Flint, Mich – A back-and-forth game saw both Team Blue and Team White exchange goals 10 consecutive times forcing a shootout before Team Blue prevailed 6-5 in front of a capacity crowd at the Firebirds’ official practice facility, Iceland Arenas Saturday afternoon.
38 seconds into the opening frame, Braeden Kressler started the scoring for Team White. While on a two-on-one, Ryan Mansfield sent a pass from the left-wing circle to the right circle where Kressler converted past Chase Clark five-hole. Connor Roberts picked up the second assist. Then, in similar fashion, Amadeus Lombardi found the back of the net on a cross-ice pass from Evan Vierling, scoring past James Gray.
It was 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Team White led in shots 11-9.
Then, Brennan Othmann made a highlight-reel pass from the top of the left circle just 31 seconds into the middle period, connecting with Ryan O’Donnell backdoor who lit-the-lamp to earn Team Blue a 2-1 lead. Evan Vierling was credited with his second assist of the game.
Holly, Mich. native Jack Stolicker tied the contest for Team White. Zacharie Giroux stripped a Team Blue defender at the blue line and sent a pass to Stolicker at the bottom of the right circle who scored five-hole with 6:50 remaining.
After the goal, Peyton Grainer replaced Clark and Christian Linton replaced Gray. Clark made 15 saves on 17 Team White shots while Gray made 12 saves on 14 Team Blue shots.
With 58 seconds remaining in the second period, Patrick Saini found twine backdoor past Linton to earn Team Blue a 3-2 lead. Othmann picked up his second assist of the game and Owen Holmes was awarded the secondary assist.
Then, with 0.5 seconds remaining, Zacharie Giroux scored on a backhand shot from the slot past the glove on Grainer. Flushing, Mich. native Jacob Badal was credited with the primary assist.
After 40 minutes, the contest was tied 3-3 and Team White led in shots 22-19.
Team Blue earned a 4-3 lead on a tic-tac-toe play between Harper, Saini and Deline with 9:25 remaining.
Team White tied the contest again with 7:22 left when Giroux fired a shot from the left circle off the right post and in, gloveside, past Grainer. Jacob Cielen-Gough and Chris Colavecchia earned the assists.
Blue earned a 5-4 lead on a passing play between Evan Boucher and Deline. A give-and-go from Deline from the left circle found Boucher in the slot who scored glove-side with 6:12 remaining.
White scored the tying goal to force overtime with 2:07 left in the contest on a broken play that found Stolicker open on the right side of the net for his second of the night. Steven Cabral earned the primary assist.
Shootout (Team White: Linton | Team Blue: Grainer):
- Team Blue’s Harper Scores (Five-Hole)
- Team White’s Giroux stopped
- Team Blue’s Othmann Scores (Under Right Pad)
- Team White’s Kressler stopped
Grainer made 14 saves on 17 Team White shots while Linton made 12 saves on 15 Team Blue shots. Final shots favored Team White 34-29. The two teams will wrap-up Orientation Camp with a rematch Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Iceland Arenas.
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