Spirit fall in OT 6-5 to Kitchener

by Mike Palko

The fans in attendance supporting their Kitchener Rangers received a treat from the OHL this Halloween weekend.

For those interested in high scoring hockey games, this one was for them.

 The scoring started early in the first period with Kitchener’s Joesph Garreffa putting the Rangers up on the board.

 Just after halfway through the 1st, Dylan Seitz of the Rangers extended the lead to 2-0 over Saginaw.

 What looked to be another routing of the Spirit, LW Mike Davies along with teammates Tye Felhaber and Filip Hronek rally late in the period to put the Spirit on the scoreboard, going into the intermission down 2-1.

 Saginaw carried their late first- period momentum into the second period as Saginaw scored their next two goals within the first three minutes with goals coming from Kris Bennett and Cole Coskey as RW Mitchell Stephens assisted with both goals and Brady Gilmour assisting with the second goal of the period to take a 3-2 lead.

 Not to be outdone, Kitchener scored their third goal just minutes after the pair of Saginaw goals as Rangers’ Cedric Schiemenz tied the game 3-3.

 Both Kitchener and Saginaw would each score once more late into the second period to go into the intermission tied 4-4 with Saginaw’s Hayden Hodgson with assists from Kirill Maksimov and Filip Hronek would close the period with a score.

 The third period did not have as much action as the previous period, but still managed to have scores from both teams near halfway through the period.

 Dylan Di Perna of Kitchener gave the Rangers their third lead of the night, but less than a minute later, Saginaw fired back with a goal from RW Mitchell Stephens with an assist from teammate Brady Gilmour.

 With the game tied 5-5, three periods was not enough for these two teams and had to settle it in sudden death overtime.

 The Kitchener Rangers were able to score the game winning goal with 2:15 into the five minute overtime period.

 After a 6-5 loss for Saginaw, the Spirit fall to 2-12-2 on the season.

 Saginaw will be on the road on November 3rd to face the Windsor Spitfires before returning home on November 5th to play the Barrie Colts.