Wednesday Highlights: Spirited students rally Firebirds to first win
FLINT 7, SARNIA 4
The wait is over. The Flint Firebirds are in the win column for the first time this season, defeating the visiting Sarnia Sting 7-4 on a School Day Game at the Dort Federal Event Center. The first OHL hat-trick from Jake Durham (5, 6, 7) fuelled the Firebirds while Kyle Harris (2), Eric Uba (6), Hakon Nilsen (1) and Ethan Keppen (6) also lit the lamp. Flint recovered from an early 2-0 deficit on goals by Sarnia defenceman Mitch Eliot (5, 6) less than 30 seconds apart. Anthony Salinitri (9) and Sean Josling (7) also found the back of the net for the Sting who were outshot 36-27. Flint’s Uba finished the morning with a goal and two assists while goaltender Luke Cavallin turned aside 23 shots. Sarnia’s third straight loss sees the Sting fall to 7-8-2-0. The Firebirds end the OHL’s longest losing streak to start a season since 1995-96 when the London Knights got out of the gate at 0-17-0. The seven goals are a season-high for Flint.
OTTAWA 6, KINGSTON 4
The Ottawa 67’s were victorious in a School Day Game of their own, defeating visiting Kingston 6-4 behind big performances from Tye Felhaber (20, 21) and Marco Rossi (11) who each had three points. After opening up a 2-0 lead on a pair of Felhaber goals, Kingston roared back as Jason Robertson (17, 18) and Brett Neumann (11) put them ahead 3-2 early in the second. The 67’s then broke out for four straight tallies, with Kevin Bahl (4), Rossi, Quinn Yule (4) and Graeme Clarke (10) finding the back of the net. Robertson (19) would complete his third hat-trick of the season but it’d be too little too late as the 67’s held on in front of a big crowd of enthusiastic students. Ottawa outshot Kingston 36-21 as Cedrick Andree got the win in goal. Ottawa has now won seven straight contests, improving to 16-3-1-0 while Kingston falls to 5-14-1-0.