Spirit fall 4-1 to Greyhounds
The Soo out shot Saginaw 40-28...
By: Jason Marcoux
21st February, 2016
The Moe Mantha revival train came to a screeching halt inside the Dow Event Center tonight.
The Spirit, who had won 2 consecutive games under their new interim head coach, dropped a 4-1 decision to the Soo Greyhounds in front of another big crowd of 4,227 fans.
The Greyhounds wasted little time taking advantage of a Kirill Maksimov penalty for holding early in the game. Just 25 seconds into the power play, Soo left wing Jack Kopacka deposited a one-timer past Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead at 3:37 of the first period.
The Greyhounds extended their lead, scoring 2 goals in the last four minutes of the second period. Over age forward Gabe Guertler scored at the 16:00 minute mark of the second period and Tim Gettinger followed by shooting one off the right pad, which trickled past Cormier to make it a 3-0 game just 77-seconds later.
The Greyhounds' Boris Katchouk put the game seemingly out of reach when he scored a short-handed goal to give his team a 4-0 lead at 17:19 of the third period.
With just over a minute left in the game, Spirit captain Connor Brown (20) scored a power play goal to keep the Greyhounds honest, but it was too little too late.
Cormier stopped 36-of the-40 shots he faced in net for the Spirit, while his counterpart Brandon Halverson (a second round draft pick -59 overall- of the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL entry draft) stopped 26-of the-27 shots he faced.
The Spirit will now have a week to recouperate before heading to Erie (PA) next Saturday and Hamilton (ON) next Sunday afternoon.