Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Spirit and Plymouth now tied for first

The Saginaw Spirit downed their division rival Plymouth Whalers, 2-1, in Saginaw on Wednesday night.

With the win, the two teams are tied for top spot in the OHL's West Division.

All three goals came on the power play.

Saginaw struck first at 16:01 of the first period when Ryan McDonough flipped in a backhand shot that bounced in off of Whalers' netminder Justin Peters. Saginaw jumped up 2-1 at 7:54 of the second period on Jesse Gimblett’s backhand shot. Michal Birner and captain Patrick McNeill assisted on both Spirit goals.

The Whalers cut the lead to 2-1 at 10:25 of the second as Evan Brophey scored on a 5-on-3 power play with a slapshot from the point.

Spirit goalie Francois Thuot (pictured) had 41 saves on the night while Peters stopped 28.

Saginaw’s record improves to 35-30-1-0, with 71 points. The Spirit are tied in points with Plymouth (33-28-1-4) and currently hold the second seed in the Western Conference playoff race. The Spirit have two games remaining - in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday night and in Plymouth on Saturday night.

The Whalers play Friday night in Sarnia before Saturday's showdown.

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