Spirit streak ends at 6-wins following 4-2 road loss to Kitchener Rangers
Kitchener forward Greg Meireles scored two power play goals; the first of which tied the game (2-2) with 13 seconds left in the second period, before adding another power play goal for insurance later in the third period...
By: Jason Marcoux
04th January, 2020
The Saginaw Spirit (21-11-2-2) winning streak was halted at 6-games following a 4-2 loss to the Kitchener Rangers in a game which saw the Spirit out-shoot the Rangers 35-31, before ultimately falling behind in a lopsided third period filled with Saginaw penalties at “the Aud” in Kitchener, ON tonight.
After 27-minutes of scoreless hockey, Kitchener would strike first in the middle frame when Rangers RW Graham Dickerson (1) scored his first goal of the season to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 7:33 of the second period.
The Spirit answered with a pair of quick goals less than 2-minutes apart when rookie forward Josh Bloom (3) lit the lamp with his third tally of the season with assists coming from Ilya Solovyov and T-Bone Codd to tie the game at 1-goal apiece at 14:07 of the second period, before Spirit captain Damien Giroux (23) followed with the go-ahead goal on a feed from Cole Perfetti and Roberto Mancini to give Saginaw a 2-1 lead at 15:48 of the second.
The Rangers took advantage of a Spirit penalty with 13-seconds remaining in the second period when Kitchener forward Greg Meireles (15) converted a power play goal at the 19:47 mark, knotting the game at 2-goals apiece heading into the second intermission.
Kitchener would take the lead for good and never look back early in the final frame when Ranger RW Jonathan Yantsis (24) scored the eventual game-winner to give his team a 3-2 lead at 1:51 of the third, while Meireles (16) added another power play goal, his second man-advantage tally of the night, for a 4-2 lead at 14:59 of the final period.
Rangers goal tender Jacob Ingham stopped 33 of the 35 Saginaw shots he saw in net for Kitchener, while Spirit netminder Marshall Frappier turned away 27 of the 31 shots he saw between the pipes for the Spirit.
The Spirit won't have too long to dwell on this loss with a visit from the Oshawa Generals in less than 24-hours, where face off is set for 7:05 pm at the Dow Event Center tomorrow night.