Spirit have difficulty recovering after surrendering 4 goals on 4 shots in first period in 6-2 loss to Barrie Colts

The Spirit had dominated the first half of the first period, and never gave up, battling back with goals in the second and third periods respectively....

Posted In: Sports, Saginaw Spirit,   By: Jason Marcoux

19th January, 2018     0

Barrie, ON:
The Saginaw Spirit (22-17-3-0) could not recover from an early 4-goal deficit, eventually losing a 6-2 road decision to the Barrie Colts (24-15-2-1) at the Barrie Molson Centre in Barrie, ON tonight.
Despite dominating the first half of the opening period, out-shooting Barrie 7-3 in the first 10-minutes of the game, the Spirit were stunned when the Colts responded in the second half of the first period with four goals on 4-straight shots in the final 10-minutes of the period to take a 4-0 lead into the first intermission, chasing Spirit starting goal tender Evan Cormier after the fourth goal. 
Barrie forward Aaron Luchuk (35) scored his thirty-fifth goal of the season to give the Colts a 1-0 lead at 12:21 of the first period, then Luchuk set up Dimitry Sokolov (23) with his twenty-third goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game just over 2-minutes later at 14:40 of the first period. 
Luchuk then setup Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov (17) with a power play goal, his seventeenth goal of the season to give Barrie a 3-0 lead at 17:08 of the first period, before Ben Hawerchuk (9) made it a 4-0 game with his ninth goal of the season just 17-seconds later at 17:25 of the first period. 
Cormier returned in the second period as the Spirit cut the Barrie lead to 4-1 with a power play goal from Blade Jenkins (15) who scored his fifteenth goal of the season, with assists from Keaton Middleton and Jake Goldowski at 7:03 of the second period. 
The Colts would make it a 4-goal game (5-1) when Sokolov (24) scored his second of the night, with an assist from Luchuk at 5:48 of the third period. 
Midway through the third period, Spirit rookie Ryan Stepien (5) cut the Colts' lead to 5-2 with his fifth goal of the season from Aidan Prueter and Danny Katic at 10:04 of the final period. 
Barrie rookie Ryan Suzuki (9) scored his ninth goal of the season to round out the scoring and give the Colts a 6-2 lead at 19:10 of the final period. 
The Spirit will look to get back on track with another road game against the Sudbury Wolves at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, ON at 7:05 pm tomorrow evening. 
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