Flint, Mich. – Despite the contest being a one-goal hockey game after two period’s of play, London scored three times in the final six minutes of the game to earn a 4-1 victory Saturday night. Connor Roberts scored the lone goal for Flint on the Firebirds’ 5th-annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. London’s Antonio Stranges recorded two goals and Brett Brochu made 29 saves on 30 Flint shots to lead the Knights.
After a back-and-forth game in the first period with both goaltenders making crucial saves, London would be the first to strike at 14:13 of the middle period. While shorthanded, Alec Regula picked up a rebound in the defensive zone and dished it ahead to Josh Nelson. Nelson fed it back to Regula before receiving the puck back again a second time and snuck a shot five-hole past Luke Cavallin.
The Knights scored three goals in 3:56. First, Sahil Panwar sent Stranges on a breakaway from the red-line in. Stranges scored on a backhander that found twine above Cavallin’s left shoulder with 5:18 remaining in the game. Then, Liam Foudy dished a pass to Connor McMichael in the left corner, who made a skilled play to get the puck to Jonathan Gruden in the slot, scoring five-hole at 17:03. Finally, Stranges would score his second of the night with 1:22 remaining, converting on a pass from Kirill Steklov to the slot, gloveside.
The Firebirds would get on the board with 26 remaining in the game. Evgeniy Oksentyuk led Cody Morgan in stride up the left-wing wall who found Connor Roberts at the left circle. Roberts scored a shot far-side, gloveside to break the shutout.
London outshot Flint 47-30 and were a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Flint was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Cavallin made 43 saves on 47 shots.
Next Home Game:
Sunday, the Firebirds welcome the Sarnia Sting for Santa’s ‘Family “FUN”day.’ Come enjoy the holiday spirit and get a free picture taken with Santa Claus, his elves and real-life reindeer from 1-3 p.m. There will also be a DIY ornament designing station, while supplies last. Every Sunday Firebirds’ home game is a Family “FUN”day featuring up to 2 free kids tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket, as well as a post-game ‘skate with Firebirds players,’ and an autograph signing session with Firebirds players following the game.
Give the gift of Firebirds Hockey this year! At all Firebirds home games this week, the club is offering 2 holiday-special packages featuring 2 Gold Level flex vouchers and a $20 gift certificate to The Birds Nest for $40 or 2 Silver Level Tickets vs. the Saginaw Spirit on both Jan. 10 and Mar. 18, including an additional 2 Silver Level flex vouchers for $60. Fans can stop in Friday for the Firebirds’ Black Friday sale featuring 25% off in ‘The Birds Nest” merchandise store! (excluding jerseys and game used items)
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Flint Firebirds Hockey Club