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Third-period outburst lifts Saginaw Spirit to 7-2 win over Ottawa 67's

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OTTAWA - Jordan Szwarz scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Saginaw Spirit went on to score four more times in the final frame en route to a 7-2 defeat of the Ottawa 67's in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday.

Szwarz, who would later also pick up an assist, struck just after the 67's failed to capitalize on a power-play opportunity with the score tied 2-2 and Saginaw pulled away from there.

Tomas Zaborsky scored twice and set up another goal and Joe Pleckaitis, a former member of the 67's, and Jack Combs each had a goal and two assists for the Spirit (5-4-2-1), who won for the second straight game.

Tyler Murovich recorded a goal and an assist and Jason McDonough also scored.

Brad Smith chipped in with three assists and Parker Van Buskirk made 22 saves to earn the victory in goal for the visitors.

Rookies Ryan Martindale and Michael Latta replied for the slumping 67's (5-6-0-2).

Adam Courchaine stopped 35 shots in goal for Ottawa, which lost for the fifth straight game and the seventh time in their past eight contests.

The 67's have won just one of six games at home to start the season.

"We're in a huge slump right now and we've got to get past it," Ottawa captain Jamie McGinn said. "We're not firing for a full 60 minutes. It's embarrassing, especially at home, and you don't like to hear the fans boo you either."

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