Spirit close season series in Windsor
By Matt Wesolowski
Windsor, Ont. – The Saginaw Spirit (34-24-2-2) face off against the Windsor Spitfires (40-16-4-2) Wednesday, March 15, at the WFCU Centre.
Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Television: CHL TV, CHL App, Your TV, OHL Action Pak Ch. 471
Radio: 100.5 FM WSGW, WSGW.com
Saginaw defeated the Soo Greyhounds 3-1 Saturday, March 11, at the Dow Event Center. Saginaw’s Calem Mangone scored two goals and Hunter Haight earned three assists. Tristan Lennox got the start for the Spirit, stopping 27 of 28 shots faced.
Windsor won 6-3 over the Kitchener Rangers Saturday, March 11, at the WFCU Centre. Shane Wright scored a hat trick in the win.
This is the eighth and final meeting between these two teams, with the Spitfires winning five of the seven games played. The most recent, on February 11, saw Windsor win 5-2 in Saginaw. PJ Forgione and Sebastien Gervais each netted a goal for the Spirit. Andrew Oke got the nod for Saginaw, stopping 34 of 39 shots. Alex Christopoulos potted two goals and Joey Costanzo made 20 saves on 22 shots.
Players to Watch:
Hunter Haight has been a scoring mainstay for Saginaw in the past six games, scoring three goals and seven assists for ten points and tying Dean Loukus for the team lead in points (54). Vegas Golden Knights prospect Matyas Sapovaliv leads the Spirit with 25 goals this season and has seven points (3G, 4A) against Windsor this season. Tristan Lennox has the best goals against average (GAA) for Saginaw with a 3.08. Andrew Oke holds the highest save percentage (SV%) for the Spirit with an .893.
Matthew Maggio leads all scoring aspects for Windsor (49G, 54A, 103P). The New York Islanders prospect leads the OHL in points and goals and is fifth in assists. Joey Costanzo holds top goaltending marks, posting a 3.19 GAA and a .895 SV%.
Saginaw has three (3) players drafted into the National Hockey League (NHL), including Matyas Sapovaliv (Vegas), Tristan Lennox (New York Islanders), and Hunter Haight (Minnesota).
Windsor has five (5) players drafted into the NHL, including Brett Harrington (Boston), Shane Wright (Seattle), Matthew Maggio (New York Islanders), Daniil Sobolev (Montreal), and Jacob Holmes (Dallas).