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Preview: Firebirds and Guelph Storm Battle in Flint Tonight
Danen Williams
Guelph Storm (7-7-0-2) at Flint Firebirds (6-9-1-0)
Date | Time Saturday, Nov. 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
TV – Rogers TV ch. 22 / 510 HD Live (Guelph)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 464 & Cogeco TV 495 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
Live Stats Here
Next Home Game Saturday, Nov. 11 (Military Appreciation Night)
Media Notes Packet Here
Social Media @FlintFirebirds   | Facebook  | Instagram 

Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds will wrap-up the weekend with a Saturday night contest on home-ice against the Guelph Storm. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.

Saturday marks the second of four games this season between the Storm and the Firebirds and second and final game in Flint. The Firebirds hold a 1-0 record against Guelph this season after earning a 7-1 victory on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Flint (Highlights). Guelph is in seventh place and is three points ahead of Flint in the Western Conference standings. A victory tonight would bring Flint within one point.

Flint posted a perfect 4-0 record against the Guelph Storm last season. All-time, the Firebirds are 6-3 against the Storm. Former Flint Firebirds’ General Manager George Burnett makes his second return to Flint as a visitor, as he is now Guelph’s General Manager and Head Coach.

Last night, Guelph lost in Kitchener 4-1 and is now 2-2-0-1 in their last five games. Their lone goal came from Garrett McFadden while on the power-play with 28 seconds left in the first period. Guelph is 2-5-0-1 on the road this campaign.

On special teams, Flint is 15th out of 20 OHL teams on the power-play, scoring at 16.4%. The Firebirds have scored 12 goals with the man-advantage, which includes at least one power-play goal scored in 10 of their 16 games this season. Flint is operating at 70.6% when shorthanded. The Firebirds have scored four shorthanded goals in 16 games. The Storm are eighth in the OHL on the power-play converting at 20.5% and are also eighth overall on the penalty-kill at 83.9%.

 

Firebirds at World Under-17 Challenge:
Flint Firebirds Head Coach Ryan Oulahen has been selected as one of three head coach’s to lead Hockey Canada’s three teams at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Nov. 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Along with Coach Oulahen, Firebirds’ goaltender Luke Cavallin and forward Ethan Keppen were among the 66 players Hockey Canada chose to represent their nation. Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch is also involved as the Ontario area scout with Hockey Canada. Firebirds Head Coach Ryan Oulahen will lead Canada White, which Firebirds’ forward Ethan Keppen will also be on and Goaltender Luke Cavallin will tend the net for Canada Red. While Cavallin is gone, the Firebirds have called-up goaltender Evan Morrison from the St. Marys Lincolns of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). Morrison was selected by the Firebirds in the 15th-round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

A total of 23 OHL players were selected and are divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White and compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal. Oulahen, Cavallin and Keppen will be gone from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13 and will miss five games, returning back for the Nov. 15 home game against Sarnia. Fans can stay up-to-date on the schedule, roster, and stats by clicking here.

 

Players to Watch

Flint Firebirds (6-9-1-0, 8th Western Conference):
Maurizio Colella currently leads the Firebirds in goals and points with 17 (8G, 9A) in 16 games played this season. Colella recorded a three-point night Wednesday in Saginaw, scoring once and adding two assists.

Ryan Moore is second on the Firebirds’ roster with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 14 games played and leads the Firebirds in helpers this season. Nick Caamano scored the Firebirds’ lone goal last night and is third with 15 points (7G, 8A). Caamano also scored Wednesday night against Saginaw and is on a two-game goal-scoring streak.

In net, Garrett Forrest has a 4.15 goals against average (GAA) and a .876 save percentage (SAV%).

NHL: The Firebirds have three players that have been drafted by NHL teams consisting of Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn, Evan Morrison and Jack Wismer are six first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea and Holmes were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft in June.

Guelph Storm (7-7-0-2, 7th Western Conference):
Defenseman Ryan Merkley was the first-overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and leads the Storm in scoring this season with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 16 games played. Merkley is also on a five game point-streak with seven points (2G, 5A) in that time. Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues) who was the fourth-overall selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft is second on the Storm’s roster with 13 points (4G, 9A) in 16 games. Garrett McFadden Cam Hills are tied for third on the team in scoring with identical stats of four goals and seven assists.

Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich is the seventh best goaltender statistically in the OHL with a 2.79 goals against average including a .918 save percentage.

The Guelph Storm have six players drafted by NHL teams which include Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), and Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers).

12 notable Guelph Storm skaters to play in the NHL are Craig Anderson, Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Dan Cloutier, Drew Doughty, Aaron Downey, Robby Fabbri, Daniel Girardi, Manny Malhotra, Richard Panik.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’s contest against the Guelph Storm 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. Dominic Hennig will call the play-by-play action on the Flint Firebirds Hockey Radio Network. Pregame coverage will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s game against the Storm will also be televised live in Guelph on channel 20 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. In addition, the game will be televised province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 464 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 495 Cogeco TV cable subscribers. OHL fans with cable television in Ontario can add the OHL Action Pak to their television plan to catch the Firebirds in action, home or away all season long. Along with Saturday’s game, 64 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2017-18 season are also scheduled to be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak.

All Flint Firebirds home and away games throughout the 2017-18 season can be watched anywhere in the world online on www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app. OHL Live is a league video streaming platform that delivers high quality live and on-demand coverage of all regular season and playoff games annually. The cost is $6.99 per game, $69.99 for Flint Firebirds away games only, $179.99 for all 68 home and away Firebirds games and $279.99 for all 1,360 OHL games throughout the 2017-18 season.

 

Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return home to the Dort Federal Event Center next Saturday, Nov. 11 for Military Appreciation Night. All veterans, active duty and military personnel with valid identification will receive complimentary admission. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center. The first 2,000 fans through the door will also receive a free official team poster calendar, courtesy of Commercial graphics. Additionally, there will be a silent auction of military themed Firebirds’ jerseys on the concourse throughout the game with all proceeds benefiting Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. BSMA is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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.

Single game tickets for the Flint Firebirds 2017-18 season are $12 for Bronze, $16 for Silver, $20 for Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.comFor ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or domg@flintfirebirds.com. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email karla@flintfirebirds.com.

 

Photo Credit: Danen Williams

 

For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
dominic@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 519-9347

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