Spirit Make It Eight In A Row With Win Over Sting

November 25, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Saginaw Spirit News Release

Saginaw Spirit celebrate win
Saginaw Spirit celebrate win
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Sarnia, Ont. - The Saginaw Spirit (16-6-1-0) defeated the Sarnia Sting (12-7-3-1) Friday, November 25, with a final score of 4-1 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, Ontario.

This is the eighth win in a row for the Spirit, and the third straight against the Sting this season. 2022 OHL first overall pick Michael Misa scored his team-leading 14th goal and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Matyas Sapovaliv earned two assists in the win. Andrew Oke got the start for Saginaw, making 26 saves on 27 shots. Benjamin Gaudreau started for Sarnia, stopping 18 of 21.

The game opened with both teams on the offensive but neither team being able to find the back of the net.

Sarnia earned their first powerplay chance after Zayne Parekh took a tripping penalty at 9:47 in the first period. The Spirit had several breakaways that helped kill off the penalty.

Shortly after the penalty expired, Saginaw struck first at 12:07 of the opening period. Sebastien Gervais earned his sixth assist of the sesaon by getting the puck to 15-year-old Michael Misa. The winger scored his 14th goal of the season by squeezing the puck between the goalpost and Benjamin Gaudreau.

The Spirit went down a man after Theo Hill was called for tripping at 16:45 in the first frame. Like the previous penalty, Saginaw was able to form several breakaways in their effort to keep Sarnia off the board.

The first period ended with Saginaw leading 1-0 but Sarnia leading shots, six to three.

The second period started with the Sting on the man-advantage after Joey Willis was called for tripping at 1:46. Sarnia was unable to capitalize on the chance after Mitchell Smith was tripped into the net and Nolan Dillingham was called for tripping at 2:58, resulting in a four-on-four.

Sarnia got two powerplay chances after Theo Hill was called for slashing at 3:33 and Nic Sima was called for tripping at 6:53 in the middle period. Despite increased pressure from Sarnia, the Spirit held off the attack and killed both penalties successfully.

Saginaw got a five-on-three chance after Tyson Doucette was called for blindsiding at 14:24 and Angus MacDonell received a four-minute double minor for checking Zayne Parekh from behind at 14:55. The Spirit capitalized with a pair of goals at 15:58 and 18:38.

The first goal started when Matyas Sapovaliv passed to Michael Misa on the left side of the zone. Misa shot the puck at Gaudreau and a scramble for the rebound ensued. It was Zayne Parekh who grabbed the puck and potted his third of the season to tie the game.

Pavel Mintyukov, celebrating his 19th birthday, received the puck in the right-wing circle from Theo Hill and fired home his 11th goal of the season. Luke McNamara was credited with an assist on the play.

Olivier Savard was called for goaltender interference and roughing, while Alexis Daviault was called for roughing at 18:59 in the middle period, giving Sarnia a man advantage. At the end of the period, Angus MacDonnell was called for tripping, which carried over into the third period.

The second period ended with Saginaw leading 2-1, and Sarnia leading in shots, 19-13.

The third period opened with the carried-over penalties expiring, which resulted in several momentum shifts.

Sarnia got their final powerplay of the game after Cam Gauvreau was called for tripping at 2:50 in the final period. The Sting were unable to convert on the chance.

With time running out, Saginaw continued to control the game and prevent Sarnia to pull their goaltender until 70 seconds remaining in the game. Dean Loukus was able to score on the empty net to increase their lead to four.

At the final horn, Saginaw claimed a 4-1 victory with Sarnia leading shots, 27-22. With their eighth win in a row, they improve to 16-6-1-0. The Spirit went 2/5 on the power play, while killing off all seven of Sarnia's man advantages.

The Spirit return home to host the Windsor Spitfires Saturday, November 26, at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available at Ticketmaster, the Saginaw Spirit Store (6321 State Street), Dow Event Center Box Office, and by phone at (989) 497-7747.

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