Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center for a Sunday matinee contest against the Barrie Colts. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. for the first ‘Family Sunday “FUN”day’ of the season.
It’s a quick turnaround for Flint as the Firebirds played last night in Saginaw, while the Colts had Saturday night off. Sunday marks the first of two games between the Firebirds and Colts this season and the only game in Flint. All-time, the Firebirds are 0-6-0-0 against the Barrie Colts and are 0-3-0-0 on home ice.
Barrie has seven players that have recorded more than 10 points in the first 12 games of the season. The Firebirds have three, five-point getters in the first 10 games. The Colts are 3-2-0-0 in their past five games after securing a 7-3 victory over Saginaw on Friday.
Between both Flint and Barrie’s active rosters, there are eight players that are either drafted and/or signed in the NHL.
Despite the Firebirds hiring new Head Coach Eric Wellwood on Thursday afternoon (see more), Wellwood will not be behind the bench this weekend as he is waiting for his immigration to be processed.
On special teams, the Firebirds have yet to score a power-play goal and are 20th in the OHL while on the penalty-kill. The Colts hold the OHL’s fifth-best power-play and penalty-kill, converting on 23.4% of their man-advantages and successfully killing 86.4% of their penalties.
The Firebirds will return home to the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center tomorrow afternoon, Oct. 21, when the club hosts the Barrie Colts for the first ‘Family Sunday “FUN”day’ of the season at 2 p.m. (ET). Every Sunday Firebirds home game will be a Family “FUN”day featuring up to 2 free kids tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket, as well as a post-game ‘skate with Firebirds players,’ and an autograph signing session with Firebirds players following 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.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (0-10-0-0, 10th Western Conference):
There is a three-way tie for the points’ lead among all Firebirds players. Ethan Keppen and first-year forward Jacob Winterton each have three goals and two assists across ten games played. Team captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) has two goals and three assists in ten games for his share of the lead. Four of Dellandrea’s five points have come in the last five contests.
Red-hot forward Eric Uba had a three-game goal-scoring streak snapped last night and is tied with assistant captain Jake Durham with four points on the season.
In net, Emanuel Vella holds a 6.02 goals-against average (GAA) and a .836 save percentage (SAV%) in eight appearances. Vella made 32 appearances a season ago, finishing with a 3.27 GAA and a .896 SAV%. Luke Cavallin appeared in 31 games last season and posted a 4.19 GAA and a .872 SAV%. This season, Cavallin has a 5.13 GAA and a .871 SAV% across six appearances.
NHL: The Firebirds have three players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, five other Firebirds’ players attended NHL Camps: Hunter Holmes (Philadelphia Flyers), Riley McCourt (Dallas Stars), Hakon Nilsen (New York Islanders), Connor Roberts (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Emanuel Vella (New York Islanders). In addition, netminder Luke Cavallin and forward Ethan Keppen were named to NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list, released Oct. 1.
Barrie Colts (6-5-1-0, 7th Eastern Conference):
Lucas Chiodo and Ryan Suzuki are the early points leaders for the Colts, each with 18 on the campaign. Chiodo set new career high’s last season, earning 79 points in 68 games. This season he has eight goals and ten assists in 12 games played. Suzuki has scored four goals and picked up 14 helpers in ten contests thus far. Czech Republic native Pekar Matej (Buffalo Sabers) has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 12 games, ranking him third in offensive production for Barrie.
Between the pipes, Russian netminder Maksim Zhukov (Vegas Golden Knights) has made six appearances, earning 3.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a 0.905 save- percentage (SAV%). He most recently backstopped the Colts to a 7 – 3 victory over the Saginaw Spirit on Friday, making 33 saves on 36 shots. Second-year goaltender Kai Edmonds has appeared in four contests, posting a 3.55 GAA and a .898 SAV% with two victories. Newcomer Jet Greaves has a 2.38 GAA and a .920 SAV% in three appearances.
NHL: Barrie has five players on their current roster with NHL ties, consisting of Pekar Matej (Buffalo Sabers), Zachary Magwood (Nashville Predators), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis Blues), Joey Keane (New York Rangers), and Maksim Zhukov (Vegas Golden Knights). Additionally, Ryan Suzuki, Nathan Allensen, Luke Bignell, and Matthew Hill were named to NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list, released Oct. 1.
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.
Sunday afternoon’s contest 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 with pre-game coverage beginning begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 1:30 p.m.
The game will also be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 456 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 486 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 Sunday’s game, 65 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 season.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Sunday afternoon’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, meatballs, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, green beans, garden salad, and dinner rolls with butter. The menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $18 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet, $12 for one trip, $6 for children 12 and under or $5 for an individual garden salad. Dinner RSVP’s are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds return to home ice on Saturday night for the fourth annual “Face-Off Against Breast Cancer Night” at the Dort Federal Event Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) against the Sarnia Sting. For the fourth-straight year, the Firebirds are teaming up with the McLaren Flint Foundation to raise money to help in the fight against breast cancer. Because the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness, the Firebirds are asking all fans to wear pink to the game. Fans can bid on the game worn Flint Firebirds’ player jerseys in a live auction that will take place immediately following the game. All proceeds will be donated to the McLaren Flint Foundation.
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club