The Guelph Storm lost for the second time in a row versus the Spirit on Friday night in Saginaw and have watched a 2-1 series lead turn into a 3-2 deficit heading into Game Six at the Sleeman Centre on Sunday night at 7 pm.
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On Saturday night, the Storm held leads of 1-0 and 3-2 in the first and second period respectively, but when it mattered most at the end of sixty minutes it was the Spirit that owned the 5-4 advantage.
Sam Lofquist was the lone Guelph player to collect two points with a pair of assists giving him seven points in five post-season games. For the Spirit, three different forwards had multi-point contests led by John McFarland and Jordan Szwarz who each had three points.
For the third straight game in Saginaw, the line of Peter Holland, Taylor Beck and Daniel Erlich staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead when Holland scored his second of the post-season at 7:42. Late in the opening stanza, Saginaw tied the game when McFarland scored the first of two Spirit powerplay goals.
Early in the second, Saginaw grabbed their first lead on Szwarz first of the night at 4:36. After allowing two straight, the Storm would bounce back with a pair of their own to restore their one goal bulge. Francis Menard with his team leading fourth of the series evened the score before Scott Kosmachuk potted his first career playoff goal just past the midway mark of the second. For the second straight period, the Storm led late only to see Saginaw respond with another goal on the man advantage. This time it was Josh Shalla that knotted the score.
The Storm controlled the early going in the third with several great chances. When the Spirit finally picked up their first shot on goal in the stanza, it turned out to be the go ahead marker. After a Guelph turnover inside their own blueline, Szwarz pounced on a loose puck down low and shoved it past Brandon Foote to make it 4-3 Saginaw. The home side’s lead would last only 3:49 until Erlich took a Beck pass and buried it past Mavric Parks. Vincent Trocheck scored the game winner minutes later on a shot that Foote would like to have back. Guelph had a great chance to find the equalizer with 26 seconds of five-on-three powerplay and an extended man advantage that they failed to convert. The Storm powerplay was shutout on the night going 0 for 4.
Game Six of the series goes tomorrow night in Guelph at 7 pm. Two nights later if necessary, the teams will meet in Saginaw for Game Seven.
Guelph Storm 4 at Saginaw Spirit 5 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, April 2, 2011 – Dow Event Center
Guelph 1 2 1 – 4
Saginaw 1 2 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Guelph, Holland 2 (Gaskin, Foote), 7:42. 2, Saginaw, McFarland 3 17:44 (PP). Penalties-Campbell Gue (tripping), 8:45; McGinn Gue (charging), 15:55; Erlich Gue (check from behind), 18:59.
2nd Period-3, Saginaw, Szwarz 2 (Hermenegildo, McFarland), 4:36. 4, Guelph, Menard 4 (Lofquist, Mitchell), 7:07. 5, Guelph, Kosmachuk 1 (Pedan, Lofquist), 10:34. 6, Saginaw, Shalla 5 (Sisca, Szwarz), 17:31 (PP). Penalties-Saad Sag (slashing), 11:40; Mitchell Gue (slashing), 16:27; Van Laren Gue (slashing), 18:08; Telegin Sag (holding opp. stick), 18:26.
3rd Period-7, Saginaw, Szwarz 3 (Telegin, McFarland), 5:16. 8, Guelph, Erlich 3 (Beck, Finn), 9:05. 9, Saginaw, Trocheck 2 (Shalla), 11:46. Penalties-Camara Sag (check from behind), 13:34; O’Connor Sag (delay of game), 15:08; Holland Gue (roughing), 20:00; Latta Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Panik Gue (check to the head), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 7-14-12-33. Saginaw 13-11-7-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 0 / 4; Saginaw 2 / 6.
Goalies-Guelph, Foote 2-2-0-0 (31 shots-26 saves). Saginaw, Parks 2-2-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Scott Hoberg (13), Mike Cairns (34).
Linesmen-Andrew Hubbard (70), Ryan Lachine (81).