SAGINAW, MI. – The Western Conference leading Saginaw Spirit (6-4-1-0, 13 pts.) return to The Dow Event Center to take on the North Bay Battalion (3-6-0-0, 6 pts.) Friday, October 18. Puck drop for the teams first of two meetings of the season begins at 7:05 p.m.
The Spirit have won two straight heading into the game after they defeated the Soo Greyhounds, 4-3 Wednesday night in overtime. Saginaw swept the season series against North Bay last season, including a 6-2 victory at The Dow last October.
Fans can catch all 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.
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.
Goaltender Tristan Lennox was given first-star honors in Wednesday’s victory over the Greyhounds. The 16-year old Lennox has made 73 saves in the last two Saginaw victories.
The Spirit currently have three players in the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) top-10 in scoring. Captain Damien Giroux (9th), Cole Perfetti (8th), and defenseman Ilya Solovyov (6th) each rank among the league’s top scoring leaders.
Giroux led the way offensively in the Spirit in the overtime victory Wednesday night. The Hanmer, Ontario native scored two goals, including the game winning tally 2:47 into overtime.
Giroux, a 2018 fifth round pick of the Minnesota Wild, leads all Saginaw Spirit players with 11 goals this season. The Spirit left-winger is tied for second in the Ontario Hockey League in goals, behind only Peterborough Petes forward Nick Robertson (12).
2020 NHL Draft top-prospect Perfetti has contributed multi-point efforts in the last two games for the Saginaw Spirit. The Whitby, Ontario native was selected to represent the OHL in the upcoming CIBC Canada Russia Series, where some of the top Canadian players in the CHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team.
2019 Saginaw Spirit Import Draft first round pick Solovyov leads all OHL defenseman with 18 points this season. The Mogilev, Belarus native dished out three assists in Saginaw’s victory over the Soo.
New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey has scored in seven of the Spirit’s 11 games this season. The right-winger has scored five goals on the man-power advantage this season, second only to teammate Giroux (6) for the league lead in powerplay goals.
Jackson, Michigan native Blade Jenkins has multi-point efforts in two-straight games for Saginaw. The New York Islanders draft pick contributed two assists in the overtime victory over the Greyhounds.
North Bay is also coming off a victory over the Soo Greyhounds after they defeated the Soo, 7-5 on home ice on Monday night.
Three different players are tied for the North Bay Battalion team-lead points. Matthew Struthers, Mitchell Russell, and Brad Chenier have each scored 10 points for North Bay this season.
Struthers leads all Battalion players with five goals in just seven games this year. The North Bay center completed his second career OHL hattrick in the Battalions’ victory Monday night.
Hanmer, Ontario native Chenier leads the Battalion with seven assists this season. Chenier scored 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points last season for North Bay.
Vegas Golden Knights draft pick Mason Primeau has scored four goals so far this season. Primeau is the son of Wayne Primeau, who played in 774 game during his 15-year NHL career, and nephew of former Detroit Red Wing Keith Primeau.