Friday, February 15, 2019
Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Spirit (35-14-2-2 74pts.) host the Owen Sound Attack (27-23-2-2 58pts.) in a possible playoff matchup preview Friday, February 15 at The Dow Event Center. Puck drop for the teams second and final match-up of the season begins at 7:05 p.m. Saginaw shutout Owen Sound in the first game of the season, 3-0 on the road.
Friday is Teacher Appreciation Night at The Dow for the start of Ice Blast Weekend. There will be a Meet and Greet with a Princess and inflatables in the Budweiser Red Room prior to the Spirit game beginning at 5:30 p.m. Hotdogs, Beer, and Pop will be $2 at The Dow during Ice Blast Weekend.
Watch live on OHLlive.com or listen live on the flagship WSGW 100.5 FM Talk and Sports and fmtalk1005.com with Joey Battaino and Dennis Desrosiers on the call. “Countdown to Faceoff” with host Domenic Papa starts 15 minutes prior to puck drop.
To purchase tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visit saginawspirit.com, or by visiting the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw, MI.
The Spirit defeated the Flint Firebirds, 9-2 to complete the season series eight-game sweep of the in-state rivals on Wednesday evening. Saginaw’s power play was dominant against Flint with two goals in three man-power advantages. With the performance, the Spirit now have the fifth-best power play in the OHL.
Saginaw killed all four of Flint’s man-power advantages in Wednesday’s victory. The Spirit have killed 81.5% of their penalties this season, which is good for fourth-best in the OHL.
2017 NHL 10th overall pick of the Florida Panthers Owen Tippett collected his first hat trick as a Saginaw Spirit in the win. Tippett has been on fire of late with five goals in the last two games. The Peterborough, Ontario native was honored with OHL’s first star of the night with the three-goal effort.
Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod had a four-point night against the Firebirds. McLeod’s beauty second period goal proved to be the game winner. The former Mississauga Steelhead was given the games second star with a goal and three assists.
Jackson, Michigan native Blade Jenkins also contributed four-points in the victory over Flint. The New York Islanders prospect scored his 20th goal of the season to go along with three assists.
Saginaw captain Damien Giroux had a game high plus-minus of plus-four to go along with a three-point night. The Minnesota Wild prospect leads the Spirit with a plus/minus of plus-23 and has been a leader in both ends of the ice all season. Giroux had the game winning goal in the first meeting of the season against the Owen Sound Attack.
New York Islanders 2018 second round pick Bode Wilde had his 18th multi-point game of the season Wednesday. Wilde scored his eighth power play goal of the season, which leads all OHL defensemen. The Plymouth, Michigan native is third among OHL defenseman with 56 points this season.
Saginaw first round pick Cole Perfetti continues to impress in his first OHL season. The former University of Michigan commit had a goal and two assists in the victory over the Firebirds. The rookie comes into Friday’s game riding his season-high seven-game point streak.
Spirit leading scorer Cole Coskey tied Chris Chappell for 10th on the all-time Saginaw points list with an assist in Wednesday’s match. The Zion, Illinois native has been reliable for Saginaw with 30 goals and 32 assists in 49 games this season. Coskey’s points per game average is second only to Tippett on the team this season and leads the Spirit with 11 power play goals.
Last time the Spirit and Attack took the ice, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov made 48 saves en route to his second of three shutouts of the season. Prosvetov, Saginaw’s first round pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, is tied for third among OHL goalies with 27 wins this season.
Leading the Owen Sound Attack with 47 points this season is Aidan Dudas. The Las Angeles Kings prospect is coming off a two-goal performance in Owen Sound’s overtime victory against the Barrie Colts Wednesday. Dudas is in the midst of his second straight season with 20 or more goals after collecting 31 goals last season.
The Attack’s acquisition of Adam McMaster from the North Bay Battalion earlier this season has paid dividends. The center had two assists in Wednesday’s game against Barrie and has 14 assists in his 21 games with Owen Sound.
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Maksim Sushko is third among the Owen Sound Attack players with 41 points. Sushko represented his native Belarus in the World Junior Championships earlier this season.
Owen Sound’s power play has struggled of late with only one-goal in the last 15 man-power advantages. With the lull, the Attack’s power play has dropped to 13th in the OHL.
The Attack’s 14th ranked penalty kill has allowed at least power play goal in their last three games.
The Attack have three players with rights owned by NHL teams, forwards Aidan Dudas (Las Angeles Kings), Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers), and defenseman Trenton Bourque (St. Louis Blues).
The Spirit boasts eight players drafted by NHL clubs, forwards Brady Gilmour (Detroit Red Wings), Blade Jenkins (New York Islanders), Owen Tippett (Florida Panthers-signed), Ryan McLeod (Edmonton Oilers), Damien Giroux (Minnesota Wild), defensemen Reilly Webb (Detroit Red Wings), Bode Wilde (New York Islanders-signed), and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (Arizona Coyotes).