Spirit beat Mississauga 6-1 Friday at the Dow Event Center:
Youth movement gets the offense going for the Spirit....
By: Jason Marcoux
20th October, 2012
The Saginaw Spirit got their youngsters involved in the scoring early, as they spread the puck around with goals from six different players; including three separate goals by first-year players, and one goal by a second year player to beat the visiting Mississauga Steelheads 6-1 in front of 2,621 fans at the Dow Event Center Friday night in Saginaw, Mi.
Second-year Spirit forward, David Perklin scored his first goal of the season when he took a pass from Dalton Young in the high slot for a one-timer, going ‘five-hole’ on former Saginaw goalie, Clint Windsor at 8:19 of the first period. Spirit rookie defenseman, Brandon Prophet continued the Saginaw youth-movement when his unassisted slap shot from the right point trickled past Windsor at 13:34 of the first period. The Spirit would head into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
After Steelhead forward, Kristoff Kontos was whistled for a two-minute slashing minor with fifty-three seconds remaining in the first, and Steelhead defenseman, Trevor Carrick was called for high sticking with just thirty seconds left in the first period; the Spirit came out with a one-minute and eight-second 5-on-3 man advantage to start the second period. Saginaw captain, Vince Trocheck wasted little time in the two-man advantage, scoring his eighth goal of the season just forty seconds into the second period, giving the Spirit a 3-0 lead. Saginaw rookie forward, Andrey Alexeev put the Spirit up 4-0 as the Moscow, Russia native scored his second goal of the season on a nice feed from Spirit defenseman, Steven Strong at 4:41 of the second period. Mississauga defenseman, Dylan DeMelo would score the Steelheads only goal of the night just thirteen seconds later at 4:54 of the second period. Spirit rookie forward, Brandon Lindberg rounded out the second period scoring with his second goal of the season at 10:37 of the period, and the Spirit skated to the locker room with a comfortable 5-1 lead after two periods of play.
Saginaw veteran defenseman, Dalton Young scored his first goal of the season with a power play goal at 3:37 of the third period to complete the Spirit scoring attack. Vince Trocheck assisted on the Young goal, vaulting the Spirit captain past Patrick McNeill and Ryan McDonough into sole possession of second place all-time in the history of the Saginaw Spirit in career assists with number 130, just four behind leader Jack Combs (134).
The Spirit will be back in action tonight as they host the Guelph Storm for the annual St. Mary’s of Michigan/ Consumers Energy Pink-out Breast Cancer awareness game. Face off is set for 7:11 p.m. As usual, we will be looking forward to seeing you down at the Dow….