Preview: Firebirds Face-Off in Kingston Friday
|Game 5 of 68: Flint Firebirds (3-1-0-0) at Kingston Frontenacs (4-1-0-0)|
|Date | Time||Friday, Oct. 6 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Kingston, Ont. | Rogers K-Rock Centre (capacity 5,700)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (613) 650-5000|
|TV||– Cogeco TV ch. 13 / 700 HD Live (Kingston)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 458 & Cogeco TV 489 Live (Ontario)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||– None (2nd of 2 conflicts this season)|
|Radio (Mobile)||– None|
|Next Home Game||Wednesday, Oct. 11 vs. Guelph (Tickets)|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Kingston, Ont. – The Firebirds continue their eastern road-trip when they face-off against the Kingston Frontenacs for the first of two games this season. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Rogers K-Rock Centre (capacity 5,700) Friday night.
After starting the season with a perfect 3-0 record, the Firebirds fell 3-1 in Peterborough Thursday night. The game was a battle of goaltenders as records were set for both the Firebirds’ shots-for on the road (47), surpassing the previous 43, and shots-against (50), surpassing the previous 47.
The Firebirds have come-from-behind in three-of-four games, posting victories in all three of the clubs wins this season. Flint has scored at least one special teams goal in all four games. The Firebirds have scored at least one power-play goal in three of the four games and found the back-of-the-net shorthanded in the fourth.
Three Flint Firebirds are listed on the NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft consisting of forwards Ty Dellandrea and Hunter Holmes and defenseman Dennis Busby (read more).
Projected lines show seven players with NHL ties are expected to play in Kingston Thursday night, consisting of Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) in addition to Kington’s Jeremy Helvig (Carolina Hurricanes), Jacob Paquette (Nashville Predators), Eemeli Rasanen (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars).
For the first time in franchise history, the Firebirds are considered an honorable mention in this week’s CHL Top-10 Rankings.
On special teams, the Firebirds’ power-play is ninth out of 20 OHL teams, clicking at 20.8% while the penalty-kill is operating at 78.3%. The Frontenacs are 13th in the OHL on the man-advantage at 20% and are 9th on the penalty-kill at 85.2%.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (3-1-0-0, 5th Western Conference):
Ty Dellandrea, a top prospect for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June, has three goals and five points in four games with the Firebirds this season. Two of his goals this season have been game-winning goals, including the overtime winning tally in the Firebirds’ home opening victory over the Ottawa 67’s with two seconds remaining in the extra frame. Dellandrea leads the Firebirds’ with three goals in three games.
Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) also has five points in four games this season. Caamano scored his first two goals in the home opener that included the game-tying goal in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Jake Durham scored the Firebirds’ lone-goal in Peterborough Thursday night, redirecting a shot from Ty Dellandrea. Durham has two goals and one assist in four games.
Along with Dennis Busby, Hunter Holmes was also tabbed on the NHL Central Scouting “Players to Watch” list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June.
Goaltender Garrett Forrest has started in all four games, leading the team to a 3-1 record while posting a 3.12 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.921. The Firebirds also have rookie netminder Luke Cavallin who was selected in the second-round (28th overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, making him the highest picked goaltender in the OHL Draft.
NHL: In addition to the three players on the Firebirds who have been drafted by NHL teams, two other Flint players competed in NHL camps this fall, Luke Kirwan (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ryan Moore (New York Rangers). Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn and Jack Wismer are five first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2018.
Kingston Frontenacs (4-1-0-0, 2nd Eastern Conference):
Kingston’s Eemeli Rasanen leads the Frontenacs recording seven points (2G, 5A) in five games played. Linus Nyman is averaging a point per game (2G, 3A) for Kingston and Jason Robertson has notched four goals in five games this season.
Between the pipes, Kingston’s Jeremy Helvig has played in four of the Frontenacs’ five games this season. He holds a 2.93 GAA and a .910 SAV%. Helvig had the OHL’s seventh-best GAA last season at 2.72.
The Frontenacs have four players drafted by NHL teams consisting of Jeremy Helvig (Carolina Hurricanes), Jacob Paquette (Nashville Predators), Eemeli Rasanen (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars).
There will be no radio coverage as Friday’s game marks the second of only two conflicts throughout the 68-game season on the Firebirds’ new official flagship radio station, US 103.1 FM / www.US103.com. However, the game will be televised live in Kingston on channel 13 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 458 for Rogers TV and 489 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center for their second home-game in Flint of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. The game marks the first of seven “College Nights” 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 ticketmaster.com here.
For season 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.
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