By Carl Chimenti
Flint, Michigan – Both Ty Dellandrea and Nick Mattinen earned their fourth point in the last two games and Luke Cavallin made 29 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Erie Otters Saturday night.
Ty Dellandrea scored an unassisted goal in the third period to pull Flint to within a pair at 4-2 but an empty net goal in the final seconds sealed the Firebirds’ fate. Nicholas Mattinen’s (Toronto Maple Leafs) second period goal tied the game at 1-1. Jake Durham had the only assist for the Firebirds, on the Mattinen’s goal.
Luke Cavallin, fresh off his silver medal win in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge received his first start since returning to Flint and made 33 saves. Erie out-shot Flint 38-27.
Owen Headrick scored a pair of goals for Erie and Taylor Raddysh (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and an assist for the Otters. Ivan Lodnia (Minnesota Wild) and Jordan Sambrook, (Detroit Red Wings) with what proved to be the game winner, also scored once. Kyle Maksimovich added two assists.
Both teams scored once on the power-play as Flint went 1-for-5 and Erie, 1-for-4, with the man-advantage.
Troy Timpano turned away 25 of 27 shots on goal for Erie.
Ivan Lodnia opened the scoring with a goal at 8:31. Goaltender Troy Timpano started the play with a pass to Maksimovich near the benches. Chipped the puck to Lodnia on the left-wing which put Erie on an odd man 2-on-1 rush. Lodnia skated in and faked a pass before sliding the puck past Cavallin on the ice. The assists went to Timpano and Maksimovich.
Cavallin made the save of the game stopping Cade Robinson on a breakaway with 12 minutes to play in the second period. Cavallin’s positioning was excellent following Robinson all the way.
The Cavallin save was important as the Firebirds scored to tie the game on a Nicholas Mattinen shot from the right-wing circle. Jake Durham drew the lone assist. Mattinen’s third of the season came at 12:25.
Erie went back in front on a pair of goals 62 seconds apart. The first one at 14:29 came on a shot from the left-wing post off the stick off Owen Headrick that was unassisted. The Otters increased their lead to 3-1 at 15:31 on a goal from Jordan Sambrook that went off the left goal post. Carson Edwardson and Geri Poddubnyi were credited with the assists.
The Otters scored an early third period goal on the power-play at 5:08. Headrick scored his second goal of the game from a shot from the left point, just inside the blue-line. Maxim Golod and Taylor Raddysh received the assist.
Timpano made a couple of excellent saves with seven minutes to go on Ethan Keppen and Ryan Moore as the Firebirds put on the heat trying to get closer.
Ty Dellandrea brought Flint closer with an unassisted power-play goal at 16:35. Dellandrea’s shot from inside the left-circle was stopped by Timpano but Dellandrea picked up his own rebound and beat The Erie goaltender from the slot.
Cavallin was pulled for the extra attacker with a little more than a minute to go but Raddysh was able to foil the strategy scoring an empty net goal with 26 seconds left to ice the victory for the Otters. Maksimovich set Raddysh up with the pass and drew the only assist.
The Firebirds return back to action tomorrow afternoon, Sunday Nov. 19 vs the Owen Sound attack. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center. Sunday marks another “Firebirds Family 4 Pack Game.” Sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union. At every Sunday home game, the four pack features 4 Silver Level reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 2 game programs and 2 game pucks, a value of $120 for $76. Also, all Sunday’s are ‘Firebirds KIDS FREE days,’ compliments of Aquafina. All kids 12-under will receive a free game ticket with adult purchase. This promotion is valid for all price levels. Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance by visiting the Box Office or by contacting Dominic Gutierrez at email@example.com. Special offers are not combinable with other discounts or offers.
Sunday is also considered ‘double redemption’ games for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you’ve missed any games this season, you can redeem your unused season ticket(s) to get 2 tickets for every one season ticket presented at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.
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Photo Credit: Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds
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