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Spirit Take on Spits for Covenant Kids Sunday at the Dow

January 20, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Saginaw Spirit News Release

Saginaw, MI - The Saginaw Spirit (27-12-2-2 58 pts.) finish a three-game home stand against West Division rival Windsor Spitfires (20-22-2-1 43 pts.) Sunday, January 20. Puck Drop for the seventh meeting of the season is set for 5:30 p.m.

Watch live on or listen live on the flagship WSGW 100.5 FM Talk and Sports and with Joey Battaino and Dennis Desrosiers on the call. "Countdown to Faceoff" with host Domenic Papa starts 15 minutes prior to puck drop.

To purchase tickets to any Saginaw Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visit, or by visiting the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw, MI.

Sunday is Health Alliance Plan Night at The Dow Event Center and the first 1,000 fans will receive a HAP Knit Hat giveaway item upon entering the arena. Fans can visit with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Budweiser Red Room before the game beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the Spirit players for the last post-game skate of the season.

Saginaw has won two of the last three games against Windsor, including a 6-3 victory in the last meeting against the Spitfires.

The Spirit have won 9 of the last 10 games with a +28-goal differential during the stellar streak. One of the biggest reasons for the hot stretch has been the Saginaw goaltending.

Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov has been outstanding in his last 11 starts. The Russian goaltender has won 10 games, with a 2.72 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in his last 11 games. The stretch has moved Prosvetov into a tie for second among OHL goaltenders with 22 wins this season.

Six Spirit players scored in Saturday's, 6-2 victory over the Erie Otters. The Saginaw Spirit has opened the scoring in eight consecutive games.

Owen Tippett, a 2017 first round pick of the Florida Panthers, notched the opening goal on a breakaway. The goal was Tippett's third as a Spirit since being acquired from the Mississauga Steelheads. The 19-year old had a goal and assist in the last game against the Spitfires.

Saginaw leading scorer Cole Coskey added to his Spirit accolades in Saturday's game. With a goal against Erie, the Zion, Illinois native passed Jimmy Lodge for 13th all-time for a Saginaw Spirit player with 144 points. Coskey had two goals and an assist in the last game against Windsor including the game winning fourth goal.

Sunday's game will feature three of the top rookies in the OHL. Saginaw's Cole Perfetti and Windsor's duo of Jean-Luc Foudy and Will Cuylle are in the top-six in points among OHL rookies.

Perfetti, a Saginaw first round pick, is third among OHL rookies with 36 points. The 17-year old has been a consistent contributor in his first OHL season, scoring at nearly a point a game pace. The 2018 fifth overall OHL priority selection is fourth in rookie goal scoring with 17 goals.

Will Cuylle is tied with Sarnia's Jacob Perrault for the league lead in goals among OHL rookies. Cuylle, a Peterborough first round pick, is second on the Spitfires in goals behind just Cole Purboo.

Windsor's playmaking rookie Jean-Luc Foudy leads all OHL rookies with 30 assists this season. Foudy also leads Windsor in assists and third among Spitfire players with 34 points.

Dallas Stars prospect Curtis Douglas had success earlier this season against the Spirit. The six-foot center has four goals and two assists against Saginaw through six games. The Spirit has contained Douglas to just one assist in the last two meetings against Windsor.

Saginaw has eight players that has been drafted by NHL clubs on the roster. Forwards Brady Gilmour (Detroit Red Wings), Blade Jenkins (New York Islanders), Owen Tippett (Florida Panthers-signed), Ryan McLeod (Edmonton Oilers), Damien Giroux (Minnesota Wild), defensemen Reilly Webb (Detroit Red Wings), Bode Wilde (New York Islanders-signed), and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (Arizona Coyotes.)

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