Flint, Mich. – Nick Caamano, Everett Clark and Kole Sherwood each recorded three-point nights Saturday en-route to the Firebirds posting a 7-2 victory over the Guelph Storm in the first of four games between the two clubs this season.
Jake Durham opened the scoring for the Firebirds at the 5:07 mark of the first period after he beat Anthony Popovich glove-side on a breakaway for his third goal of the season, earning Flint a 1-0 lead.
After being acquired in a trade from the North Bay Battalion yesterday morning, Maurizio Colella scored in his first game with the Firebirds, doubling their lead at the 8:25 mark of the opening frame after he cleaned-up a rebound on the doorstep to earn Flint a 2-0 lead. Alex Peters picked up an assist for his sixth point in three games.
The Firebirds scored their third consecutive goal in under four minutes when Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored his 15th lamp-lighter of the season after he corralled a loose puck in the slot and fired a backhand on net, beating Popovich five-hole to put Flint up 3-0.
Guelph cut the deficit to two 17 seconds later after Nick Deakin-Poot scored his second goal of the season finding the back-of-the-net on Nic Sicoly’s rebound attempt, glove-side past Connor Hicks to make the score 3-1.
Ryan Moore brought the Firebirds back-ahead by three at the 10:02 mark of the first frame after Dennis Busby dished a perfect pass to Moore on the backdoor. Moore beat a sprawling Liam Herbst for his 20th goal of the season. Moore’s goal marked three goals scored within 36 seconds of each other.
The Storm answered with 1:00 remaining in the opening period when Isaac Ratcliffe scored his 18th goal of the season on the power-play after he jammed-in a rebound from the crease to bring Guelph within two. The Firebirds led 4-2 after one period of play.
Caamano (Dallas Stars) netted his 17th goal of the season and first of the night 2:37 into the second period shorthanded by one-timing a pass from Clark in the high-slot, beating Herbst blocker-side to increase Flint’s lead to 5-2.
The Firebirds then extended their lead to four goals when rookie Ty Dellandrea scored his sixth tally of the season at the 7:12 mark of the third period after he went backhand-forehand to beat a sprawling Herbst on a breakaway.
After failing on their first three power-plays, the Firebirds broke through at the 10:51 mark of the third after Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) dished a pass to Caamano on the backdoor. Caamano one-timed the puck past Herbst blocker-side for his 18th goal of the season on the man-advantage and second goal of the night.
The Firebirds outshot the Storm 33-22. Flint was one-for-four on the power-play and four-for-five on the penalty kill. Sherwood collected first star honors with one goal and two assists. Clark collected second star with three assists and Caamano earned third star honors with two goals and one assist. Hicks made 20 saves on 22 shots.
The Firebirds return back to action when they travel to Saginaw to face the Spirit this Tuesday night, Jan. 10. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich. Fans unable to make the trip to Saginaw can listen to the game live on 1330 AM WTRX Sports Radio in Flint and Mid-Michigan. In addition, the game will be televised live throughout the province of Ontario on channel 440 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 481 for Cogeco TV subscribers. (Broadcast Information)
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds return back to Flint Friday, Jan. 20 against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. During the month of January, fans may bring in three or more canned or boxed food items to receive a complimentary Silver Level ticket. Fans may drop off donated food at the Flint Firebirds Merchandise Store to receive the discount.
Single game tickets for the Flint Firebirds 2016-17 season are $12 for Bronze, $15 for Silver, $19 for Gold and $25 for VIP seating. Prices are unchanged from last season and all seats are reserved / assigned seating. Parking has been reduced to $5 dollars which is new this season. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or online by clicking ticketmaster.com.
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