Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds visited the Greyhounds Wednesday night for the only OHL game played on Halloween this year. The ‘Birds jumped out to a early 2-0 lead, but the momentum tilted in Sault Ste. Marie’s direction for the remainder of the game. For Flint, Eric Uba, Jacob Winterton and Jake Durham scored. Winterton had a two-point night and captain Ty Dellandrea extended his point-streak to five games with an assist in the match. Emanuel Vella and Luke Cavallin split time between the pipes, with Vella making 24 saves on 29 shots and Cavallin stopping 13 of 17 shots.
Eric Uba, who scored his first-career OHL goal in Sault Ste. Marie on Oct. 10, buried his fourth of the season just 2:48 into the opening frame. Marcus Gretz picked up the puck behind the Flint net, passing out to Uba in the neutral zone. Uba passed to his left to Jacob Winterton, who carried into the offensive zone along the left-wing boards. With Uba pacing up the middle of the rink, Winterton connected the pass back to Uba in the high slot, and he buried it low, glove side.
Flint increased their lead to two while on the power play at 11:24. Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) fired a shot on Greyhounds’ netminder Ethan Taylor. Gordeev’s first shot was saved. The rebound deflected off Taylor and remained in the blue paint. Winterton was there on the doorstep, poised and ready. With the marker, the first-year forward claimed the lead in goals-scored for Flint with six on the season.
The Soo responded 20 seconds later, pulling within a goal on the power play, with a quick passing play off an offensive zone face-off. Morgan Frost (Philadelphia Flyers) won the draw back to Mac Hollowell (Toronto Maple Leafs) at the left point. Hollowell made a point-to-point pass to Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes), who carried into the right-wing circle and rifled a wrist-shot that found twine behind Emanuel Vella high, blocker-side.
After 20 minutes, the Firebirds led 2-1 and shots favored the Greyhounds 12-10.
The second-period tilted in the home team’s favor, with the Greyhounds recording five goals in the middle frame. Hayton, Jordan Sambrook, Dominic Mufarreh, Cole MacKay, Ryan Roth and Keeghan Howdeshell earned the second-period goals. Of note, Mufarreh (Livonia) and Howdeshell (Brighton) both hail from the state of Michigan. Assists were credited to Hollowell, Frost (2), Hayton (2), Howdeshell, Brett Jacklin, Alex Johnston, Joe Carroll, Jacob LeGuerrier and Rory Kerins.
After 40 minutes of play, the Greyhounds held the shots-on-goal advantage, 32-20. The score favored the home team 6-2.
Jake Durham scored his third of the season in the third period, assisted by Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and C.J. Clarke. With the assist, Dellandrea extended his point-streak to five games. Sault Ste. Marie added three more third-period goals for 9-3 final. Rory Kerins, Sambrook and Cullen McLean contributed to the score, with Zack Trott (2), LeGuerrier, Brett Jacklin, Mufarreh, Kerins and Zack Trott earned the assists.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds will face the London Knights this Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont. The game will be televised live in London on channel 13 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 462 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 487 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers.
Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center this Saturday, Nov. 3 when the club hosts the Ottawa 67’s. It’s the Firebirds’ inaugural ‘Youth Sports Night’ with puck drop set for 3 p.m. (ET). The Flint Firebirds encourage active youth lifestyles and look forward to showcasing the diversity of youth sports in Genesee County and its surrounding areas. To show support for youth sports, the Firebirds are offering free admission to all athletes K-12 wearing their team jersey with a paid adult ticket (1 free child per adult). Additionally, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free drawstring bag, compliments of PFCU.
The Firebirds would also like to offer sports teams, organizations, or associations the chance to promote their program at a Flint Firebirds home game. The offer includes 15 Silver Level tickets & 1 complimentary concourse table for $150.00 (total value $490). If a concourse table is not needed, the Firebirds are offering a special group rate of $10 Silver Level tickets for groups of 10 or more.
Photo Credit: Rena Laverty / Flint Firebirds
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club