The Saginaw Spirit (3-7-1-0) managed to hang with the Peterborough Petes (9-4-0-1) through two periods, before the Petes pulled away in the third period to defeat the Spirit 5-3 in front of 3,248 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough, ON last night.
The Spirit went on the power play midway through the first period after Peterborough defenseman Cole Fraser was called for a 2-minute tripping penalty at 8:50 of the opening period, however, Petes' veteran forward Jonathan Ang (5) scored a shorthanded goal, his fifth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead at 9:03 of the first period.
Saginaw answered just over six minutes later when rookie defenseman Duncan Penman (1) scored his first career OHL goal from Max Grondin to tie the game at 1-goal apiece at the 14:19 mark of the first period.
Shortly after the Penman goal, Spirit forward Kyle Bollers was whistled for a 5-minute major, along with a game misconduct for a check-to-the-head penalty at 15:02 of the first period, as Peterborough forward Pavel Gogolev (6) converted on the man-advantage with his sixth goal of the season, a power play goal to give the Petes a 2-1 lead at the 16:00 minute mark of the first period.
The Spirit then tied the game at 2-goals apiece late in the first period when Damien Giroux (5) scored his fifth of the season, a shorthanded goal with an assist coming from D.J. Busdeker at 19:04 of the first period as the two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
Veteran Spirit defenseman Hayden Davis (1) gave the Spirit a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, scoring his first goal of the season from Blade Jenkins and Busdeker at 12:53 of the second period.
Peterborough tied the game at 3-goals apiece late in the second period when Ang (6) scored his second of the night at 19:35 of the second period.
Fourth year Peterborough forward Logan DeNoble (9) scored the eventual game winner, his ninth goal of the season for a 4-3 lead at 5:54 of the third period.
The Petes would round out the scoring with another power play goal late in the game when Zach Gallant (5) scored his fifth goal of the season, while on the power play, for a 5-3 lead at 16:53 of the third period.
Spirit goal tender Evan Cormier (a fourth round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2016 NHL draft) turned away 35 of the 40 shots he saw while in net tonight.
The Spirit will continue on this road trip with a visit to the TD Place in Ottawa, ON for a 7:05 pm game against the Ottawa 67's Saturday night, before wrapping up the road trip with a visit to the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON for an afternoon tilt against the Kingston Frontenac on Sunday.