The Saginaw Spirit are having the most successful season in their 17-year history.
Owen Tippett led the way with a goal and three assists while rookie sensation Cole Perfetti netted his 36th goal of the season as the Spirit defeated the Sarnia Sting 6-2 to earn a franchise record ninth straight win. Their 45th victory surpasses their prior mark of 44 set during the 2006-07 season.
Saginaw’s run of success has been backed by the excellent goaltending of Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov who has gone 8-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .937 save percentage over the nine-game span. The record nine-game winning streak surpasses the prior mark of eight set during the 2005-06 season.
In addition to the big boost received from additions Tippett, Ryan McLeod and veteran blueliners Justin Murray and Reagan O’Grady this season, New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde currently sits second among OHL defenders with 70 points (19-51–70) over 59 games.
First-year head coach Chris Lazary has guided the Spirit to a record of 34-6-1-2 since he took the reins back on November 18th.
The 45-15-2-3 Spirit are within one point of the club’s first West Division title since 2011 entering a final weekend of the season in which they face the second place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in two of their three matchups.