Guelph Storm drubbed by Flint Firebirds

FLINT, Mich. – The Guelph Storm surrendered three goals in the second period as they were thumped 7-1 by the Flint Firebirds in Ontario Hockey League play Wednesday night at Flint’s Dort Federal Event Center.

Flint had scored the only goal of the first period and stretched its lead to 4-0 by the end of the second.

The Firebirds added another goal early in the third period before Matt Hotchkiss hit for Guelph’s lone goal at 7:11 of the third period. Barret Kirwin and Cedric Ralph assisted on the goal.

Ethan Keppen and Max Kislinger scored twice apiece for Flint while single goals were added by Maurizio Colella, Nicolas Mattinen and Nicholas Caamano. Ryan Moore had three assists while Ty Dellandrea had two and Hunter Holmes, Jake Durham, Colella and Zack Pilon had one apiece.

Flint outshot the Storm 39-25.

Garrett Forrest picked up the win in net for Flint while Storm starter Anthony Popovich took the loss after yielding three goals on 20 shots. He was replaced by Cole Ceci midway through the second period. Ceci had 15 saves.

The Storm was scoreless on four power plays while Flint went 1-for-6 with a manpower advantage.

The loss drops the Storm to 3-3-0-1, good for third in the Midwest Division. The Firebirds and Windsor Spitfires are tied for third in the West Division with identical 4-2-1-0 records.

The Storm is to host the Niagara IceDogs (5-2-0-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre and play the Sarnia Sting (6-1-0-0) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena.


Firebirds 7 Storm 1
First Period
1. Flint, Keppen (unassisted) 2:27
Penalties: Caamano Flint (roughing), 4:02; McEwan Gue (slashing), 11:01; Bertuzzi Gue (tripping), 18:34.
Second Period
2. Flint, Keppen (Holmes), 2:06
3. Flint, Kislinger (Dellandrea), 10:17 sh
4. Flint, Colella (Moore), 11:10
Penalty: Colella Flint (holding), 8:42.
Third Period
5. Flint, Kislinger (Dellandrea, Durham), 1:14
6. Guelph, Hotchkiss (Kirwin, Ralph), 7:11
7. Flint, Mattinen (Moore, Colella), 8:59 pp
8. Flint, Caamano (Moore, Pilon), 18:42
Penalties: Bertuzzi Gue (boarding), 2:24; Ratcliffe Gue (cross-checking), 8:13; Littlejohn Flint (cross-checking), 9:34; Caamano Flint (hooking), 10:26; Ratcliffe Gue (cross-checking), 16:31; Poirier Gue (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:27.
Shots on Goal
Guelph     10-10-5–25
Flint        12-15-12–39
Goalies: Popovich (L, 20 shots-17 saves), Ceci (10:17 of 2nd, 19 shots-15 saves), Guelph; Forrest (W, 25 shots-24 saves), Flint.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Guelph 0-4; Flint 1-6.
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