Hobbled Spirit run into hot goal tender in 4-1 loss to Kitchener
Kitchener goal tender Dawson Carty's 38 save performance shut down the Saginaw scoring attack.....
By: Jason Marcoux
27th November, 2016
The banged up Saginaw Spirit (7-13-2-1) played a great game despite missing two key forwards to injuries while also running into a hot goal tender in a 4-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers (16-8-0-1) at the Dow Event Center tonight.
Spirit forwards Brady Gilmour and Mike Davies are still out of the lineup with injuries and newly acquired free agent winger D.J. Busdeker had not cleared the USA hockey transfer process as of the time for face off for tonight's game, leaving the Spirit scrambling for three solid lines against a very strong Kitchener team.
The Spirit managed to out-shoot the Rangers in every period, however, the difference was a red hot Kitchener goal tender, Dawson Carty. Carty was like a brick wall for his team tonight, but he had a little help from the Spirit shooters who seemed to put point-blank-shot after point-blank-shot directly into the softest spot in Carty's pads.
Saginaw goal tender Evan Cormier (fourth round pick New Jersey Devils 2016 NHL draft) also played great for his team, but Kitchener forward Mason Kohn (5) managed to re-direct a nice backdoor pass from teammate Nick McHugh that barely squeezed between Cormier's pad and the post for a 1-0 lead at 15:57 of the first period.
The two teams would then go on a stretch throughout the second period with very few whistles and fast paced action up and down the ice with no goals for either team.
Ranger forwards Joseph Garreffa (7) and Greg Meireles (7) would each score their seventh goal of the season at 1:26 and 6:37 respectively extending the Kitchener lead to 3-0 early in the third period.
Spirit rookie Max Grondin (2) scored his second of the season from Marcus Crawford and Damien Giroux at 9:55 of the third period, but that would be as close as they would get, while Kitchener would manage one more goal late in the final period.
Carty stopped 38 of the 39 Saginaw shots he faced in goal for the Rangers tonight, while Cormier managed to turn away 23 of the 27 Kitchener shots he faced tonight.
The Spirit will look to get back to its winning ways when it hosts the Guelph Storm for a 4 pm game at the Dow Event Center tomorrow afternoon.