Game Notes: 11-9-19 vs. Mississauga
SAGINAW, MI. – The defending West Division Champion Saginaw Spirit face-off against the Mississauga Steelheads for the first of two meetings this season Saturday evening. The puck drop is at 7:05 p.m at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.
The Spirit are 12-3-2-0 at home all-time against the Toronto St. Michael’s, Mississauga St. Michael’s, Mississauga Steelheads franchise since the Spirit’s inception in 2002, including nine straight home victories from 2005-2014.
The Saginaw Spirit are averaging 3,300 fans in their first 10 games of the season, nearly 500 more fans per game than this time last season. The Spirit averaged 3,413 fans over their 34-game 2018-19 regular season schedule, which led all american teams in the Ontario Hockey League.
This game marks the return of the annual FROZEN Night at The Dow. Anna and Elsa from the hit movie FROZEN will be in the Budweiser Red Room from 6-8 p.m. Puck drop will be at 7:05 p.m. at the Dow Event Center.
Arrive early to the Budweiser Red Room for the “90-minute power play” featuring $2 domestic beers, $2 hot dogs, and $2 ice cream cups up until puck drop at 7:05 p.m.
Fans can tune into tonight’s game live on 100.5 Newsradio WSGW, www.wsgw.com, and iHeartRadio beginning at 6:50 p.m. with host Charley Porter. The voices of the Spirit, Joey Battaino and Art Lewis have the play-by-play coverage at 7:05 p.m.
Don’t forget to catch tonight’s game on “Saginaw Spirit Rewind” Sunday night 6-10 p.m. on WNEM TV 5+ (Antenna: 5.2, Spectrum 199, Xfinity (Flint) 4)
Last Saturday’s game that was postponed against the Guelph Storm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets from the Saturday game will be honored at the rescheduled game. If you are unable to attend the December 4 game, the Spirit will exchange your ticket for a future 2019-2020 regular season game.
The Saginaw Spirit will wear their Military Appreciation jerseys during First Responders Night on Saturday, November 23, when they host the Windsor Spitfires at 7:05 p.m.. There will be a live auction immediately following the game.
On Friday, November 1st, the Spirit played the Barrie Colts for the first time this season. The Spirit fell in a shootout, 4-3 at The Dow Event Center.
Tyson Foerster and Dallas Stars Prospect Nicholas Porco converted on their two shootout attempts for the 4-3 victory.
The Mississauga Steelheads are coming off of a 5-3 loss against the Flint Firebirds on Friday night.
Mississauga got on the board first with a goal 6:20 into the first period. Aidan Prueter found Thomas Harley in the high slot, who then buried the puck for the first goal of the game.
Nick Isaacson received the puck that rebounded off of Luke Cavallin’s pads, he then shot the puck to extend the Steelheads lead.
Nicholas Canade added to the Steelheads lead with a slapshot from the blue line. The Steelheads went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.
On the power play, Riley McCourt picked up his own rebound and found the back of the net to put the Firebirds on the board with their first goal of the game 18 minutes into the second period. Less than two minutes later, McCourt found the back of the net again to close the scoring gap to 3-2 at the end of the second.
Flint tied the game a little under midway through the third. Connor Roberts redirected a shot and got the puck past the goaltender.
After receiving a slash on a breakaway, Evgeniy Oksentyuk was awarded a penalty shot. Oksentyuk tipped the puck in around the pads of the Steelheads pads to break the tie.
The Steelheads pulled goaltender Kai Edmonds late in the third to add another player on the ice. Firebirds player Ethan Keppen skated straight up to the empty net and shot the puck for another Firebirds goal.
The Mississauga Steelheads have three players on their roster with NHL ties in Keean Washkurak (St. Louis), Cole Schwindt (Florida), and Thomas Harley (Dallas).
The Saginaw Spirit have a total of four players on their roster with NHL ties. Blade Jenkins (NY Islanders), Cole Coskey (NY Islanders), Mason Millman (Philadelphia), and Damien Giroux (Minnesota).
Saginaw has two players listed in the 2020 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list, including ‘A’ prospect Cole Perfetti. Rookie Ethan Cardwell is listed as a ‘C’ prospect.
The NHL Central Scouting Service uses letter grades to classify their rankings. ‘A’ prospect is classified as a potential first round pick. A ‘B’ prospect is classified as a second or third round candidate. A ‘C’ prospect is classified as a potential fourth, fifth, or sixth round pick.
The Spirit will be on the road Sunday, November 10th to play the Windsor Spitfire for the first of eight meetings this season. Puck drop will be at 4:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Pregame coverage on 100.5 Newradio WSGW begins at 3:50 p.m.