Piercey to Face-Off vs. WHL's Lethbridge in Round 2 of Memorial ECup Presented by Kia Thursday
Flint, Mich. - Riley Piercey scored the game winning goal with 57 seconds remaining in regulation on Saturday to earn a 5-4 victory over Xavier Bourgault and theÂ Quebec Major Junior Hockey League'sÂ (QMJHL)Â Shawinigan CataractesÂ in round 1 of theÂ Memorial eCup, presented by Kia. The tournament is now down to 32 teams and Piercey will face-off vs. the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes and Justin Hall tonight at 6:50 p.m. (ET).
Fans can watchÂ all of the Flint Firebirds' games in the tournament on both the Firebirds officialÂ Facebook pageÂ andÂ Twitch account. Twitch is an American video live streaming service that primarily focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions.
Piercey is among the 60 players, representing all 60 teams* in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) that dropped the puck virtually on the Memorial eCup, presented by Kia. The premiere edition of theÂ eSports tournamentÂ is being playedÂ by all 60 CHL teamsÂ competing against each otherÂ on EA SPORTS' NHL 21 on PlayStation 4 (PS4).
An impressive longstanding partnership between the CHLÂ and EA Sports' allows fans around the world toÂ playÂ as all 60 CHL teams, including all 20 OHL teams, in the NHLÂ video game on both the PlayStation and Xbox counsels. The CHL is the only junior hockey leagueÂ to be featured in the video game.
On the ice,Â Piercey wasÂ acquired in a tradeÂ with the Barrie Colts on Jan. 7, 2020.Â Prior to coming to Flint, Piercey recorded 13 points (9G, 4A) in 35 games and then added another 21 points (8G, 13A) in eight less games with the Firebirds.Â The Mississauga, Ont. native finished this past season with 34 points (17G, 17A) in 62 games this campaign.
Last Saturday for Hall, he registered two goals of his, and Dylan Cozens struck on an overtime breakaway as the Lethbridge Hurricanes dispatched the Quebec Remparts by a 4-3 tally. On the ice in real life,Â the Edmonton, Alta. native recorded 36 points (13G, 23A) in 61 games with the Hurricanes.Â Lethbridge finished fourth in the WHL's Eastern Conference with a 37-19-2-5 record in 63 games.
The Firebirds had their most successful season to date this past campaign, recording an impressive 40 wins, whichÂ included a 15-game winning streak. Prior to the shutdown,Â the Firebirds were in fourth place in theÂ 10-team Western ConferenceÂ and second place in the five-teamÂ West Division.
*There areÂ four additional teams participating in the tournament which include four distinguished hockey personalities.
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