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Game Preview: Game 5 vs. Soo

April 19, 2024 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Saginaw Spirit News Release

Saginaw, Mich. - The second-seeded Saginaw Spirit (6-2) will return home to the Dow Event Center to take on the third-seeded Soo Greyhounds (6-2) for Game 5 of their second-round series on Friday night. The series is even at two games apiece after a Soo win on Wednesday night.

Tonight's Game:

Puck drop is at 7:05 PM


Television: CHL TV, CHL App, OHL Action Pak Ch. 466

Radio: 100.5 FM WSGW,


The Saginaw Spirit shutout the Soo Greyhounds in Game 1 of the series at the Dow Event Center on Thursday, April 11th. Hunter Haight and Calem Mangone scored the first two goals for Saginaw, giving them a 2-0 lead going into the third period. Alex Christopoulos and Matyas Sapovaliv scored two more goals to seal the deal and give the Spirit a 4-0 victory over the Greyhounds. Charlie Schenkel started in net for the Soo, saving 31 of 34 shots while Saginaw's Andrew Oke grabbed all 39 shots on goal.

Game 2 was on Saturday night at the Dow Event Center where the Spirit lost to the Greyhounds, 5-2. Julian Fantino scored the first goal of the game but Zayne Parekh soon responded with a powerplay goal. However, Jordan D'Intino scored his first goal of the night, giving the Soo a 2-1 lead going into the second. Owen Allard scored the only goal in the second to extend the Greyhounds lead to 3-1. Nic Sima scored another goal for the Spirit, but two goals from Jordan D'Intino gave the Soo their 5-2 victory. Charlie Schenkel started in net again for the Greyhounds, saving 25 of 27 shots. Saginaw's Andrew Oke stopped nine of 11 shots before being replaced by Nolan Lalonde, who stopped seven of ten.

The Spirit traveled to the GFL memorial gardens to take on the Greyhounds on Monday night for Game 3. The first period saw only one goal, from Jorian Donovan, his first of the playoff season. Alex Christopoulos scored another goal but two Soo goals from Gavin Hayes and Jordan D'Intino tied the game up 2-2. Calem Mangone scored a goal midway through the second giving Saginaw a 3-2 lead going into the third. Goals coming from Rodwin Dionicio, Braden Haché, Sebastien Gervais and another from Mangone gave Saginaw the 7-2 victory on the road. Charlie Schenkel started between the bars for the Soo, saving 18 of 24 shots while Saginaw's Nolan Lalonde stopped 21 of 23 in his first playoff win.

Game 4 was also held at the GFL Memorial Gardens on Wednesday night. Bryce McConnell-Barker scored two goals in the first and second period to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead heading into the third. Two goals from Jordan D'Intino and Marco Mignosa gave the Soo Greyhounds a 4-0 victory over the Saginaw Spirit to tie the series at 2-2. Charlie Schenkel stopped all 27 shots on goal while Nolan Lalonde saved 23 of 26 shots.

Players to Watch:

Owen Beck leads the Spirit with ten points (2G, 8A) this postseason, and overager Josh Bloom right behind him with nine (3G, 6A). Beck is the only one on the team with multiple powerplay goals so far this postseason. Bloom leads the team in goals with three along with five others (Haight, Dionicio, Misa, Mangone, Sims). The Spirit will be without Braden Haché in Game 5 as he serves the first of a two-game suspension.

Bryce McConnell-Barker and Gavin Hayes lead the Soo squad with 12 points each. Both are tied for second in goals with four and tied for first in assists with eight. Behind them is Jordan D'Intino with eleven points and a team leading seven goals. His Game 2 hat trick was followed by an insurance marker in Game 4.

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