Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds played their second-to-last home game Saturday night, posting a 4-1 victory over the Windsor Spitfires at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on ‘Overager Night.’ With the triumph, the Firebirds have secured seven out of a possible 10 points in their past five games. Flint has also won four of their last six home games. Former Spitfires’ forward Cody Morgan tallied the game-winning goal and an assist in the contest. Emmet Pierce, Hunter Holmes and Ethan Keppen also scored for the Firebirds. Between the pipes, Luke Cavallin earned his seventh win of the season with 36 saves on 37 shots. Cavallin was the game’s ‘First-Star,’ with Morgan and Pierce earning second and third star honors, respectively. First-year forward Will Cuylle scored the lone goal for Windsor.
The Spitfires were first to light the lamp at 7:11 of the first period. Cole Purboo made the centering pass from the bottom of the left-wing circle to Will Cuylle in the slot. Cuylle one-timed it past Cavallin for his 26th of the season, assisted by Purboo and Jean-Luc Foudy.
Windsor led 1 – 0 after 20 minutes. Shots favored the Spitfires 14 – 9 in the opening frame.
In the latter half of a four-minute power play, Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) made a skilled drop-pass from the top of the right-wing circle to Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes) at the point. Busby quickly dished the puck to Jake Durham at the left circle for a slapshot on goal that redirected off Emmet Pierce in front and past netminder Kari Piiroinen for his seventh marker of the campaign, logged at 12:29 of period two.
Second-period shots were tilted in Flint’s favor 14 – 9 for an even 23 per side after 40 minutes.
Then, a slapshot from Cody Morgan at the right circle, off the back-bar and out, gave Flint their first lead at 10:22 of the third. His unassisted goal was his 11th of the season. Hunter Holmes also scored his 11th of the season on a short-range turn-around shot through traffic that beat Piiroinen glove-side. Vladislav Kolyachonok and Evan Vierling assisted on the insurance goal, scored at 15:16.
With 3:04 remaining and their playoff position on the line, the Spitfires pulled their netminder for the extra attacker. Off the ensuing face-off, Ethan Keppen sent a gentle shot from the left-wing that went into the empty net for his 28th of the season, assisted by Morgan and Jack Wismer.
Final shots were even at 37 per side. Flint held the Spitfires scoreless on three power-play opportunities and scored once on three chances with the man-advantage.
Next up for Flint, the Firebirds play in Windsor this Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM and online at www.us103.com. The game will also be broadcast live on YourTV channel 11 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers in Windsor. In addition, the game will be televised live province-wide across Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 447 for both Rogers TV and Cogeco TV cable subscribers.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will play their final home game of the 2018-19 season next Saturday, Mar. 16. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Sarnia Sting for the Firebirds’ annual ‘Fan Appreciation Night’ at the Dort Federal Event Credit Union Center.
Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / Gold and $26 / VIP seating (Seating Chart). All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (810) 744-0580, in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.
Photo Credit: Todd Boone / Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
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