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Game Day Preview: Spirit face Byfield, Wolves Friday in Sudbury

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Sudbury, ON. – Two top 2020 NHL Draft prospects face-off Friday, February 21 when Cole Perfetti and the Saginaw Spirit (34-16-3-2 73 pts. 4th in Western Conference) travels to the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ontario to take on Quinton Byfield and the Sudbury Wolves (29-25-1-0 59 pts. 2nd in Eastern Conference).  Puck drop for the second and final regular season meeting is set for 7:05 p.m.

NHL Central Scouting has Byfield ranked second among North American 2020 NHL Draft eligible skaters and Perfetti slotted fourth ahead of the NHL Draft, which will take place in Montreal, Quebec this June.

Fans can catch all the action on the flagship WSGW Newsradio 100.5 FM and www.wsgw.com with the voice of Saginaw Spirit hockey Joey Battaino on the call.  “Countdown to Face-off” begins 15 minutes prior to puck drop.

Fans can visit the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 2690 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw and join the official “Watch Party” for all Spirit away games. Admission is free of charge.

The Spirit were unable to overcome special team mistakes in a 6-5 overtime defeat to the Barrie Colts in their last game Thursday evening, which kicked off the three-game Northern Ontario road swing.  Saginaw surrendered two shorthanded goals and a power play tally to the Colts in the defeat.

OHL’s ‘On-the-Run’ Player of the Week Cole Perfetti extended his point streak to five games with an assist in the defeat Thursday night.  Perfetti, the 2018 fifth overall pick of the Saginaw Spirit, has five goals and eight assists for 13 points during the five-game point streak.  The Whitby, Ontario native Perfetti leads the Spirit with 64 assists and 98 points this season.  Perfetti is two points from tying the Saginaw Spirit single season record 100 points set by Jack Combs during the 2007-08 season.

Carolina Hurricanes first round pick Ryan Suzuki extended his point streak to nine games with a goal against the Colts Thursday evening, which tied his career-high mark set earlier this season.  The London, Ontario native Suzuki has registered a point in all but two of the 16 games the centerman has played for the Saginaw Spirit.

Saginaw Spirit captain Damien Giroux tallied his team-leading 35th goal of the season in a losing effort Thursday evening against the Colts.  The Minnesota Wild fifth round draft pick Giroux passed Saginaw Spirit alum Dylan Sadowy for seventh in team-history with 92 career OHL goals.

Grand Blanc, Michigan native Dalton Duhart, who played 11 games earlier this season for the Barrie Colts, netted a goal against his former club Thursday night.  Duhart comes into the game against Sudbury riding a three-game point streak and has goals in the past two games for the Spirit.

New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins has three goals in the past two games since the right-winger returned from a four-game suspension back on February 1.  The Jackson, Michigan native Jenkins brings a three-game point streak into the game against the Sudbury Wolves.

The Sudbury Wolves return home to take on the Spirit after they suffered a 5-2 road loss to the Peterborough Petes on Monday evening.

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Blake Murray tallied one of Sudbury’s two goals in the loss Monday against the Petes.  Murray, who hails from Uxbridge, Ontario, brings a five-game point streak into play Friday, including six goals and two assists during the stretch.  The Wolves left-winger has 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points this season, which puts him third among Sudbury players.

2019 Sudbury Wolves second round pick Chase Stillman is 10th among OHL rookies this season with 29 points.  The Wolves rookie right-winger Stillman supplied 12 goals in his first 51 OHL games.

Second rated North American 2020 NHL Draft prospect Quinton Byfield leads the Wolves in the major offensive categories this season.  Through 40 games in his second OHL season, Byfield has 32 goals with 42 assists for 74 points, which put the centerman 10th among OHL scorers.

The Sudbury Wolves have three players on their roster drafted by NHL clubs, forwards Matej Pekar (Buffalo Sabres), Blake Murray (Carolina Hurricanes), and defenseman Kalle Loponen (Toronto Maple Leafs).

Sudbury has three players listed in NHL Central Scoutings 2020 NHL Draft mid-term rankings in Quinton Byfield (2nd), Jack Thompson (67th), and Isaak Phillips (76th).

The Saginaw Spirit have a total of six players on their roster with NHL ties.  Ryan Suzuki (Carolina Hurricanes-signed), Blade Jenkins (NY Islanders), Cole Coskey (NY Islanders), Mason Millman (Philadelphia Flyers), Bode Wilde (NY Islanders-signed) and Damien Giroux (Minnesota Wild).

Saginaw has two players listed in the NHL Central Scouting 2020 NHL Draft Mid-term rankings, including fourth ranked prospect Cole PerfettiIlya Solovyov is listed as the 119th North American prospect available.

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