Saginaw forward Mason Kohn buries game winner in overtime to give Spirit 4-3 OT victory over the Kingston Frontenacs
Kingston had erased a 2-goal Spirit lead in the third period to force OT before Kohn's heroic goal.....
By: Jason Marcoux
26th November, 2017
Over age forward Mason Kohn scored the game winning goal in overtime to lift the Saginaw Spirit (12-9-3-0) to its fifth straight victory (seventh at home) in a 4-3 OT thriller over the third place team in the OHL's eastern conference, the Kingston Frontenacs (12-7-2-3) at the Dow Event Center tonight.
Kohn (7) had broken loose on a breakaway, but Kingston goal tender Jeremy Helvig (a fifth round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL draft) made the initial save, before Brady Gilmour picked up the rebound and set up Kohn for his seventh goal of the season with an assist to Gilmour just 3:30 into the OT session.
The Spirit fell behind early after a slashing penalty when Kingston forward Tyler Burnie (11) scored his eleventh goal of the season while on the power play to take a 1-0 lead at 4:59 of the first period.
Kingston defenseman Liam Murray was then whistled for a penalty midway through the second when Spirit forward Cole Coskey (12) tied the game at 1-goal apiece with his team-leading twelfth goal of the season, a power play goal with assists coming from Damien Giroux and Kohn at 13:26 of the second period.
A few minutes later, Gilmour (5) would give the Spirit a 2-1 lead with his fifth goal of the season from Kohn and Kyle Bollers at 16:50 of the second period.
Midway through the third period Max Grondin (2) extended the Spirit lead to 3-1 with his second of the season with assists from Blade Jenkins and D.J. Busdeker at 7:59 of the third period.
Kingston battled back to tie the game with goals from Jakob Brahaney (3) and Jason Robertson (16) at 12:15 and 15:59 of the third period respectively, forcing overtime where Kohn would end it.
Spirit back up goal tender Cameron LaMour earned his second win in as many starts while turning away 35 of the 38 shots he saw in net for Saginaw tonight.
The Spirit are off until Thursday when head coach Troy Smith and assistant coach Ryan Kuwabara's hometown Hamilton Bulldogs pay a visit for a 7:05 pm face off on Nov. 30, at the Dow Event Center.