Paterson sets Spirit all-time wins record

Monday November 10, 2014

Saginaw, MI – Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson set a new franchise record in Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Kitchener Rangers at The Aud. The 20 year-old from Mississauga is in his fourth full season in the Ontario Hockey League, and made 38 saves for his 75th career OHL victory, surpassing Ryan Daniels (2004-2008) for first on the Spirit all-time list.

A graduate of the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget program, Paterson was Saginaw’s second round (32nd overall) pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. After leading the NOJHL in save percentage and winning a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal with Team Ontario in 2010, Paterson made the jump to Saginaw full-time to start the 2011-12 season.

During his tenure in Saginaw, Paterson has represented the OHL twice in the SUBWAY Super Series while also suiting up for the Canadian National Junior Team in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden. He was the Detroit Red Wings third round (80th overall) pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Among Paterson’s best performances with Saginaw include two starts at Budweiser Gardens against the London Knights. On March 24, 2013, Paterson faced 70 shots in game two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, turning aside 67 of them in a 3-2 overtime loss. On January 17, 2014, Paterson was sensational again, this time defeating the Knights on home ice 3-1 as he made 59 saves and was the game’s first star.

In addition to leading the Spirit franchise in wins, Paterson is also the all-time leader in games played by a Spirit goaltender with 152. He has a career record of 75-59-7-5 with a 3.43 goals against average, a .904 save percentage and five shutouts.

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