Flint, Mich. – Nicholas Caamano scored the lone goal for Flint and the Firebirds outshot North Bay 42-30 but it was not enough as the Battalion earned a 5-1 victory in front of 2,989 fans at the Dort Federal Event Center Friday night.
Caamano scored his seventh of the season in the third period after finishing a nice three-way passing-play with C.J. Clarke and Ryan Moore who were credited with the assists.
Flint outshot North Bay in the first and third periods by a combined 27-15 count but Battalion goaltender Julian Sime was the difference in the game as he turned away 41-of-42 shots and was named first star of the game for his effort.
Center Kyle Potts was the second star as he netted a pair of goals for North Bay. Justin Brazeau was the third star with a goal and an assist. Adam McMaster and Riley Bruce (Calgary Flames) also lit the lamp for the Battalion.
Both teams failed to score on special teams play although Flint came close twice while shorthanded. The Firebirds were 0-for-2 on the power-play and the Battalion failed to score on three man-advantages.
The Firebirds came out strong defensively shutting down North Bay and not allowing the Battalion to record a shot-on-net through the first seven minutes of the opening frame. However, Adam McMaster scored with a shot from the right circle which beat Forrest far-side on the blocker-side at 7:10. The goal was unassisted.
North Bay made it 2-0 as Kyle Potts scored from the left circle after receiving a cross-ice tape-to-tape pass from Brad Chenier at 12:24. Adam Thilander also assisted on the goal.
A few minutes later, Flint had their power-play opportunity and Ryan Moore was robbed by goaltender Sime. Moore was parked on the doorstep and Sime, while stretching across the goal crease, made a pad save to keep the Firebirds scoreless.
There was only one minor penalty that went to the Battalion and Flint out-shot North Bay 10-6 in the opening frame.
The second period was defensive struggle through the first half of the period and the best scoring chance went to Firebirds forward Ty Dellandrea as he was sent in alone with a break-away shorthanded but Sime was able to make the save.
Riley Bruce (Calgary Flames) made it 3-0 at 12:01 as fired a shot on goal from the right-point that was deflected past Forrest. Rhys Forhan, who made the pass to the point from the half-wall was also credited with an assist.
North Bay scored their fourth goal as Kyle Potts jammed in his second tally of the night after four shots in front of a crowded 16:55. Justin Brazeau and Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes) drew the assists.
The Firebirds had the only two minor penalties in the middle frame which they were able to kill successfully.
Four minutes into the final period, North Bay’s Luke Moncada instigated a fight against Flint’s Ryan Littlejohn. Both players were assessed five minute majors and the Firebirds also received a power-play opportunity after Moncada was handed an instigator call. The time of the major’s came at 3:56.
Justin Brazeau made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal at 6:59 as skated up the right-wing wall and fired a shot from the circle that beat Forrest over the shoulder, short-side.
Nicholas Caamano (Dallas Stars) broke the shut-out bid on a pretty three way passing play at 7:36. Caamano gained the line on a 3-on-2 and made a pass to C.J. Clarke on the right-wall. Clarke then fed Ryan Moore on the left-sdie, who one-touched a pass to Caamano on the right-side of the net for his seventh of the year. Moore and Clarke drew the assists.
Flint missed a golden chance while down-a-man in the third period. While on a two-on-one, Hunter Holmes fed Jake Durham a saucer pass over a sliding defenseman. Durham got a piece of the puck but fired it off the post and out of play.
North Bay finished the game with a 5-1 victory. Flint outshot the Battalion 42-30. The Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center tomorrow night, Saturday Nov. 4. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. Earlier this year, the Firebirds earned a 7-1 victory over Guelph on Oct. 11 in Flint.
The game can be heard live on the radio in Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM and online on www.us103.com. Additionally, Saturday’s game will be televised live in Guelph on channel 20 for Rogers TV cable subscribers as well as province-wide across Ontario on channel 464 on Rogers TV and channel 495 on Cogeco TV.
Single game tickets for the Flint Firebirds 2017-18 season are $12 for Bronze, $16 for Silver, $20 for Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. For ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email email@example.com.
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