Firebirds split weekend home stand



Flint’s Jack Phibbs scoops the puck up in the corner at the Dort Federal Event Center. Photo by Todd Boone/Flint Firebirds

Flint’s Jack Phibbs scoops the puck up in the corner at the Dort Federal Event Center. Photo by Todd Boone/Flint Firebirds

FLINT — Although 2019-20 has been the best season in Flint Firebirds’ history, Saturday’s game was not one of the bright spots of the campaign in a 6-1 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs at the Dort Federal Event Center.

Kingston buried a pair of goals in the opening period before scoring another three in the first 10:55 of the middle frame.

Flint’s only goal, scored by Emmet Pierce, came at the 16:40 mark of the second period.

Kingston added a cosmetic goal in the goal in the third, the only goal of the period.

Friday’s game was a different story, as the Firebirds fought back to win a 6-4 battle with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hamilton opened the game on a hot streak, taking a 2-0 lead early on. However, Flint did not sit back as Evgeniy Oksentyuk cut the deficit in half prior to Jake Durham’s power-play goal which evened things at 2-2 at the intermission.

Brennan Othmann fired home a pair of tallies in the second period, the latter on the power play, to grab a 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs answered back, but Tyler Tucker made it a two-goal game once again with only five seconds remaining in the period.

Durham registered his second goal of the night early in the third, and Hamilton scored once more, but it was too little, too late.

Anthony Popovich made 42 saves.

The Firebirds remain in fourth place in the Western Conference at 39-19-1-1 for 80 points. They welcome Owen Sound on Wednesday and Windsor on Saturday.