The Saginaw Spirit
(18-11-1-2) ruined the homecoming of former Spirit goal tender Cam Lamour who was traded to Sarnia three days ago, putting up a 7-spot on the 2016 third round pick en route to Saginaw's fourth straight win, a decisive 7-3 victory over the Sting (16-15-2-2) in front of 3,042 in attendance for the annual Jayden Lamb Memorial Foundation
Teddy Bear Toss game at the Dow Event Center in downtown Saginaw tonight.
Spirit forward Albert Michnac (9) opened the scoring with an assist from Bode Wilde for a 1-0 lead, igniting a downpour of Teddy Bears inside Wendler Arena, stopping the game for around 20-minutes at 8:11 of the first period while Spirit staff bagged up the fluffy toys.
Saginaw forward Danny Katic (2) lit the lamp just 58-seconds later, scoring his second goal of the season from Jake Goldowski and Aidan Prueter for a 2-0 lead at 8:59 of the first period, before Nicholas Porco (14) scored on a redirection from Wilde and Duncan Penman at the 10:34 mark, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Sting would take advantage of a Spirit penalty early in the middle frame when Jamieson Rees (5) beat Spirit goal tender Ivan Prosvetov, scoring a power play goal to cut the lead to 3-1 at 4:35 of the second period.
Saginaw answered with its own power play goal when Wilde (8) beat Lamour glove low with a one-timer with assists coming from Blade Jenkins and Cole Perfetti for a 4-1 lead at 10:24 of the second, while Prueter (5) followed with his fifth goal of the season from Goldowski and Ian Lemieux for a 5-1 Spirit lead at 13:36 of the second period.
Perfetti (15) followed with his fifteenth of the season from D.J. Busdeker and Wilde for a 6-1 lead at the 16:00 mark of the second period, before Michnac (10) scored his second of the night, a power play goal from Jenkins and Justin Murray at 18:53 of the second to take a commanding 7-1 lead into the second intermission, chasing Lamour who was replaced by Sarnia backup Ethan Langevin to start the third period.
Lamour stopped 21 of the 28 shots he faced throughout his two periods in net for Sarnia, as Langevin was perfect, stopping all thirteen third period shots he faced for the Sting, while Prosvetov turned away 18 of the 21 shots he saw in between the pipes for the Spirit.
The Spirit will look to make it five in a row with a rematch on the road against the Windsor Spitfires for a 2:05 pm face off at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, ON tomorrow afternoon.
Video after Albert Michnac scores opening goal in annual Jayden Lamb Teddy Bear Toss: