Flint in OHL conference final for first time; Team USA third at worlds

For the first time in franchise history, the Flint Firebirds will begin an Ontario Hockey League conference final on Saturday against the Windsor Spitfires.

The Firebirds, who moved to Flint from Plymouth in 2015, had never won a postseason series until beating the Owen Sound Attack in the first round this season.

Gavin Hayes (Westland) is second in Flint playoff scoring with 10 points in 12 games.

Flint advanced to the OHL Western Conference final with a 7-1 victory against the Soo Greyhounds in Game 5 on Saturday in front of 3,342 fans at the Dort Financial Center.

The Spitfires beat the Kitchener Rangers 3-2 on Saturday in Game 5 to clinch the second-round series 4-1.

The Firebirds feature four Michigan players: defenseman Marcus Gretz (Macomb) and forwards Owen Pitters (Chesterfield), Sahil Panwar (Troy) and Gavin Hayes (Westland), who is second in team playoff scoring with 10 points in 12 games.

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