Petes Can’t Take the Heat in Flint

Jess Van Staalduinen & Kenneth Andersen

The Firebirds ended Peterborough’s five-game win streak with a dominant 7-3 victory over the Petes on Saturday in Flint.

The teams exchanged penalties in the opening minutes of the game, and while each team’s first penalty was killed off, Flint opened scoring with a shorthanded marker from Nick Caamano. Ryan Moore and Garrett Forrest collected assists.

Oct. 5 Ang CollinsThe Petes were quick to respond, though, when Nick Robertson found Zach Gallant on Forrest’s door step while on the power play to tie the game at 1. Declan Chisholm added the secondary helper on the play.

There were seven minor penalties between the teams in the first period, but only 5 and 8 shots for the Petes and Firebirds, respectively.

The second frame was much more disciplined, with no penalties taken by either team. But, Flint would score the game’s next two goals, both on broken plays by the Petes.

Hunter Holmes picked up a misplayed puck by Dylan Wells along the side boards before Ethan Keppen tipped it in to the net to make it 2-1.

Flint then extended their lead when a neutral zone breakdown led to a breakaway for captain Maurizio Colella, who lifted the puck over Wells’ blocker to make it 3-1.

Shots were even at 22 through 40 minutes of play.

The Petes came out flying in the third, determined to cut down Flint’s lead. Just 16 seconds into the stanza, captain Logan DeNoble potted his sixth of the season with help from Adam Timleck.

However, 15 seconds later, Ty Dellandrea netted another Flint goal to double the score to 4-2. Max Kislinger and Jake Durham were credited with assists.

DeNoble appeared to be on a mission walking out of the corner in Flint’s end, and was able to slide the puck through Forrest’s five-hole in an attempt to close the scoring gap. Timleck recorded his second assist of the night, while Matt Timms registered the secondary assist.

It was all Firebirds through the remainder of the game.

Marcus Gretz scored his first OHL with help from Nicolas Mattinen and Moore, while Kislinger, who played some minor hockey in Peterborough, added Flint’s sixth goal of the night to double up on the Petes at 6-3.

Moore would seal the win with his fourth of the season, making the final score 7-3 in favour of the Firebirds.

DeNoble was named third star, while Ryan Moore and Marcus Gretz were named the second and first stars of the game.


The Petes wrap up their Western Conference road trip with a visit to Saginaw, Michigan to tangle with the Spirit on Sunday, October 22 at 5:30pm. Fans are reminded that the game will not be broadcast on YourTv, but can listen live with Extra 90.5FM, and follow along on the Petes App.

The men in maroon head back to the PMC on Thursday, October 26 to take on the Saginaw Spirit at 7:05pm. 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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