Windsor, Ont. – Flint’s Nicholas Caamano recorded two goals for the second consecutive game but Windsor scored three times in the third period to eventually win 4-3 in overtime Sunday afternoon before nearly 5,000 fans at the WFCU Centre.
Everett Clark opened the scoring for the Firebirds 1:48 into the first period when he notched his 15th goal of the season. While being held-up, Clark made a power-move to the net and slid the puck one-handed between the pads of Michael DiPietro. Mathieu Henderson and C.J. Clarke picked up assists, while Henderson extended his point streak to five points (0G, 5A) in his past four contests. Flint led 1-0 after the first frame.
The Firebirds doubled their lead 1:51 into the second period when Nicholas Caamano (Dallas Stars) redirected Clark’s wrist-shot from the slot for his 33rd goal of the season. Henderson picked up his second assist on the night. After scoring, Caamano has tallied 14 goals in his last 19 contests.
Caamano increased Flint’s lead to 3-0 when he buried his second goal of the afternoon after Ty Dellandrea dished him a pass at the left-circle. Caamano rifled the shot over the glove of DiPietro for a power-play tally at 12:25. Caamano’s lamp-lighter earned him back-to-back multi-goal games. After assisting on the play, Ryan Moore has 12 points (5G, 7A) in his last eight games.
The Firebirds led 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.
While leading 3-0 with eight minutes remaining in the game, Sean Day (New York Rangers) cut the deficit to two goals when he scored his 15th goal of the season on the power-play. Day lasered a wrist-shot from the right-point that beat Garrett Forrest blocker-side at 13:37.
Windsor made it a one-goal game 22 seconds later after Julius Nattinen (Anaheim Ducks) received a pass from Gabriel Vilardi wide-open in the slot. Nattinen backhanded the puck five-hole past Forrest for his 12th goal of the season.
The Spitfires scored their third goal in a span of 1:59 when Nattinen evened the score 3-3 at 14:35 after he one-timed a pass from Jeremy Bracco (Toronto Maple Leafs) at the left face-off dot, over the left-shoulder of Forrest for his second goal of the night.
The two clubs remained tied after 60 minutes of play and overtime was needed to decide the winner with the Firebirds going to overtime for the third-straight game.
Aaron Luchuk scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame after he collected his own rebound. After Forrest made a highlight reel pad-save on Luchuk, he collected his own rebound and slid the puck on the ice past a diving Forrest to seal the game 4-3 for the Spitfires.
Windsor outshot the Firebirds 36-22. Flint was one-for-three on the power-play, while the Spitfires scored once on four chances. Caamano received third star honors after scoring twice. Forrest made 32 saves on 36 shots.
The Firebirds are back in action Tuesday to battle with the Owen Sound Attack. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. The game will be televised live on channel 53 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV subscribers in Owen Sound and province-wide throughout Ontario on Rogers ch. 450 and Cogeco ch 494. Additionally, the game can be heard on Sports Xtra Raido app here with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds return home for the final time of the 68-game regular season next Saturday, March 18th against the London Knights. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for ‘Fan Appreciation Night,’ featuring prizes at the doors for fans, giveaways and other memorable items throughout the night. In addition, the Firebirds are teaming up with the Whaley Children’s Center for a donation drive where fans can bring in three personal care items to receive a sponsored ticket to the game, limit four tickets per person, while supplies last. Items needed are tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, feminine products and body wash, with the limited tickets being sponsored by Oasis Payroll Services.
Tickets are $12 for Bronze, $15 for Silver, $19 for Gold and $25 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Parking has been reduced to $5 dollars, which is new this season. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or online by clicking ticketmaster.com. Flint Firebirds 2017 ‘Three-Game Playoff Packages’ and individual game tickets are on sale now! The Firebirds first two home dates for the OHL Playoffs will be during the week of March 27th & will likely be weekday games. Early bird season tickets for the 2017-18 season may be reserved with a $50 deposit per seat. Please contact Kevin Mays for more information at (810) 744.0580 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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