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FUTURE WATCH: Samorukov scores but McLeod's Spirit secure 3-1 series lead

Battle between Oilers prospects in OHL Western Conference Final skewing towards Saginaw with 4-1 win over Guelph in Game 4

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers blueline prospect Dmitri Samorukov scored his fifth goal and 14th point of the OHL playoffs but his Guelph Storm dropped a 4-1 decision to Saginaw on Wednesday as the Spirit secured a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Championship.

The Spirit took a 3-0 lead into the final frame but Samorukov gave the Storm some life 4:45 into the third period, sniping a wrist shot through traffic from the high slot. Saginaw scored the dagger midway through the frame, however, for the 4-1 final.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 FINALLY! @Samorukov_D snipes one to get us on the board! We trail 3-1 still.#GUEvsSAG

The defenceman, drafted by Edmonton 84th overall in 2017, scored 10 goals in 59 regular season games but is already up to five tallies in 15 post-season contests thus far.

Fellow Oilers draft pick Ryan McLeod was held off the scoresheet in Game 4 but was +1 with a pair of shots on goal in the Saginaw win. The centreman has scored five goals and 12 points as his Spirit are just one victory away from advancing to the OHL Championship series.

The series shifts back to Saginaw for Game 5 on Friday. A Spirit victory would slot them into the league final against the Ottawa 67's, who completed their sweep of the Oshawa Generals with a 2-1 OT victory in Game 4 also on Wednesday.

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