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      Spirit smothered early as Windsor ties series

      John McFarland's third period goal was one of the few bright spots for the Spirit, who lost for the first time in five games at Windsor this season. / Dillon Collier
      The Saginaw Spirit suffered their first loss of the season at the WFCU Centre of Windsor, a 6-2 defeat that evens up the playoff series between the two teams at two games apiece. The Spirit host the Spitfires for game five of the best-of-seven series Saturday at The Dow Event Center of Saginaw.The Spitfires opened up a four goal lead in the first period, courtesy goals from defenseman Ryan Ellis, center Alexander Khokhlachev, winger Jeff Brown and winger Kenny Ryan. The Spirit would reduce the deficit to 4-1 early in the second period with winger Josh Shalla scoring a power play goal at the 3:40 mark from winger Jordan Szwarz and center Ivan Telegin, but the Spitfires would regain their four goal advantage moments later with winger Jake Carrick scoring a power play goal later in the frame. The Spirit continued to pressure and moved the score to 5-2 after center John McFarland scored from center Mathew Sisca and defenseman Ben Chiarot at 10:32 in the third, but the Spitfires would bounce right back seconds later to make it 6-2 courtesy Carrick TMs second goal of the night.Spirit goalie Mavric Parks posted 27 saves on 33 shots, while Spitfires goalie Jack Campbell notched 29 saves on 31 shots.Catch the Playoff Spirit! The Saginaw Spirit host the Windsor Spitfires at The Dow Event Center for game five of the series on Saturday, April 16 at 7:11 PM. Tickets are on sale now at, The Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street in Saginaw or by calling 989-497-7747, The Dow Event Center Box Office and any TicketMaster outlet. The Spirit playoffs are presented by the Great Lakes Bay Region Convention and Visitors Bureau.Game six of the series will be played at the WFCU Centre in Windsor on Sunday, April 17th at 7:05 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office (Gate 2 of the WFCU Centre) by phone at -866-969-WFCU or online at For group ticket packages, fans can call Nathan Sellon of the Spitfires at -519-254-5000 ext. 212.WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS " SAGINAW SPIRIT (2) vs. Windsor Spitfires (4):GAME ONE: WINDSOR 3 at SAGINAW 0 FinalGAME TWO: SAGINAW 5 at WINDSOR 4 OT FinalGAME THREE: WINDSOR 2 at SAGINAW 5 FinalGAME FOUR: SAGINAW 2 at WINDSOR 6 FinalGAME FIVE: Saturday, April 16 in Saginaw; 7:11 PM " Radio: FM Talk and Sports WSGW 100.5GAME SIX: Sunday, April 17 in Windsor; 7:05 PM " Radio: FM Talk and Sports WSGW 100.5; TV: My5 Channel 6GAME SEVEN: Monday, April 18 in Saginaw; 7:11 PM (If necessary) " Radio: FM Talk and Sports WSGW 100.5