Milestone Moments: January 6, 2019
MICHAEL BIANCONI (FLINT FIREBIRDS):
Rookie defenceman Michael Bianconi took advantage of a Soo Greyhounds miscue, walking in off the point to rip a wrister over the shoulder of Ethan Taylor to help the Flint Firebirds defeat the West Division leaders 6-4 on home ice. Bianconi’s first came 6:45 into the first period as the Firebirds won their second straight on home ice. The 16-year-old from Toronto, Ont. has three points (1-2–3) over 33 games this season after being Flint’s third round pick in 2018. He is a graduate of the defending OHL Cup champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
VLADISLAV KOLYACHONOK (FLINT FIREBIRDS):
Top 2019 NHL Draft prospect Vladislav Kolyachonok scored his first OHL goal as part of a four-point effort as the Flint Firebirds defeated visiting Sault Ste. Marie 6-4. The 17-year-old from Minsk, Belarus scored the game winning goal, putting the Firebirds ahead 5-2 with a shot over the shoulder of Matthew Villalta off an offensive zone faceoff win. London’s second round pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Kolyachonok is currently an ‘A’ rated prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft as assigned by NHL Central Scouting. He has 20 points (1-19–20) over 29 games this season.