Game Stories: Storm fall to surging Firebirds

A slow start out of the gates haunts the Storm, falling 5-1 to the Flint Firebirds on Family Day, in front of a sold-out crowd.

After a day off on Saturday night, Liam Herbst was back in net to face Flint’s, Garrett Forrest.

The first period saw a trio of Firebirds rookie’s find the back of the net, starting with Ty Dellandrea who deflected a shot from the point for the power play goal.

Dennis Busby, then followed that up with his second goal of the season, burying the rebound off a tremendous first save by Herbst.

The third goal came on another odd-man rush, as Hunter Holmes put away the feed from Luke Kirwan to make it 3-0 for the Firebirds.

Leading 3-0, the Firebirds also dominated the shots category with a 19-10 lead.

A new period, with similar results, the Firebirds scored just three minutes into the period on Ryan Moore’s 34th goal of the season, to make it 4-0 for Flint.

Looking for a spark, the Storm made a goalie change bringing in Anthony Popovich. The rookie goaltender was tested immediately making some big saves highlighted by a stop on a Sherwood breakaway.

However, the Firebirds offence became too much to handle as Maurizio Colella buried a backdoor pass from Sherwood to make it 5-0 for Flint.

After 40 minutes of play, the Storm trailed 5-0 while being outshot 36-18.

The third period was a stronger showing for the Storm as they had some strong chances throughout the period but Forrest was strong as always when facing the Storm.

Guelph would get on the board, when Nick Deakin-Poot netted his third goal in two home games, eight minutes into the period. Cedric Ralph made a great feed to the Georgetown, Ontario native, who rifled a shot past Forrest’s glove. Dmitri Samorukov picked up the other assist.

That was it for the Storm, as the Firebirds closed out a 5-1 win to sweep the season series, 4-0, over the Storm.

Final shots were 42- 30 in favour of Guelph

With the loss, the Storm fall to 19-32-3-2, while the Firebirds continue to surge, now at 28-23-1-4.

The Storm are back in action Friday night when they host the CHL’s top-ranked Erie Otters for the annual PEVS PROTECTS Night, sponsored by Linamar. Followed by a Sunday matinee game against the London Knights at the Sleeman Centre giving fans an opportunity to take advantage of the $12 Weekend pass, for more information click here! For tickets visit the Storm Box Office located in the Old Quebec St. Shoppes, call 519-837-9690 or online here!


  • This was the fourth and final match-up of the season between the two teams. Flint swept the series 4-0.

Flint Firebirds 5 at Guelph Storm 1 – Status: Final
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Sleeman Centre

Flint 3 2 0 – 5
Guelph 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Flint, Dellandrea 10 (Smereck, Sherwood), 6:47 (PP). 2, Flint, Busby 2 (Sherwood, Moore), 10:42. 3, Flint, Holmes 5 (Kirwan, Duchesne), 14:01. Penalties-Herbst Gue (tripping), 2:06; Hanna Gue (hooking), 6:06; Duchesne Flnt (roughing), 9:00; Smith Gue (roughing), 9:00; Duchesne Flnt (tripping), 11:45; Makkonen Gue (tripping), 15:38.

2nd Period-4, Flint, Moore 34 (Littlejohn, Colella), 3:28. 5, Flint, Colella 13 (Sherwood), 16:59. Penalties-Smereck Flnt (interference), 0:57; Merkley Gue (cross checking), 3:59; Samorukov Gue (high sticking), 7:51; Deakin-Poot Gue (check from behind), 9:10; Peters Flnt (high sticking), 19:53.

3rd Period-6, Guelph, Deakin-Poot 6 (Ralph, Samorukov), 8:44. Penalties-Schnarr Gue (slashing), 12:48.

Shots on Goal-Flint 17-19-6-42. Guelph 8-10-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Flint 1 / 7; Guelph 0 / 3.
Goalies-Flint, Forrest 12-11-1-2 (30 shots-29 saves). Guelph, Herbst 13-19-3-1 (19 shots-15 saves); Popovich 6-13-0-1 (23 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Steve Picco (24), Ben Moser (18).
Linesmen-Dave Pfohl (96), Brady Fagan (70).


  1. FLNT Kole Sherwood
  2. FLNT Maurizio Colella
  3. FLNT Ryan Moore
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