The Saginaw Spirit left the arena this evening without a point for the first time in five games, following an 8-4 loss to the Soo Greyhounds Wednesday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Soo defenseman Robert Calisti led the way for the Hounds, scoring two goals and an assist and earning first-star honors. Tyler Savard also added two goals for the Greyhounds, while seven other Soo players had multi-point games. For Saginaw, Roberto Mancini, Nick Wong, Dalton Duhart, and Pacey Schlueting all scored. Schlueting’s goal was his first in his OHL career spanning 123 games.
The Hounds opened the scoring at 9:55 of the first period when Tyler Savard scored his first OHL goal. Savard sliced through four Spirit defenders before besting goaltender Andrew Oke for the opening score. Just 2:47 later, Robert Calisti would score his first of two goals on the evening after being sprung on a breakaway by Luc Brzustowski. Saginaw would pull within a goal with a late powerplay goal from Roberto Mancini. Dean Loukus and Calem Mangone drew the assists on Mancini’s second goal of the season. The Soo led 2-1 after the first period of play expired.
Saginaw would square the game at 2:00 of the second period with a Nick Wong goal in front of the net. Wong, stationed in front, backhanded a shot between the legs of Soo goaltender Samuel Ivanov. Just 3:10 later, Calisti was at it again, picking up his second of the evening. Just under 2:00 minutes later, Connor Toms scored his first OHL goal on a shot than seemed to fool Oke from the left wing. 1:30 after that, the vaunted Soo power play went to work and Tye Kartye cashed in for his 11th goal of the season. With two second left to play, Dalton Duhart and the Spirit answered with a power play goal of their own to make it 5-3 heading to the third period.
The Soo took the game over for good in the third with two goals, 13 seconds apart from Owen Allard and Tyler Sarvard to make it 7-3, Hounds. Pacey Schlueting answered with his first OHL goal from Cam Baber and Sebastien Gervais at 10:30, but Tanner Dickinson added an empty net goal at 18:28 to seal it for the Hounds.
The loss for the Spirit snapped a three-game winning streak at GFL Memorial Gardens and was also Saginaw’s first regulation loss in five games.
Following a Friday road contest in Sarnia, the Spirit return home Sat. November 6 to face the Sarnia Sting for the 14th annual First Responders Night presented by Fisher Companies. Team Police vs. Team Fire charity game will begin at 4:00 p.m. and puck drop between the Spirit and Sting is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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