Firebirds rally from three-goal deficit for win



FLINT – It looked dark for the Flint Firebirds on Saturday, but they climbed out of a three-goal hole to take a 5-4 win over the Owen Sound Attack at the Dort Federal Event Center on Saturday.

The Attack wasted no time, scoring twice in the first period and added another 11 seconds into the second period to take a commanding lead.

A couple of minutes later, the momentum shifted as Flint scored five straight goals. Connor Roberts got the rally started. Cody Morgan cut the deficit to one just minutes later and Vladislav Kolyachonok’s goal evened the score.

Evgeniy Oksentyuk buried the go-ahead goal to help the Firebirds take a 4-3 lead into the final stanza. Riley McCourt put Flint up by two in the third and Owen Sound added another to get within one but never found the equalizer.

Anthony Popovich and Luke Cavallin collaborated in net for 33 saves.

The Firebirds overcame a late rally on Friday, taking down the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-3 at home. McCourt got Flint on the board just 2:09 into the contest, but Soo quickly responded with a goal at 4:08. The Firebirds went back on top with an Ethan Keppen goal to take the 2-1 lead into the intermission.

Jack Wismer’s goal less than a minute into the second gave Flint a two-goal cushion and then McCourt’s second of the night put the Firebirds up 4-1. The Hounds added two goals late in the second, but couldn’t draw even for the rest of the night.

Cavallin turned aside 35 shots.

Flint moved up to fourth in the Western Conference at 14-8-0-0 for 28 points. The Firebirds host Saginaw today, London on Saturday and Sarnia on Sunday.