Preview: Firebirds and Spirit Face-Off Wednesday in Flint at 7PM
|Saginaw Spirit (9-9-3-0) at Flint Firebirds (7-13-2-0)|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||– “Stuff-the-Truck” w/ C&L Ward & Catholic Charities
– College Night: $2 Beers & $2 Hot Dogs
|TV||– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV ch. 469 & Cogeco TV ch. 469 Live (Ontario)
– CW WBSF: Charter ch. 17 / 717 (HD) & Comcast ch. 15 / 236 (HD) Sunday at 12 p.m. (Mid-Michigan)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 6:30p|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Next Home Game||Sunday, Nov. 26: Family Day/4-Pack|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds begin a home-and-home series with in-state rival Saginaw Spirit this Wednesday, Nov. 22. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center. All games between Flint and Saginaw are presented by Coors Light.
Wednesday is the second-of-eight games scheduled between the Firebirds and Spirit this season and first-of-four in Flint. The Firebirds hold a 10-6-0-2 all-time record against Saginaw and have not lost in regulation on home-ice, posting a 6-0-0-2 record in Flint. The Firebirds have successfully secured the Coors Light I-75 Divide Cup for the two seasons of its existence after notching identical 5-2-0-1 records in the past two years.
The Spirit won the lone game played this season, 5-3, on Nov. 1 in Saginaw. Flint’s Maurizio Colella registered 3 points (1G, 2A) and Jake Durham notched a goal and an assist. (Watch Highlights)
On special teams, the Firebirds rank ahead of the Spirit on the power-play, operating at 16% while Saginaw scores 13.6% of the time. However, on the penalty-kill, Saginaw successfully gets away 74.4% compared to Flint at 69.5%.
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Wednesday’s game marks the second “College Night” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance and for the first time, $2 Firebirds’ Golden Ales. All college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.
Additionally, the Firebirds have partnered with C&L Ward for the club’s third-annual “Stuff the Truck” drive, where fans can bring in food, toiletries and winter wear to benefit the Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties. Fans can bring in either (5) non-perishable food items, (3) bath towels, (1) blanket or (1) coat to either Catholic Charities Center for Hope, C&L Ward Store in Davison, North End Soup Kitchen or the Firebirds Merchandise Store at the Dort Federal Event Center to receive a free ticket to this Wednesday’s game. For more information, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or email@example.com. Free thunderstix, compliments of Dort Federal Credit Union will also be passed out to the first 2,000 fans through the door.
Wednesday is also considered a ‘double redemption’ game for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you’ve missed any games this season, you can redeem your unused season ticket(s) to get 2 tickets for every one season ticket presented at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email email@example.com.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (7-13-2-0, 5th West Division):
Troy, Mich. native Ryan Moore leads the Firebirds in points with 21 (8G, 13A) in 20 games this season. Moore notched two goals in the last game on Sunday and has four goals in his previous four contests. Nicholas Caamano (Dallas Stars) is second on the Firebirds’ roster with 20 points (11G, 9A) in 22 games this season. Caamano earned his first-career OHL hat-trick last Wednesday, Nov. 15 against the Sarnia Sting.
Both Ty Dellandrea and Nick Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) each earned three assists in Wednesday’s game and one goal in Saturday’s game for a total of four points in back-to-back games.
Between-the-pipes, Garrett Forrest has played in 19 of the Firebirds’ 22 games this season. Forrest has a 4.63 goals against average (GAA) and a .868 save percentage (SAV%). Forrest has earned all seven of Flint’s wins this season. Rookie goaltender Luke Cavallin has a 5.12 GAA and a .862 SAV%. Cavallin was the highest selected netminder in the 2017 OHL Draft in April.
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 and Jack Wismer are six first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea, Wismer, and Holmes were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Saginaw Spirit (9-9-3-0, 4th West Division):
The Spirit are led up front by forward Cole Coskey who has 22 points (11G, 11A) in 21 games this season. Coskey is in the midst of a four-game point-streak and has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven games. Second on the Spirit roster is Marcus Crawford who has 19 points (6G, 13A) also in 21 games. Crawford is on a three-game point-streak, posting four points in that time. Also on a three-game point-streak is Mason Kohn. A former Kitchener Ranger prior to playing for the Oshawa Generals, Kohn came over in a trade to the Spirit on Nov. 2.
In net, Saginaw’s Evan Cormier (New Jersey Devils) is the eighth-best goaltender statistically in the OHL with a 3.03 GAA and a .902 SAV%. Cameron Lamour is the Spirit’s backup netminder with a 6.95 GAA and a .813 SAV%.
NHL: Three players on Saginaw’s roster have been drafted and/or signed by NHL teams consisting of Evan Cormier (New Jersey Devils), Brady Gilmour (Detroit Red Wings) and Keaton Middleton (Toronto Maple Leafs). Caleb Everett, Maxim Grondin and Blade Jenkins were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Eight notable NHL players from the Saginaw organization are Paul Bissonnette (Arizona Coyotes), T.J. Brodie (Calgary Flames), Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg Jets), Dalton Prout (New Jersey Devils), Tom Pyatt (Ottawa Senators), Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks), Chris Thorburn (St. Louis Blues) and Vincent Trocheck (Florida Panthers).
Wednesday evening’s contest against the Saginaw Spirit 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.
Wednesday’s game against the Spirit will also be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 469 for both Rogers TV cable subscribers and 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. Through Saginaw’s partnership, the game will be re-broadcast on CW WBSF Charter channel 17 / 717 (HD) & Comcast channel 15 / 236 (HD) Sunday at 12 p.m. throughout Mid-Michigan. 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.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by King’s Catering, Wednesday evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features a 12 ounce New York Strip Steak (grilled to order), garden asparagus, baked potato, grilled vegetables, dinner rolls, mixed green salad and for dessert, apple pie and chocolate silk pie. Wednesday’s menu is available to all Sponsors and VIP, Corporate / Gold season ticket holders for $15 per person. Dinner RSVPs are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center this Sunday, Nov. 26. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. against the Kingston Frontenacs. Sunday is a “Firebirds Family 4 Pack” Game. Sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union. At every Sunday home game, the four pack features 4 Silver Level reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 2 game programs and 2 game pucks, a value of $120 for $76. Also, all Sunday’s are ‘Firebirds KIDS FREE days,’ compliments of Aquafina: All kids 12-under will receive a free game ticket with adult purchase, valid for all price levels. Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance by visiting the Box Office or by contacting Dominic Gutierrez at email@example.com. Special offers are not combinable with other discounts or offers.
Sunday is also considered a ‘double redemption’ game for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you’ve missed any games this season, you can redeem your unused season ticket(s) to get 2 tickets for every one season ticket presented at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.
For more information: