Photo: Dan Janisse, Windsor Star
SAGINAW, MI. – The Saginaw Spirit completed an improbable comeback over the Windsor Spitfires Sunday evening, scoring three times in a 1:19 to force overtime, and eventually win the game in overtime at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
The Spitfires, coming off of a thrilling, 6-4 comeback win of their own on Saturday night, scored just 4:07 into the opening period on a tally from Dallas Stars prospect Curtis Douglas. Douglas used his size to win a battle on the boards, and get to the middle of the ice. Captain Luke Boka found Douglas with the pass and he redirected the shot over the glove of Frappier.
Three minutes after the Windsor goal, Dalton Duhart knocked the puck off of Windsor defender Dylan Robinson’s stick. Skating up to the front of the net, Duhart battled Windsor goalie Kari Piiroinen for a loose puck in the crease, that gave enough time for Camaryn Baber to race in and jam the loose puck into the net. Baber’s second goal of the season tied the game at 7:57
The Spitfires outshot the Spirit, 12-5. The game remained tied 1-1 at the end of the first period.
The Spirit thought they had taken a 2-1 lead in the second period when 2020 top NHL prospect Cole Perfetti finished on a pass from Ethan Cardwell. The play was reviewed and the goal was eventually reversed for offside.
Still, it would be the Spirit, at 15:32 of the second, who would break the tie on the 12th goal of the season for New York Islanders draft pick Cole Coskey. Fellow New York Islanders draft pick Blade Jenkins took the puck into the Spitfires zone and dropped the puck for Coskey who had a wide-open shot past goaltender Kari Piiroinen.
Nashville Predators draft pick Egor Afanasyev once again tied the game with just one minute to play in the second period on a backhanded goal past Marshall Frappier.
Only 54 seconds later, with only six seconds remaining in the second period, Reilly Webb passed the puck to Cole Perfetti for a one-timer at the bottom of the right-wing circle that shot past the Spitfires goaltender.
Saginaw led 3-2 after 40 minutes.The Spirit outshot the Spitfires in the second period, 14-8.
At 7:14 of the third period, Chris Playfair picked up a loose puck and passed it to Matthew Maggio to tie the game at three.
A little under midway through the period on a Spitfire power play, Egor Afanasyev earned his second goal of the game. He was set up by Vegas Golden Knights prospect Connor Corcoran and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle.
The Spitfires added to their lead with a goal with six minutes remaining in the game. Cole Purboo passed the puck to Tyler Angle for a snap shot over the glove of Frappier.
Daniel D’Amico contributed to the Spitfires lead at 16:49 of the third period. D’Amico put a backhanded shot over te right shoulder of Frappier to widen their lead to 6-3.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Blade Jenkins skated to the left-wing circle and with a wrist shot to the net that went off the right post past Spitfires goaltender Piiroinen, closing the scoring gap to a two-goal game.
29 seconds later and with the Spirit net empty for an extra skater, Jake Goldowski flew in on the right wing and snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Windsor goaltender to cut the Spits lead to just one goal.
Minnesota Wild Draft pick and Captain Damien Giroux tied the game with one second on the clock. From behind the net Cole Perfetti used patience and skill to find Giroux standing in front of the net. Giroux jammed it in the short-side of Piiroinen to tie the game.
After a huge Marshall Frappier save, overage defenseman Reilly Webb skated down the left wing. Seeing Windsor’s defenseman peel off of him, Webb took a could hard strides toward the net and fired a wrist shot off the left post and into the net.
AUDIO: Spirit Broadcaster Joey Battaino calls the comeback on 100.5 Newsradio WSGW.
Saginaw became just the second team to beat the Spitfires at home this season.
With the win, the Saginaw Spirit are in a first-place tie with the Flint Firebirds in the West Division.
Applebee’s Three Stars of the Game:
- Reilly Webb (SAG) G, A
- Egor Afanasyev (WSR) 2G
- Blade Jenkins (SAG) G, 3A
The Saginaw Spirit will be back home on Thursday, November 14 to play the Ottawa 69’s for the first time this season. This game marks the return of House Divided Night.. $6 Student Military Rush Tickets will be available. Puck drop from The Dow Event Center is at 7:05 p.m.
Fans can catch the action on the flagship WSGW Newsradio 100.5 FM and www.wsgw.com with the voice of Saginaw Spirit hockey Joey Battaino on the call. “Countdown to Face-off” begins 15 minutes prior to puck drop.
Fans can visit the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 2690 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw and join the official “Watch Party” for all Spirit away games. Admission is free of charge.
To purchase tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visit www.saginawspirit.com, or visit the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw MI.