Owen Sound Skates Past Flint Wednesday Night
Flint, Mich - Jack Wismer scored the lone goal and Ethan Keppen earned the single assist in a 7-1 decision to the Owen Sound Attack Wednesday night. Luke Cavallin made 15 saves on 20 shots and Garrett Forrest made 14 saves on 16 shots in a relief effort.
The Attack got on the board first with an early goal. Daylon Groulx picked the puck up just outside the Firebirds' blue line in front of the penalty boxes and curled into the zone around the right-wing circle. He fired a shot just under the crossbar, over Cavallin's left shoulder, for his 10th of the season. The goal was scored at 3:12 of the first period, assisted by Mitchell Russell and Jackson Doherty.
With under five minutes to play in the opening frame, Zack Pilon made a skilled defensive play, poking the puck away from an Owen Sound player in the defensive zone. Hunter Holmes picked up the resulting loose puck and sent it ahead to Jack Wismer. With Ethan Keppen pacing him to the right and creating a two-on-one, Wismer carried the puck into the offensive zone and sent a backhand pass to Keppen at the right wing. Keppen pulled the lone defender his way, then sent a tape-to-tape pass from the circle back to Wismer who one-timed it home on the ice for his eighth of the season. Ethan Keppen was credited with the lone assist. With the tally, Wismer and Keppen have each secured four points in their past four games.
The first period ended with the game tied at one. The Firebirds had the advantage in shots 13 - 10. Flint was scoreless on one opportunity with the man-advantage.
The Attack reclaimed the lead at 1:21 of the second period on Alan Lyszczarczyk's 20th marker of the campaign. Ethan Szypula skated in on netminder Luke Cavallin with a Flint defender in tow. The Firebirds' player was able to interrupt the initial shot attempt, but tangled with Szypula and fell on the play. Szypula then circled around the net and slide a pass to Lyszczarczyk in the slot for a short-range one-timer. Trenton Bourque (St. Louis Blues) picked up the second assist.
The visitor's lead was extended to a pair at 7:22 of the middle stanza on Nick Suzuki's (Vegas Golden Knights) 37th of the season. Kevin Hancock carried the puck into the Flint zone and left a drop pass for Suzuki at the top of the right-wing circle. Suzuki skated to the bottom of the circle and sent a low snap shot far-side that just snuck inside the post. Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver Canucks) earned the second assist on the play.
The deficit for Flint increased to three at the 9:10 mark of the middle frame when Adam Lyszczarczyk picked up his second goal of the contest. He took a centering pass from Brett McKenzie (Vancouver Canucks) behind the net and one-timed it glove side for his 21st of the campaign. McKenzie and Brady Lyle had the assists.
The Attack's fifth goal came at the 11:48 mark. Daylon Groulx scored for the second time in the contest, earning his 11th marker of the season. Aidan Dudas and Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers) picked up the helpers. Garrett Forrest was brought into the contest as netminder for Flint following the goal.
After 40 minutes of play, the Attack held a 5 - 1 lead in the game. Second period shots favored the visitors 16 - 8 for a two-period edge of 26 - 21. Forrest made all six saves on the six shots faced in the final 8:03 of the middle frame.
Owen Sound lit the lamp again early in the third on McKenzie's second point of the night and 20th tally of the season. Szypula picked up his second assist of the night, and the second assist on the goal was Lyszczarczyk's first helper and third point in the game. The lead was 6 - 1 just 1:27 into the final stanza.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the contest, Szypula claimed his first goal and third point of the game, assisted by Sean Durzi and McKenzie. Third-period shots were 10 - 8 in the Attack's favor for an overall advantage of 36 - 29. Flint had the only power-play opportunity of the contest, and were kept off the scoresheet with the man-advantage. In the faceoff circle, the Firebirds came out on top 30 - 25.
The Firebirds will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Thursday night for a Friday evening tilt at 7:07 p.m. Flint will then return home Saturday for the final game of the season against the Windsor Spitfires at the Dort Federal Event Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for Fan & Police Appreciation Night. There will be giveaways, including 1,000 Firebirds' coozies, 2,500 prize scratch offs and more. All police personnel will also receive $5 off a silver-level ticket with proper identification. Saturday is also the final chance for ticket redemption for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you've missed any games this season, you can get one ticket for every unused season ticket(s) this Saturday or in advance at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.
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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