Flint, Mich. – Both Ty Dellandrea and Jake Durham recorded three-point nights and Emanuel Vella made 43 saves between-the-pipes for Flint but the 2nd-ranked Ottawa 67’s hung on to record a 7-4 victory over the Firebirds at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center Saturday.
The Firebirds came out strong in the first period, recording the first 11 shots on net. However, Graeme Clark scored back-to-back goals to earn the 67’s an early lead. Clarke scored his first from the right circle, off the left post at 7:24 before finding an opening five hole from the right side of the net at 16:08.
Jake Durham would put the Firebirds on the board with 1:40 remaining in the opening frame. Vladislav Kolyachonok dished the puck to Dellandrea at the right circle who found Durham backdoor while on a 5-on-3 power play for Flint’s first tally of the night. With the assist, Dellandrea extended his point-streak to seven games.
Despite trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, Flint led in shots 17-13.
Tye Felhaber would strike next for Ottawa at 4:34 of the second period on a shot from the right circle, blockerside, to increase the 67’s lead to 3-1. Flint would score the next two goals to tie the contest 3-3. First, Dellandrea made a tape-to-tape pass from the right circle to Hunter Holmes in the slot who scored blockerside at 7:22. 26 seconds later, Durham fired a shot on net from the slot that Dellandrea was able to collect and swipe the puck past the Ottawa netminder at 7:48.
The 67’s would score the next three goals in the second period to lead 6-3. First Chmelevski scored his fifth of the season from the right circle at 11:54 before Bahl found the back-of-the net gloveside at 13:02. Austen Keating scored on the power-play at 14:58.
CJ Clarke would light-the-lamp for Flint’s final tally with 1:32 remaining in the middle stanza to bring the Firebirds within two again. While breaking up the left-wing wall, Clarke used a burst of speed to join the rush. Wismer dished the puck to an open Clarke in front of the goal who got the shot off. Andree made the inital save but Clarke was able to bat the puck out of mid-air over Andree’s left shoulder. Jacob Winterton was credited with the second assist. Ottawa outshot Flint 20-11 in the second period.
Finally, Austen Keating scored the seventh goal for the 67’s from the left side of the goal. Bitten and Rippon earned the assists at 3:02 of the third period.
Final shots favored the 67’s 50-31. Ottawa was 3-for-3 on the man-advantage, while Flint scored once on five chances. The Firebirds outdrew Ottawa 35-32 in the face-off circle.
Photo Credit: Todd Boone / Flint Firebirds
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