The series went about the same as one can expect when a 105-point team takes on a 56-point team. To nobody’s surprise, the Erie Otters were able to cruise to a series sweep, and it wasn’t particularly close.
Game 1 was the start of the onslaught, with the Otters opening up a 5-0 lead before the halfway mark of the second period, two of which came from Kyle Petit. Saginaw managed to get on the board before the final buzzer, but the tone had already been set. Game 2 was more of the same, with Erie scoring four unanswered goals to jump to a 4-0 lead and never looking back. Erie would take the 7-3 win.
With the series shifting to Saginaw, there was an improvement from the Spirit, getting a boost from their home fans. In Game 3, it seemed as though they had found their offence, and managed to match the Otters when Erie scored two quick goals to start the game. The good times stopped there though, with Erie pulling away with four unanswered goals. Erie would win 6-3. Game 4 again saw Erie jumping up to a huge lead, scoring four unanswered. Saginaw fought back, and managed to find themselves only down one goal, late in the third. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they would get, with an empty net goal sealing the game and the series for Erie.
Dylan Strome – 4GP, 4G 5A 9Pts, +3
Alex DeBrincat – 4GP, 3G 6A 9Pts, +3
Travis Dermott – 4GP, 2G 6A 8Pts, +7
Connor Brown – 4GP, 4G 0A 4Pts, -1
Brady Gilmour – 4GP, 1G 2A 3Pts, +1
Jesse Barwell – 4GP, 2G 1A 3Pts, Even
Devin Williams (3-0-0-0) 2.48 GAA, 0.880 Sv%, 0 SO
Jake Lawr (1-0-0-0) 3.16 GAA, 0.868 Sv%, 0 SO
Evan Cormier (0-3-0-0) 7.22 GAA, 0.844 Sv%, 0 SO
Cam Zanussi (0-1-0-0) 1.71 GAA, 0.929 Sv%, 0 SO
Series At A Glance
Game 1: Saginaw 1 @ Erie 5
Game 2: Saginaw 3 @ Erie 7
Game 3: Erie 6 @ Saginaw 3
Game 4: Erie 6 @ Saginaw 4