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Shalla scores in overtime, Spirit even series with Sting at two games each

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SAGINAW, Mich. - Josh Shalla scored his second goal of the game 1:48 into overtime as the Saginaw Spirit beat the Sarnia Sting 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.

Shalla scored the winner on a rebound from a point shot from Brandon Archibald.

The Spirit, who lost the last two games of the series on overtime, tied the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal at 2-2. Game 5 is Friday in Sarnia, Ont.

Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists while Garret Ross also scored for the Spirit. Brad Walch and Archibald had two assists each.

Brett Thompson, Nail Yakupov and Nathan Chiarlitti scored for Sarnia and Ludvig Rensfeldt chipped in with a pair of assists.

Saginaw outshot Sarnia by a wide margin of 50-24. JP Anderson was very busy with 46 saves for the Sting while Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 24 shots for the Spirit.

Both teams failed to score with the man advantage. Sarnia was 0-for-3 and Saginaw 0-for-4.

Saginaw came out of the gate strong, outshooting Sarnia 5-0 in the early going. The Spirit opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period on a breakaway goal from Ross.

Saginaw went up 2-0 at 12:09 of the first as Shalla scored high in the net.

Thompson cut Saginaw's lead at 17:26 of the first, slipping the puck under Paterson.

Saginaw continued to take the play to Sarnia in the second period with a 19-6 edge in shots, but the Sting scored the period's only goal. Yakupov tied the game at 17:23 with a shot from the boards that deflected off a Spirit player.

Chiarlitti put the Sting in front for the first time in the game, firing a shot from the point inside the blue-line that hit the post and went in at 11:07 of the third period.

Saad tied the game just 65 seconds later, scoring on a rebound from in front.

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