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Game 6 Preview: Spirit try to rebound after Game five shutout

Guelph, ON – The Saginaw Spirit will get their second chance at advancing to the OHL Championship Series Sunday, April 28 in Game six of the Western Conference Final. The Spirit lead the series, 3-2. Puck drop from the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario is at 2:00 p.m.

The Storm extended the best-of-seven after a 4-0 victory in Saginaw for Game Five.  Guelph is undefeated in elimination games this postseason after defeating the London Knights in four-straight games in the second round.

Watch Game six live on OHLLive.com or listen live on the flagship WSGW Newsradio 100.5 FM and fmtalk1005.com with the voice of the Saginaw Spirit Joey Battaino and Dennis Desrosiers on the call.  “Countdown to Faceoff” starts 15 minutes prior to puck drop in Game Five.

Fans can also watch the game live from the Saginaw Spirit “Watch Party” from the 2690 Tittabawassee Road Buffalo Wild Wings location.

Rookie goaltender Tristan Lennox has started the past three games for the Spirit after a five-game suspension was handed to Arizona Coyotes draft pick Ivan Prosvetov.  Lennox was busy in Game Five Friday after the Storm outshot the Spirit, 43-20, but earned third star honors with 39 saves.

The 16-year old net-minder boasts 2.86 goals against average with a save percentage of .925 in five career postseason appearances.

2018 Florida Panthers 10th overall pick Owen Tippett is second in the Ontario Hockey League with 22 points this postseason.  The Mississauga, Ontario native’s 11 postseason goals this season is tied for first in the OHL.

Overager Reagan O’Grady leads the OHL playoffs this season with a plus/minus rating of plus-18.  The Lindsay, Ontario native was a negative plus/minus rating in Game Five for the first time since Game One of the first round.

Saginaw Spirit first round pick Cole Perfetti was held scoreless in Game Five for the first time in the Western Conference Championship series.  The rookie forward had eight points for the Spirit in the first four games against the Storm.

The Western Conference Finals features two of the top-three goal scoring defensemen in this year’s playoffs.

New York Islanders second round selection Bode Wilde is third in the OHL this postseason with seven goals for Saginaw.  The Plymouth, Michigan native pushed Game Two into overtime with a late third period power play goal.  Since the defenseman’s heroics in Game Two, Wilde has not registered a point.

Edmonton Oilers signee Dmitri Samorukov moved up to second among OHL defensemen with eight postseason goals this year.  The Russian defenseman took over Game Five with a hat trick and four points.

Both Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi extended their postseason-high 10-game point streaks on Friday night.

Suzuki, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, assisted on all four Guelph goals in Game Five.  The London, Ontario native collected seven goals and 15 assists during the 10-game hot-streak.  Suzuki leads the OHL playoffs this season in both assists (18) and points (29).

Durzi, a trade deadline addition for the Storm this season, is second among Storm players with 16 assists in this year’s playoffs.  The Los Angeles Kings prospect has an assist in every game of the Western Conference Finals.

Guelph captain Isaac Ratcliffe contributed six points in the five games this series.  The 2017 Philadelphia Flyers 35th overall pick tallied the insurance goal in Game Five against the Spirit.

Guelph has 11 players with rights owned by NHL teams, forwards Cam Hillis (Montreal Canadiens), Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens-signed), MacKenzie Entwistle (Chicago Blackhawks-signed), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues-signed), Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes-signed), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers-signed), defensemen Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers-signed), Sean Durzi (Los Angeles Kings), Markus Phillips (Los Angeles Kings), and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs.)

The Spirit also boasts eight players drafted by NHL clubs, forwards Brady Gilmour (Detroit Red Wings), Blade Jenkins (New York Islanders), Owen Tippett (Florida Panthers-signed), Ryan McLeod (Edmonton Oilers), Damien Giroux (Minnesota Wild), defensemen Reilly Webb (Detroit Red Wings), Bode Wilde (New York Islanders-signed), and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (Arizona Coyotes).

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