The Saginaw Spirit opened the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League pre-season with an 8-5 loss to the Peterborough Petes on Friday night, then skated to a 7-2 victory over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday night, before finishing with a 5-2 Sunday afternoon victory over the North Bay Battalion at the 2019 Pre-Season Showcase in Kitchener, ON this weekend.
Friday: PETE-8 SAG-5
Spirit forward Blade Jenkins scored twice against Peterborough, while Saginaw forwards Nicholas Porco, Ethan Cardwell, and defenseman DJ King each added single tallies, along with 2-assists from Spirit captain Damien Giroux in the 8-5 loss to the Petes on Friday night.
Saginaw goal tender Ivan Prosvetov stopped 23 of the 26 shots he would face throughout the first 40-minutes, while 2017 4th round Spirit draft pick Carter Tahk turned away 4 of the 8 shots he would see in the final 20-minutes in net for the Spirit.
Saturday: SAG-7 KIT-2
Porco lit the lamp twice on Saturday, while rookies Josh Bloom, Sebastian Bulovs and Saginaw native Mitchell Smith each scored their first goals in a Spirit sweater, along with Jenkins and 2019 CHL import defenseman Ilya Solovyov scoring as well.
Cardwell had 2-assists, while 2019 Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Mason Millman finished with 3-helpers on Saturday night.
Prosvetov stopped 33 of the 35 shots he saw in net for the Spirit on Saturday.
Sunday: SAG-5 NBB-2
Spirit veterans Brady Gilmour and Jake Goldowski each scored twice, as Millman added a single tally against North Bay, while Tahk turned away 29 of the 31 shots he faced in net Sunday afternoon.
Second year Spirit forward Cole Perfetti had 4-assists on Sunday against the Battalion, while Smith finished the weekend with 3-total points after picking up assists against Peterboroug and North Bay.
The Spirit will now return to Saginaw where they will wrap up the 2019 OHL pre-season with a home-and-home series against the Flint Firebirds with a 7:05 pm game at the Dow Event Center on Friday Sep 13, followed by a 7 pm face off on Saturday Sep 14, at the Flint Iceland Arena in Flushing, MI the following night.