The Saginaw Spirit faced off against the Soo Greyhounds in the first of two home games in the Sault for BMO Fan Appreciation Night.
It took over four minutes for the Greyhounds to register their first shot on goal as the Spirit kept control of the game during the first period of the game.
The first goal of the game came at 5:53 by Saginaw’s Connor Brown and then about half way through the first period Saginaw had quite a few turnovers which led to a shot by Darnell Nurse and deflected by Bryan Moore tying the game at 1.
A little more than two minutes after the goal Moore would be sent to the penalty box for Hooking and the Greyhounds did an excellent job of fore-checking and clearing while playing one man short.
The Soo Greyhounds started applying pressure in the second period and Moore had a jump on Saginaw’s Artem Artemov which Artemov took down Moore and resulted in an Interference penalty.
About half way through the period the Spirit started to get real physical and with less than two minutes to go in the period Dylan Sadowy put one behind Halverson and Saginaw retook the lead by a score of 2 to 1.
In the third period Saginaw continued with the physical game keeping control in the period against the Greyhounds but despite the pressure and hitting the Greyhounds Kyle Jenkins and David Miller would add to score for the Soo giving the Greyhounds the lead.
Darnell Nurse was caught behind the play and Saginaw came back and tied the game at the 18:35 mark of the period and with no other scoring in the period the game went into a 4 on 4 five minute overtime period which seen scoring chances by both teams.
With a number of Greyhounds in front of Saginaw’s net minder Jake Paterson, Bryan Moore was cross checked by Connor Brown which sent Brown to the penalty box with 2:10 left to play in OT but the Greyhounds couldn’t get the puck behind the Spirit’s net minder.
With no scoring in the overtime period the game was to be decided by a shoot out. It took eight players to decide the win by Saginaw when Artem Artemov scored on Halverson.
The Greyhounds home stand continues tonight when the Guelph Storm visit the Essar Centre.