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Preview: Firebirds Complete Home-and-Home Series with Barrie Wednesday in Flint

Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds
Barrie Colts (31-19-2-1) at Flint Firebirds (16-32-3-2)
Date | Time Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
Promotions – Carload Night
– HAP “Boots for Kids” Drive
– College Night: $2 Beers & Hot Dogs
– Machine Shop Night
TV – Rogers TV ch. 10/510 HD Live (Barrie)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 454 & Cogeco TV 484 Live (Ontario)
– Broadcast Information
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, Feb. 17 (Flint Tropics Night)
Media Notes Packet Here 
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Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds wrap-up a home-and-home series with the Barrie Colts when the two club face-off Wednesday night in Flint. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center for ‘Carload Night 2.0.’

Saturday marks the second of two meetings against the Colts this season, and the only battle in Flint. These clubs met in Barrie, Ont. this past Saturday. That night, Flint earned the lead late in the second period on a goal by C.J. Clarke, his third in third in three straight games. The Colts then claimed victory on two unanswered goals by Minnesota Wild prospect, Dmitry Sokolov. The Firebirds have an opportunity to play Barrie again just four days later, and this time with the support of the home crowd.

The Colts have now won three in a row and four of their past five games. Barrie is leading the Central Division with a 31-19-2-1 season record and are second in the 10-team Eastern Conference. On the road, the Colts have a record of 14-11-2-0.

The Firebirds have made a surge of late, winning four of their past five games on home ice. For the season, Flint holds a record of 16-32-3-2 and sits fifth in the West Division. They rank 10th in the Western Conference, just two games behind the Erie Otters. On home ice this season the Firebirds have improved to 12-13-1-0.

On Special teams, the Firebirds power-play continues to stay hot with goals in 16 of their last 19 games. In their game against the Colts, Flint was able to score twice on the same two-man-advantage, an accomplishment that doesn’t happen often. The power-play continues to improve, having moved up to 15th in the 20-team OHL clicking at 18.1%. On the penalty-kill the Firebirds were nearly perfect in their last two games, killing off nine of 10 chances. They are now 75.6% overall shorthanded, ranking 17th in the league. For the Colts, their power-play is ranked 11th with a 20.3% successful rate. Barrie’s penalty-kill is ranked 12th in the OHL at 79.0%.

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (16-32-3-2, 5th West Division)
C.J. Clarke scored a goal in all three games during the Firebirds’ road trip last weekend. Clarke now has 12 goals on the season and ran his current point-streak to a season-best three games. Maurizio Colella has been one of the hottest scorers in the OHL. This past weekend he extended his point-streak to five games and is now just one game short of his season-best of six games that ran from Jan. 6 to Jan 20. During that streak, he had four goals and nine points. His current five-game streak numbers consist of three goals and seven points. Colella leads the team in scoring with 48 points. Since the turn of the new-year in 2018, Colella has scored points in 14 of 17 games (7G, 14A). Ty Dellandrea has also been on fire offensively and leads the team with 22 goals and is second with 46 points. Dellandrea’s season-high seven-game point-streak (5G, 6A) came to an end against the Colts. Connor Roberts is third for the Firebirds in both goals with 14 and points with 27.

Firebirds’ captain Jalen Smereck continues to lead all defenseman with 24 points (8G, 16A) in 31 games. The Detroit, Mich. native had his first multiple-goal game of the season during the road trip with a pair of goals against the North Bay Battalion as part of a three-point night last Thursday. Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) is second on the blue line in scoring with 21 points and had points in the final two games of the road trip. Gordeev leads the team in penalty minutes with 94. Riley McCourt leads all rookies with 17 points and Ethan Keppen leads all rookies in goals with seven.

In net, Garrett Forrest faced 43 shots against the Barrie Colts and was outstanding keeping the Firebirds in the game throughout. Forrest leads the team in wins with 11 and is the Firebirds’ all-time leader in both wins and saves. In 38 games, he has a 4.49 goals-against average (GAA) and a .871 save-percentage (SAV%). Rookie Luke Cavallin leads the team in goals-against average (GAA) at 3.94 and in save percentage (SAV%) at .873.

NHL: The Firebirds have two players with NHL ties consisting of Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn, Riley McCourt, Connor Roberts and Jack Wismer are seven first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018.

Barrie Colts (31-19-2-1, 1st Central Division)
Former Windsor Spitfires’ forward Aaron Luchuk (Ottawa Senators), who was acquired earlier this season, is the Colts triple-crown leader in goals (40), assists (45) and points (85). Luchuk, had three assists against the Firebirds to extend his point streak to 11 games with six goals and 16 assists. Dmitry Sokolov (Minnesota Wild) netted a hat-trick in the win over Flint and is second on the Colts in both goals with 34 and points with 63. Lucas Chiodo also scored against the Firebirds and is the Colts third leading scorer with 50 points in 53 games.

Andrei Svechnikov notched a pair of assists against the Firebirds to run his current point-streak to 11 games and has recorded an incredible 10 multi-point games during that streak. He is listed as the number-one player among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” list for the upcoming NHL Draft in June. However, Svechnikov will not be in Flint Wednesday night as he will be representing Russia in the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament this week.

Between the pipes, the Colts used both goalies in their win against Flint. Kai Edmonds started and played more than half the game before being relieved by Leo Lazarev. Lazarev leads the team in wins with 24 and carries a 3.13 goals-against average (GAA) and a .901 save-percentage (SAV%). Edmonds has picked up six wins in net this season with a 3.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .876 save-percentage (SAV%).

NHL: Barrie has two players with NHL ties, consisting of Aaron Luchuk (Ottawa Senators) and Dmitry Sokolov (Minnesota Wild). Additionally, Andrei Svechnikov and Tyler Tucker are listed in the 2018 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June.

Notable Colts’ alumni to play in the NHL include Dan Girardi, Martin Skoula, Alex Pietrangelo, T.J. Brodie, Mike Weber, Aaron Ekblad, Dalton Prout, Andreas Athanasiou, Brian Lashoff and Dan LaCosta.

 

Promotions:
Sponsored by Black Rock Bar & Grill in Davison, ‘Carload Night 2.0’ allows fans to load up friends, coworkers and family members in one vehicle for a flat rate of $35. Cars, mini-vans, RVs, campers and buses are welcome! One price of $35, plus parking, for all vehicles translates into reserved silver level admission for all guests in the vehicle.  The Firebirds remind all fans to be safe and responsible and make sure that everyone is buckled up inside the vehicle.

Wednesday is also the Firebirds’ “Boots for Kids” donation drive presented by HAP.  Fans who donate a new pair of boots to the Firebirds’ Merchandise Store (pre-game night) or in the lobby on Wednesday night will receive a complimentary sponsored silver level ticket courtesy of HAP.

Additionally, it’s “College Night,” featuring $2 beers and hot dogs for all fans in attendance. All college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.

Finally, it’s also Machine Shop night, where all fans who are wearing Machine Shop apparel will receive a buy one, get one free ticket to the game.

Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / Gold and $26 / VIP seating (Seating Chart). All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (810) 744-0580, in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Wednesday evening’s contest against the Barrie Colts 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.

The game will also be televised live in Barrie on channel 10 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 454 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 484 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, 65 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 mid-season pricing is $6.99 per game, $49.99 for Flint Firebirds away games only, $99.99 for all remaining home and away Firebirds games and $149.99 for all OHL games throughout the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

 

Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Wednesday evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features chicken with broccoli, spaghetti with meat sauce, meatballs, cheesy chicken philly sliders, steamed rice, macaroni and cheese, steamed vegetables, garden salad, dinner rolls with butter and assorted desserts. Wednesday’s menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $15 per person. Dinner RSVPs are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at karla@flintfirebirds.com.

 

Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds continue their homestand at the Dort Federal Event Center this Saturday, Feb. 17, for the third-annual “Flint Tropics Night” presented by Tropi Tan Salons and Trillium Staffing.  Puck drop for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) contest is set for 7 p.m. against in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit.

Inspired by the movie “Semi-Pro” starring Will Ferrell, the Firebirds will be wearing special themed jerseys, pants and socks throughout the game that are sure to impress everyone in attendance. Immediately following the game, there will be a live jersey auction, giving fans an opportunity to take home the game-worn Flint Tropics jersey of their choice. Proceeds will be donated to the Firebirds Charitable Foundation which benefits local youth organizations throughout Flint, Genesee County and Mid-Michigan.

The first 1,500 fans will receive Ty Dellandrea souvenir cups sponsored by Big John’s and rally towels sponsored by Trillium Staffing.  Randy Wise Automotive Group will be giving away 300 mini sticks for kids 12-under at the Firebirds’ guest services table.  Special video clips from the movie Semi Pro, tropical themed music, tropical drinks by Tropi Tan Salons, Flint Tropics merchandise and many more fun and entertaining elements will take place throughout the night.

Saturday is also another “Boots for Kids” Night. Sponsored by HAP, “Boots for Kids” is a donation drive that will take place on the 17th, 23rd and 24th of February. Fans who donate a new pair of boots to the Firebirds’ Merchandise Store or at the special HAP table in the lobby on game night will receive a complimentary silver level ticket courtesy of HAP.

Photo Credit: Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds Hockey Club

 

For more information:

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

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