Spirit avoid being shutout with late goal but still drop 6-1 decision to the Sarnia Sting

After a 3-0 shutout loss to Sarnia on Friday night, the Sting managed to keep the Spirit out of the net until Max Grondin scored in the final minute of play this afternoon....

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The Saginaw Spirit were shut out 3-0 by Sarnia Sting backup goal tender Aidan Hughes Friday night, and Sting starter Justin Fazio had continued to keep the Spirit out of the scoring column for 59:18 today, until the Spirit managed to score in the final minute of the game, however, the Sting still came away with a 6-1 victory over the Spirit at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, ON this afternoon. 


Second year Spirit forward Max Grondin (11) erased the Fazio shutout with his eleventh goal of the season with assists coming from Caleb Everett and Hayden Davis to cut the Sarnia lead to 6-1 at 19:18 of the third period.


The Sting had managed to put Saginaw behind the proverbial eight ball early with three unanswered goals midway through the first period when Franco Sproviero (9:16) Drake Rymsha (11:41) and Jordan Kyrou (12:03) each scored goals less than 3-minutes apart to take an early 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.


Sarnia extended its lead early in the middle frame when Adam Ruzicka (32) scored a power play goal to give the Sting a 4-0 advantage at 6:47 of the second period. 


The Sting would add another goal late in the second when Rymsha (27) opened up a 5-0 lead for Sarnia with his twenty-seventh goal of the season at 19:40 of the second period. 


Sarnia RW Sean Josling (19) gave the Sting a 6-0 lead early in the third period when he scored his nineteenth goal of the season at 5:58 of the final frame.


Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced in net for the Spirit, while his counterpart, Fazio turned back 24 of the 25 Saginaw shots he saw in between the pipes for the Sting today. 


The Spirit will look to get back on track with a trip to St. Catharines, ON for an eastern conference matchup with the Niagara Ice Dogs at 7 pm at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, ON this Thursday night.

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