The Sting fell to the Flint Firebirds on the road Saturday night by a score of 7-4. The Sting were out-shot 46-39 in the game, where they couldn’t mount a third period comeback for a second straight night to fall to 3-1-0-0 on the young season.
Filip Helt got the Sting on the board at 4:49 of the first period, scoring his second goal in as many games since being returned from St. Louis Blues camp. Troy Lajeunesse and Jordan Kyrou were credited with the assists.
Troy Lajeunesse would tie the game at two goals a piece just 43 seconds later, tapping in a Jordan Kyrou wrap around attempt. Connor Schlichting had the secondary helper on the goal.
The Firebirds came out strong again in the second period as Cullen Mercer scored 34 seconds into the middle frame to give Flint a 3-2 lead. Newly acquired Kole Sherwood would then add to the lead at the 12:31 mark to extend the Firebirds lead to 4-2.
One minute later Nikita Korostelev was awarded a penalty shot, but was denied by Firebirds goaltender Connor Hicks.
Ryan Moore would give the Firebirds a three goal lead with 2:24 remaining in the second period before Jordan Ernst got one back for the Sting with 1:21 remaining to make it a 5-3 game. Kevin Spinozzi and Jordan Kyrou assisted on the goal.
Goaltender Justin Fazio would replace Aidan Hughes in goal to start the third period, stopping a number of opportunities by the Firebirds before Nicholas Caamano potted his second goal of the game at the 8:32 mark of the third period to make it a 6-3 game.
Nikita Korostelev would score his fourth goal in two games since being returned from the Toronto Maple Leafs camp, getting in for an unassisted goal with 6:11 to go in the game, cutting Flints lead back to two goals. Kole Sherwood would answer three minutes later with his second goal of the game to make it 7-4, which would wind up being the final score.
The team heads back home for a matinee showdown tomorrow against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a Western Conference Quarter-Finals rematch. Puck drop is 2:05 PM and tickets for kids 12 & under are just $6.00. Tickets available here.
- Jordan Kyrou notched 3 assists in his second game back from St. Louis Blues camp.
- Nikita Korostelev scored his 4th goal and 5th point in two games since returning to the Sting.
- Troy Lajeunesse scored a goal and added an assist to give him 6 points through four games this season.