Six players scored goals as the Greyhounds beat Saginaw Spirit on Sunday afternoon
Facing a 2-2 tie in 20 minutes, the Greyhounds scored four times in the second period en route to a 7-2 Ontario Hockey League victory over the Saginaw Spirit at GFL Memorial Gardens.
While the Greyhounds’ attacking ability played “a huge role,” forward Tanner Dickinson said the team made the decision after a spell to stay the course before the second period.
“We made the decision after the first period to stick with that,” said Dickinson. “Each period won’t go exactly as we planned if we stick to it, but we did and it paid off. “
“It was good,” Dickinson said of the first 20 minutes, “But we gave up opportunities that we didn’t need to give up. “
“We had a good game and then it opened up,” said Saginaw coach Chris Lazary. “We gave too many high-danger chances against. “
“It’s (part of) style, but it’s the guys who don’t manage the risk,” Lazary also said.
Greyhounds coach John Dean was happy with a lot of things about the game.
“I really liked our game today,” Dean said. “It was only really constant 60 minutes. We just kept going from period to period and changing teams. We had all four lines. It’s always fun when the guys get involved.
Lazary said the Greyhounds’ play in the game was a lesson for the young players in the Spirit roster.
“For our young guys in particular who haven’t been through the league, it’s good for them to see what an older team or a more mature team looks like,” Lazary said. “We’re trying to get our guys to understand that this is how tough you have to be on both sides of the puck. “
In addition to goals from veteran forwards Dickinson and Tye Kartye as well as over-aged defenseman Robert Calisti, a trio of rookies also came into the game offensively for the Greyhounds.
“It’s very important,” Dean said of the offense’s spread. “At the start of the year I saw a lot of first year players looking to our older players, kind of hoping they would get the job done. Now I’m starting to see freshmen who believe in themselves and are willing to contribute.
Ian Phillips opened the scoring for the Spirit 3:32 after the start of the game when he beat Greyhounds starter Samuel Ivanov via a Greyhounds player trying to block the shot. The glove defeated Ivanov to bring the score to 1-0 Saginaw.
The Greyhounds tied the game at 10:21 when Ethan Montroy broke the net and redirected a pass from Owen Allard who, on the right wing, passed Saginaw goalie Andrew Oke for his first goal in the Ontario League.
“Their defender just deflected (the pass), he went into space, and he got ahead of me and I scored him,” Montroy said of his goal, calling it “an unreal experience” by getting his first marker in the OHL.
The Greyhounds took the lead 2:30 later when Bryce McConnell-Barker caught a cross from Robert Calisti and beat Oke in a numerical lead to make it 2-1.
Camaryn Baber of Sault tied the game two at 4:04 pm, beating Ivanov in the glove side of the lunge.
Kartye put the Greyhounds ahead at 6:39 of the second period when he caught a Cole MacKay pass and beat Oke to complete a three-way passing game from Dickinson on the power play.
Calisti extended the Greyhounds’ lead to 4-2 at 12:51 when he made a pass in the notch before beating Oke on the glove side.
Marco Mignosa made it 5-2 Greyhounds redirecting a McConnell-Barker pass to the net at 3:30 pm.
At 6:35 pm, Dickinson made it 6-2 as he scored from a glove-side wrap on Oke.
The veteran forward scored his second goal of the night at 7:38 of the third when he attempted to hit MacKay on the side of the goal with a pass and it deflected a Saginaw player and passed Oke with the Greyhounds on a of them-. human benefit.
“Every time I hit the puck I just try to move my feet first and everything else will work out,” Dickinson said of his offensive success this season.
With Sunday’s three-point effort, Dickinson has 11 goals, a career-high and 32 points in 23 games.
“He’s constantly improving,” Dean said of Dickinson. “That’s what’s crazy is that his game keeps growing. “
“He really worked to assert himself,” Dean also said. “Both with his body and his skill. He’s starting to do some really good things on the other side of the underrated puck.
Dickinson finished the night with two goals and one assist while Rory Kerins had three goals for the Greyhounds.
McConnell-Barker and Calisti each scored a goal and a pass for the Greyhounds.
Ivanov made 14 saves.
At the other end, Oke finished the night with 26 saves for Saginaw.
Winners of three straight games, the Greyhounds improve to 14-9-0-0 this season and hold a five-point lead over the Flint Firebirds atop the OHL’s West Division.
Saginaw has lost three games in a row and falls to 10-10-1-0.
Next up for the Greyhounds is the opening game of a scheduled three-game trip that kicks off Thursday night in North Bay.
The Greyhounds are expected to play a pair of weekend games in Sudbury against the Wolves, but the current COVID situation with the Wolves leaves the status of those games as unknown at this time.