Game Notes: 12-4-19 vs. Guelph
Saginaw, MI. – The Saginaw Spirit (14-9-2-1, 31 pts.) return to The Dow Event Center to host the Guelph Storm (15-5-1-3, 34 pts.) Wednesday, December 4 in a makeup game for the postponed November 2 contest. Puck drop for the third of four meetings of the season begins at 7:05 p.m.
All active and veteran military personnel will be admitted free with Military identification. Student tickets for tonight’s game are $6 courtesy of Reder Landscaping.
Tonight’s ’90-minute power play’ featuring $2 domestic beers, $2 hot dogs, $2 ice cream will be located at the East end of the Arena.
Fans can catch this weekend’s 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 Spirit are coming off a three-game road swing where they went 1-1-1-0 against the opponents. Saginaw’s late two-goal comeback fell short in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Owen Sound Attack Saturday evening.
Newly acquired Danil Antropov scored with just seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime against the Attack. Antropov, who was acquired via trade with the Oshawa Generals, has two points in the two games he has played with the Saginaw Spirit.
New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins collected his 50th career Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goal in the third period of Saturday’s contest. The Jackson, Michigan native was given third-star honors in the game against the Attack with a goal and two assists.
Top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti carries an eight-game point streak into Wednesday’s game against the Storm. The Saginaw forward contributed an assist on Jenkins’ late third period goal to bring the Spirit within a goal against Owen Sound.
The Whitby, Ontario native Perfetti leads the Saginaw Spirit in both assists (29) and points (42) in just 26 games this season.
Saginaw Spirit captain Damien Giroux notched his team-leading 16th goal of the season in the overtime loss to the Attack. The Minnesota Wild prospect is currently 11th in team-history with 73 goals as a Saginaw Spirit.
New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey tied Perfetti for second among Saginaw Spirit players this season with 13 goals when he found the back of the net in Saturday’s game. The Zion, Illinois native is seventh in Saginaw Spirit history with 85 career OHL goals.
The Guelph Storm lost for just the second time in their last 14 games in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to the Kitchener Rangers. Guelph allowed an empty net goal before they scored with five seconds left in regulation to make it a 2-1 game.
Goaltender Nico Daws was given first star honors in defeat after he stopped 33 of 34 Kitchener Rangers shots on Sunday. The 2020 NHL Draft prospect leads all OHL goaltenders in both goals against average (2.13) and save percentage (.936) this season.
Russian forward Pavel Gogolev leads the Storm with 14 goals and 38 points in 24 games played this season. The former Peterborough Petes draft pick has 12 multi-point games for the Guelph Storm this year.
2018 Montreal Canadiens third round pick Cam Hillis leads all Guelph players with 27 assists this season. The Guelph center also leads the Storm with a plus/minus rating of plus-17 this year.
The Guelph Storm has two players with rights owned by NHL teams in center Cam Hillis (Montreal Canadiens) and defenseman Fedor Gordeev (Minnesota Wild).
Guelph has four players listed in the 2020 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list, including ‘C’ prospect Andrei Bakanov, ‘C’ prospect Owen Bennett, ‘C’ prospect Nicolas Daws, and ‘C’ prospect Luka Profaca.
The Saginaw Spirit have a total of four players on their roster with NHL ties. 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 Perfetti. Ilya Solovyov is listed as a ‘C’ prospect.
The NHL Central Scouting Service uses letter grades to classify their rankings. ‘A’ prospect is classified as a potential first round pick. A ‘B’ prospect is classified as a second or third round candidate. A ‘C’ prospect is classified as a potential fourth, fifth, or sixth round pick.