Preview: Spirit host Storm on Military Appreciation Night

Game Notes: 11-2-19 vs. Guelph

SAGINAW, MI. – The Saginaw Spirit face-off against the Guelph Storm for the first of four meetings this season Saturday evening. The puck drop is at 7:05 p.m at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.

This game marks the return of the annual Military Appreciation Night at The Dow presented by the Bay City Elks 88. All active and veteran military members will be admitted free with proper identification. Following the game, there will be a jersey auction, with benefits going to the Bay City Elks Lodge 88 to fund local veteran initiatives.

Arrive early to the Budweiser Red Room for the “90-minute power play” featuring $2 domestic beers, $2 hot dogs, and $2 ice cream cups up until puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

Fans can tune into tonight’s game live on 100.5 Newsradio WSGW,, and iHeartRadio beginning at 6:50 p.m. with host Charley Porter. The voices of the Spirit, Joey Battaino and Art Lewis have the play-by-play coverage at 7:05 p.m.

Don’t forget to catch tonight’s game on “Saginaw Spirit Rewind” Sunday night 6-10 p.m. on WNEM TV 5+ (Antenna: 5.2, Spectrum 199, Xfinity (Flint) 4)

On Friday, the Spirit played the Barrie Colts for the first time this season. The Spirit fell in a shootout, 4-3 at The Dow Event Center.

The Colts got on the board first from a goal by Ryan Suzuki only 9:24 into the first period. Barrie leading scorer Tyson Foerster centered the puck from the right half-wall into the crease that the Carolina Hurricanes first-round pick deflected past Spirit goaltender Marshall Frappier.

After a Spirit penalty in the offensive zone, Jacob Tortora took a shot from the point, which took a redirection into the net, advancing the Colts lead to 2-0. The Colts outshot the Spirit in the first period, 7-9.

Only 3:02 into the second period, D.J. Busdeker collected the puck off the boards and took a slapshot from the right-wing circle. The Colts goaltender Arturs Silovs made the chest save, but coughed up a juicy rebound to Saginaw’s Ethan Cardwell, who buried the puck into the back of the net for the first goal of the game for the Spirit and closed the gap to 2-1. The goal gave the Courtice, Ontario native five on the season.

With only three seconds remaining in the second period, St. Louis Blues draft pick Tyler Tucker put the Colts back into the lead by two goals. Tucker received a pass from Tyson Foerster and walked into a slap shot from the slot. The Colts outshot the Spirit once again, 23-20.

At 14:52 of the third, Danny Katic brought the puck around the back of the net and passed it to New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins at the top of the left-wing circle. Jenkins shot the puck right between Silovs pads to bring the Spirit within one goal of the Colts.

Still on the power play, Ilya Solovyov passed the puck to 2020 top NHL prospect Cole Perfetti at the top of the left-wing circle. Perfetti with a slapshot to the net, tipped in by Minnesota Wild draft pick Damien Giroux to tie the game 3-3 with only two minutes remaining in regulation.

Overtime came and went with both teams fighting hard, but were still unable to break the tie. The game ended in the first shootout of the season for the Spirit.

Barrie prevailed 2-0 in the shootout after Tyson Foerster and Dallas Stars Prospect Nicholas Porco converted on their two shootout attempts for the 4-3 victory.

The Guelph Storm is coming off of a 6-4 win against the Soo Greyhounds on Friday night. This game marked the fourth win in a row for the Storm, last losing on October 20 to Sudbury, 4-2.

The Storm was unable to find the back of the net in the first period, while the Soo pulled ahead with a single goal by Dominic Mufarreah. The puck was passed to Mufarreah at the left-wing circle by Alex Johnston. He skated to the front of the net and took a slapshot that went past the Storm goaltender.

4:01 into the second period, Pavel Gogolev brought the puck to the middle of the hashes and made a wrist shot that went past the Soo goaltender to get the Storm on the board and to tie the game.

A little over a minute later, Pavel Gogolev took a shot from the middle of the right-wing circle that put the Storm in the lead.

Only seconds later, Keegan Stevenson received the puck from Cam Hillis in the middle of the right-wing circle. Stevenson took the shot and advanced Guelphs lead, 3-1.

Pavel Gogolev finished his hat-trick at 7:45 of the second period. Gogolev found his way to the right-wing circle again and took a high shot to beat out the Soo goaltender.

The Soo added another tally to the board after Jaden Peca tipped the puck in from the front of the net right under the Storm goaltenders pads.

The third period opened with another Guelph goal only 2:27 into the period. Cedric Ralph skated up to the net between the hashes and took a slapshot that found its way to the back of the net.

Dominic Mufarreah put another goal on the board for the Soo closing the gap to 5-3. Another goal for the Soo closed the gap even more. Joe Carroll took a high shot over the top of the blocker to bring the score to a one-goal game.

With only 44 seconds remaining in the game, Cedric Ralph got his second goal of the game on an empty Soo net.

The Guelph Storm has two players on their roster with NHL ties in Cam Hillis (Montreal) and Fedor Gordeev (Minnesota).

Guelph has one player listed in the 2020 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list. ‘C’ prospect Andrei Bakanov.

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. Rookie Ethan Cardwell 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.

The Spirit will be at home again Saturday, November 9th to play the Mississauga Steelheads for the first time this season for FROZEN night. Characters from the Disney movie FROZEN will be in the Budweiser Red Room from 6-8 p.m.  Puck drop will be at 7:05 p.m. at the Dow Event Center.

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