Flint, Mich. – Max Kislinger and Ryan Moore scored once but the Sault Ste. Marie power-play was too much as the Greyhounds beat the Firebirds 8-2 on Military Appreciation Day before a large Saturday afternoon crowd of 3,753 at the Dort Federal Event Center.
The Greyhounds scored four times on eight power-play chances while the Firebirds failed to score on four opportunities.
Mac Hollowell tallied twice, added three assists and was selected as the first star, to pace the Greyhounds attack. Morgan Frost (Philadelphia Flyers) and Jake Kopacka (Anaheim Ducks) had a two point effort that each included a goal and were named as second and third star respectively. Conor Timmins (Colorado Avalanche), Brett Jacklin, Calvin Martin and Keeghan Howdeshell all added single markers and Boris Katchouk (Tampa Bay Lightning) contributed two assists.
Tyler Johnson stopped all but two of Flint’s 32 shots.
The Firebirds outplayed the Greyhounds in the first half of the opening period but Sault Ste. Marie scored first on a goal from Morgan Frost. Frost caused a turnover at the Firebirds’ blue line which deflected the puck to Boris Katchouk. After joining the play to make it a 2-0, Frost converted on a pass from Katchouk glove-side past Forrest for the first goal of the game.
The Firebirds fell in to penalty trouble shortly after with a double minor for high-sticking and a delay of game penalty. On the two-man advantage, Conor Timmins let go a blast past a screened Forrest to make it 2-0. The power-play marker came at 14:31 with the assist going to Frost.
Following a Firebirds’ turnover at their own blue line, Brett Jacklin picked up a loose puck and beat Forrest on the glove side at 5:21. The goal was unassisted.
The Greyhounds increased the lead by four on their second power-play goal of the game. Mac Hollowell scored at 6:53 from the point. Jack Kopacka drew the lone assist.
Sault Ste. Marie made it 5-0 when Mac Hollowell scored his second goal of the game at 11:22 from the right-circle. It was the second unassisted goal for the Greyhounds in the period.
Max Kislinger scored the Firebirds’ first goal of the game with 1:40 remaining in the middle period. While shorthanded, Kislinger skated out of the corner through three Greyhound players to the front of the net and fired a shot past a diving Johnson. The goal was the fifth shorthanded goal of the year for the Firebirds and came at 18:20.
11 seconds later the Greyhounds found the back of the net as Calvin Martin converted five-hole on a power-play goal at 18:31 from the left-wing wall. Hollowell and Noah Carroll drew the assist.
Kopacka opened up the scoring in the third period at the 28 second mark after finding the back-of-the-net from the right circle. The assists went to Hollowell and Rasmus Sandin.
Flint scored their second goal at 5:55 as Ryan Littlejohn picked up the puck at the side of the net and as he skated out in front, the puck was knocked off his stick. Moore found the loose disc and fired it off Johnson’s left shoulder and into the net. Keeghan Howdeshell made it 8-2 at 8:01 from Hollowell.
The Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center this Wednesday, Nov. 15. Puck drop is set for 11 a.m. against the Sarnia Sting for the Firebirds’ first “School Day Game.”
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Photo Credit: Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
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