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The Saginaw Spirit have regained third place in the OHL Western Conference with 57 points and a record of 27-17-0-3 (47 GP). Sunday nights win pushed the Spirit past the Guelph Storm in the rankings, who are in fourth place in the conference with 57 points and a record of 26-17-2-3 (48 GP). The Spirit were 1-2-0-0 in three games last weekend, and wrap up the month of January with two home games this weekend.

Week 19 Recap

The Spirit lost a hard fought battle to the Brampton Battalion last Thursday. The Battalion held onto a 1-0 lead until the third period when two consecutive goals secured the Brampton win. The Spirit lost 3-0 in regulation. Goalie Edward Pasquale earned the game's second star with 34 saves on 36 shots.

Saginaw hosted the Peterborough Petes last Saturday, losing 5-4 despite notching 59 shots on Petes netminder Jason Missiaen. Jack Combs, Chris Chappell, Jakub Svoboda and Joe Pleckaitis tallied goals in the effort, and Jordan Szwarz earned the game's third star.

The Spirit rebounded from the two loses to best the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sunday night on the road. It was a 'rough and tumble' game, with 45 penalties being called; the Spirit served 43 penalty minutes while the Greyhounds posted 47 penalty minutes. Tyler Murovich, Barry Sanderson and Chris Chappell contributed on the goal scoring front, while Nick Crawford earned the game's first star with three assists. For the second consecutive contest Jordan Szwarz earned the third star of the game honors.

Week 20 Preview

The Spirit play two games this week, hosting the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors Friday (7:11 PM) and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Saturday (7:11 PM).

Mississauga St. Michaels Majors

Mississauga is one of the top teams in the OHL Eastern Conference, sitting in fourth place with 53 points and a record of 25-19-1-2. They enter the week 5-4-0-1 in the last ten games and have earned 7 points in their last four contests. This is the first of two match-ups between the Spirit and Majors this season, with the second game of the series behind hosted by Mississauga on February 8th.

The Majors roster boasts a lot of talent, including high scoring center Michael Pelech (15G 30A) and offensive-defenseman Cameron Gaunce (14G 27A). Gaunce, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, was recently named to the OHL All-Star Classic. Centers Jared Gomes (19G 14A), Kale Kerbashian (13G 20A) and Jordan Mayer (12G 13A) are major contributors on offense. Rookie center Devante Smith-Pelly (5G 7A), the Majors first round pick in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, has notched 12 points in his OHL debut. The team also welcomed the return of Kaspars Daugavins (2G 4A) to the lineup. The Latvia native and Ottawa Senators prospect was the Majors leading scorer last season with 40 goals and 34 assists, and was reassigned to Mississauga by the Senators management.

Sophomore defenseman Brett Flemming (3G 18A) is plus-16 on the blue line, and along with Gaunce who has a plus-18 on the season, leads a strong defensive corps. The Majors added some more depth to their back end with the acquisition of d-man David Corrente (1G 6A) from the Oshawa Generals. Corrente is the younger brother of former Spirit blueliner Matt Corrente. Atlanta Thrashers drafted goalie Chris Carrozzi has gotten the call in 33 games this season, earning two shutouts with a 2.87 goals against average and 0.908 save percentage.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

The Greyhounds enter the week with 35 points and a record of 16-29-2-1, and are in tenth place on the OHL Western Conference. Saginaw leads the season series between the two teams with a record of 5-1-0-1. The Greyhounds lost to the Spirit last Sunday, but put forth a concerted effort in an attempt to tie up the game. Pittsburgh Penguins pick Jacob Muzzin notched a goal and an assist in the effort, with rookie center Carson Dubchak providing the other goal.

High scoring center Matthew Lyall (15G 18A) leads the offense with 33 points on the season. Winger Jordan Nolan (12G 18A), center Michael Fine (11G 15A) and St. Louis Blues pick James Livingston (13G 11A) round out the offense. Nolan leads the Greyhounds offense when they take on the Spirit however, having notched 2 goals and 4 assists in the 7 games the two teams have squared off this season.

Defensemen Michael Quesnele (6G 22A) and Jacob Muzzin (5G 16A) anchor the blue line, which features three 92-born rookies in Brandon Archibald (4A), David Mead (1A) and Brock Beukeboom (1G 6A). Cody St. Jacques and rookie Bryce O'Hagan have shared duty in the Greyhounds net this season. St. Jacques has faced the Spirit six times this season, earning a 3.90 goals against average and 0.884 save percentage in those games.
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