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Game Preview: Game 6 at Soo

April 21, 2024 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Saginaw Spirit News Release

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. - The Saginaw Spirit look to close out their second-round series with Game 6 against the Soo Greyhounds on April 21st, at the GFL Memorial Gardens. Calem Mangone's overtime winner in Game 5 gave the Spirit a 3-2 lead in the series.

Tonight's Game:

Puck drop is set for 7:07 PM


Television: CHL TV, CHL App, OHL Action Pak Ch. 467

Radio: 100.5 FM WSGW,

Head to Head:

The Spirit and Greyhounds have traded victories since the beginning of the series, resulting in Saginaw's 3-2 advantage.

Game 1 saw Saginaw take a 4-0 win at home behind stand-out performances from goaltender Andrew Oke's 39-save shutout and ten different Spirit skaters finding the scoresheets.

Game 2 saw the Soo tie the series up at the Dow Event Center, winning 5-2. Jordan D'Intino netted a hat-trick that included two third-period goals, shutting the door on the Spirit.

Game 3 allowed Saginaw to get revenge on the road, winning 7-2 on April 15th. Defensemen Rodwin Dionicio and Jorian Donovan enjoyed dual point nights (1G, 1A), with Saginaw scoring four times in the final frame. Soo Native Calem Mangone scored a pair of goals in his hometown, including the game winner.

Game 4 again swung back in favor of the Greyhounds, with the Soo finishing a 4-0 win of their own behind 27 saves from Charlie Schenkel. Bryce McConnell-Barker collected three points (2G, 1A), and the Greyhounds scored twice on the powerplay.

The Spirit again claimed an advantage in Game 5, and again it was the Soo native Mangone helping to secure the victory. After regulation goals from Sapovaliv and Hunter Haight, Mangone was right on the doorstep to jam home the OT winner at 7:53. Nolan Lalonde made 32 saves in his busiest performance of the postseason.

Players to Watch:

Owen Beck currently leads the Spirit in points this postseason, netting two goals and eight assists for 10 total points. Beck also continues to add to his career postseason amount with 32 points (11G, 21A), putting him third among all active players in the OHL. Hunter Haight and Game 5 overtime hero Calem Mangone co-lead the Spirit with four goals apiece, with Josh Bloom, Rodwin Dionicio, Michael Misa, and Nic Sima just a step behind at three. Two goalies have played games for the Spirit this postseason. Andrew Oke started the first five, winning all five with a 1.83 goals against average (GAA), a .938 save percentage (SV%), and a shutout in Game 1. Following Oke's injury in game two, Nolan Lalonde has stepped into the crease, winning two of four and sporting a 2.77 GAA and .894 SV%.

Bryce McConnell-Barker and Gavin Hayes lead the Soo in points, both with 13. McConnell-Barker currently has five goals and eight assists, and Hayes has four goals and nine assists. Jordan D'Intino leads the Greyhounds in goals with seven, including a hat-trick performance in Game 2. Jack Beck returned in Game 5 for his first game since March 28th, scoring late in the second period. Charlie Schenkel has been the primary goaltender for the Greyhounds this postseason with a 2.67 GAA, .900 SV%, one shutout, and five wins through nine games.

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