Spirit tops Hounds in Saginaw

Files from Brad Coccimiglio (

SAGINAW, MI. – The Soo Greyhounds capped off a three-game road trip on Saturday night in Saginaw.

With points of the utmost importance, the Greyhounds dropped a 4-1 decision to the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday, the second straight loss for the Greyhounds on the final regular season road trip of the season.

Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson stopped 41 shots in the win while Carlos Amestoy scored a pair of goals in the win. Eric Locke and Dalton Young had two assists each for Saginaw while Garret Ross and Josh Shalla also scored.

Greyhounds rookie defenceman Darnell Nurse scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal in the loss. Matt Murray got the start and gave up three goals on five shots before making way for Jack Campbell midway through the opening period. Campbell stopped 23 shots the rest of the way.

With the loss the Greyhounds remain in a tie with the Guelph Storm for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference though the Storm have a game in hand which they will play on Sunday afternoon in Erie against the Otters.

The Greyhounds also trail the Windsor Spitfires by one point in the standings. The Spitfires also hold a game in hand. They will make that game up on Sunday when they host the Sarnia Sting.

The Greyhounds and Spitfires also meet up next weekend at the Essar Centre. The Greyhounds open the final week of the regular season with a home game against the Plymouth Whalers on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. On Saturday night, the Greyhounds host Windsor at 7:30 p.m. and wrap up the regular season at home against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday evening.

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