Firebirds Post Second Consecutive Victory
Flint, Mich. - The Flint Firebirds won their second consecutive game, defeating the second place team in the 20-team OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-2 in front of 3,200 fans at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center Friday.
Jake Durham had his third straight three-point night, scoring twice and picking up a helper en-route to 'First Star' honors. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) extended his point-streak to nine games, scoring the first goal of the contest. Defensemen Vladislav Kolyachonok earned two assists, bringing his production to six points in seven games this season. Eric Uba also lit-the-lamp, earning his seventh tally on the season. Between-the-pipes, Luke Cavallin made 40 saves on 42 shots for his second victory in as many games.
The Firebirds were first to find twine at 11:07 of the first period when Ty Dellandrea scored his seventh of the season. Vladislav Kolyachonok made a short forward pass from deep in his own end to Jake Durham on the right wing wall. Durham picked up the puck in front of the Flint bench and found Dellandrea at full-speed on the left side. Dellandrea carried into the zone before firing a low, wide-angle wrister from the bottom of the left circle under the left pad of Ethan Taylor. The lead for the home team was 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal favored the visitors 14-12, but second-year netminder Luke Cavallin stopped all 14 shots from the 'Hounds.
The second period remained scoreless until the 'Hounds tied the match at 14:45 on the power-play. Mac Hollowell (Toronto Maple Leafs) picked up his seventh of the campaign glove-side from the slot. Morgan Frost (Philadelphia Flyers) was credited with the solo assist. The game was tied at one after 40 minutes. Shots on goal in the middle frame were 12-10 in favor of the Soo, who held the two-period edge 26-22.
Jake Durham would add to his hot streak on the power-play to reclaim the lead at 5:48 of the third period. Kolyachonok carried into the offense zone, putting on the brakes just across the blue line. He chipped the puck off the boards around a defender to Ethan Keppen on the outer edge of the left-wing circle. Keppen found Durham all alone in front, where he was able to lift a backhander top shelf over netminder Ethan Taylor's right shoulder.
Eric Uba found paydirt at 14:23 to give the Firebirds a two-goal edge. It was an offensive attack initiated by Uba carrying into the zone and firing a shot wide of the cage. After puck battles along the right-wing wall and deep in the right corner, the puck found its way behind the Greyhounds' goal. From below the end line, Jack Wismer tried to wrap it home from Taylor's right. The rebound sent the puck into heavy traffic in the blue paint. Several players were there scrambling for the loose puck in the crease, but it was Uba who found a rebound and lifted it home, shortside over Taylor's right shoulder, for his seventh of the season.
Hollowell scored his second of the game late in the third period from the right circle, far-side to cut the 'Birds lead to a single goal at 17:18 of the third period. Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes) collected the assist on the play.
The Greyhounds used their only timeout with 56.8 seconds showing on the game clock. They pulled Taylor for the extra attacker on the ensuing face-off, but to no avail. From deep in his own defensive zone, Durham won a puck battle along the boards and sent a long-range shot into the visitors' net, sealing the victory.
Flint was a perfect 1-for-1 on the power-play and were 2-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Firebirds swept the three stars of the game as Cavallin earned third star honors, Kolyachonok was awarded the second star and Durham was the first start for the second consecutive game.
Next Home Game:
The 'Birds return to home ice Saturday evening for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) matchup with the Mississauga Steelheads. Saturday is the Firebirds' inaugural Harry Potter Night in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation night featuring complimentary tickets for all administers, teachers and staff courtesy of the Flint Firebirds Foundation. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive complimentary wizard glasses sponsored by Dr. Peter Vergos and Center Road Vision Care. Join the Firebirds as we transform the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center into Hogwarts! Dress as your favorite character, catch the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and be transported into a night of magical entertainment. Fans can attend Hogwarts classes and visit vendors in Diagon Alley during the game on the concourse and meet-and-greet with your favorite characters from the beloved series. There will be non-alcoholic and alcoholic Butterbeer and fans also have the opportunity to participate in Quidditch Broomball during the Firebirds first intermission. The Firebirds would like to thank the following vendors and volunteers: Sewing Laboratory, Lathe Junkie Flint Children's Museum, PAWS Animal Rescue, All Natural Healing Associates, Double Dragon Tang Soo Do and Cosplay Crusaders.
Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 Bronze, $16 Silver, $20 Gold and $26 VIP seating (Seating Chart). All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (810) 744-0580, in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com
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