Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Spirit got back on track with a 6-3 home victory against their West Division rival, Windsor Spitfires Saturday evening.
Rookie Tristan Lennox continued his strong play with 31 saves for his third win of the season. In his last four starts, the Spirit goaltender had a 2.25 goals against average with a save percentage of .915.
New York Islanders 2018 second round pick Bode Wilde, Cole Coskey and Florida Panthers 2017 first round pick Owen Tippett collected multi-point nights in the victory.
Lennox kept the Spitfires scoreless early in the period after several Windsor scoring opportunities early. The Spirit goaltender stoned Spitfires center Daniel D’Amico on a two-on-one rush just under three minutes into the period. D’Amico took a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that Lennox snagged with a quick glove save.
Saginaw scored the opening goal for the seventh consecutive game with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. After receiving a nice pass from Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod, Overager Albert Michnac sent a wrist shot from the slot that beat Windsor goaltender Kari Piiroinen under the blocker.
The Spirit took a two-goal lead late in the first period with Saginaw first round pick Cole Perfetti’s 17th goal of the season. The stand-out rookie redirected a pass from Bode Wilde that was denied by a quick pad from the Spitfires goaltender. Perfetti collected his own rebound and quickly sent a snap shot that found the back of the net. The Whitby, Ontario native came into the game second among OHL rookies with 34 points through 36 games.
Saginaw’s third goal came just over three minutes into the second period. After rookie Mason Millman sent a heads up pass across the point to overage defenseman Reagan O’Grady. O’Grady showed great patience and skated into the top of the right circle and sniped a wrist shot over the goalie’s blocker.
Millman came into the game third among OHL rookie defensemen with 16 points.
After Dallas Stars prospect Curtis Douglas was charged with a five-minute kneeing major, Saginaw’s leading scorer Cole Coskey gave the Spirit a 4-0 lead 5:46 into the second period. Florida Panthers 2017 first round pick Owen Tippett found Coskey to the left of the net. Coskey sent a one-timer from a sharp angle that found the back of the Spitfires net.
With the goal the Zion, Illinois native passed Mitchell Stephens for 14th all-time among Saginaw players with his 63rd career goal.
Less than a minute later, Windsor got back into the game with a shorthanded goal. After a Spirit pass was intercepted by D’Amico, the Spitfires came down one a two-on-one rush. D’Amico sent a pass over to Windsor’s Tyler Angle who made a deke to the backhand and beat Lennox.
Angle added his second goal of the game on the power play with just over six minutes remaining in the second period. After Angle’s pass was stopped by a Spirit defender, the center collected the loose puck and sent a sharp angle shot into the Spirit net.
Tippett, the newest Spirit acquisition, notched his 23rd goal of the season just over a minute after the second Windsor goal. With great tic-tac-toe passing from Detroit Red Wings prospect Brady Gilmour and New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins found Tippett at the side of the Spitfires net for the tip-in goal. The Florida Panthers prospect has five points in his first five games since being acquired from the Mississauga Steelheads.
D’Amico scored the third Windsor goal on an open net rebound early in the third period on the power play. After a scramble in front of the Saginaw net, the puck squirted over to D’Amico to the right of the net. Lennox was unable to reach his trapper over fast enough to stop the D’Amico shot.
Coskey added his second goal of the game in the waning minutes of the third period in the empty net. With three points in the game, Coskey ties Jimmy Lodge for 14th all-time among Spirit players in points.
Saginaw’s power play remained hot with two goals with the man-power advantage in the game. The Spirit came into the game with the sixth-best power play in the OHL.
Applebee’s Three Stars of the Game:
- Bode Wilde(SAG) 3A +2
- Cole Coskey(SAG) 2G, A +2
- Tyler Angle (WSR) 2G, A +1
Saginaw continues the homestand Saturday, January 19 for Art Lewis Night at The Dow Event Center against the Erie Otters. The Spirit will be honoring long-time public address announcer and Saginaw radio personality Art Lewis before the game. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. for the fourth and final meeting of the season against the Otters. Saginaw will look to remain undefeated on the year against Erie.
Fans can catch the action on FM Talk and Sports 100.5 and www.fmtalk1005.comwith “Countdown to Faceoff” pregame coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. with host Domenic Papa. You can watch live on www.ohllive.com with Joey Battaino and Dennis Desrosiers on the call.
To purchase tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visitwww.saginawspirit.com, or by visiting the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw, MI.