Video: Team Blue Records 2-1 Victory over Team White Saturday Morning
Flint, Mich. – Kyle Harris tallied the game-winning goal Saturday morning en-route to a Team Blue 2-1 victory over Team White in the first of three games between the two teams this weekend. Five different players earned points and both Luke Cavallin and Aidan Pitre were perfect between-the-pipes in the opening contest.
At 7:10 of the opening frame, Team Blue’s Marcus Gretz fired a shot on net from the left-wing circle that was initially saved by Christian Linton. Joshua Houston was on the door-step at the right side of the goal to bang home the rebound for the first goal of the camp.
With 2:35 remaining in the first half, Russell Oldham caused a turnover at Team Blue’s blue line. He sent a laser on net from the slot that was denied by Kailem Chappelle but Ethan Keppen was there to find twine under the left pad, tying the contest at one headed into the intermission.
Shots were tied at 10 a piece after the first half. Linton made four saves on five Team Blue shots in 11 minutes of action. Cavallin was inserted between the pipes for Team White at the nine minute mark. Chappelle made nine saves on 10 shots in the initial frame.
Then, Team Blue took the lead when Kyle Harris found a loose puck at the left wing circle. Harris skated to the right circle and sent a rising backhand shot past a diving Chase Clark for the eventual game-winning goal.
With 2:24 remaining, Team White had a chance to tie the contest on the left side of the goal but Gretz was there to clear a loose puck on the goal line. Team White pulled their goalie with 1:30 to play in the contest, but Team Blue hung on to earn the first victory of the camp.
Cavallin finished making all 10 saves in 24 minutes of action while Pitre made all 19 saves in 25 minutes. Clark allowed one goal on eight shots.
Join us this afternoon (Saturday, April 21st) for the annual tailgate party and ‘Blue vs. White Game’ from 2-6 p.m at Iceland Arenas. The event is free to the public but the team is suggesting a minimum admission donation of $5 dollars in an effort to support and fundraise for the survivors and families of the victims in the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. This will be matched (and multiplied) by the Firebirds Foundation and participating team sponsors and supporters.
There will be music, complimentary hot dogs, beverages and a kids fun zone sponsored by Funtastic Inflatables. The event is open to the public and will happen rain or shine.
Immediately following the game, fans can meet and greet current Firebirds Luke Cavallin, Marcus Gretz, Kyle Harris and Ethan Keppen as well as 2018 first-round draft pick Evan Vierling, Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch, the coaching staff and all of the Firebirds’ OHL draft and free agent prospects.
For all the latest information on the Flint Firebirds, including videos features, orientation camp details and community appearances throughout the summer, stay tuned to www.FlintFirebirds.com.
Early bird ticket packages for the Flint Firebirds 2018-19 OHL season are on sale now. $50 reserves your seat for next season! Special early bird price deadline is Monday, April 30th. Purchase at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or the Firebirds front office, Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 5PM. For additional pricing and ticket information, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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