2018-02-12 / Sports

Firebirds’ comeback effort thwarted by North Bay in shootout

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com


Flint’s Ty Dellandrea leads the Firebirds in goals this season with 22. He’s also second in points with 45. 
Photo provided Flint’s Ty Dellandrea leads the Firebirds in goals this season with 22. He’s also second in points with 45. Photo provided NORTH BAY, Ont. — A valiant come-back effort by the Flint Firebirds was cut short by the host North Bay Battalion on Thursday in a 4-3 shoot-out loss. It wasn’t just the shootout that had the drama, though, as regulation saw its share of lead changes.

North Bay got on the board early when Kyle Potts scored just :59 into the game. Jalen Smereck then drew even for Flint later in the first, and early in the second, CJ Clarke gave the Firebirds’ their first lead of the night.

The Battalion answered late in the middle frame when Luke Burghardt buried one for the equalizer. Near the midway mark of the third stanza, North Bay jumped back on top with a Matthew Struthers goal.

It seemed as if that would be it for Flint, but Smereck was able to tickle the twine with only 1.9 remaining in regulation, sending it to overtime. Neither team was able to score in the extra frame, leading to a shootout.

Flint’s Maurizio Colella did score in the shootout, but North Bay sealed it with goals from Adam McMaster and Adam Thilander.

Flint still sits in the cellar of the Western Conference at 16-30-3-2 for 37 points and is at Sudbury on Friday and Barrie on Saturday after press deadlines.

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