London, Ont. – Ty Dellandrea extended his point-streak to six consecutive games, Eric Uba scored his second in as many contests and Luke Cavallin made 35 saves on 41 shots in a 6-2 loss to the London Knights in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,036 fans at the Budweiser Gardens Friday night.
The first period remained scoreless until less than 90 seconds remained. The Knights found the back of the net at 18:32. Nathan Dunkley carried into the offensive zone along the right boards. He made a centering pass to Connor McMichael, who earned the commitment of the Flint defenders. McMichael slid the puck back to Dunkley at the bottom of the right circle. He lifted a rising wrister over a diving Luke Cavallin’s left shoulder. Andrew Perrott picked up the second assist. Shots in the first period favored the home team 9-8.
Ty Dellandrea tied the game on a redirect in front of the London goal just 1:44 into the middle stanza. Jake Durham made a pass from the left-wing corner to Vladislav Kolyachonok centered in the left circle. In just his third game with Flint this season, Kolyachonok picked up his second assist.
The Knights answered with a pair of goals, starting at 5:09 when Antonio Stranges forced a turnover and made a fast forehand-to-backhand move in the crease. The Plymouth, Mich. native lifted the backhander top-shelf for his fifth of the season. Dunkley and Billy Moskal picked up the assists. Then, Alec Regula (Detroit Red Wings), who hails from West Bloomfield, Mich., took a shot on net from between the circles. The rebound went airborne off Cavallin in front of the crease. Cole Tymkin backhanded it out of the air and into the goal for his eighth of the campaign at 8:54. Moskal got the second assist once again.
With 40 minutes in the books, the Knights led 3-1. Shots on goal in the middle stanza were 20-4 in favor of London, with a two-period edge of 29-12. Flint killed both penalties with success in the period, holding the Knights scoreless in four tries in the contest.
In the third period, Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) fired a shot from the left point into traffic in front. The puck found its way into the net, but not before deflecting off Eric Uba’s skate in the slot. Uba was credited with his fifth goal of the season, and second in the past two contests.
The Knights responded with three more third-period markers. First, Tymkin collected his second of the night at 8:40. Moskal and Alex Turco claimed the helpers. Then, Dalton Duhart picked up his third goal of the season on the power-play against his home-town team. The Grand Blanc, Mich. native scored his first goal of the year against Flint in the Firebirds’ home opener on Sep. 28 at the Dort Federal Event Center. McMichael and Matvey Guskov earned the assists on Duharts’ third of the season, scored at 11:47. Finally, McMichael scored his first goal and third point of the night at 18:41 to cap off the scoring, assisted by Guskov and Jacob Golden (Minnesota Wild). The final shots on goal were tilted in the home team’s favor 41-27.
Flint will host the Ottawa 67’s Saturday at 3 p.m for the inaugural “Youth Sports Night.” The game will be broadcast live on the radio in Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM and online at www.us103.com. Additionally, the game will be televised live province-wide across Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 447 for both Rogers TV and Cogeco TV cable subscribers.
Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds encourage active youth lifestyles and look forward to showcasing the diversity of youth sports in Genesee County and its surrounding areas. To show support for youth sports, the Firebirds are offering free admission to all athletes K-12 wearing their team jersey with a paid adult ticket (1 free child per adult). Additionally, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free drawstring bag, compliments of PFCU.
The Firebirds would also like to offer sports teams, organizations, or associations the chance to promote their program at a Flint Firebirds home game. The offer includes 15 Silver Level tickets & 1 complimentary concourse table for $150.00 (total value $490). If a concourse table is not needed, the Firebirds are offering a special group rate of $10 Silver Level tickets for groups of 10 or more.
Photo Credit: Rena Laverty / Flint Firebirds
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Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club