirit challenged but could not catch Windsor the rest of the way.

Spirit goalie Ryan Daniels had 34 saves in the contest.

Saginaw's record moves to 26-21-1-0 on the season, in first place in the West and second place in the Western Conference. The Spirit resume action tonight versus Windsor at the Dow Event Center at 7:11 p.m.

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