2018-02-19 / Sports

Firebirds score five, can’t stop Barrie’s offense

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com


Flint’s Max Kislinger scored a key goal during the Firebirds’ near comeback on Wednesday. 
Photo provided Flint’s Max Kislinger scored a key goal during the Firebirds’ near comeback on Wednesday. Photo provided FLINT — The Flint Firebirds had the lead, lost it, came back to tie it, but couldn’t finish it off in a wild 8-5 loss to the Barrie Colts at the Dort Federal Event Center on Wednesday.

The first period went in Flint's favor, beginning with a Jack Wismer goal to open the scoring.

Five minutes later, Flint’s lead doubled when Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Fedor Gordeev buried his sixth goal of the season. However, in the second period, the momentum swung in a huge way. Ben Hawerchuk, Lucas Chiodo, Tyler Tucker, Joey Keane and Jaden Peca all scored in a second period stretch where the Colts took a 5-2 lead.

The Firebirds didn’t quit though, with Connor Roberts burying one within the final seconds of the middle period. In the first 1:37 of the final frame, Flint came back to tie it up. Max Kislinger and CJ Clarke’s goals at the beginning of the period quickly erased the Colts’ lead.

But just as quickly as the deficit was erased, it came right back. Dmitry Sokolov, Aaron Luchuk and Tyler Tucker all scored in the last nine minutes of the game to finish it off.

Flint remains at the bottom of the Western Conference at 16-33-3-2 for 37 points.

The Firebirds hosted Saginaw on Saturday, traveled to Windsor today and are at Mississauga tomorrow.

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