Flint’s Dennis Busby scored the shoot-out winner during Saturday’s win over the Guelph Storm.

Firebirds push streak to 13 with 12-goal game


SARNIA, Ont. — The hottest streak in Flint Firebirds’ history continued on Monday afternoon with a record-breaking 12-7 win at the Sarnia Sting.

Not only does the 13 wins continue to break franchise records, but several others were broken as well. The 12 goals in a game is the most in team history, as is Flint’s ninthstraight road win. Brennan Othmann now has the most points and goals ever for a Firebirds’ rookie and Tyler Tucker has the most single game points for a Flint defenseman with seven.

Tucker also recorded a plus-8 rating, another team record, as is Anthony Popovich’s 24 wins in net.

The high-scoring affair began with Emmet Pierce’s fourth of the season 4:00 into the game. Sarnia rebounded with a pair of goals in the next couple of minutes, but Tucker evened things up moments later.

Riley McCourt added a power-play goal to take the lead back, right before Tucker buried his second of the night. Jack Phibbs’ shorthanded tally gave Flint a 5-2 lead after one.

Jake Durham was first to light the lamp in the second stanza, momentarily followed by Jack Wismer’s 22nd of the season. Sarnia finally put another one on the board, but the Firebirds were far from done. Othmann fired one home, the eventual game-winner, and Connor Roberts added another.

The Sting found the back of the net once again, but Evgeniy Oksentyuk ended the middle frame scoring with his 27th of the season.

Sarnia scored a pair of goals in the first 7:06 of the third, which Cody Morgan answered at 10:58. Oksentyuk put up his second of the night at 14:43. The Sting added one more but it was far from enough to climb back into it.

Popovich made 29 saves.

The Firebirds pulled out a nail-biter on Saturday with a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Guelph Storm at the Dort Federal Event Center.

The Firebirds got started early with a Phibbs goal, the only tally of the opening frame.

Quinn Yule then netted his fourth goal of the year to double the Flint lead at 2-0 as the third period approached.

Then the game was flipped on its head. Guelph scored three times in the first 10:24 of the final stanza, quickly snagging a 3-2 lead. However, that lead did not stand, as Phibbs scored his second goal of the night with just minutes remaining to send it to overtime.

Neither team found the net in the extra period forcing the shootout.

Guelph scored on its first shot, but did not convert after that. McCourt tied the shootout up and Dennis Busby put it away with the shoot-out winner.

Popovich turned aside 24 shots for Flint.

The Firebirds battled out a 5-4 win at I-75 rival, the Saginaw Spirit, on Friday.

Saginaw jumped up with the 1-0 early lead, but Wismer deadlocked the game with his 20th goal of the year. That was followed moments later with a Braeden Kressler goal to make it a 2-1 Flint lead after one.

Wismer then scored again in the second period, which Saginaw answered less than a minute later. However, Ty Dellandrea buried a power-play goal late in the frame for a 4-2 lead entering the final stanza.

Saginaw scored quickly, but Oksentyuk buried an empty-netter to win the game. The Spirt added a cosmetic goal with 10 seconds remaining.

Luke Cavallin made 44 saves.

The Firebirds now sit at 35-17-1-1 for 72 points, good enough for fourth place in the Western Conference. Flint will be at Niagara today, at Mississauga on Friday and hosts Kitchener on Saturday.