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Piercey to Face-Off vs. WHL's Lethbridge in Round 2 of Memorial ECup Presented by Kia Thursday

December 10, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Flint Firebirds News Release

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 the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's (QMJHL) Shawinigan Cataractes in round 1 of the 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 watch all of the Flint Firebirds' games in the tournament on both the Firebirds official Facebook page and 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 the eSports tournament is being played by all 60 CHL teams competing against each other on EA SPORTS' NHL 21 on PlayStation 4 (PS4).

An impressive longstanding partnership between the CHL and EA Sports' allows fans around the world to play as all 60 CHL teams, including all 20 OHL teams, in the NHL video game on both the PlayStation and Xbox counsels. The CHL is the only junior hockey league to be featured in the video game.

On the ice, Piercey was acquired in a trade with the Barrie Colts on Jan. 7, 2020. 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. 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, the Edmonton, Alta. native recorded 36 points (13G, 23A) in 61 games with the Hurricanes. 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, which included a 15-game winning streak. Prior to the shutdown, the Firebirds were in fourth place in the 10-team Western Conference and second place in the five-team West Division.

*There are four additional teams participating in the tournament which include four distinguished hockey personalities.

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