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SAGINAW – The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds continued their winning ways in Saginaw on Wednesday night. The Greyhounds secured their 5th straight victory with a 4-1 road win over the Spirit.
Sault Ste. Marie started the scoring early, as just 1:15 into the game Ryan Roth scored his 13th goal of the season to give his squad a 1-0 lead. Roth, a rookie out of Ladue, Miz., had been held off the score sheet in his previous 3 games. The goals have come sparsely since the end of November for Roth, scoring on six goals in 34 games. Roth joined the Greyhounds as a free agent at the start of the 2017-2018 season.
That would be all the scoring we would see in the first period, but just about midway through the 2nd, Joe Carroll would score his 7th goal of the season to give the visiting Greyhounds a 2-0 lead. Carroll, a rookie out of Carp, Ont., who would also add an assist later in the game, now has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last four games. Before that, he had only recorded a single point (1 A) in his last 15 appearances.
Saginaw would respond before the 2nd period was up. With 7:02 left in the middle frame, Nicholas Porco tallied his 5th goal of the season to cut the Greyhounds lead in half, 2-1. Porco, a rookie who was selected 4th overall in the 2017 OHL Draft, who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie hadn’t scored in his last eight games, recording just 2 assists in that time frame.
Sault Ste. Marie would pull away in the 3rd period, despite Saginaw’s best efforts. Taylor Raddysh scored his 31st goal of the season with 7:04 remaining in the game to give his Greyhounds a 3-1 lead. This was Raddysh’s 20th game as a Greyhound since being dealt from Erie back in January. Raddysh now has 16 goals with his new club, which is 1 more than he had in 30 games playing with Erie this season. Raddysh has 10 points (5 G 5 A) in his last 10 games.
Saginaw would pull their goalie for an extra attacker, but Tim Gettinger would score his 31st of the season on the yawning cage. Gettinger, from North Olmstead, Ohio., ended a three-game goalless drought when he potted one into the empty net with just 0:14 remaining in the game. Gettinger had a six-game goal streak in January, but has only recorded 3 goals since January 28th (12 games).
Tyler Johnson of Amherst, NY., picked up his 12th win of the season with the victory, making 19 of 20 saves, and improves his record with the Greyhounds to 12-0-1. Johnson was 0-4-1 in 6 games played with the London Knights earlier in the year. Johnson now has a 2.43 GAA and a 0.912 SV% since joining the Greyhounds.
Evan Cormier picked up the loss for the Saginaw Spirit. The Bomanville, Ont., native drops his regular season record to 22-20-7 with a 3.14 GAA and a 0.901 SV%. Cormier made 28 saves on 31 Greyhound shots. Despite stopping 124 saves in his last four games, Cormier isn’t getting much help up front by the Spirit. Saginaw has only recorded four goals in their last five games.
For the Spirit, that loss is their fifth straight and find themselves just a single point up on Windsor and Guelph who are in 7th and 8th place respectively in the OHL Western conference standings. Saginaw’s next game will come against the Windsor Spitfires on Saturday night in Saginaw. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
For Sault Ste. Marie, the win clinched the regular season championship for the Greyhounds and marked their 50th win of the season in just 60 games. They will get two home games this weekend, beginning on Friday night when they host the 3rd place Sarnia Sting from the Essar Centre at 7:07pm.
First Star: #19 Joe Carroll – 1 Goal 1 Assist, +2, 2 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes, 40% Face-offs (4/10)
Second Star: #71 Nicholas Porco – 1 Goal, -1, 1 shot on goal
Third Star: #6 Jordan Sambrook – 2 Assists, +2, 1 shot on goal, 2 Penalty Minutes