The Saginaw Spirit (3-8-1-0) ran into an offensive juggernaut in the Canadian capital today, getting torched by a score of 11-3 at the hands of the Ottawa 67's (9-5-1-0) at TD Place in Ottawa, ON this afternoon.
Ottawa peppered Spirit backup goal tender Cameron LaMour (who got the start, but was chased near the end of the second period for New Jersey Devils' prospect Evan Cormier) with 5-goals in the first period and another 4-unanswered in the second period, before Cormier came in to give up the final 2-goals.
The Spirit took an early lead when second year forward Damien Giroux (6) re-directed a Marcus Crawford shot from the point for his sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 Spirit lead at 4:28 of the first period. Cole Coskey also assisted on the Giroux goal.
Just over a minute later, Ottawa forward Sasha Chmelevski (6) scored his sixth of the season from Kody Clark at 5:36 of the first period, leading to another 3 Ottawa goals from Austen Keating, Graeme Clarke, and Lucas Peric to build a 4-1 lead with just over 4-minutes to play in the first period.
Following a 2-minute penalty for kneeing to Ottawa defenseman Kevin Bahl at 18:35 of the first period, Spirit defenseman Keaton Middleton (a fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL draft) scored his first goal of the OHL season, a power play goal from Brady Gilmour and Crawford to cut the Ottawa lead to 4-2 at the 18:49 mark of the first period.
The 67's came out and got four more unanswered goals from Peter Stratis, Mathieu Foget, Carter Robertson, and another goal from Foget at 13:51 of the second period for an 8-2 lead.
Crawford (3) scored his third goal of the season from Caleb Everett and Gilmour to cut into the Ottawa lead (8-3) at 14:18 of the second period.
Ottawa defenseman Nikita Okhotyuk (2) then scored his second goal of the season from former Spirit forward Tye Felhaber and Bahl at the 15:23 mark of the second to take a 9-3 lead into the second intermission.
Chmelevski (7) scored his second goal of the night from Robertson and Stratis for a 10-3 lead at 9:37 of the third period, before giving the 67's an 11-3 lead to round out the scoring with his hat trick goal with an assist coming from Travis Barron at 17:05 of the third period.
LaMour stopped 19 of the 28 shots he would face in his 35-minutes and 23-seconds in net for the Spirit today, while Cormier managed to turn away 16 of the 18 shots he would face during his 24-minutes and 37-seconds in between the pipes this afternoon.
The Spirit will wrap up its longest road trip of the season (3 road games in 4 days) with a 2 pm Sunday afternoon game against the Kingston Frontenacs (5-5-1-2) at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON tomorrow afternoon.