Storm fall 7-1 to Firebirds

It was just one of those nights for the Guelph Storm.

Visiting the Flint Firebirds for the first time this season, not much went right for the Storm in a 7-1 loss on Wednesday.

The Storm were outshot 39-25 on the night, with starter Anthony Popovich allowing three goals on 20 attempts through 30:17 of play, only to have recently acquired Cole Ceci take over the crease for four goals against on 19 shots through 29:43 of play.

Matt Hotchkiss had the lone goal for the Storm, while Max Kislinger and rookie Ethan Keppen each had  two-goal nights for the Firebirds.

Only one goal was scored through the opening frame, as Keppen got things going with his first of the night 2:27 on an unassisted marker. Coming up the left wing on a two-on-one advantage, the first-year Firebird recorded his second of the season with a shot off the right post to open the scoring.

With another early period goal to start the second, Keppen struck again 2:06 into the frame. Storm defenceman Dmitri Samorukov lost a bouncing puck in the neutral zone allowing the Firebirds to turn the other way on a two-on-one – this time with Hunter Holmes feeding Keppen for the one-timer.

Just past the halfway point of the second, things continued to go south for the Storm as the Firebirds extended the lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded tally. With the puck chipped past Ryan Merkley in the offensive zone, Ty Dellandrea found Kislinger in the slot to register his first of the night, and prompting a goaltending change for the Storm.

Less than a minute later, Ceci allowed his first of the game as Maurizio Colella slipped the puck glove side to make it a 4-0 game for the Firebirds.

Moving into the final 20 minutes of play, the Firebirds made it three periods straight with an early tally as Dellandrea fed Kislinger in front with a no-look pass from behind the goal line, extending Flint’s lead to 5-0 1:14 into the third.

At the 7:11 mark of the period, the Storm finally got on the board thanks to a spin-around pass from Cedric Ralph finding Hotchkiss on the door step for a top-shelf tally.

Just over a minute later, though, the Firebirds would just expand on their lead as Nicolas Mattinen put a one-timer from the point past Ceci to make it 6-1 in favour of the home squad.

Flint finished out the 7-1 score with less than two minutes remaining in the game as Ryan Moore put a sauce pass out front for Nicholas Caamano’s third of the season.

The Storm are back in action on Friday, October 13, hosting the Niagara IceDogs for a 7:30pm puck drop. Purchase tickets online here, by calling (519) 837-9690, or in person at the Guelph Storm Box Office in the Old Quebec Street Mall.

Guelph Storm 1 at Flint Firebirds 7 – Status: Final

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Dort Federal Event Center

Guelph 0 0 1 – 1
Flint 1 3 3 – 7

1st Period-1, Flint, Keppen 2   2:27. Penalties-Caamano Flnt (roughing), 4:02; McEwan Gue (slashing), 11:01; Bertuzzi Gue (tripping), 18:34.

2nd Period-2, Flint, Keppen 3 (Holmes), 2:06. 3, Flint, Kislinger 2 (Dellandrea), 10:17 (SH). 4, Flint, Colella 3 (Moore), 11:10. Penalties-Colella Flnt (holding), 8:42.

3rd Period-5, Flint, Kislinger 3 (Dellandrea, Durham), 1:14. 6, Guelph, Hotchkiss 1 (Kirwin, Ralph), 7:11. 7, Flint, Mattinen 2 (Moore, Colella), 8:59 (PP). 8, Flint, Caamano 3 (Moore, Pilon), 18:42. Penalties-Bertuzzi Gue (boarding), 2:24; Ratcliffe Gue (cross checking), 8:13; Littlejohn Flnt (cross checking), 9:34; Caamano Flnt (hooking), 10:26; Ratcliffe Gue (cross checking), 16:31; Poirier Gue (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:27.

Shots on GoalGuelph 10-10-5-25. Flint 12-15-12-39.
Power Play OpportunitiesGuelph 0 / 4; Flint 1 / 6.
GoaliesGuelph, Popovich 3-3-0-1 (20 shots-17 saves); Ceci 0-0-0-0 (19 shots-15 saves). Flint, Forrest 4-1-1-0 (25 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Joe Celestin (4), Craig Dease (39).
Linesmen-Chris Chapman (50), Nicholas Bet (76).

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