Otters end Spirit's season in OT

Erie celebrates their 2nd goal of the game Thursday.

For the third time this series Saginaw and Erie went into overtime, and for the second time this series, it was the Spirit who came out with the short end of the stick.

Only this time, there's no tomorrow to work on today's mistakes.

Erie jumped ahead 1-0 with fourteen minutes left in the first period when Connor McDavid jammed home a rebound that was assisted by Brendan Gaunce and Dane Fox. The Spirit tied the game at one when Dylan Sadowy scored a goal that was assisted by Justin Kea and Jesse Graham with two minutes remaining in the first period. Saginaw took a 2-1 lead on Erie 27 seconds later when Justin Kea checked an Erie defender off the puck and netted a nifty backhand goal.

Erie's Brendan Gaunce fired home a wicked wrister to tie the game at two with nine minutes left in the second period that was set up by Dane Fox and Joel Wigle.

A scoreless third period led to the third overtime game of the series, where Erie's Michael Curtis netted the series clinching goal 3:57 into the overtime period that was assisted by Spencer Abraham resulting in a 3-2 final score. Saginaw's Jake Paterson was exceptional in goal once again for the Spirit stopping 36 Otters shots while earning the first star of the game.

(Courtesy: Saginaw Spirit)