Windsor 6 Saginaw 2 - Series tied 2-2
Windsor dominated just about every aspect of game 4 and needed to do just that to even up the series at 2 games apiece and guarantee at least one more game in Windsor. But before that can happen someone has to win game 5 in Saginaw on Saturday and that team will return to Windsor on Sunday with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to move on and face the Mississauga St Mikes Majors in the Western Conference Finals.
It took just 4:40 of play for, who else but Ryan Ellis to convert on the powerplay to put Windsor up 1-0. Nick Ebert and Stephen Johnston assisted on what was Ellis' 5th of the post season. Alex Khokhlachev would add to the lead with his 6th when he was set up by Tom Kuhnhackl and Adrian Robertson at 8:30 of the first period.
Jeff Brown would make it 3-0 at the 12:37 mark when he notched his 3rd goal of the playoffs with Taylor Carnevale and Kerby Rychel drawing the assists. Kenny Ryan would close out the scoring in the first at 16:33. The assists went to Zack Kassian and Johnston, his second of the game.
Windsor fired 13 shots at Saginaw goaltender Mavric Parks while the Spirit directed 11 at Jack Campbell.
Saginaw got on the board with a powerplay goal of their on at the 3:40 mark when Jordan Szwarz and Ivan Telegin set up Josh Shalla for his 8th goal. Jake Carrick would restore the Spitfires 4 goal lead, again on the powerplay with his 6th goal with the assists going to Ellis and Robertson. That's the way the period would end with Saginaw outshooting Windsor 12-11.
John McFarland would score his 5th at 10:11 of the third to bring Saginaw back within 3 off of a setup from Mathew Sisca and Ben Chiarot. But just 21 seconds later, Carrick would score his second of the game to close out the scoring with assists going to Khokhlachev and Robertson with his third.
Windsor would out shoot Saginaw 9-8 and 33-31 overall.