Guelph, Ont. – Flint’s Kole Sherwood and Ryan Moore each tallied a four-point night en-route to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Guelph Storm before more than 4,100 fans at the Sleeman Centre Friday night. Flint improved to 23-21-1-3 on the season while Guelph fell to 17-27-3-2 this campaign.
Ryan Moore opened the scoring for the Firebirds 3:33 into the first frame after he fired a wrist-shot from the left-circle that beat Guelph’s Liam Herbst blocker-side for his 27th goal of the season. Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Alex Peters picked up assists on the play. Sherwood’s assist extending his point-streak to 11-consecutive games. Flint led 1-0 after the first period and led in shots 10-7.
The Firebirds doubled their lead when Moore scored his 28th goal of the season and second of the night 3:02 into the second period. Moore cleaned-up a rebound in-front of the net on his backhand to make the score 2-0 for his ninth goal in the past ten games.
Sherwood extended Flint’s lead to three when he skated up the right-wing wall and deked to his backhand before firing a shot that beat Liam Herbst top-shelf. Moore and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) were credited assists.
The Storm cut the deficit to two goals when Isaac Ratcliffe scored on the power-play mid-way through the second period after he fired a wrist-shot from the left-circle, beating Garrett Forrest glove-side to make the score 3-1 after two periods of play.
Albert Michnac made it 3-2 when he scored his 13th goal of the season on the power-play at the 11:56 mark of the third period after he tapped-in a pass from Ratcliffe in-front of the net that found a hole past Forrest.
Guelph evened the score 53 seconds later after Luke Burghardt one-timed a cross-crease pass from Liam Hawel at the left-circle to make the score 3-3.
The two teams remained tied after 60 minutes of play, needing extra time to determine a winner.
Sherwood ended the game when he scored his 25th goal of the season 35 seconds into overtime after he buried his own rebound from the right-circle, over the right-shoulder of Herbst for a 4-3 Firebirds’ victory. Sherwood’s two-goal night gives him 11 lamp-lighters in the last seven games.
Flint outshot Guelph 38-29. The Storm were two-for-five on the power-play, while the Firebirds were scoreless on two opportunities. Sherwood earned first star honors after he scored two goals and collected two assists. Moore collected the third star after he picked-up four points as well. Forrest picked up the victory, making 26 saves on 29 Guelph shots.
Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 4, to host the Kitchener Rangers. Fans will be treated to a special guest appearance from Joe Kocur, a former enforcer with the Detroit Red Wings and a four-time Stanley Cup Champion. Kocur will be in attendance for an autograph session on the arena concourse from 6-7:30 p.m. The autograph session is available to all fans with a suggested $5 donation to the Firebirds Charitable Foundation. 1,500 special Joe Kocur autograph cards will be handed out at the door starting at 6:00 PM courtesy of Commercial Graphics.
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. 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.
Photo Credit: Gar FitzGerald
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