Spirit earn tough road point despite 3-2 shootout loss to Sarnia
Kris Bennett scored late to send the game to overtime where both goal tenders played strong.....
By: Jason Marcoux
03rd December, 2016
The Saginaw Spirit (8-13-2-2) managed to grab a valuable point on the road but ultimately suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Sarnia Sting (14-10-3-0) at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, ON tonight.
Trailing 2-1 with just over two minutes left in regulation, Spirit veteran Kris Bennett put the team on his back and scored his fourth goal of the season from fellow vet Hayden Hodgson at 17:26 of the third period to send the game to overtime.
The Spirit out shot the Sting 6-4 in the overtime period, however, both teams respective goal tenders' continued strong play carried over to force the shootout where 2 of the 3 Sarnia shooters scored for the victory.
The Spirit took advantage of a two minute holding penalty to Sarnia defenseman Connor Schlichting at 16:32 of the first period when Hodgson (9) buried his ninth goal of the season at 17:21 of the first period, a power play goal from Cole Coskey and Brady Gilmour who was playing in his first game back from the concussion protocol.
The Sting would go on to score the next two goals midway through the second when Jordan Kyrou (9) scored his ninth at 8:07 and Adam Ruzicka (10) added his tenth at 11:22 of the second period.
Sarnia goal tender Justin Fazio turned away 37 of the 39 Saginaw shots for the Sting, while Evan Cormier was equally impressive for the Spirit stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced tonight.
The Spirit continue a hectic weekend schedule as they host the Niagara Ice Dogs at the Dow Event Center tomorrow at 7:05 pm before heading to Detroit to host the Windsor Spitfires in a special Farewell To The Joe game at Joe Louis Ice Arena for a 4 pm game on Sunday afternoon.