Spirit rises to fourth place

Randy Russon
November 28, 2018

Sporting a 2-0-1 record under new head coach Chris Lazary, Saginaw Spirit has moved into fourth place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League ahead of a pair of home games this week.

With Lazary at the helm last weekend following the firing of previous bench boss Troy Smith, Saginaw took five of six points on a three-game road trip to North Bay, Sudbury and Owen Sound.

The Spirit edged the Battalion 4-3 in overtime, lost to the Wolves 3-2 in a shootout and then blanked the Attack 3-0 via a spectacular 48-save shutout by Russian-born rookie goalie Ivan Prosvetov.

Prosvetov, a National Hockey League draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes, continues to improve in the Saginaw net as he gets used to the faster pace of the OHL after spending the previous two seasons in the North American Hockey League and the United States Hockey League.

The 6-foot-5 Prosvetov, who has a 1999 birth date, has a record of 11-4-1 with a 3.28 goals against average and .890 save percentage on a Saginaw team that has an overall mark of 13-9-3 through 25 games of the 2018-2019 season.

The knock on Prosvetov is that while he makes the highlight-reel saves, he has been a tad prone to giving up soft goals, a flaw that he appears to be correcting.

Scoring wise, veteran Cole Coskey leads the Saginaw points parade with 9-15-24 totals. Following Coskey are Albert Michnac with 8-15-23 numbers, Damien Giroux at 11-9-20, Blade Jenkins at 7-13-20, defenseman Bode (Born To Be) Wilde at 5-15-20 and Nick Porco with 10-8-8 totals.

Saginaw is home to the Sarnia Sting on Thursday before playing host to the Soo Greyhounds on Saturday night.

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