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Murovich scores twice as Saginaw opens OHL season with 5-2 win over London

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SAGINAW, Mich. - Tyler Murovich scored a pair of goals as the Saginaw Spirit upended the London Knights 5-2 Wednesday night in the Ontario Hockey League regular-season opener.

The Spirit put together a strong effort to surprise the Knights, seeded third in the Canadian Hockey League pre-season rankings.

Joe Pleckaitis added a goal and two assists for Saginaw (1-0-0-0) while Jason McDonough and Kyle Tront also scored. Barry Sanderson, the lone off-season acquisition for the Spirit, chipped in with a pair of assists.

Jared Knight and Daniel Erlich replied for London (0-1-0-0).

Saginaw opened the scoring at 9:50 of the first period, with Murovich netting the first goal of the OHL season on a Spirit power play. Less than two minutes later, Pleckaitis put Saginaw up by two with the first even-strength goal of the year.

After London responded a minute later on a power-play goal from Knight, McDonough needed just nine seconds to restore the Spirit's two-goal cushion. Saginaw outshot London 19-9 in the first period and 37-29 overall.

The Spirit opened up a 4-1 lead on Murovich's second goal midway through the second period, chasing Jason Guy from the London net in favour of Michael Zador. Erlich trimmed the deficit to 4-2 just 25 seconds later.

Saginaw closed out the scoring with 20 seconds left in the period with a beautiful tip-in goal from Tront on the power play.

Spirit goaltender Edward Pasquale was solid with 35 saves.

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