Mississauga, Ont. – Flint’s Jack Wismer tallied two goals, Ethan Keppen increased his point-streak to seven games with two assists, Hunter Holmes picked up two assists and Vladislav Kolyachonok, Emmet Pierce and Evan Vierling each found the back of the net but the Mississauga Steelheads earned an 8-5 victory in front of 4,068 fans at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Friday night.
Adam Varga started the scoring for the Steelheads at 5:22 of the opening frame. Nick Isaacson fired a shot on net from the left wing wall that hit off the near side of the goal. Varga than picked up a loose puck behind the net and banked it off the back of Emanuel Vella’s right leg and into the goal. Nicholas Canade was credited with the second assist. 1:19 later, Flint’s Jack Wismer scored his first of the night and seventh of the season. Ethan Keppen capitalized on a loose puck in the left circle and ripped it on goal. Wismer picked up the rebound and was able to score while falling to the ice at 6:41 to tie the game.
Aidan Prueter regained the 2-1 lead for Mississauga on a tic-tac-toe goal. From the top of the right circle, Alan Lyszczarczyk dished the puck to Cole Carter at the left circle on a rush, who one-touched it to Prueter back door for the tally. Flint would tie the contest again 2:03 later. Hunter Holmes took a hit in the Firebirds’ zone at the left circle before headmanning the puck to Emmet Pierce up the left-wing wall. Pierce skated into the Mississauga zone and to the right circle before firing the puck far side, top shelf over the right shoulder of Joe Ranger.
The game was tied 2-2 after 20 minutes and first period shots favored Mississauga 15-9.
For the third time of the night, the Steelheads would earn the lead again. From behind the goal line, Keean Washkurak found Nick Isaacson at the bottom of the right circle. Isaacson scored short side on the power play at 6:23. Jack Wismer then scored his second of the night and eighth of the season at 14:31, converting on a loose puck while crashing the net. Ethan Keppen earned his second assist of the evening and Cody Morgan was also credited with a helper.
The Steelheads earned the next two goals. James Hardie scored on his own rebound from the left circle at 16:35 before CJ Clarke converted on a turnover in the defensive zone and scored from the high slot over the right shoulder of Vella with 20 seconds left in the middle frame.
Mississauga led 5-3 after 40 minutes and were ahead in shots 33-19.
Then, Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) won an offensive zone face-off draw from the left circle. The puck was poked to Hunter Holmes who fed it to Vladislav Kolyachonok at the left point. Kolyachonok rifled a puck past Ranger just 45 seconds into the third period to bring the Firebirds within one, 5-4.
It was a one-goal game for nearly 11 minutes until 8:58 left in the contest. Mississauga scored the next two. First, it was Cole Carter finding the back of the net, far side, from the right circle at 11:02. Then, Richard Whittaker worked his way to the front of the goal before backhanding a shot blockerside past Vella at 14:57.
Evan Vierling scored his second of the season at 16:39 after receiving a pass at the left circle from Jacob Winterton and burying to bring the Firebirds within two. Pierce earned his second assist on the evening.
Mississauga’s Hardie tallied his second of the night on an empty net goal with 3:02 remaining in the contest. Mississauga finished the contest with an 8-5 victory.
Flint was outshout 11-9 in the final frame for a three-period shot total of 44-28, favoring Mississauga. The Firebirds were 0-for-2 on the power-play and were 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. Flint won 37 face-off draws compared to Mississauga’s 33.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds will face-off against the Niagara IceDogs in St. Catharines, Ont. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at an expected sold out Meridan Centre (capacity 5,300). The game can be heard live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, online at www.us103.com or by downloading the US 103 app here. The game will also be televised live in Niagara on YourTV channel 10 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers, in addition to being televised province-wide across Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 445 for both Rogers TV and Cogeco TV cable subscribers.
Photo Credit: Graig Abel
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