Saginaw Spirit players have high expectations for NHL Draft
The NHL Draft is less than six months away, and four current Saginaw Spirit players are ranked among the top draft-eligible players this season. NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings in advance of the NHL Draft, July 7-8, at Bell Centre in Montreal. Four Saginaw Spirit players were ranked among the potential picks. New locationThe Saginaw Spirit store and offices are moving, but they’re taking a short trip. On the roadThe Saginaw Spirit will play four road games in the next seven days, although they could call Erie “home” with three games at Erie.mlive.com
Spirit standout Mitchell Smith scores goal in hockey’s return to Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI – More than 5,000 fans helped the Saginaw Spirit usher in the 2021-22 season, celebrating a return to Saginaw hockey for the first time in 588 days. Saginaw Heritage graduate Mitchell Smith also celebrated, doing his part for the Spirit with a first-period goal that gave Saginaw a 2-0 lead. For Smith, it was a bittersweet moment, celebrating the return of hockey to his hometown and scoring a goal in his first game back. Smith followed with his goal at the 17:56 mark of the first period off assists from PJ Forgione and Calem Mangone. The teams return to The Dow Event Center for the Spirit’s second game of the season at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.mlive.com
Italy back in contention; England out of Nations League
(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)ROME – Three years after an embarrassing failure to qualify for the World Cup, Italy is back in contention with the best in Europe. England, meanwhile, is already out of contention for the Nations League finals with one round of matches still to play. In all, more than 20 Italy players were unavailable due to the virus and injury. Jorginho converted a penalty for Italy midway through the first half after Andrea Belotti was brought down inside the area. WINNING WALESWales is the only unbeaten team in League B following a 1-0 win over Ireland, courtesy of David Brooks’ second-half header.
Italy's winning streak ends at 11 after draw with Bosnia
(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)ROME Edin Dekos goal helped Bosnia-Herzegovina hold Italy to a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Nations League on Friday, ending the Azzurris record winning streak at 11. I was right yesterday when I said neither Bosnia nor Italy were 100% fit, Deko said. Two minutes later, Deko had time following a corner to let the ball bounce before scoring from six meters (yards). The last match Italy failed to win was a scoreless draw with Portugal in November 2018 -- also in the Nations League. The winning streak had to end sooner or later, Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.