Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Saginaw Spirit News & Notes

During the month of October, the Saginaw Spirit were 9-1-0-0 overall, 6-0-0-0 at home. The team kicks off November with three games this week. Sault Ste. Marie will be the site of a Wednesday match-up against the Greyhounds, while Friday and Saturday will be home games against the Barrie Colts and Peterborough Petes, respectively.

The Spirit enter the upcoming series in first place in the West Division with 21 points and a record of 10-4-0-1.

Mursak Beats Team Record
Spirit forward Jan Mursak beat the team’s point streak record on Sunday following his assist on a Patrick McNeill goal. Mursak has had at least one point in the last 15 games, giving him the record that was previously held by former Spirit Nick Lees (14 games in the 2003-04 season) and Marek Kvapil (14 games in the 2004-05 season). So far this season, Mursak has notched 26 points, with nine goals and 17 assists. He also has the distinction of scoring at least one point in every game he has played in Spirit uniform.

OHL Leader Boards
Mursak (9G-17A-26PTS) is currently ranked sixth in OHL scoring, third in rookie scoring and ninth in assists.

Tom Pyatt is ranked third in goal scoring and eighth in overall scoring with 25 points (14G-11A).

McNeill is fifth in scoring for defenseman with 16 points (6G-10A).

Goaltender Ryan Daniels is ranked seventh in both goals-against average and save percentage with a GAA of 2.99 and save percentage of .913.

November 1, 2006
Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Away at the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

For ticket and travel information, please visit www.saulttourism.com or call 1-800-461-6020.

The Greyhounds received good news last week in the form of center Jiri Tlusty. The Czech native and Toronto Maple Leafs' prospect was sent down from the AHL Toronto Marlies to join an already potent Greyhound offense that includes Dustin Jeffrey (14G-10A-24 PTS), Cody Thornton (7G-11A-18PTS) and David Kuchejda (3G-7A-10PTS). Josh Godfrey has not only been a constant presence on the defense, but on offense as well with 15 points (6G-9A). Starting goaltender Kyle Gadjewski (.888 save percentage) had a shutout in last weekend’s game against the Peterborough Petes. The Spirit, who have a 11-19-1-0 record against the Greyhounds since 2002, will face-off against the Greyhounds in the newly built Steelback Centre.

November 3, 2006
Friday at 7:11 PM
Home vs the Barrie Colts

For ticket information, please visit www.saginawspirit.com or call 989-497-7747.

Bryan Little (15G-18A-33PTS) is back to lead the Colts in what is shaping up to be a successful season. Right behind him in scoring production is Hunter Tremblay (8G-14A-22PTS) and Andrew Marshall (3G-15A-18PTS), followed by Richard Clune (8G-9A-17PTS) and Tomas Marcinko (6G-6A-12PTS). On defense is Marshall (3G-15A-18PTS), Tyson Aitcheson (4A-4PTS) and Blake Parlett (1G-3A-4PTS). ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week (10/17/06) Andrew Perugini (.909 save percentage) has been starting for the Colts this season following the departure of Dan LaCosta.

The Spirit have a team record of 1-5-2-0 against the Colts since 2002.

November 4, 2006
Saturday at 7:11 PM
Home vs the Peterborough Petes

For ticket information, please visit www.saginawspirit.com or call 989-497-7747.

Saturday, the Spirit will host the Petes, who are looking for a rematch following their 5-3 loss to Saginaw on October 12. Leading the Petes’ offense is Daniel Ryder (11G-17A-28PTS), Steve Downie (6G-11A-17PTS) and Justin Soryal (9G-7A-16PTS). On defense, the Petes are counting on three overagers – former Plymouth Whaler Craig Cescon (2A-2PTS), Davin Welsh (2G-1A-3PTS) and Kyle Raftis (1G-10A-11PTS). Starting goalie Trevor Cann (.915 save percentage) is backstopping the Petes in net.

The overall record between the two teams since 2002 stands at 4-2-1-0.

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