Saginaw Hosts Sarnia on 15th Annual Shocks and Saves Night
January 28, 2023 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Saginaw Spirit press release
Saginaw, Mich. – The Saginaw Spirit (24-16-2-0) are looking to end a six-game losing streak as they host their division rival Sarnia Sting (21-14-4-2) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Dow Event Center.
Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m
Tonight is the 15th Annual Shocks and Saves Night in partnership with the Pulse 3 Endowment and Central Michigan University. At 4:00 p.m., a charity game begins, pitting local medics against Red Wings alumni Jiri Fischer, Derian Hatcher and more. Proceeds go towards heart health awareness and adding AEDs to the community. Tickets for the 4:00 p.m. Shocks and Saves charity game can be purchased at the Dow Event Center box office and also serves as entry to the 7:05 p.m. Spirit game.
Phone: (989) 497-7747
In person: Saginaw Spirit Store (6321 State St.), box office at the Dow Event Center
Television: CHL TV, CHL App, OHL Action Pak Ch. 467
Radio: 100.5 FM WSGW, WSGW.com
The Spirit fell 4-2 to the Flint Firebirds on Saturday, January 21 at the Dort Financial Center. Dean Loukus had two assists and Matyas Sapovaliv had one goal and one assist in the loss. Saginaw still leads 4-2 in the I75 Divide Cup series presented by Coors Light.
The Sting defeated the Soo Greyhounds 5-2 at the GFL Memorial on Friday, January 27th
Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Cooper Way scored twice and Benjamin Gaudreau made 30 saves from 32 shots in the win. Sting’s backup captain Nolan Burke paved the way with a goal and two assists. He now has eight points (4G, 4A) in his last three games.
Saginaw and Sarnia have played four of the six scheduled encounters this season so far, with Spirit being victorious three times. On 25 November, the Geist won 4-1 in Sarnia with Zayne Parekh scoring the winning goal. Michael Misa added a goal and an assist, and goaltender Andrew Oke stopped 26 of Sting’s 27 shots.
In the last contest, the Sting won their first game of the series, 6-3 in Saginaw. Sasha Pastujov scored two goals and two assists and Ty Voit scored the winner for Sarnia. Vegas Golden Knights’ Matyas Sapovaliv had a goal and two assists, and Hunter Haight added two assists to Spirit.
Players to watch:
Dean Loukus has six points in four games against Sarnia, including a four-point game on Oct. 7. He also has a five-game points streak in which he recorded three goals and five assists for eight points. Matyas Sapovaliv has nine points (4G, 5A) in four games against the Sting. The first OHL overall winner of 2022, Michael Misa, leads the Spirit with 20 goals and 46 points. Misa and Loukus share the lead for Saginaw with 26 assists. Tristan Lennox of the New York Islanders with 3.17 goals against average (GAA) and 0.884 save percentage (SV%) are the best for his club.
Ty Voit leads the OHL in points (66), assists (54), and power play assists (24). Nolan Burke has the most goals for Sarnia (28) and is third in the OHL with 13 power play goals. 2023 IIHF World Juniors gold medalist Benjamin Gaudreau’s 3.40 GAA and 0.873 SV% are the best for his club.
Saginaw has drafted three (3) players to the National Hockey League (NHL) including Matyas Sapovaliv (Vegas), Tristan Lennox (New York Islanders), and Hunter Haight (Minnesota).
Sarnia has nine (9) most players drafted into the NHL with North Bay. Sting’s drafted players are Sandis Vilmanis (Florida), Sasha Pastujov (Anaheim), Luca DelBelBelluz (Columbus), Nolan Burke (Nashville, FA), Ty Voit (Toronto), Ryan Mast (Boston), Christian Kyrou (Dallas), Ethan Del Mastro (Chicago) and Benjamin Gaudreau (San Jose).
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