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Sag­i­naw (1-4-1-0) hosts the Rangers (5-2-1-0) Satur­day at the Dow Event Cen­ter. It’s the mid­dle game of a three-in-three for the Blueshirts that also sees the club travel to Sault Ste. Marie Fri­day and Flint on Sun­day. It has been a tough go for the Spirit. The team has not made it past the sec­ond round of the play­offs in 15 years as a fran­chise.

This sea­son, the young­sters are hav­ing trou­ble scor­ing but they do play a dis­ci­plined game and have solid goal­tend­ing in vet­eran Evan Cormier.

“I think I’ve ma­tured as a coach and per­son and I’ve learned to un­der­stand that some­times the ef­fort is there and the ex­e­cu­tion may not be,” said Smith. “So far our guys have worked ex­tremely hard and un­der­stand it’s go­ing to be a process.

“I’ve seen a lot of pos­i­tive things so far. If we can con­tinue to build on that and get bet­ter maybe a cou­ple of th­ese one goal games go our way. We’ve had some re­ally good signs of a bright fu­ture here and you hope it comes sooner than later.”

And af­ter a brief break from the game, Smith is more than happy to be part of the turn­around.

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