The Sudbury Wolves crossed the border to Flint, Michigan Saturday where they visited the Firebirds for the one and only time this season. The Wolves had a strong first period as they out-shot Flint 15-9, but were unable to make the comeback after the Firebirds had a three-goal offensive burst to take a three goal lead in the second period. Liam Ross was the lone scorer for the pack in a tough 5-1 loss with total shots on goal 35-28 in favour of Flint.
The Wolves struck early in the first period to took a 1-0 lead on the Firebirds. Liam Ross fired home a beautiful goal from the slot past Luke Cavallin after he received a nice feed through three Flint players from Macauley Carson. Zack Malik also assisted on the play. The Firebirds matched the goal at 14:32 to tie the game with a goal from Hunter Holmes who roofed one top shelf on Weeks on a breakaway. The game stayed tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Jack Wismer gave the Firebirds a 2-1 lead 0.36 seconds into the second to period when he pinched the puck through the five-hole on Mitchell Weeks. The Firebirds squeezed in two more goals throughout the period. Approaching the midway mark in the middle frame, Jake Durham broke through the Wolves blue line past Zack Malik and beat Weeks to extend Flint’s lead by one. With minutes remaining in the period, Keppen tallied a back handed goal leaving the score to sit at 4-1 for the Firebirds. Flint out-shot the Wolves 12-7 in the second.
In the third period, Kyle Harris notched one final goal for the Firebirds to make it 5 -1 for the American rivals. Despite Mitchell Weeks having a solid performance in the final frame making 13 saves, the Wolves were unable to produce offensively to make the comeback forcing them to drop the match 5-1.
The Wolves will finish off the busy weekend on the road with a game in Saginaw on Sunday evening at 5:30 pm against the Spirit. Fans can follow the action by tuning in to CKLU 96.7 or listening to mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Sunday’s game can also be viewed on Eastlink channel 10 and 610HD.