The Saginaw Spirit (11-13-3-2) scored two goals in the third period to force overtime then beat the Hamilton Bulldogs (13-11-3-2) 4-3 for its first shootout win of the season at First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON tonight.
Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier stopped Hamilton's first two shooters, then Saginaw defenseman Filip Hronek scored to take an advantage, leaving Cormier to stop the Bulldogs' Benjamin Gleason for the shootout win.
Former Flint Firebird Will Bitten (8) had scored for Hamilton with 41 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 3 goals apiece and force overtime, where neither team managed to score.
Hamilton would draw first blood when Connor Walters (2) beat Cormier for his second goal of the season at 7:16 of the first period.
The Spirit responded a minute later when Jesse Barwell (5) scored his fifth of the season at the 8:16 mark of the period for a 1-1 tie.
Bitten (7) scored at 11:14 of the first period to give Hamilton a 2-1 lead which it would take all the way to the third period as neither team managed to score in the second period.
After having his first point snatched from him on a scoring correction following Thursday night's game in Saginaw, D.J. Busdeker (1) would not be denied tonight, scoring his first career OHL goal at 5:11 of the third period to tie the game at 2 goals apiece.
Red hot Spirit forward Hayden Hodgson (13) put his team back on top 3-2 with his thirteenth goal of the season at 16:27 of the third period before Bitten's goal tied the game forcing overtime.
Marcus Crawford, Brady Gilmour, Kirill Maksimov, Cole Coskey, and Damien Giroux all added assists for the Spirit tonight.
Cormier was solid once again turning away 33 of the 36 Hamilton shots he would face between the pipes for the Spirit tonight.
The Spirit will continue on its eastern conference road trip with a visit to the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, ON against the first place Oshawa Generals tomorrow night before returning home Wed. to host rival the Flint Firebirds for a 7:05 pm game in the I-75 Divide Cup Series at the Dow Event Center.