Firebirds extend win streak to three in weekend sweep

FLINT – The Flint Firebirds are on a three-game tear after ousting the Sarnia Sting 8-5 at the Dort Federal Event Center on Sunday afternoon.

Flint caught fire with an explosive first period, beginning with Cody Morgan’s second goal of the season just 2:10 into the game.

Vladislav Kolyachonok then netted his first goal of the year to up the lead moments later, followed by Ty Dellandrea adding another on the power play. Brennan Othmann added another on the one-time late in the frame to take a 4-0 lead into the break.

Sarnia finally got on the board at 7:04 of the middle stanza, but Ethan Keppen responded with a short-handed goal 28 seconds later. The Sting added a power-play tally less than a minute later, which Keppen answered, yet again, with the eventual game-winner.

Sarnia got a pair of goals late in the second period. Less than six minutes into the third, Evan Vierling registered the insurance goal to make it 7-4. The Sting came right back and scored about a minute later, but a minute after that, Evgeniy Oksentyuk tallied on the power play.

Flint played its home opener on Saturday night, picking up a 3-2 shootout victory over the Niagara IceDogs before a crowd of 3,959 at the Dort Federal Event Center.

Oksentyuk got things going with a goal just 2:08 into the first period, and Connor Roberts pushed it to a 2-0 lead within the first 6:15. Niagara cut it to a 2-1 contest in the first, where the score remained until the IceDogs added another in the third to force overtime.

Neither team was able to finish the game in the extra frame, but Dellandrea and Vierling’s goals in the shootout pushed Flint over the top. Anthony Popovich made 35 saves in goal.

Flint is now 3-1-0-0 for six points, placing it third in the West Division of the Ontario Hockey League. It’ll now hit the road to Guelph on Friday and Owen Sound on Saturday.