Kingston, Ont. – Seven Firebirds recorded points and Ty Dellandrea increased his point-streak to three consecutive games in a 6-3 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night. The game was Firebirds’ goaltender Luke Cavallin’s first in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Ty Dellandrea started the scoring for the Firebirds at 4:13 of the first period. While on the power-play, Jake Durham applied pressure on a Kingston defenseman below the goal-line, causing a turnover to the stick of Dellandrea at the left circle. With patience, Dellandrea fired far-side, top-shelf past Kingston’s Jeremy Helvig (Carolina Hurricanes), earning Flint the early lead.
Luke Cavallin made his first flurry of saves in the OHL, denying three Kingston shots on the doorstep while short-handed, with 13 minutes left in the initial period.
The Frontencs tied the contest at 9:55 of the opening frame on a quick passing-play around the Firebird goal. From the right-wing wall, Kingston dumped the puck behind the Firebird net where Ryan Cranford sent a no-look pass in front. Tyler Burnie directed the puck to Sam Field on the left side of the goal, who eventually found the back-of-the-net to knot the game at one. The Firebirds trailed in shots 13-7 after 20 minutes of play.
Kingston was first to strike in the middle-frame, converting on a Firebird turnover at 1:44. The Frontenacs picked off a pass at the blue line before sending it to the right-wing wall. Sergey Popov dished it out in front for an initial shot from Nathan Dunkley before Brett Neumann found an opening past Cavallin.
The Firebirds struck back with 9:19 remaining in the second period when Jake Durham dished the puck in front of the Kingston net from the left-wing wall to Ryan Moore. Moore was able to chip the puck over the right shoulder of Helvig on an extra effort attempt, tying the contest at two.
The Frontenacs stole the lead with 5:07 remaining in the second period on an unlucky bounce for the Firebirds. Defenseman Eemeli Rasanen’s (Toronto Maple Leafs) shot from the point deflected of Flint’s Jacob Collins’ stick and into the net while Kingston was on the power-play. Jason Robertson and Linus Nyman were credited with assists.
Flint outshot Kingston in the second period by a 20-12 margin, with the Firebirds leading 27-25 after 40-minutes.
Identical to the second period, Kingston scored first in period number three. At 7:10, Paul Larabie jumped on a loose puck behind the Firebirds’ net and sent it in front to Sam Fields, who found a hole short-side to earn Kingston a 4-2 lead.
The Firebirds brought the game within one 41 seconds later when Marcus Gretz rifled a puck on net from the left-wing wall. Max Kislinger banged home the rebound with 12:09 remaining in the third period for his first goal in a Firebirds’ uniform. Hakon Nilsen was also credited with an assist and Gretz notched his first career OHL point.
Kingston was able to score their fifth goal of the game on a broken play 54 seconds later. While entering the zone, Kingston’s Sergey Popov found a loose puck, toe-dragged and back-handed it to Brett Neumann backdoor who one-timed the disc into the net. The play was reviewed to see if it was off-side but was ruled a good goal.
Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars) would double the Frontenacs lead at 13:35 of the third period, picking up a loose puck at the Firebirds blue-line, skating in and scoring blocker-side from the right-circle.
Final shots were 36-36 for the contest. Kingston’s Ryan Cranford was awarded the games third start, Brett Neumann the second star and Sam Field the first star. The Firebirds fell to 3-2-0-0 on the season while Kingston improved to 5-1-0-0.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds will conclude their three-game road trip Sunday evening in Ottawa. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Ottawa 67’s at TD Place. Radio pre-game coverage with Dominic Hennig begins at 6:30 p.m. on US 103.1 FM in Flint & Mid-Michigan and online at www.us103.com.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center for their second home-game in Flint of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. The game marks the first of seven “College Nights” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. Additionally, all college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.
Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at ticketmaster.com here.
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