Wins for Flint, Saginaw

Randy Russon
September 1, 2018

Interstate 75 rivals Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit both posted victories on Friday as the Ontario Hockey League exhibition season got underway.

Forward Connor Roberts netted a hat-trick and added an assist as Flint upended the reigning OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2. Roberts was traded by Hamilton to Flint midway through the 2017-2018 season. Overage goalie Emanuel Vella, acquired from the Mississauga Steelheads in an off-season trade, picked up the win for Flint.

And Greater Sudbury product Cameron Lamour registered the shutout as Saginaw blanked the North Bay Battalion 3-0. Lamour is entering his second full season in Saginaw and is expected to share crease duties with Russian-born Ivan Prosvetov, who is a top goalie prospect of the Arizona Coyotes of the Ontario Hockey League.

PHOTO: Connor Roberts et al of the Flint Firebirds.

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