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Saginaw scores three in the first period to defeat the IceDogs 4-2 @NHLdotcom

SAGINAW, Mich. - The Saginaw Spirit came up with an offensive surge one night after they were shut out by the Barrie Colts, scoring three times in the first period to beat the Niagara IceDogs 4-2 in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.

Newly acquired Jordan Skellett had a goal and an assist while T. J. Brodie chipped in with a pair of assists. Skellett opened the scoring at the 35 second mark to give the Spirit the early lead only to see Niagara tie the game on a goal from Andrew Agozzino four minutes later.

Saginaw (7-4-0-0) came right back with a goal from Jack Combs - putting the Spirit ahead for good - and Chris Chappell scored a power play goal which turned out to be the winner.

After a scoreless second period, both teams tallied once in the final period. Saginaw made it 4-1 on an unassisted goal from Adam Comrie and Niagara (3-6-1-3) finished off the scoring with a goal from Mathew Sisca.

Spirit workhorse Edward Pasquale was strong in his eleventh straight start, stopping 33 shots, and Mark Visentin made 17 saves in a losing effort for the IceDogs.

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