Saturday, February 04, 2006

Spirit knock off Windsor in OT

Last night, the Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit showed why the West Division is still up for grabs.

Ryan McDonough tipped in the game-winner 1:11 into overtime as the Spirit beat the Spitfires, 7-6.

Zack Torquato put the Spirit up 1-0 after 20 minutes and then Jesse Gimblett and Ryan Berard (pictured) put the Spirit up 3-0 before the three-minute mark of the second period.

Bryan Bickell, on a two-man power play, and Saginaw captain Patrick McNeill would then exchange goals to make it 4-1.

The Spitfires managed to get back in the game when Jared Cipparone and Cal O'Reilly scored 12-seconds apart to make it 4-3.

Berard and McNeill twice put the Spirit up two goals in the third period, but Bickell and Iain McPhee countered.

Spirit goalie Francois Thuot stopped 20 shots in the effort.

The win takes first-place Saginaw's record to 27-21-1-0 on the season, with 55 points. The Spirit return to action tonight against the Guelph Storm. The Spirit will host a post-game autograph session and welcome former Red Wing great Ted Lindsay.

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