Flint, Mich. – Jacob Winterton increased his point-streak to four consecutive games and Ty Dellandrea found the back of the net in a 6-2 defeat to the Guelph Storm Saturday night.
Guelph’s Keegan Stevenson logged the first goal of the contest and his first of the season at 8:55 of the opening frame. Flint netminder Luke Cavallin lost his stick while Guelph had possession in the Firebirds’ zone. Jack Hanley fired a shot on net from the left point that Cavallin initially stopped. Then, both Liam Hawel and Stevenson had a shot each before Stevenson scored on the third rebound chance. After 20 minutes of play, the visitors led 1 – 0. Shots-on-goal were tied at nine per side.
Stevenson would find twine once again 3:34 into the middle frame on a one-timer from the slot. Storm rearguard Owen Lalonde set Stevenson up with a tape-to-tape pass from the right-wing boards. As Cavallin slid from his left to his right across the goal crease, the pass and redirection were just inches ahead of him, sneaking between the right post and the goaltender’s outstretched right pad. Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers) picked up the second assist on the play.
The Storm’s lead increased to three, less than two minutes later when Tag Bertuzzi netted his first of the season from the left side of a two-on-one. Daniil Chayka sprung two forwards free with a pass along the right-wing boards through the neutral zone to Domenico Commisso. Bertuzzi paced Commisso to his left as the two had just one Flint defender between them and Cavallin. Commisso opted to pass to Bertuzzi who one-timed a rising wrister from in close. The puck deflected off the backbar and in.
The Firebirds found paydirt moments later to pull back within two. Newly acquired Lucas Rowe dished a puck to Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) on the right wing wall. Dellandrea streaked up the right side of the ice with a stride advantage over the defender. He crossed the blue line and angled toward the goal, still in the clear of the defense. A shoulder-shake forced netminder Nico Daws to commit to a far-side shot, allowing Dellandrea to go forehand, backhand before sliding the puck past Daws at ice level, near-side, for his first of the campaign. The goal came at 7:26 of the second, unassisted.
Guelph would come score two more before the second intermission. Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers) picked up his sixth in six games on a breakaway while shorthanded at 16:57. Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes) scored the fifth Storm goal of the contest inside the final minute of the middle frame while on the man-advantage, with assists from Ratcliffe and Ryan Merkley (San Jose Sharks). With 40 minutes in the books, Flint trailed 5 – 1 on the scoreboard and 24 – 16 on the shot clock.
Jacob Winterton picked up his third goal of his first season in the OHL just 16 seconds into the third period. Kyle Harris sent a shot on goal from the right-wing corner and the rebound off Daws went right to Winterton, who one-timed it past the Storm netminder for his first of the season.
The visitors responded with their sixth tally on the night at 4:16 of the final stanza on defenseman Mark Wooley’s first of the year from the left circle. Ratcliffe picked up his second assist and third point of the night with the first assist. The second assist went to Mason Primeau. The battle concluded with Guelph on top 6 – 2, and shots-on-goal also favoring the visitors 35 – 23.
Flint was 0-for-4 on the power-play and Guelph was 1-for-1 on the man-advantage. Guelph won 25 face-offs compared to Flint’s 21. Luke Cavallin made 29 saves on 35 Guelph shots. Nico Daws made 21 saves on 23 Flint shots.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Tuesday evening for a Wednesday night game at the Essar Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Radio pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on US 103.1 FM and online at www.us103.com.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center this Friday night, Oct 12, at 7 p.m. for a tilt with the North Bay Battalion. In celebration of the Greater Flint Area, the Firebirds are holding their inaugural ‘810 Night’ featuring the lowest ticket prices in franchise history of $8 Bronze Level tickets and $10 Silver Level tickets. Additionally, the first 810 fans will receive ‘810’ t-shirts compliments of PFCU, and there will be a 10% discount for fans in the Firebirds’ Merchandise Store, including $8 Firebirds’ glassware.
All 34 individual game tickets for the Firebirds’ 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com here. Single game tickets are $12 for bronze, $16 for silver, $20 for gold and $26 for VIP seating.
Photo Credit: Todd Boone / Flint Firebirds
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