Preview: Spirit host Otters for PINK OUT presented by Ascension St. Mary’s

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Media Notes: 10-17-21 vs. ER

Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Spirit (0-1-0-0) will look for a weekend series split Sunday, October 17, when they host the Erie Otters (1-2-0-0) on Pink Out Night at The Dow Event Center presented by Ascension St. Mary’s.  The first 2,000 fans at The Dow will receive a light-up bracelet and following the game against the Otters, the Saginaw Spirit will auction their game-worn “Pink Out” jerseys with the proceeds going to Ascension St. Mary’s cancer research.  Puck drop between Saginaw and Erie begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Spirit lost their season opener on Saturday evening against the Otters 4-2, despite leading by two goals after the first 20 minutes of play.

Defensemen Roberto Mancini and Mitchell Smith scored the two first period tallies in the 4-2 defeat.

Mancini, who the Saginaw Spirit drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 OHL Priority Draft, opened the scoring early in the first period of play.  The Vaughan, Ontario native finished Saturday’s matchup with a plus/minus of plus-one.

Saginaw native Smith sniped the Spirit’s second tally against the Otters into the top corner of the net to give the Spirit a two-goal first period lead.  The 2018 Saginaw Spirit fifth-round pick contributed 17 points with eight goals and nine assists during his 2019-20 rookie campaign.

Saginaw Spirit rookies Calem Mangone and Novi, Michigan native P.J. Forgione each collected their first Ontario Hockey League (OHL) point and assist in the defeat.  Mangone, was drafted by the Spirit second overall in the 2021 U18 Midget Draft.

Elias Cohen and Erie captain Daniel D’Amato each tallied two points in the victory for the Otters Saturday evening.  With three assists in the three games, the overager D’Amato leads all Otters players in points this season.

Rookie goaltender Nolan Lalonde made 29 saves on 31 Saginaw shots for his first OHL victory in Saturday’s contest.  The Kingston, Ontario native has started all three games this season for the Otters with 2.68 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.

Please note the following parameters for attending games this season:

Vaccination / Masks: As of October 11, 2021, the state of Michigan has NOT mandated that patrons attending professional indoor sporting events be vaccinated but highly recommend wearing masks when in public settings.

Arena Safety precautions: ASM Global has installed numerous sanitizing stations throughout The Dow Event Center and encourages frequent hand washing while in attendance of any of their events. The Dow Event Center will be conducting increased cleaning of high touch surfaces utilizing electrostatic sprayers. In addition, The Dow Event Center air exchange rate will be increased from normal settings and air handling units will be disinfected regularly.

Please do not enter the facility if you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, runny nose or any other symptoms indicating illness.

Bag Policy: No Bags, Purses or Backpacks Larger Than 14”X14”X6” (All Bags Will Be Subject to Thorough Inspection). Diaper Bags will be allowed after thorough inspection if Guest is accompanied by child.

Parking: To improve your entertainment experience, The Dow Event Center is in the process of renovating its parking structure across from venue. These capital improvements include repairing and replacing the elevators and lighting, and performing structural upgrades to the parking ramp.

Dow Event Center Available Parking Map copy

While this is in progress, parking will be available at the following locations:

  • Dow Event Center front lot, 303 Johnson
  • 400 lot across from The Dow Event Center, 400 Johnson
  • Delta College Lot, corner of Jefferson and Johnson, .1 miles, three minute walk
  • Commerce Tower, 515 N. Washington, .3 miles, six minute walk
  • Michigan Works, 312 E. Genesee, .3 miles, six minute walk

Credit cards will now be accepted.

Mobile Tickets: New for the 2021-22 season, when purchasing tickets through the Saginaw Spirit website or in person at the Saginaw Spirit Store, fans can now choose to have their tickets delivered to their email or mobile device, or as a physical paper ticket. Spirit fans purchasing their tickets at The Dow Event Center box office will receive a physical ticket. If having your tickets delivered to your mobile device, please download the ticket to your wallet before leaving home in order to ensure the ticket can be viewed upon arrival.  Group and Season Tickets will continue to be physical ticket through the duration of the 2021-22 season.

Dow Event Center Box Office: The Dow Event Center box office hours are Thursdays, 10:00am through 2:00pm, Fridays, 10:00am through 5:00pm, and open two hours before an event.

For tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game fans can call (989) 497-7747, visit, or by visiting the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw, MI.

Fans with any questions or concerns about fan protocols may call the Spirit at (989) 497-7747 or email

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