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Soo Greyhounds vs. Saginaw Spirit LIVE BLOG (9:31 p.m. Update)

Friday, March 14, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

Welcome to SooToday.com's live blog of this evenings Ontario Hockey League game between the Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Essar Centre.

The game is the first of two games at home for the Greyhounds this weekend. The game is also the final meeting of the season between the Spirit and the Greyhounds and opens the final weekend of the OHL regular season.

The game is also the first for both clubs since the tragic death of Spirit forward Terry Trafford earlier this week. The two teams were scheduled to meet Wednesday night in Saginaw but that game was postponed and rescheduled for Monday night.

Continue to refresh your browser throughout the night for the latest updates from the arena.

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9:31 p.m. Update

Justin Kea converts a turnover by Alex Gudbranson but the Greyhounds hold on for a 6-5 victory

9:28 p.m. Update

Saginaw takes their timeout with 53.1 seconds left. Serebryakov has been pulled for the extra attacker. Saginaw 6-on-5

9:26 p.m. Update

Justin Sefton centers the puck and Mitchell Stephens scores on the rebound in the slot with 1:44 left...5-4 Greyhounds...41 seconds later Charley Graaskamp deposits a feed from Karterud...6-4 Greyhounds

9:17 p.m. Update

Luke Cairns with a shot from the left circle high to cut further into the Greyhounds lead...5-3 Greyhounds

9:14 p.m. Update

Spirit dodge a bullet, killing off both ends of a lengthy Greyhounds 5-on-3

9:07 p.m. Update

Jacob Ringette to the box for slashing

9:03 p.m. Update

No sign of Jesse Graham on the Spirit bench. The veteran defenceman hasn't been on the ice since being hit by Trent Mallette in the second period

9:00 p.m. Update

Saginaw with a chance to cut further into the Greyhounds lead as Charley Graaskamp is off for hooking

8:58 p.m. Update

Third period is underway

8:38 p.m. Update

Greyhounds lead 5-2 through 40 minutes while the Spirit lead 21-19 on the shot clock

8:36 p.m. Update

Justin Kea beats Murray high glove side after a turnover by David Eccles in the Greyhounds zone...5-2 Greyhounds

8:33 p.m. Update

Eric Locke off for kneeing and the Greyhounds head back to the power play

8:28 p.m. Update

Jorgen Karterud scores his second of the night after Michael Bunting's shot from the top of the left circle hits Justin Sefton and deflects to the Norwegian forward going to the net....5-1 Greyhounds

8:22 p.m. Update

Charley Graaskamp takes a penalty for the Greyhounds but the Spirit can't campitalize and the score remains 4-1 Greyhounds

8:19 p.m. Update

Bryan Moore converts a feed from Sergey Tolchinsky glove side. Tolchinsky's cross-slot feed came after the Russian forward held onto the puck to shake a defender...4-1 Greyhounds.

8:13 p.m. Update

Jacob Ringette's shot from the left point finds its way through a crowd and past Matt Murray stick (short) side...3-1 Greyhounds

8:10 p.m. Update

Trent Mallette with a heavy hit on Jesse Graham in the Saginaw zone. With Mallette getting the initial penalty, Saginaw's Brandon Prophet steps in to fight Mallette. Penalties even out as Mallette gets two for boarding and five for fighting while Prophet gets the instigator along with five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct

8:06 p.m. Update

Second period is underway

7:52 p.m. Update

SooToday's Mike Purvis captured this shot of forward Michael Bunting handing a gift to Saginaw forward Dylan Sadowy during tonight's pre-game ceremony

7:49 p.m. Update

With 6.1 seconds left on the clock, Jorgen Karterud's shot from the slot handcuffs Serebryakov to make it 3-0 Greyhounds through 20 minutes. Shots were 14-12 Saginaw

7:41 p.m. Update

Blake Clarke off for elbowing and the Greyhounds head to their first power play of the night

7:38 p.m. Update

After a hit by Justin Kea on Colton White in the Greyhoudns zone, Tyler Ganly steps in. Kea gets two for boarding and five for fighting while Ganly gets the instigator, a fighting major and a 10-minute misconduct

7:32 p.m. Update

Sergey Tolchinsky's shot from the slot gets through and beats Nikita Serebryakov glove side...2-0 Greyhounds

7:26 p,m. Update

Bryan Moore in the right faceoff circle converts a nice feed from Colton White to open the scoring. The goal comes on just the second shot of the period for the Greyhounds...1-0 Greyhounds

7:22 p.m. Update

Saginaw with a couple of early chances. Good start to the night for a team that's been through some tough times of late

7:17 p.m. Update

Just over three minutes in and we remain scoreless though Saginaw's Dylan Sadowy rang a chance off the post glove sideon Matt Murray

7:14 p.m. Update

Touching pre-game ceremony by the Greyhounds and a great ovation from Hounds fans for the Spirit players.

We're officially underway

Pre-Game Update

Lineups are set

Scratches
Sault Ste. Marie: Andrew Fritsch, Patrick Watling, Darnell Nurse, Tyler Gaudet

Saginaw: Ryan Orban, Andrey Alexeev, Michael Holmes

Lines
Sault Ste. Marie: Sergey Tolchinsky-Jared McCann-Bryan Moore, Jean Dupuy-David Miller-Blake Speers, Michael Bunting-Charley Graaskamp-Jorgen Karterud, Keigan Goetz-Dylan Corson-Trent Mallette; Kyle Jenkins-Alex Gudbranson, Colton White-Tyler Ganly, Tyler Hore-David Eccles; Matt Murray

Saginaw: Eric Locke-Kristoff Kontos-Jimmy Lodge, Nick Moutry-Justin Kea-Dylan Sadowy, Jeremiah Addison-Mitchell Stephens-Cody Payne, Blake Clare-Kris Bennett-Luke Cairns; Jacob Ringuette-Justin Sefton, Brandon Prophet-Jesse Graham, Sean Callaghan-Daniel DeSousa; Nikita Serebryakov

Starters
Sault Ste. Marie: Jean Dupuy-David Miller-Blake Speers, Colton White-Tyler Ganly; Matt Murray

Saginaw: Nick Moutry-Justin Kea-Dylan Sadowy, Brandon Prophet-Jesse Graham; Nikita Serebryakov

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CLT 3/14/2014 7:15:03 PM Report

To the little boy, who parks his Dodge truck at the Bay St. entrance of the Essar Centre, who was late for the game, who felt the need to drive a foot off my bumper down Queen Street...piss off.
Dusty 3/14/2014 7:20:31 PM Report

WOW, just watched the opening ceremonies and tribute to Terry Trafford. Superbly done and with great class. Congratulations to the Soo Greyhounds Management and Players. Sincerest condolences to the Trafford family....
CB4 3/14/2014 8:36:36 PM Report

The Hounds have to travel to Saginaw to play this ? Up 5-1 in the 2nd, so unfair, postponed game, smh
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