Flint, Mich. – Recently signed forward Jacob Winterton scored two goals in the opening frame for Team Blue Tuesday morning en-route to a 3-2 victory over Team Grey in the first of four games at the Firebirds’ 4th Annual Training Camp.
Winterton started things off 3:19 into the first period when he stole the puck from a Team Grey defenseman in the slot and fired upstairs, blocker-side past Aidan Pitre. 3:21 later, Winterton sent a shot on goal from the left-wing wall that snuck past Pitre short-side. Riley McCourt and Ryan Mansfield were credited with the assists.
With 3:21 remaining in the first period, Pitre denied a scoring chance in the slot from Grant Fontyn with a right-shoulder save. After the opening 15 minutes, Team Blue headed to the locker room up 2-0 but Team White led in shots 11-7.
At 6:36 of the middle frame, Connor Roberts attempted to score on a wrap-around play but Pitre was there to make the diving save with his paddle. The two teams switched netminders with 7:35 remaining in the second period. Christian Linton made all 16 saves for Team Blue and Pitre made 11 saves on 13 shots for Team Grey.
The score remained 2-0 after the second period. Team Blue led in shots 21-19.
Then, with 12:01 remaining in the contest, Evan Morrison made back-to-back sprawling saves before Markus Paterson found twine. Grant Fontyn was credited with the assist. Team Blue led 3-0.
CJ Clarke would score the first goal of Training Camp for Team Grey. Clarke was on the doorstep for a tap-in goal with 11:04 remaining in the game. Jack Wismer picked up the lone assist.
Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored a highlight reel type goal, skating into Team Blue’s zone before scoring between-the-legs, five-hole past Cavallin to bring Team Grey within one with 1:41 remaining. Team Grey pulled Morrison for the extra-attacker with 1:15 remaining but were unable to convert.
Final shots finished 32-32. Cavallin made 17 saves on 19 shots and Morrison made 14 saves on 16 shots.
- O. Holmes attempt denied by Cavallin
- Winterton attempt denied by Morrison
- Harper attempt denied
- Mansfield attempt denied
- DaFonseca attempt scored (forehand, backhand, top shelf over right shoulder)
- McCourt attempt scored (snapshot, blockerside)
- Gordeev attempt denied
- Paterson attempt scored (blockerside)
- Clarke attempt denied
- Busby attempt scored (Forehand, backhand, top shelf over right shoulder)
Team Grey will face-off against Team White tonight in the second of four Training Camp games. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. at Iceland Arenas. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fans are encouraged to attend the Firebirds’ fourth-annual Blue vs. White game on Wednesday, Aug 29. The main event takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Iceland Arenas and admission is free to the public.
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