Saginaw, MI. – The Spirit faced-off against the Peterborough Petes on Wednesday evening at The Dow Event Center. Saginaw was shutout for the first time this season, who won their fifth road game of the season. The Spirit fell to 1-3-0-0 at The Dow Event Center in the defeat.
A little over three minutes into the first period, rookie Ethan Cardwell nearly put the Spirit on the board with a breakaway opportunity. The Saginaw center attempted a shot high glove-side from the top of the slot that just missed the net.
Tristian Lennox was tested with two Peterborough man-power advantages late in the first period.
With overager Reilly Webb and Saginaw Michigan native Mitchell Smith in the penalty box, the Saginaw goaltender denied three Peterborough shots to keep the game scoreless going into the first intermission.
The Spirit carried the play in the second period, but neither team was able to break the scoreless tie. Both teams were unable to capitalize on their man-power advantages in the second period.
Going into tonight’s game, Saginaw and Peterborough were scoring at a 30% clip on the man-power advantage, which was tied for fourth in the Ontario Hockey League.
The game remained scoreless heading into the third period with Saginaw ahead in shots, 15-14.
Only 1:34 into the third period, Cameron Butler snapped in a wrist shot off of a won faceoff by Zach Gallant. The Petes would continue to put the pressure on the Spirit in the final frame.
Danny Katic received a penalty for hooking early on in the third period, making it a Peterborough power play. 51 seconds after the Butler goal, Liam Kirk scored his fifth goal of the season on a tip at the side of the net.
Around midway through the third period, Mason McTavish finished a pretty give-and-go with Liam Kirk with a tip over the left shoulder of Tristan Lennox.
With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Toronto Maple Leafs signee Nick Robertson stole the puck from the Spirit defenseman and took a shot that went between the legs of the goaltender Lennox adding another goal for the Petes.
Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones earned his first shutout of the season, and third of his OHL career, stopping a season-low 23 Spirit shots.
Applebee’s Three Stars of the Game:
Hunter Jones - (PBO) 23 saves, W, SO Cameron Butler (PBO) - GWGCole Coskey (SAG) – 0pts, Even, 5 SOG
Fans can catch all the action on the flagship WSGW Newsradio 100.5 FM and www.wsgw.com with the voice of Saginaw Spirit hockey Joey Battaino on the call. “Countdown to Faceoff” begins 15 minutes prior to puck drop.
Fans can visit the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 2690 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw and join the official “Watch Party” for all Spirit away games. Admission is free of charge.
Saginaw will be at home again on Saturday, October 12 to take on the London Knights for the first of four meetings this season. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. from the Wendler Arena inside The Dow Event Center.
To purchase tickets to any Spirit home game call (989) 497-7747, visit www.saginawspirit.com, or visit the Saginaw Spirit Store at 5789 State Street, Saginaw, MI.