Saturday Highlights: Firebirds turn to OT heroics on Tropics Night


Jake Durham (34) scored 17 seconds into overtime as the Flint Firebirds came back to beat the visiting Owen Sound Attack 3-2 on Flint Tropics Night. Durham wound up through the neutral zone and beat two black jerseys to the net, putting the puck past Mack Guzda as the Firebirds partied in orange and teal. Ethan Keppen (25) continued his solid sophomore campaign with a goal while Eric Uba (18) also found the back of the net for Flint, helping the Firebirds recover from a 2-0 deficit created by Owen Sound goals from Trenton Bourque (4) and Kaleb Pearson (11). Flint outshot Owen Sound 34-29 as Emanuel Vella made 27 saves for the win. Guzda turned aside 31 shots for Owen Sound, helping the Bears earn a point in the overtime loss. Flint improves to 11-43-4-0 while Owen Sound falls to 27-24-3-2, three points up on sixth place Kitchener in the Western Conference.


The Oshawa Generals continued their recent run of success, earning a sixth straight in a 5-1 road win over the Saginaw Spirit. Oshawa halted Saginaw’s winning streak at six games, handing the Spirit their first loss on home ice since Dec. 1st as┬áNando Eggenberger (20, 21) led the way with two goals and an assist. Allan McShane (27), Brandon Saigeon (36) and Tyler Tullio (13) also got in on the scoring while Kyle Keyser made 29 saves. Spirit blueliner Justin Murray (11) provided the lone goal for his club as Saginaw lost despite outshooting Oshawa 30-27. The Generals become the first OHL team to win 20 games on the road this season, improving to 36-18-3-0, good for third in the Eastern Conference. Saginaw falls to 36-15-2-2, three points back of first place Sault Ste. Marie in the West Division.


Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik (6, 7) put on a show, scoring twice while adding two assists as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated visiting Peterborough 6-4. Matthew Strome (27), Arthur Kaliyev (45), Tim Fleischer (7) and Logan Morrison (11) also scored for Hamilton as the Bulldogs outshot the Petes 32-15. Kaliyev finished the night with a goal and two assists, giving him his fifth multi-point performance of the month. Zach Gallant (8), Matt McNamara (3), Cameron Butler (15) and Chris Paquette (24) scored for the Petes as they suffered their third straight loss, falling to 25-27-1-2. Hamilton rises back to .500, improving to 26-26-3-2 for sixth in the Eastern Conference.


Jack Duff (3) opened the scoring 21 seconds into the first period and that’s the last Erie fans would hear of their Otters as the Niagara IceDogs responded with eight unanswered in an 8-1 road win. Philip Tomasino (26), Akil Thomas (28) and Kyen Sopa (16) all had a goal and two assists as the IceDogs snapped a four-game slide to reclaim top spot in the Central Division. Drew Hunter (3), Matthew Philip (10), Jason Robertson (40), Oliver Castleman (16) and Ben Jones (33) also scored for the Dogs as they scored four times in the opening five minutes of the second period and outshot the Otters 39-21. Robertson’s 40th goal of the season gives him three straight years hitting the milestone, joining former Otters forward Alex DeBrincat as a recent name to accomplish the feat. Niagara’s Stephen Dhillon turned aside 20 shots for the win as the IceDogs improve to 33-14-7-0. Erie’s three-game winning streak goes by the wayside as the Otters fall to 23-29-2-1.


Kai Edmonds came within seven seconds of a shutout as the Barrie Colts got the better of the Kingston Frontenacs 3-1 on home ice. Peter Fleming (4), Aidan Brown (11) and Ben Hawerchuk (22) were goal scorers before Billy Constantinou (7) provided Kingston’s lone goal in the dying seconds of the game. Edmonds made 21 saves for the win across from Kingston’s Marshall Frappier who made 21 of his own. Barrie earns at least a point in a third straight game, pulling to within three points of eighth place Peterborough in the Eastern Conference with a 23-28-3-1 record. Kingston suffers a 14th straight loss, falling to 12-43-1-1.



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