Firebirds 2-1 so far in preseason play






The Flint Firebirds started off the preseason with two consecutive wins. Photo provided

The Flint Firebirds started off the preseason with two consecutive wins. Photo provided

BUFFALO, NY — Sunday saw the Flint Firebirds lose their first game of the preseason at the annual OHL Showcase at the Harbor Center in Buffalo in a 7-4 defeat to the Windsor Spitfires. Flint’s Jack Wismer got the first goal of the night just 1:01 into the game before Windsor went on a huge tear.

Lev Starikov, Curtis Douglas and Kyle McDonald all notched tallies for Windsor in the first period before Flint came storming back. A pair of CJ Clarke goals tied it up heading into the middle frame. The second period was not friendly to Flint, as Will Cuylle and Jean-Luc Foudy put the Spitfires up by two.

Luke Kutkevicius and Starikov made it a four-goal lead, which made Flint’s final goal by Eric Uba simply cosmetic.

The preseason has started off on the right foot for the Firebirds, going 2-0 in their first two contests. It took two shorthanded goals, but Flint climbed out of a two-goal hole to top the Erie Otters, 4-3.

Erie notched the only goal of the first period with only 11 seconds remaining from Hayden Fowler. Flint answered with a Jake Durham tally in the middle stanza, which Erie countered with a Chad Yetman goal in the second and an Alex Gritz goal early in the third.

After that, Flint flipped its fortunes, beginning with a short-handed tally from Hunter Holmes. Just two minutes later, Ethan Keppen buried one, also on the penalty kill. With less than two minutes remaining, Connor Roberts netted the game-winner to put Flint at 2-0.

During Friday’s game against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Flint scored early and often, starting just 1:03 into the game when Roberts rippled the mesh. Clarke buried one later in the frame, but Hamilton responded later in the frame to make it 2-1 after one.

Roberts scored his second of the night midway through the second period, but once again Hamilton crept back to within one thanks to Dylan D’Agostino. Roberts then completed the hat trick in the final stanza and Clarke notched his second of the night to pull away.

Flint wraps up the preseason with a pair of games against the Saginaw Spirit on Sept. 14 at Iceland Arena and Sept. 15 in Saginaw.


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