Video: Firebirds Score Four Goals, Pick Up A Point in Overtime Loss to Kitchener Friday
Kitchener, Ont. – The Firebirds erased a two-goal deficit to lead after both periods but Adam Mascherin’s goal in overtime gave the Rangers the extra point before 6,720 fans at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Friday night. Four different Firebirds’ scored goals including Nikita Alexandrov, who recorded his first lamp-lighter in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Rangers drew first blood at 3:33 of the opening period. The goal was the result of pin-point passing as Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets) received the initial pass at the point from the left corner. Stanley proceeded to feed a cross-ice pass to Joseph Garreffa who let go a shot that Forrest made the initial save on but Riley Damiani was able to convert on the rebound.
The Rangers made it 2-0 at 5:49 as Adam Liška put in a rebound goal past Forrest following a pass from Cole Carter. Liška received the pass from inside the left face-off circle in front and scored on the blocker-side of Forrest.
Flint then exploded with three goals on three-straight shots in a matter of a 1:56 to earn a 3-2 lead. Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) started the scoring parade with his second of the season at 6:04 on a blast from the top of the left circle past Ranger’s goaltender Chris McGonigle. C.J. Clarke picked up the lone-helper.
The Firebirds tied the game 42 seconds later as Ty Dellandrea tipped a shot from Håkon Nilsen at 6:46 for his ninth of the year. Nilsen and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) drew the assists.
Flint earned the lead for first time as Nikita Alexandrov scored his first-career OHL goal from the point. Maurizio Colella won the puck battle before feeding Alexandrov at the left side. Alexandrov let go a shot that beat McGonigle cleanly at the 8:00 mark. Colella and Hunter Holmes were credited with the assists. Flint scored three goals in 1:56 of time, just two seconds short of tying the Firebirds’ franchise-record of three goals in 1:54 on Jan. 7, 2017.
The Rangers replaced Chris McGonigle with Luke Richardson after the Firebirds’ third goal. Flint led 3-2 after the first period of play.
Flint made quick work after the Rangers’ tying goal as they earned the lead for the second time of the game at 14:11. Ryan Littlejohn tallied his second goal of the season. CJ Clarke started the play with a tape-to-tape pass to Jake Durham in the neutral zone. Durham’s shot deflected behind the Rangers’ net where Hunter Holmes dished it in front to Littlejohn who banged it home. Durham and Holmes received the helpers. Flint led 4-3 after two periods of play.
After an excellent period of sound defensive hockey by the Firebirds Greg Meireles scored late with 1:25 remaining in the game, finding the back-of-the-net through Forrest’s legs to force overtime. Connor Bunnaman and Logan Stanley drew the assists.
The Firebirds finished the overtime with a 5-3 lead in shots over the Rangers but it was Stanley who fired a shot from the right point that Mascherin redirected top-shelf, over Forrest’s right shoulder for the game-winning goal at 3:41 of the extra frame.
Flint was scoreless on three power-play opportunities and did not face the penalty-kill once. The Rangers outshot the Firebirds 38-37.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds head to Owen Sound, Ont. for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop Saturday night. Radio pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. on US 103.1 FM in Flint and mid-Michigan and online at www.us103.com.
Next Home Game:
Flint returns home to the Dort Federal Event Center on Friday, Dec. 15. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. against in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit for game four of the I-75 Divide Cup, presented by Coors Light.
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