The Dow Event Centre was the place of action tonight in Saginaw, MI as the Attack looked to end their mini two game slide.
Jacob Middleton and Jaden Lindo were expected to make their return to the lineup tonight, however; they were noticeable absent.
The Attack have been trying to shake their habit of poor starts, but tonight wasn’t going to be that night. With the Attack on the powerplay, Justin Kea would bury one for Saginaw past Brandon Hope to give the Spirit a 1-0 lead. The Attack would have several great chances, but the Spirit would extend their lead to two when Alex Alexeev fired the puck past Hope blocker side.
The affair would turn chippy and Kurtis MacDermid would square up against Gregg Sutch with the mitts off. The Sauble Beach native would drop the overage forward with a hard right and each would receive five minutes for fighting.
Sutch would be no worse for the wear as he came out in the second period and staked the Spirit to a 3-0. Just 27 seconds later, Jimmy Lodge would make it 4-0 for the Spirit. That goal would chase Hope from the net and he would be replaced by Aaron Taylor, who was making his OHL debut. The change seemed to spark the Attack as Keevin Cutting would get them on the board on a bullet one-timer from Gemel Smith.
The Attack would be looking to come back from a three goal deficit for the second night in a row, but they would be asked to do one better as Saginaw made it 5-1 on the powerplay when Erik Locke blasted a rebound off Aaron Taylor. The Attack would get one back on a powerplay of their own when Gemel Smith tipped home Kyle Hope’s point shot to make it 5-2.
The Attack would be awarded a powerplay with four minutes remaining, but it would prove to be of little help as Justin Kea intercepted a pass at the point and buried his second short handed goal on a breakaway to make it 6-2.
That 6-2 would be the final as the Attack dropped their third game in a row.
The Centennial Windows Three Stars of the Game were:
3) Gregg Sutch 1G
2) Nikita Serebryakov 31SV
1) Justin Kea 2G