The Saginaw Spirit held on to beat the Kitchener Rangers 4-3 in a physical Ontario Hockey League playoff game Friday night.
The Spirit were up 4-0 when, at the 13:49 mark of the third period, a scrum broke out. When the dust settled, Saginaw's Tyler Murovich, Michael Kantor and Garret Ross had all earned game misconducts, while Kitchener's Micky Sartoretto and Andrew Crescenzi were also booted.
The game erupted when Rangers goalie Brandon Maxwell chased after Murovich, ripping the captain's helmet off.
"Did you watch the game?" said Maxwell, when asked why he'd engaged the forward. "No? You didn't? OK. The guy pulled me out of the crease. That's all."
Murovich said he was trying to defend his teammates when Maxwell was aggressively clearing them out of his crease.
"I just grabbed him and he started throwing them at me," said Murovich. "I wanted to get him out of there. I wanted to get him off of our guys."
The Rangers scored all three of their goals on the ensuing power plays, although the Spirit were able to hold them off for the win.
Kitchener leads the series 3-2. Game 6 will be Sunday afternoon in Saginaw.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Plymouth 6 Sault Ste. Marie 2; Brampton 4 Kingston 3 (OT) and London 6 Guelph 2.
At Kitchener, Ont., Vincent Trocheck, Jordan Szwarz, Jordan Hill and Mitch Fillman supplied the offence for the Spirit.
Jeff Skinner, Gabriel Landeskog and Jeremy Morin all had power-play goals in the third period for Kitchener.
Whalers 6 Greyhounds 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Phil McRae scored twice and added an assist as the Whalers won their series with Sault Ste. Marie.
AJ Jenks had a goal and two assists for Plymouth, while Ryan Hayes, Tyler Brown and Josh Brittain added singles as the Whalers took the series 4-1.
Brandon Archibald and Myles McCauley replied for the Greyhounds.
Battalion 4 Frontenacs 3 (OT)
At Kingston, Ont., Sean Jones had the winner as Brampton edged the Frontenacs in overtime.
Scott Tanski, Michael Santini and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Battalion.
Corey Durocher, Ethan Werek and Nathan Moon replied for Kingston.
The Battalion now lead the series 3-2. Brampton will host Game 6 on Sunday afternoon.
Knights 6 Storm 2
At London, Ont., Daniel Erlich scored twice as the Knights topped Guelph to take the series 4-1.
Nazem Kadri had a goal and four assists for London, while Seth Griffith and Colin Martin added singles.
Peter Holland and Michael Latta replied for the Storm.