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Game Day Preview: Spirit host Storm on ‘Talk Today, Hope for Tomorrow’ Mental Health Awareness Night

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Game Notes: 2-8-20 vs. Guelph

Saginaw, MI. – The West Division leading Saginaw Spirit (31-15-2-2 66 pts.) hosts the Midwest Division’s Guelph Storm (25-19-1-4 55 pts.) Saturday, February 8 for the sixth annual ‘Talk Today, Hope for Tomorrow’ Mental Health Awareness presented by Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.  Puck drop for the fourth and final meeting of the season begins at 7:05 p.m.

The Spirit dropped the first three meetings of the season against the Storm, including a 3-2 shootout loss at The Dow Event Center in the last contest.

Prior to the game against the Storm, the Budweiser Red Room will feature a Local Area Mental Health Professionals Special Presentation in attempt to bring awareness to mental health issues and help put an end to the stigma that surrounds them.

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” with host Charley Porter begins 15 minutes prior to puck drop.

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.

The Saginaw Spirit are coming off a 7-3 defeat to the CHL’s eighth ranked London Knights Friday evening on the road.  Saginaw was unable to recover after they surrendered five second period goals to the Knights.

Former London Knights draft pick Dalton Duhart provided a bright spot for the Spirit with two goals in the game.  The Grand Blanc, Michigan native Duhart has scored nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points since the Spirit acquired the forward from the Barrie Colts earlier this season.

Spirit Left-winger Danny Katic scored the other goal for Saginaw in Saturday’s contest versus the Knights.  During this season, the South Porcupine, Ontario native Katic has already surpassed his career-highs in every offensive category with nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points.

Overage defenseman Riley Webb has at least a point in all three games the Spirit defenseman has played since he returned from injury.  The former Detroit Red Wings draft pick assisted on Katic’s goal to open the scoring in Saturday’s game.

With an assist on Duhart’s second goal of the game against the Knights, 2019 Carolina Hurricanes 28th overall pick Ryan Suzuki extended his point streak to four games.  Since the Spirit acquired the centerman, Suzuki has scored a point in nine of the 11 games played in a Saginaw Spirit uniform.

Saginaw Spirit leading scorer Cole Perfetti’s six game point streak came to an end when the Whitby, Ontario native failed to register a point against the London Knights.  The 2020 NHL Draft fourth ranked North American prospect has points in 18 of his last 20 contests coming into play against the Guelph Storm.

The Guelph Storm are coming off a dominant 5-1 victory on the road against the Soo Greyhounds Friday evening.

Canadian gold medalist Nico Daws was not tested often last night in the Soo, but made 23 saves for his 16th win of the season. Daws is the league-leader in Goals Against Average (2.39) and Save Percentage (.926%).

Minnesota Wild signee Fedor Gordeev tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal during a first period power play agains the Greyhounds.  The Guelph defenseman has three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 39 games this season with the Storm.

2020 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Bakanov contributed two goals with an assist for three points in the victory over the Soo.  The Moscow, Russia native Bakanov has 11 goals and 11 assists through 48 games in his first OHL season.

Guelph Storm leading scorer Pavel Gogolev supplied two assists in the victory over the Soo Greyhounds Friday night.  The 2020 NHL Draft prospect is fifth among OHL players this season with 78 points.

The Guelph Storm have nine players on their roster drafted by NHL clubs, forwards Cam Hillis (Montreal Canadiens), defensemen Marin Has (Washington Capitals), and Fedor Gordeev (Minnesota Wild-signed).

Guelph has three players listed in NHL Central Scoutings 2020 NHL Draft mid-term rankings in Pavel Gogolev (105th), Luka Profaca (185th), and Andrei Bakanov (203rd).

The Saginaw Spirit have a total of five 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 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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