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Preview: Firebirds Host Erie for Annual Teddy Bear Toss Saturday

Erie Otters at Flint Firebirds
Date | Time Saturday, Dec. 1st | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
Promotions – Teddy Bear Toss
TV – OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 445 & Cogeco TV 445 Live (Ontario)
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Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds return to home ice Saturday to host the Erie Otters. The game marks the fourth annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss.’ Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

Saturday marks the second of four games between the two clubs, and the first of two in Flint. The Otters claimed the victory in Erie in the second regular-season game for the Firebirds earlier this year. Last season, Flint went 2-1-1-0 in the series with Erie. All-time the Firebirds are 4-5-2-3 versus the Otters, with a home record of 2-3-1-0. These teams have six one-goal games between them, with one requiring overtime and four going to the shootout.

Last night the Firebirds scored five first-period goals, but they were unable to hang on and eventual fell 8-5 to the Sting in Sarnia. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and Eric Uba recorded two goals each, with Uba adding one assist for his second-consecutive three-point game. The Otters skated to an 8-1 defeat to the London Knights on the road Friday.

On special teams, Erie ranks 8th on the power play in road games converting 21.4% of the time. The Firebirds are 14th-best on home ice, scoring at an 18.9% clip. The Otters kill penalties away from home at 61.0%, compared to Flint’s penalty-kill in home games at 58.1% efficiency.

 

Promotions:
It’s the Firebirds’  fourth-annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ Night!  Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears or stuffed animals to the game and after the Firebirds score their first goal, fans can launch them onto the ice. The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the various local charities throughout Flint & Genesee County. Last year, the Firebirds donated more than 1,000 stuffed animals to the local charities. Fans are asked to bring and throw their stuffed animals in bags so that they stay dry and safe for the kids.

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 Credit Union Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.

 

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (3-23-1-0, 5th West Division):
After missing four games due to injury, Flint captain Ty Dellandrea recorded two goals on his first two shots in Sarnia last night and now averages better than a point-per-game. In 23 games-payed, he has 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 total points. Assistant captain Jake Durham holds the edge in goals-scored and total points for the ‘Birds. Through 27 games played, Durham has 15 tallies and 10 helpers for 25 total points. He now has three multi-point games in the last four matches.  Eric Uba continues to climb the rankings, now with 11 goals and 10 assists in 27 games. Uba recorded another three-point night including two goals Friday in Sarnia.

Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) leads the defensive unit with two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 23 games-played on the season. First-year defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok has picked up 10 points in 15 games since joining the Firebirds after the season had started.

In net, Emanuel Vella holds a 5.36 goals-against average (GAA) and a .865 save percentage (SAV%) in 18 appearances. Vella has backstopped Flint to one win this season. Luke Cavallin has compiled a 5.61 GAA and a .854 SAV% across 17 appearances. He has picked up two wins and one overtime defeat between the pipes.

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 this past off-season: 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, forward Ethan Keppen and defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok were named to November’s NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft.

Erie Otters (10-15-1-0, 5th MidWest Division):
Kyle Maksimovich leads the Otters in offensive production with 33 points (13G, 20A) in 27 contests this year. Gera Poddubny ranks second on the squad with 13 goals and 13 assists through 27. Chad Yetman ranks third with 20 total points (11G, 9A) after playing in all 27 games on the campaign.

Jamie Drysdale was the fourth-overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft and leads all Erie defenseman and first year players with one goal and 11 assists in 22 games played this season.

In net, Daniel Murphy has carried a heavy workload, appearing in 22 games this season. He holds a 3.66 goals-against average (GAA) and a save percentage (SAV%) of .880 along with nine victories. Friday night, Murphy made 32 saves on 40 shots versus the Knights in London. First-year netminder Noah Battaglia has made seven appearances this season, picking up one win and posting a 4.43 GAA along with a SAV% of .841.

NHL: The Otters are currently playing without any active NHL ties on their squad. Forwards Petr Cajka and Emmett Sproule were listed on the November NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft.

Among the notable Otters’ alumni to play in the NHL are Connor McDavid, Connor Brown, Nikita Alexeev, Brad Boyes, Tim Connoly, Mike Rupp, Steve Montador, Carlo Coliaiacovo, Chris Campoli, Jason Ward, and Dylan Strome.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’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 6:30 p.m.

The game will also be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 445 for both Rogers TV 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. Along with Saturday’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, Saturday evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features fried chicken, spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian meatballs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, garden salad and assorted desserts. 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. Dinner RSVP’s are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at karla@flintfirebirds.com.

 

Next Home Game:
Sunday, the Firebirds welcome the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a ‘Family Sunday “FUN”day.’ Come enjoy the holiday spirit and get your picture taken with Santa Claus. There will also be a DIY ornament designing station, while supplies last. Every Sunday Firebirds’ home game is 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.

Also Sunday, 4-H will be in attendance and fans will have the opportunity to take part in various interactive activities on the concourse during the game. 4-H will have 4-H dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and poultry animals on hand that are able to be petted. Additionally, there will be Commodity Carnival Master Gardeners and Edible Flint conducting a living necklace, SAFE archery hoverball, a life skills wheel, winter craft-making with MSU extension Early Childhood and of course, there will be prizes and giveaways part of each activity. 4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.”

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 Credit Union Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.

 

For more information:

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

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