Busdeker earns second star honors in 5-3 loss to Sarnia

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Sunday, October 28, 2018


Sarnia, Ontario – The Saginaw Spirit traveled to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena to take on the Sarnia Sting. The game was the second of six games between the two West Division rivals this season. Saginaw dropped the first game against Sarnia back on September 22, 6-2.


Saginaw’s 2018 first round pick Cole Perfetti gave the Spirit a quick, 1-0 lead just 5:40 into the opening frame. Perfetti and alternate captain D.J. Busdekercame down on a two-on-one rush, Perfetti banked a shot off a Sting defender that squeaked into the Sarnia net.


Sarnia’s Nick Grima tied the game just under five minutes later off a Spirit turn over at center ice. Grima took a shot from the right circle that beat Spirit goaltender Cameron Lamour’s glove. The goal was Grima’s first of the season and matches his season total from last season.


Perfetti nearly gave Saginaw the lead heading into the second period. Busdeker sent a pass from behind the net to Perfetti who took a shot from a sharp angle that nearly the Sarnia net-minder. The two teams took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.


The second period was wide open with several odd man rushes for both teams. Sarnia’s Sean Josling scored his sixth goal of the season just 5:05 into the second period. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ryan McGregor took a shot from the right point that Josling put home the rebound for the goal.


As the midway point of the second period neared, Saginaw’s Cole Coskey tied the game, 2-2 for the Spirit. Coskey made a great move past Grosse Pointe, Michigan native Mitch Eliot and came down on a two-on-one rush with Albert Michnac. Coskey chose to take the shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Sarnia’s Aidan Hughes under the blocker.


Aidan Prueter scored his second goal of the season about six minutes later in the second period. Detroit Red Wings prospect Reilly Webb and Dexter, Michigan native D.J. Busdeker provided the two assists on the play. The goal was Prueter’s first tally since opening night against the Soo Greyhounds.


Just 30 seconds later, The Sarnia Sting would tie the game off a three-on-two rush from Kelton Hatcher. Hatcher took a feed from Sarnia’s leading scorer Hugo Leufvenius from the left face-off dot and took a shot that beat Lamour over his glove. Saginaw and Sarnia would go into the second intermission tied, 3-3.

Sarnia controlled play throughout the third frame only allowing four Saginaw shots during the entire period.


The game-winning goal for the Sting would come from Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Salinitri with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Salinitri took a shot from the right face-off circle that beat the goaltender.

Salinitri would add an insurance tally in Saginaw’s empty-net with just eight seconds remaining in regulation. With the two goals, Salinitri now has 10 over his career against the Saginaw Spirit. Sarnia out shot Saginaw, 9-4 in the third period and, 27-21 for the game.


The loss saw the end to Overager Albert Michnac’s league-leading 13 game point streak. Michnac was held scoreless for the first time this season.


With the loss, Saginaw drops to 7-5-1-1 for 16 points, good for fifth in the Western Conference.


Applebee’s Three Stars of the Game:

  1. Anthony Salinitri – SAR – 2G
  2. D.J. Busdeker – SAG – 2A
  3. Nick Grima – SAR – G


Saginaw returns home Saturday, November 3, to take on the Guelph Storm for First Responders Night at The Dow Event Center. The puck drops at 7:05 with a player poster give-away item for fans presented by Jets Pizza. The Spirit surged back from a five goal deficit to salvage a point in their, 6-5 overtime loss to the Storm back on September 29.


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