Video: Firebirds Notch Record Amount of Shots on Road in Loss to Peterborough Thursday
Peterborough, Ont. – Flint’s Garrett Forrest made 47 saves and Jake Durham tallied the Firebirds’ lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Peterborough Petes on Thursday night. It was the Firebirds first loss of the 2017-18 season.
The game was a battle of goaltenders as records were set for both the Firebirds’ shots for on the road (47), surpassing the previous 43, and shots against (50), surpassing the previous 47.
Peterborough’s Dylan Wells (Edmonton Oilers) stopped 18 shots in each of the first and third period’s, made 11 saves in the second frame and was named the game’s first star. Jake Durham scored the lone goal for the Firebirds at 11:52 of the third period from Ty Dellandrea and Fedor Gordeev.
Flint goaltender Garrett Forrest was almost equally as good with 47 saves on 50 shots and was selected as the third star.
Logan DeNoble was voted as the second star as he and teammate Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers) had a goal and an assist each. Adam Timleck also scored for the Petes.
Garrett Forrest continued his early season strong play as he stopped a breakaway from OHL player of the week Jonathan Ang seven minutes in. Forrest stood his ground and denied Ang on the scoring chance.
The Petes however did score the only goal of the period at 10:36 on the power-play. DeNoble beat Forrest from his back-hand on the short-side after receiving a pass from Nikita Korostelev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Ang was credited with the second assist.
Forrest made an outstanding save with 1:32 left, stopping Bobby Dow who was in alone. Flint outshot Peterborough 18-16.
Timleck earned the Petes a 2-0 lead, 30-seconds into the middle-frame, scoring from the right-circle, far-side, after receiving a rink-wide pass from Logan DeNoble. The goal turned out to be the only scoring play in the period. DeNoble, drew the lone assist.
The two team’s traded third period goals and both came while the Firebirds were on the power-play. Ang stripped a Firebirds’ defenseman for a breakaway to score unassisted, short-handed, at 11:12 for the Petes. Then, the Firebirds answered with a power-play goal from Durham, who redirected a shot from Ty Dellandrea past Wells from the slot at 11:52. Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) was also awarded an assist.
Thursday marked Zack Pilon’s first career OHL game as well as Firebirds’ Associate Coach Paul Flache’s first visit to his hometown of Peterborough as a coach in the OHL.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds will head to Kingston, Ont., for a Friday evening tilt against the Frontenacs. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Friday marks the second and final conflict with no radio coverage but fans will be able to watch live online at www.ohllive.com or follow at www.twitter.com/FlintFirebirds.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center for their second home-game in Flint of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. The game marks the first of seven “College Nights” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. Additionally, all college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.
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Photo Credit: Jess Van Staalduinen
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