Firebirds gain momentum on weekend homestretch

FLINT – It was a solid weekend for the Flint Firebirds in their race for a playoff spot

At the Dort Federal Event Center on Saturday, Flint put forth one of the most dominant performances in franchise history with a 7-2 win over the Guelph Storm.

Jake Durham opened the scoring for Flint with a breakaway goal just five minutes into the game. Flint went up 2-0 after Maurizio Colella scooped in a rebound for his first goal since being traded for from the North Bay Battalion.

Kole Sherwood would bury a backhander 17 seconds later before Guelph stopped the bleeding with a goal from Nick Deakin-Poot. Flint answered a couple of minutes later as Dennis Busby’s cross-ice pass perfectly set up Ryan Moore to tap it in at the post. Isaac Ratcliffe capped off the scoring for Guelph late in the period.

Nicholas Caamano would tickle the twine for the only goal of the second period while Ty Dellandrea added another in the third. Caamano would get his second of the night, the game’s final goal, at 10:51 of the third.

Flint lost Friday’s home game gainst Erie, 4-3, but did pick up an important point because it was in overtime.

Alex Peters put home a rebound, his fourth of the season. Then a couple of minutes later, Caamano sent a great pass to the other post where Dennis Busby would score his first career Ontario Hockey League goal.

Peters ripped a shot from the faceoff circle to force overtime.

Unfortunately for Flint, Darren Raddysh scored again in overtime to seal the Otters’ win.

Jalen Smereck and Peters each scored in the third period as Flint rallied for a 5-4 win over host Sarnia.

Durham scored midway through the first, but Troy Lajeunessse answered for the Sting to leave the game tied at 1 after one.

Peters scored off a pass by Sherwood and then Everett Clark tipped in a Peters shot from the blue line for a 4-1 lead.

Kevin Spinozzi and Sean Josling each scored late in the second to even the score and early in the third Lajeunesse got his second of the night to turn a two-goal deficit into a 4-3 Sarnia lead.

The Firebirds (19-17-1-2) stand eighth in the Western Conference.

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