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Game Day Preview: Spirit host Greyhounds in middle game of three-in-three weekend

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Saginaw, MI. – The Western Conference-leading Saginaw Spirit (26-12-2-2 56 pts.) finishes a home-and-home series with the West Division rival Soo Greyhounds (20-20-2-0 42 pts.) for their sixth of eight regular season meetings.  Puck drop from Wendler Arena inside The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan begins at 7:05 p.m.

The Spirit took the front end of the home-and-home series with a 5-2 road victory against the Greyhounds Friday evening.  The Spirit are 4-1-0-0 in five games this season versus the rival Greyhounds.

The game Saturday is Mary Free Bed Night presented by Covenant HealthCare at The Dow Event Center, where the Saginaw Spirit will be handing out Theribands to patrons upon entry to the arena.

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

To purchase tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visit www.saginawspirit.com, or visit the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw MI.

2019 Carolina Hurricanes first round pick Ryan Suzuki completed his first career Ontario Hockey League (OHL) hat trick in the victory over the Soo.  The first goal of Suzuki’s night was his first since the Saginaw Spirit acquired the center prior to the trade deadline.  Since the acquisition, Suzuki has a point in all three games he has played for the Spirit. The next point for Suzuki will be his 150th career OHL point.

The NHL Central Scouting’s 4th ranked North American  skater heading into the 2020 NHL Draft, Cole Perfetti extended his already career-high point streak to 12 games with a goal and two assists against the Greyhounds Friday evening.  The Saginaw Spirit leading scorer has nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points during his 12-game tear.  The Whitby, Ontario native Perfetti is second among OHL players with 72 points this season.

New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey contributed three assists to extend his point streak to six games.  The Zion, Illinois native Coskey had opportunity to extend his goal streak in the third period of the game against the Hounds but unselfishly passed the puck for Suzuki to complete the hat trick with the Soo net empty.  Coskey is second among Spirit players with 57 points (25G, 32A) this season.

Captain Damien Giroux has points in the last three games and six of his last seven games for the Saginaw Spirit.  The Minnesota Wild prospect provided two helpers in the victory over the Soo, which gives him 20 assists on the season.  Giroux leads the Saginaw Spirit with 27 goals this season in just 41 games.

Saginaw forward Jake Goldowski brings a six-game point streak into Saturday’s game against the Greyhounds.  The Thornhurst, Pennsylvania native extended his point streak with the Spirit’s second empty-net goal for the eventual 5-2 victory over the Soo.  The Spirit right-winger is just one-goal from tying his career-high 13 goals last season for Saginaw.

The Soo Greyhounds have lost their last two consecutive games and the last four matchups against the Saginaw Spirit.

Centerman Joe Carroll’s first period goal against the Spirit gave the Soo the lead but the Soo were unable to hold on in the 5-2 defeat.  The goal was Carroll’s 10th of the season, which is a new career-high for the Carp, Ontario native.

Greyhounds leading scorer Zack Trott notched his 16th goal of the season in the third period of Friday’s game against Saginaw.  In just 40 games this season, the Soo left-winger has past his career-high totals in goals (16), assists (25), and points (41).

2020 NHL Draft prospect Ryan O’Rourke added an assist on Carroll’s first period goal on Friday.  O’Rourke ranks 32nd among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking.  The Soo blueliner has six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in his 32 games this season.

The Soo Greyhounds have one player with rights owned by NHL teams in defenseman Jacob LeGuerrier (Montreal Canadiens).  The 2019 fifth round pick of the Canadiens has 4 goals and 16 assists for 20 points this season for the Greyhounds.

The Soo have five players listed in the 2020 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list in ‘B’ prospects Rory Kerins, Tanner Dickenson, Ryan O’Rourke, and Jaromir Pytlic, along with ‘C’ prospect Cole MacKay.

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

Saginaw has two players listed in the 2020 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list, including ‘A’ prospect Cole PerfettiIlya Solovyov is listed as a ‘C’ prospect.

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