Spirit fall behind early before eventually dropping a 5-2 road decision to Kitchener
Kitchener forward Riley Damiani led the Rangers with a hat trick tonight...
By: Jason Marcoux
17th November, 2018
The Saginaw Spirit (11-8-1-1) remain in fifth place in the Ontario Hockey League's western conference standings despite dropping a 5-2 road decision to the Kitchener Rangers (10-10-2-0) in front of 6,763 at the Kitchener Auditorium in Kitchener, ON tonight.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead when forward Riley Damiani (9) scored his ninth goal of the season at 9:07 of the first period, before his teammate Alexey Lipanov (4) followed with his fourth goal of the season to give Kitchener a 2-0 lead at the 17:59 mark prior to the first intermission.
Saginaw grinder Danny Katic (1) put the Spirit on the board with his first goal of the season with assists from Mason Millman and Reagan O'Grady to cut the Kitchener lead to 2-1 at 6:02 of the second period, however, the Rangers would eventually extend the lead when forward Rickard Hugg (11) scored his eleventh of the season to give Kitchener a 3-1 lead at 11:34 of the second period.
Damiani (11) put the game out of reach for the Spirit with back to back goals; scoring a power play goal for a 4-1 Rangers lead at 14:35 of the second period, before completing the hat trick with his third goal of the game, giving Kitchener a commanding 5-1 lead at 4:59 of the third period.
The Spirit added a late goal for good measure when second year forward Aidan Prueter (4) lit the lamp with his fourth tally of the season with assists coming from Blade Jenkins and Millman to cut the Kitchener lead to 5-2 at 18:44 of the final period.
Saginaw will look to finish out the weekend on a high note with a chance to avenge last Sunday's 7-1 loss to Windsor when the Spitfires visit the Dow Event Center for a 7:05 pm face off in downtown Saginaw tomorrow night.