SAGINAW, Mich. - James Livingstone had two goals in the opening period and later added an assist as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held off a surging Saginaw Spirit for a 7-5 win in the Ontario Hockey League's season opener on Wednesday night.
Jake Carrick, Matthew Lyall, Jacob Lalonde also scored as the Greyhounds (1-0-0) took a 5-1 lead by the 14:10 mark of the second period.
Sean Jones and Josh Godfrey extended the advantage to 7-2 advantage three minutes into the third.
The Spirit climbed back into the contest on a pair of goals by Ryan McDonough - one shorthanded and one on the power play - and Tyler Murovich. Jack Combs and Tomas Zaborsky had earlier goals for Saginaw (0-1-0).
Greyhounds goalie Kyle Gajewski made 16 saves, while Marc-Andre Perron allowed five goals on 24 shots before giving way to Joseph Lapera at 14:10 of the second period. Lapera made six saves the rest of the way.
Sault Ste. Marie scored a pair of goals on eight power-play chances, while the Spirit converted two-of-seven opportunities.