After beating the Soo Greyhounds 2-1 Wednesday night at the Dow Event Center, the Saginaw Spirit dropped the second game of a home-and-home 3-1 at the Essar Centre in the Soo tonight.
The Spirit were eliminated from the 2017 Ontario Hockey League playoffs following a 4-2 Sarnia Sting victory over the Windsor Spitfires Wednesday night, which marks the first time in eleven seasons (since the 2004-05 season) the Spirit will not be playing post-season hockey.
Back-up goal tender Brendan Bonello stood tall in net for the Spirit tonight, stopping 34 of the 37 shots he would face, while taking a shutout late into the third period.
After two periods of scoreless hockey at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, ON tonight the Spirit jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the third when Brady Gilmour (26) scored his twenty-sixth of the season from Marcus Crawford and Markus Niemelainen just :06 into the third period.
Later in the third period, the Spirit were whistled for too many men on the ice and the Greyhounds took advantage when Bobby MacIntyre (28) scored the power play goal to tie the game at one goal apiece at the 15:32 mark of the third period.
The Greyhounds would take the lead when Jack Kopacka (30) scored to give his team a 2-1 lead at 18:36 of the third period.
Greyhounds left wing Tim Gettinger (31) made it a 3-1 game less than a minute later at the 19:25 mark of the third period.
The Spirit will wrap up the 2017 season when it hosts the Windsor Spitfires at the Dow Event Center for a 7:05 pm face off for its final game of the season tomorrow night.