Spirit drop 4-1 road decision to Erie Otters
the Spirit gave up goals on the first two shots of the game, then gave up another two late third period goals....
By: Jason Marcoux
24th February, 2018
The Saginaw Spirit (27-23-8-0) gave up two early first period goals, followed by another two goals late in the third period, ultimately dropping a 4-1 decision to the Erie Otters (19-29-7-3) at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, PA tonight.
The Otters had jumped out to an early lead, scoring on its first two shots of the game when Kyle Maksimovich buried his twenty-sixth goal of the season at 3:06 of the opening period, which was followed by Chad Yetman's eighth goal of the season at 4:21 of the first period for a 2-0 Erie lead.
Following an Erie penalty midway through the opening period, Spirit rookie Blade Jenkins (18) capitalized with a power play goal to cut the Erie lead to 2-1 with assists coming from fellow rookies Nicholas Porco and Duncan Penman at 14:34 of the first period.
The Otters extended its lead again early in the third when Patrick Fellows (10) scored his tenth of the season from Maxim Golod and Alex Gritz for a 3-1 Erie lead at 5:18 of the third period.
Just a couple minutes after the Fellows goal, Erie put the game out of reach for the Spirit, adding to its lead when defenseman Owen Headrick (11) scored from the point, giving Erie a 4-1 lead at 7:59 of the third period.
Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced in net for Saginaw, while his counterpart, Daniel Murphy turned away 25 of the 26 Spirit shots he saw in between the pipes for the Otters tonight.
The Spirit will look to get back on track in a couple days when they host the Oshawa Generals for a 5:30 pm face off at the Dow Event Center on Sunday afternoon.