The Kitchener Rangers responded to their coaches' criticism.
After Friday night's loss to Flint, Jay McKee said his team was lucky to earn a point. His team came out Saturday with a great first period in Saginaw, going into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.
"We were a different team tonight than we were [Friday] night," said McKee. "I thought the effort was there throughout the game. I thought we had a great start."
The Spirit came out buzzing in the second period with three goals, two on the power play and didn't look back.
"The guys were competing, doing all the right things," said McKee. "Throughout the game, they just capitalized on the chances we gave them."
Most of those chances came on special teams. The Spirit went 3-for-5 on the power play, while Kitchener was blanked on three attempts.
The Spirit topped Kitchener 5-3 to leave the Rangers still looking for their first win on the road.
"We don't have to think about it," said captain Riley Damiani of their road woes. "Whether we're at home or on the road, we have to bring it every night."
They're on the road Friday in Ottawa and Saturday in Kingston.
Story by Chris Pope