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Highlights: Flint 1, Saginaw 0

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Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Spirit ran into more hot goaltending from Flint’s Luke Cavallin, as his 25-save shutout spring boarded the Firebirds to a 1-0 win and a six games to four lead in the Coors Light I-75 Divide Cup.

Saginaw’s second-ranked penalty kill was put to the test less than one minute into the contest, when Evan Klein of the Spirit was whistled for interference. The Spirit managed to kill of that and another Flint power play in the period, while the Spirit were also unsuccessful against Flint’s top-ranked penalty kill in two first period chances. In total, six minor penalties were called in the opening period, Late in the period, a long wrist shot from Flint blueliner Zack Terry ricocheted off of Spirit goaltender Tristan Lennox’s shoulder and bounced into the net off of Simon Slavicek’s shoulder to give the Birds the 1-0 lead.

The Spirit maintained puck possession throughout the second period, but it did not lead to many shot, nor to any goals. Despite hoarding the puck for the better part of the period, it was Cavallin who held the Firebirds 1-0 lead in tact. Tristan Lennox did not disappoint at the other end of the ice for the Spirit. The New York Islanders prospect made 27 saves in total this evening.

As the third period wore on, it became evident that if Saginaw was going to tie the game, it was going to be on the power play. Despite their zero-for-five finish with the man advantage, some of Saginaw’s best chances of the game came when they were a man up. With 5:23 to go, Flint’s Ethan Hay was assessed a five minute major penalty for checking Olivier Savard into the boards from behind. Sarvard went to the dressing room and did not return to the game. The Spirit still were unable to solve Cavallin. Then, talented Spirit forward Matyas Sapovaliv was called for slashing, negating the final two minutes of the five minute power play. Saginaw still pulled Lennox for an extra attacker, but it was not to be tonight for the hometown Spirit, as they fell to the Firebirds, 1-0.

The Spirit do not return to The Dow Event Center until Saturday, Jan. 29 to face the London Knights for the annual Shocks and Saves game. Tickets are on sale now at saginawspirit.com/single, at the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State St. and by phone at (989) 497-7747.

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