Thursday, March 10, 2005

Spirit downed by Greyhounds, 7-2

The Saginaw Spirit went through the motions Wednesday night with a 7-2 loss on the road to the West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Rookie goalie Ryan Daniels made 37 saves and Tom Pyatt recorded a goal and an assist. Jesse Gimblett tallied the other goal for the Spirit (17-41-3-4), who played with just 16 skaters due to team-imposed suspensions (see below).

Saginaw returns home for the last time this season to face the Greyhounds at 7:00 p.m. Saturday on Fan Appreciation Day.

Spirit Discipline Six Players
The Saginaw Spirit hockey club is disciplining six players for violating team policy. Patrick Asselin, Chase Crowder, Jesse Gimblett, captain Thomas Harrison and Steven Whitely will each serve two-game suspensions between now and the end of the season. Scott Fletcher will serve a four-game suspension.

Spirit head coach and general manager Bob Mancini says he's disappointed with the players.

"It's a violation of the team's rules and the trust of these players' teammates," Mancini said. "Team rules are in place for a reason and there are consequences for violations.”

The suspensions began with last night's game.

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