Injuries to veteran forwards Cole Coskey and Danny Katic late in the 2018-2019 season opened the door to regular playing time for rookie center Camaryn Baber. And the Sault Ste. Marie native has answered the call for the Saginaw Spirit.
Being a healthy scratch and missing games due to an injury of his own limited the playing opportunities for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Baber for a good chunk of the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League regular season.
In all, Baber suited up for 48 of Saginaw’s 68 regular-season games and produced 8 goals, 15 assists, 23 points.
Of note are the numbers that Baber put up over the last month or so of the regular season when he had 3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points over Saginaw’s final 11 games of the schedule.
Combine that with a goal and two assists that Baber tallied in Saginaw’s four games in the first round of this spring’s playoffs and the hard-working pivot with the April 4, 2001 birth date has 4-10-14 totals over his past 15 outings.
Baber is one two Sault Ste. Marie products playing for Saginaw.
The other is left winger Nick Porco, who also has a 2001 birth date. Porco scored 20 goals during the regular season for a Spirit team that finished second in the Western Conference standings.
Porco, by the way, missed the fourth game of the opening round of the playoffs with concussion symptoms. He is expected to return to the Saginaw lineup when the Spirit plays host to the Soo Greyhounds this Friday and Sunday in Games 1 and 2 of their best-of-seven, Western Conference semi-final series.