Firebirds bury eight in win at Kingston

KINGSTON, Ont. – Both squads put up huge numbers in the Flint Firebirds’ 8-5 victory at the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday afternoon.

Riley McCourt’s power-play goal got Flint on the board first, which Jake Durham followed up moments later to take a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

However, things changed rather drastically from there. Kingston went on to score four times in the first 14:12 of the middle frame to go up 4-2, but the Firebirds continued to fight back. Ty Dellandrea scored two goals in the final five minutes of the frame to force a deadlock into the third period.

That’s when Flint took over. Ehtan Keppen got the go-ahead goal, while Tyler Tucker scored what turned out to be the game winner. Keppen piled on another for insurance before Kingston put home a fifth goal on the night. The Firebirds closed it out with a goal from newly-acquired Riley Piercey.

The outcome was very different in a 2-0 loss at the Peterborough Petes on Saturday. Both of the Petes’ goals came in the opening frame.

However, Flint earned a point on Friday in a 5-4 shootout loss at the Ottawa 67’s.

Brennan Othmann scored his ninth goal of the year, the only goal of the opening period.

In the second, Ottawa scored three consecutive goals prior to Braeden Kressler stopping the bleeding with his third of the year. Evgeniy Oksentyuk tied it up for Flint with three minutes remaining in the second.

The 67’s took the lead back in the third, but Jake Durham tallied on the power play to force the extra frame.

Dellandrea and Dennis Busby both scored in the shootout, but it wouldn’t be enough for victory.

Flint remains one point out of fifth place in the Western Conference, sitting at sixth at 23-17-1-1 for 48 points. The Firebirds are at Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, at Guelph on Friday and finally return home on Saturday to host Guelph.