Men in Maroon Clinch Win Over Flint Firebirds

Jess Van Staalduinen

On Thursday, October 5 the Petes were hoping to build off their last appearance at home, following a four goal win over the Niagara IceDogs.

Although the Firebirds came out of the gates quickly, their speed early on was no worry for the Petes. Zacg Gallant and Pavel Gogolev made beautiful passes in the offensive end, putting Flint on their heels. Adam Timleck and Logan DeNoble followed suit with some deep cycling of the puck, however,the momentum was cut short when the Petes took a bench minor for too many men. Nevertheless, strong penalty killing by Gallant and Nick Isaacson kept the Firebirds off the scoreboard. A series of penalties left fans with some four on four hockey that shortly transitioned to  a power play for the men in maroon, when captain Logan DeNoble buried the puck past Forrest off his backhand. A big glove save at the end of the first period allowed the Petes to keep the lead going into the second.

Thirty seconds after the puck dropped for the second frame, Timleck stunned the Firebirds, sneaking another shot past Forrest to give the Petes a two goal lead. Six penalties followed the initial goal, but neither team was able to capitalize on the odd man advantage. The Electric City Kids maintained possession of the puck for the remainder of the period, with a third goal in near sight following a rush by DeNoble, Jonathan Ang, and Timleck, as well as a shot from the point on behalf of Cole Fraser.

The Petes began the third period with strong breakouts that translated to some swift movement of the puck deep in Flint’s end between returning overage forward Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchinstev. Flint’s Gordeev was able to get off a couple of strong slap shots halfway through the third, but Wells stood on his head and kept the Firebirds goalless.

A boarding penalty by Bobby Dow at 10:21 gave the Firebirds the first power play of the period. The Petes, however, were not phased by this, as Ang turned the man down into a breakaway, resulting in a third goal for the hometown team.

Unfortunately, the shorthanded goal didn’t prevent Flint from scoring with their extra skater at 11:52 when Jake Durham’s shot off the face off opened the visiting team’s scoring. A pass to Ang as he left the penalty box almost saw the assistant captain with his second of the night, but Forrest made some great lateral movement that prevented the Petes from netting their fourth of the evening.

The Petes nearly ended the game with a power play following a check from behind by Caamano, however, the power play quickly became a four on four when Fraser took a roughing penalty with a minute left to play. The hometown boys finished with a 3-1 win.

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Third star: Forrest (33)

Second star: DeNoble (28)

First star: Wells (30)

The Petes hit the road this Thanksgiving weekend, taking on the 67’s in Ottawa on Friday, October 6 at 7:00pm, then visiting the Battalion in North Bay on Monday, October 9 at 2:00pm. Fans can follow the games live on the Petes Mobile App, watch live on YourTv, or listen live at on Extra 90.5FM.

The next Petes home game is Thursday, October 12 at 7:05pm, when Nick Robertson faces his brother, Jason, and the Kingston Frontenacs for the first time this season. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.

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