The Kitchener Rangers accomplished what no other team has been able to do since Jan 18 in beating the hot Flint Firebirds 4-1 in OHL action on Saturday. It ended the incredible 15-game winning streak for the Firebirds. It was a tall order for the Firebirds playing their third game in three nights with workhorse starter Anthony Popovich playing all three games.
Rangers goaltender Jacob Ingham (LA Kings) was pivotal in the win making 45 saves helping the Rangers leapfrog London Knights for the West Conference and Midwest Division lead and now sit second behind Ottawa 67’s overall. The Firebirds came out strong looking to extend their streak with 11 straight shots to open the game, but Ingham, the games’ first star, held his crease until the Rangers were finally able to crack Popovich in the Flint goal on a Mike Petizian goal at 15:19 of the first period. Kitchener never to trailed the rest of the way getting up 2-0 in the second with Joseph Serpa’s third goal.
Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars)scored his 32nd midway through the second period getting the game back within one for Flint, but the Rangers would go ahead early in the third 3-1 on a Riley Damiani (Dallas Stars) shorthanded goal at 1:21 before finishing off the scoring at 12:37 with Petizian scoring his second of the game to end the game 4-1 and hault the streak by Flint.
The Rangers win was their third consectuive and now head home to face the Sarnia Sting on Friday, Feb 28 while the Firebirds will look to get back on track also in Sarnia on Wed, Feb 26.
Firebirds Head Coach Eric Wellwood became the winningest coach in Flint history with his 53rd win last Friday versus Mississauga as he passed Ryan Oulahen’s 52 victories.