Preview: Firebirds Host the Guelph Storm Wednesday Night

Amanda Ray / Flint Firebirds
Game 7 of 68: Flint Firebirds (3-2-1-0) vs. Guelph Storm (3-2-0-1)
Date | Time Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets | (810) 744-0580
Promotions – College Night:
– $2 Beers & $2 Hot Dogs for all fans
– $2 off tickets for college students
TV – Rogers TV ch. 22 / 510 HD Live (Guelph)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 439 & Cogeco TV 480 Live (Ontario)
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, Oct. 14 vs. Mississauga (Tickets)
Media Notes Packet Here (Coming Soon)
Social Media @FlintFirebirds   | Facebook | Instagram

Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds will open a five game home-stand Wednesday night when the club faces-off against the Guelph Storm at the Dort Federal Event Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m in the first of four meetings against the Storm this season.

Flint posted a perfect 4-0 record against the Guelph Storm last season. All-time, the Firebirds are 5-3 against the Storm. Former Flint Firebirds’ General Manager George Burnett makes his first return to Flint as a visitor, as he is now Guelph’s General Manager and Head Coach.

Projected lines show nine players with NHL ties are expected to play in Flint Wednesday night, consisting of Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) in addition to Guelph’s Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), and Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers).

372 CHL alumni are actively listed on NHL Opening Night rosters representing 52% of all players in the league to start the 2017-18 season. 163 CHL alumni are listed on American Hockey League (AHL) Opening Night rosters representing over 21% of all players. Of those 163 CHL Alumni on AHL rosters, three former Flint Firebirds are on the list: Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes / Charlotte Checkers), Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets / Cleveland Monsters) and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes / Tucson Roadrunners).

Flint goaltender Garrett Forrest was one of 13 OHL goaltenders listed on the third edition of #JanesSaves for his great stop on Peterborough Pete’s Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers) Thursday night. The list is a weekly feature on the OHL web site that highlights the best saves from the most recent completed week of games in the league. The Forrest save came with 4:58 remaining to play in the game keeping the Firebird’s close in the contest.

In six games this season, the Firebirds have come-from-behind four times to earn at least one point. Flint won three of those games. In six games this season, 16 of Flint’s 19 goals have come in the first and third periods. Just three have come in the second period. The Firebirds are averaging 3.50 goals-for per-game and are allowing 3.83 goals against.

On special teams, the Firebirds’ power-play is 11th out of 20 OHL teams, clicking at 18.2% while the penalty-kill is 15th, operating at 78.1%. The Guelph Storm are sixth in the OHL on the man-advantage at 25.0% and are fourth on the penalty-kill at 88.5%.

Wednesday’s game marks the first “College Night” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. Additionally, all college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.

Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at here.

For season ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email


Players to Watch

Flint Firebirds (3-2-1-0, 6th Western Conference):
Forward Maurizio Colella leads the Firebirds in points with two goals and five assists in six games played this season. The Tottenham, Ont. native was acquired last year from the North Bay Battalion and established himself offensively with 12 goals and 25 points in 30 games with the Firebirds.

Ty Dellandrea is second on the Firebirds’ roster, averaging a point-per-game (4G, 2A) in six games. Dellandrea is up for the NHL Draft in June this June.

Ryan Moore, the firebirds leading scorer last season, completed the eastern road trip with one goal and three assists. In four games, the seventh-leading scorer in the OHL last season has a goal and 5 assists. Last year Moore scored 31 goals and 90 points.

Jake Durham was a point-per game-player during the road-trip with a goal and three points in three games. In 2017-18 Durham has totaled two goals and five points in six games. In 66 games last year, he recorded 10 goals and 16 points.

A couple of first’s over the weekend. Rookie defenseman Marcus Gretz picked up his first OHL career point with an assist against the Kingston Frontenacs and forward Max Kislinger scored his first goal as a member of the Flint Firebirds Friday night. Kislinger has played the previous two seasons in the OHL with the North Bay Battalion.

In net, Garrett Forest appeared in two of the three road games and was busy, making 47 saves in Peterborough. Against Ottawa he helped the Firebirds garner a valuable point on the road with 23 saves in the 4-3 overtime loss Sunday night. Rookie goaltender Luke Cavallin saw his first career OHL action against the Kingston Frontenacs with 30 saves. Cavallin was the highest goaltender selected in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft.

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 five first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018.

Guelph Storm (3-2-0-1, 7th Western Conference):
Defenseman Ryan Merkley was the first-overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and leads the Storm in scoring this season with 9 points (2G, 7A) in six games played. Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues) who was the fourth-overall selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft is the Storm’s leading goal scorer with four lamp-lighters and is second on the team with 8 points. Garrett McFadden and Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers) are tied for third on the team in scoring with identical stats of 2 goals and 3 assists.

Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich has played in all six games for the Storm and holds a 2.97 goals against average including a .904 save percentage.

The Guelph Storm have six players drafted by NHL teams which include Liam Hawel (Dallas Stars), Nate Schnarr (Arizona Coyotes), Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues), Mark Shoemaker (San Jose Sharks), Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Flyers), and Dmitri Samorukov (Edmonton Oilers).

12 notable Guelph Storm skaters to play in the NHL are Craig Anderson, Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Dan Cloutier, Drew Doughty, Aaron Downey, Robby Fabbri, Daniel Girardi, Manny Malhotra, Richard Panik.


Broadcast Coverage:
Wednesday evening’s contest against the Guelph Storm can be heard live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, online at or by downloading the US 103 app here. Pregame coverage with Dominic Hennig will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 6:30 p.m.  Additionally, the game will be televised live in Guelph on channel 22 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 439 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 480 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at or on the OHL Live app.

Upcoming Home Game:

The Firebirds will host the Mississauga Steelheads this Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Saturday is “First Responders Night.” Join us in thanking all first responders for their dedication to our community. First responders with valid identification will receive $5 off of a $16 Silver Level ticket.

Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at here.

For season ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email


For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
(810) 519-9347

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