2017-03-19 / Sports

Firebirds’ comeback falls short in Owen Sound

BY BRANDON POPE
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Flint’s Mathieu Henderson looks to pass as he skates toward the blue line. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Flint’s Mathieu Henderson looks to pass as he skates toward the blue line. Photo by Brandon Pope OWEN SOUND, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds fell behind quickly, tied it back up, and then lost the momentum again in a crazy, high-scoring affair on the road Tuesday in a 6-4 loss to the Owen Sound Attack. Flint was behind the eight ball almost instantly after Owen Sound got first period goals from Sean Durzi and Cordell James.

Later in the period, Nicholas Caamano got Flint on the board with a great deke in the slot to cut the deficit in half. However, it quickly grew back to a two-goal hole when Maksim Sushko scored for the Attack with less than two minutes left in the frame.

Early in the second, the Firebirds climbed back into it quickly. Hakon Nilsen got his third of the season on a long shot from the blue line and Jake Durham buried his 10th of the season just 34 seconds later to draw even.

That wouldn’t last long as Jonah Gadjovich and Petrus Palmu each scored within 16 seconds of each other to put the Attack back up by two. CJ Clarke brought Flint back to within one later in the frame but Nick Suzuki lit the lamp for Owen Sound after that. That lead for the Attack would hold up as the third period went scoreless.

Flint remains in seventh place in the Western Conference at 32-26-3-5 for 72 points. With a playoff spot clinched, the Firebirds had just two games remaining, following deadlines, at London on Friday and hosting London on Saturday.

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