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Friday night fight goes to Firebirds

The Flint Firebirds scored three unanswered goals in the third to hand Kitchener their fifth loss in six games

There was a bit more fight from the Kitchener Rangers.

But for the fifth time in six games, they walk away empty handed after the Flint Firebirds nabbed a 6-4 win at the Aud Friday night.

New York Rangers first rounder Brennan Othmann led the way with a hat trick and 10 shots on net.  By comparison, the entire Kitchener lineup fired 23 shots toward Luke Cavallin.

On this occasion, the shots were not exactly indicative of the pace of play, as Kitchener came out strong in the first and led 2-0.

They also got momentum after a spirited fight between defenseman Matt Andonovski and Waterloo native and Firebirds forward Ethan Hay.

Flint scored three times in the second to lead after 40 minutes, but Francesco Pinelli scored his second of the night 24 seconds into the third to tie it.

Adam Zidlicky put the home side up about seven minutes later, his first career OHL goal.

But Hay, the former Waterloo Wolves standout would score his first OHL goal as well, leaving him an assist shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick to begin another trio of Flint goals that put the game away.

Antonino Pugliese had his first career goal in the first, while Pinelli finished with three points.

Both Pavel Cajan and Cavallin were outstanding for their respective sides, despite the high-scoring affair.

Cajan turned aside 34 of the 39 shots he faced in the loss.

Kitchener once again had five defensemen in the lineup, with Arber Xhekaj and Simon Motew still out.  Andrew LeBlanc was also out with an undisclosed injury, so Pugliese slotted in on the fourth line.

Kitchener heads to the Bayshore Saturday night against the Owen Sound Attack.

Pregame on CityNews 570 starts at 7 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.




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