Preview: Red-Hot Firebirds Invade Peterborough Thursday
|Game 4 of 68: Flint Firebirds (3-0-0-0) at Peterborough Petes (2-2-0-0)|
|Date | Time||Thursday, Oct. 5 | 7:05 p.m.|
|Location||Peterborough, Ont. | Peterborough Memorial Centre (4,329)|
|Tickets||Online | (705) 743-3561|
|TV||– Cogeco TV ch. 10 / 700 HD Live (Peterborough)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 437 & Cogeco TV 478 Live (Ontario)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 6:30p|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Next Home Game||Wednesday, Oct. 11 vs. Guelph (Tickets)|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Peterborough, Ont. – The Firebirds look to continue their winning-ways this weekend as the club embarks on a three-game road trip east to Ottawa beginning in Peterborough on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre (capacity, 4,329).
The Flint Firebirds enter Thursday night’s game with a perfect 3-0 record, while the Peterborough Petes are 2-2. Firebirds’ Associate Coach Paul Flache, a Peterborough native, will make his first appearance as a coach in his hometown.
Three Flint Firebirds are listed on the NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft consisting of forwards Ty Dellandrea and Hunter Holmes and defenseman Dennis Busby (read more).
Projected lines show nine players with NHL ties are expected to play in Peterborough Thursday night, consisting of Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) in addition to Peterborough’s Zach Gallent (Detroit Red Wings), Christopher Paquette (Tampa Bay Lightning), Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers), Nikita Korostelev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Cole Fraser (Detroit Red Wings) and Dylan Wells (Edmonton Oilers).
The Firebirds have come-from-behind in all three games to start the season, eventually rallying to post three consecutive victories. For the first time in franchise history, the Firebirds are considered an honorable mention in this week’s CHL Top-10 Rankings.
On special teams, the Firebirds’ power-play is seventh out of 20 OHL teams, clicking at 22.2% while the penalty- kill is operating at 76.5%. The Petes are sixth in the OHL on the man-advantage at 23.5% and are 16 on the penalty-kill at 75%.
Last season, the Firebirds were 1-1 against the Petes, falling 4-2 in Peterborough on Oct. 27 and winning the rubber-match at home, 4-3 in a shootout on Nov. 11. All time, the Firebirds are 1-3 against Peterborough and are 0-2 while playing in Peterborough, Ont.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (3-0-0-0, 3rd Western Conference):
Forward CJ Clarke was acquired in a trade with the Peterborough Petes on Jan. 9, 2017 and will make his first appearance as a visitor Thursday. Clarke has one goal and eight shots on goal in three games this season.
Ty Dellandrea, a top prospect for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June, has three goals and four points. Two of his goals this season have been game-winning goals, including the overtime winning tally in the Firebirds’ home opening victory over the Ottawa 67’s with two seconds remaining in the extra frame. Dellandrea leads the Firebirds’ with three goals in three games.
Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) leads the Firebirds with five points in three games played. Caamano scored his first two goals in the home opener that included the game-tying goal in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Maurizio Colella leads the team with four assists. Colella was acquired by the Firebirds last year and in 30 games with the team, he scored 12 goals and added 13 assists.
Along with Dennis Busby, Hunter Holmes was also tabbed on the NHL Central Scouting “Players to Watch” list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June. Holmes is averaging a point-per-game, scoring once and adding two assists in three games to start the season.
Goaltender Garrett Forrest has played in all three games leading the team to a 3-0 record while posting a 3.16 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.912. The Firebirds also have rookie netminder Luke Cavallin who was selected in the second-round (28th overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, making him the highest picked goaltender in the OHL Draft.
NHL: In addition to the three players on the Firebirds who have been drafted by NHL teams two other Flint players competed in NHL camps this fall, Luke Kirwan (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ryan Moore (New York Rangers). Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn and Jack Wismer are five first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2018.
Peterborough Petes (2-2-0-0, 8th Eastern Conference):
Peterborough’s Jonathan Ang leads the Petes both in goals (3) and points (7) in four games played this season. The Florida Panthers 2016 fourth-round selection had 27 goals and 59 points in 67 games played last year for the Petes.
Rookie center Nick Robertson is a Northville, Michigan native and has four assists in four games this season. Robertson was the 16th overall pick in June 2017 for the Petes.
Between the pipes, Dylan Wells has played in all four games for the Petes. Wells recently returned from the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp. He was the 10th best goaltender statistically a season ago, posting a 3.07 GAA and a .916 SAV%. The Oilers selected Wells in the fifth-round (123rd overall) in 2016.
The Petes have produced a record number of National Hockey League players, including Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman, Bob Gainey, Larry Murphy, Scotty Bowman, Wayne Gretzky and Roger Neilson. The Petes have graduated the most players to the NHL of all current OHL teams with a total of 248.
The Petes have six players that have been drafted by NHL clubs consisting of Zach Gallent (Detroit Red Wings), Christopher Paquette (Tampa Bay Lightning), Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers), Nikita Korostelev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Cole Fraser (Detroit Red Wings) and Dylan Wells (Edmonton Oilers).
Thursday evening’s contest against the Peterborough Petes can be heard live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, online at www.us103.com or by downloading the US 103 app here. Pregame coverage with Dominic Hennig will begin 35 minutes prior to puck drop at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Peterborough on channel 10 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 437 for Rogers TV and 478 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center for their second home-game in Flint of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. The game marks the first of seven “College Nights” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. Additionally, all college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.
Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at ticketmaster.com here.
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