Erie, Penn. – Despite falling 5-3 to the Erie Otters, Flint’s Ryan Moore extended his point streak to all seven games this season, Kole Sherwood scored his fifth goal in four games and Garrett Forrest stopped 22 of 23 shots Saturday night.
The Firebirds have scored the first goal in all seven games played this season. Moore scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season 3:28 into the first period when Erie’s Darren Raddysh mishandled the puck below the left-circle and Moore quickly shot the puck on net blocker-side past Troy Timpano to earn the Firebirds a 1-0 lead.
At 13:06 of the first period, Taylor Raddysh dished a puck from behind the Flint net to an open Alex DeBrincat in the slot who found twine to tie the contest 1-1. The Otters earned their first lead of the night 16 seconds later as Brett Neumann scored his second goal of the season. The Otters increased their lead to two goals when Christian Girhiny rifled the puck on net from the left-wing wall. Gera Poddubyni capitalized on the rebound when crashing the net for his first OHL goal with 6:11 remaining in the first period. Flint’s Connor Hicks was pulled after the goal, finishing the night with two saves on five shots.
Flint cut the deficit to one after Sherwood scored his fifth goal of the season 57 seconds later off of a tic-tac-toe play. Nicholas Caamano stole the puck on the left-wing-side of the Erie zone and passed the puck to Moore at the top of the right-circle. Moore dished a pass to a wide-open Sherwood on the left-side of the net who fired the puck into the net to make the score 3-2. Sherwood extended his four-game point streak with the goal and has now scored five goals in four games. Moore recorded his second point of the night while assisting on the play.
Flint’s Garrett Forrest made his first of two highlight-reels at 2:08 of the first period, stoning Erie’s Ivan Lodnia with a glove save.
DeBrincat scored his second goal of the night after a give-and-go play to put Erie up by two with 8:41 remaining in the second frame. DeBrincat received a pass at center-ice and skated into the Firebird zone before dropping the puck to Allan McShane. McShane skated to the left-circle and returned the pass back the DeBrincat in the slot who deflected the puck top-shelf, over the glove of Forrest to earn the Otters a 4-2 lead.
The Firebirds come back within one as Luke Kirwan scored his fourth goal of the season with 30 seconds remaining in the second period. Kirwan skated up the right-wing-side and entered the Erie zone before backhanding the puck from below the right-circle that caromed off the left-pad of Timpano and into the net.
Taylor Raddysh scored on an empty net with 1:09 remaining in the game to give Erie the 5-3 lead.
Erie outshout the Firebirds 29-27 but Flint was a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill Saturday night.
The Firebirds will play their last of a three-game road trip on Thursday, Oct. 13 against the Windsor Spitfires. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont. Thursday’s contest against the Spitfires can be heard live on 1330 AM WTRX Sports Radio in Flint & Mid-Michigan and around the world online on the Sports Xtra 1330 Radio app here. Pregame coverage with Dominic Hennig will begin at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Windsor on channel 11 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 439 for cable TV subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live App.
Photo Credit: Rena Laverty / Flint Firebirds