The Saginaw Spirit
continue to look for its elusive first win of the season after falling 5-3 to the Kingston Frontenacs
at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON. tonight.
At the risk of starting to sound like the proverbial broken record, penalties were once again the story as Kingston converted on 3 of its 5 power play opportunities while the Spirit were 0 for 3 on the power play.
The game was tied at 3-goals apiece midway through the third period when Spirit defenseman Marcus Crawford was checked over the boards and into the Kingston bench.
After struggling to get back onto the ice, Crawford was whistled for a 2 minute roughing penalty, which set him off as he was sure the penalty was being called on the Kingston bench for impeding him from getting back onto the ice. Crawford's actions in arguing the call earned him a double minor, giving the Frontenacs a 4 minute power play.
Kingston would go on to convert two goals on the subsequent power plays, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Second year forward Brady Gilmour scored first for the Spirit tonight, his second of the season at 9:13 of the first period to tie the game at a goal apiece, Hayden Hodgson and Kris Bennett assisted on the goal.
After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, Spirit defenseman C.J. Garcia was dragged down on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, which he turned into his second goal of the season to tie the game 2-2 at 17:29 of the second period.
Kingston right wing Cody Caron put the Front's up 3-2 with a goal at 4:01 of the third period but Hodgson responded with his first goal of the season a couple minutes later at 6:37 of the third period to tie the game at 3 goals apiece. Bennett and Gilmour assisted on Hodgson's goal.
Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier turned away 24 of the 29 shots he faced in net tonight.
The Spirit will complete the third leg of its eastern conference road trip with a 2 pm afternoon game against the Ottawa 67's
at the TD Place Arena in the Canadian capital Tomorrow afternoon.