Spirit’s Cormier sets new club mark for career shutouts


New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier is the Saginaw Spirit’s new club leader in career shutouts after his 39-save blanking of the Flint Firebirds on Friday.

The Spirit claimed a 3-0 road victory, giving them four straight wins and eight victories in their last 10 contests.

Cormier’s eighth career OHL shutout is his sixth as a member of the Saginaw Spirit, putting him past Jake Paterson for the most in Spirit history.

The strong effort continues a solid past month for Cormier, who has earned six wins in that span when making 30 saves or more.

A 20-year-old native of Bowmanville, Ont., Cormier has appeared in 28 games this season, going 14-9-3-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He’s played in 168 career OHL regular season contests, registering a 71-67-13-5 record with an .897 save percentage and eight shutouts.

North Bay’s fifth round pick from the Clarington Toros in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, Cormier earned a bronze medal with Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.

He was a fourth round (105th overall) pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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