FLINT – The Flint Firebirds hockey team’s struggles have yet to slow down, most recently swallowing a 5-3 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Dort Federal Event Center on Sunday.
The game remained tight in the beginning, ending the first period in a 1-1 draw. Jake Durham’s 17th of the season is what got Flint the equalizer with less than a minute left in the period.
The Hounds regianed the lead just 33 seconds into the middle stanza, but Flint responded with authority. Durham netted another goal before Ty Dellandrea’s goal put Flint up 3-2 at the eight-minute mark of the period.
However, things changed after that. A pair of Soo goals late in the second period gave them back the lead before burying the emty-net tally with six seconds left in the game.
Saturday’s home game against the Erie Otters garnered Flint a point in the standings, but not the victory in a 6-5 over-time loss.
The Firebirds jumped on top in the opening moments with goals from Fedor Gordeev and Dellandrea in the first seven minutes of the game.
The Otters quickly cut the deficit in half, but Durham notched one for the 3-1 edge. Erie got one more before the end of the period, which was answered by Dellandrea in the final minutes, giving Flint a 4-2 lead at the intermission.
Erie used the second period as a catalyst to draw the game back to even, but Jack Phibbs’ tally with a minute left in the frame gave Flint the onegoal lead heading into the third. The third period, though, would not be friendly to Flint, as the Otters got the equalizer, and in overtime, put the game away for good.
Flint also took an 8-5 loss at the Sarnia Sting on Friday.
Once again, an early lead was squandered. Dellandrea and Kyle Harris put the Firebirds up 2-0 in the first 1:15 of the contest, but a pair of Sarnia goals within the next 1:21 tied it up.
Dellandrea gave Flint back the lead, which the Sting quickly answered to a few minutes later. The first period ended with a two-goal lead for the Firebirds after Eric Uba buried a pair just three minutes apart.
The fortunes reversed after that with Sarnia finding twine four times in the second period before adding an empty netter in the third.
The Firebirds remain in last place at 3-24-2-0 for eight points. They were at Soo yesterday, Erie on Friday and Hamilton on Saturday.