After suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the London Knights at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night, a pair of Saginaw Spirit defensemen (Marcus Crawford and Caleb Everett) each scored two goals respectively, while Cole Coskey added an empty net goal to lead the Spirit (8-9-3-0) to a 5-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack (11-7-0-2) at the Dow Event Center tonight.
Recently acquired over age forward Mason Kohn (5) scored twice and D.J. Busdeker (4) scored once for the Spirit in last night's OT loss to the Knights.
Throughout the first 11-games of the 2017-18 OHL season, the Spirit had only earned 7 of a possible 22 points and were stuck at the bottom of the western conference standings, however, over the past 8-games, the Spirit (19) have now earned 12 of a possible 16 points and only trail London (20) by just 1-point for sixth place in the western conference standings.
Everett (2) gave the Spirit an early 1-0 lead with his second goal of the season from Coskey just 3:30 into the opening period.
The Spirit then took advantage of a 2-minute tripping penalty to Owen Sound LW Kevin Hancock shortly after the 5-minute mark, as Crawford (5) scored a power play goal from Brady Gilmour and Kohn for a 2-0 lead at 7:28 of the first period.
Attack forward Jonah Gadjovich (9) scored a shorthanded goal at the 19:48 mark, in the final seconds of the first period to get Owen Sound on the board (2-1) heading into the first intermission.
Gadjovich (10) then added a power play goal midway through the second frame to tie the game at 2-goals apiece at 10:56 of the second period.
Everett (3) put the Spirit back on top 3-2 with his second goal of the night (third of the season) just 54-seconds later from Kyle Bollers and Gilmour at 11:50 of the second period.
Owen Sound managed to tie the game at 3-goals apiece early in the third period when Maksim Sushko scored his tenth of the season at 6:21 of the third period.
The Spirit would take the lead for good when Crawford (6) scored another power play goal while on a 5 on 3 man-advantage after a check to the head penalty to Sushko, and a tripping penalty to Brady Lyle as Crawford tallied his sixth goal of the season from Gilmour and Coskey to make it a 4-3 game at 13:51 of the third period.
Coskey (10) added an empty net insurance goal, his tenth of the season from Keaton Middleton (a fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL draft) at 19:04 of the final period.
Spirit backup goal tender Cameron LaMour earned his first victory of the 2017-18 season, turning away 30 of the 33 shots he faced while in between the pipes for the Spirit tonight.
Saginaw will now look to build on its winning ways when they welcome the Erie Otters make for a 5:30 pm face off at the Dow Event Center tomorrow evening.