Preview: Firebirds Host Sarnia for Inaugural “School Day Game” Wednesday Morning
|Sarnia Sting (16-3-1-0) at Flint Firebirds (6-11-2-0)|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 11:00 a.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||Inaugural “School Day Game”|
|TV||– Cogeco Ch. 6 / 700 HD Live (Sarnia)
– 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: 10:30a|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Next Home Game||Saturday, Nov. 18 (Ladies Night)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center this Wednesday morning, Nov. 15 for the club’s inaugural “School Day Game.” Opening face-off is set for 11 a.m. (ET) vs. division rival Sarnia Sting in the Firebirds’ only game during business hours of the season. Despite being a school day game, all fans are welcome to attend and great seat locations are still available.
The Sarnia Sting enter the contest with a 16-3-1-0 record and are currently in first place in the 20-team Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After starting this season with a 1-1 record, Sarnia began a 14-game winning-streak to improve to 15-1 overall, which was the best start in Sarnia’s franchise history. Sarnia is currently the number-one ranked team in the 60-team Canadian Hockey League (CHL) (See Rankings). Since then, the Sting have lost three of their last four games.
The Firebirds stand fifth in the West Division with a record of 6-11-2-0. Saturday will be the second of eight games between the two clubs this season and first of four in Flint. The Sting claimed the first victory on Oct. 29 in Sarnia (Highlights). Last season, Flint recorded a 6-2 record against the Sting. All-time, the Firebirds are 10-7 against Sarnia and are 6-2 on home-ice against the Sting in Flint.
After missing the last five games, Firebirds’ head coach Ryan Oulahen, forward Ethan Keppen and goaltender Luke Cavallin will return to action following a positive showing on the international stage at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. While Coach Oulahen led Team Canada White to an upset victory over Finland in the quarter-finals, Cavallin guided Team Canada Red to a silver medal, falling just two goals short of gold in the championship game (Read More).
On special teams, the Firebirds have been scoring at a 15.5% clip on the power-play overall and have had even better success at home, scoring at 16.2% with the man-advantage. Flint’s penalty-kill overall comes into the game at 69.1%. The Sting hold the OHL’s best penalty-kill unit at 88.2% and are rated third in the league at 27.8%.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (6-11-2-0, 5th West Division):
Maurizio Colella and Ryan Moore are currently tied for the team lead in points with 18. Colella has recorded eight goals and 10 assists in 19 games played while Moore has five goals and 13 helpers in 17 games this season. Moore has notched three points (1G, 2A) in his last four games including a goal in the most recent game last Saturday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) is third on the Firebirds’ roster in points with 17 in 19 games. He is tied with Colella for the team-lead with eight goals and has added 9 assists.
In net, Luke Cavallin returns from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a silver medal after missing the last five Firebirds’ games. Cavallin was the highest selected goaltender in the 2017 OHL Draft and will be reunited with Garrett Forrest as the team’s goaltending duo. Forrest has been in net for all six wins for the Firebirds this season and has a 4.59 GAA and a .866 SAV%. Forrest has started in 17 of the 19 games for the Firebirds this campaign. Cavallin, has played in four games, has started twice, and carries a 5.73 GAA and a .844 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.
Sarnia Sting (16-3-1-0, 1st West Division):
The Sting’s Jordan Kyrou leads the OHL both in points (42) and assists (25), while currently ranking third in the league in goals (17) in 18 games played. Kyrou, a second-round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft, is in his fourth season with Sarnia and is averaging a league-best 2.47 points-per-game. Not far behind and presently tied for the third-rate point total in the league is Adam Ruzicka with 31 points in 20 games. He also sits fifth in the OHL in goals (14) and is tied the OHL’s highest power-play goal total with eight on the season.
In net, Justin Fazio leads the league in save percentage at .929%. He’s also currently ranked first in wins with 12 this season and enters Wednesday’s game with a 2.64 goals against average and one shutout. Fazio has made 15 appearances on the season and was just recently named the OHL ‘Goaltender of the Week’ for the week ending Nov. 12 after posting a 1-0-1-0 record, including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.98 and save percentage of .926.
The Sarnia roster features two players that hail from the state of Michigan. Forward Drake Rymsha is from Huntington Woods and defenseman Theo Calvas is from Bloomfield Hills. Calvas is tied for first in the OHL in plus/minus, with a plus-21 rating in 20 games. Also noteworthy is that right-winger Sean Josling, from Toronto, Ont., spent the summer of 2017 attending development and rookie camps with the Detroit Red Wings.
NHL: Sarnia has five players with NHL ties that include Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis Blues), Ryan McGregor (Toronto Maple Leafs), Adam Ruzicka (Calgary Flames), Drake Rymsha (Los Angeles Kings) and Anthony Salinitri (Philadelphia Flyers).
13 notable Sting’s alumni to play in the NHL are Reid Boucher, Eric Boulton, Daniel Carcillo, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Galchenyuk, Matt Martin, Connor Murphy, Dalton Prout, Brett Ritchie, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Spooner, Nail Yakupov and Pavel Zacha.
Wednesday morning’s contest against the Sarnia Sting 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 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday’s game against the Sting will also be televised live in Sarnia on YourTV channel 6 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 437 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 478 for 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 Wednesday’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 this Saturday night, Nov. 18 for Ladies Night, featuring 2-for-1 tickets (or buy one, get one free) for all ladies in attendance. Also, the first 500 ladies through the door will receive a free Firebirds’ branded stemless wine glass, there will be a complimentary women’s expo on the concourse throughout the game and drink specials discounted for all women in attendance. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Erie Otters.
Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / 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.com. For ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or email@example.com. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Amanda Ray
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