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Preview: Firebirds Host London Saturday Night in Flint

Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds
London Knights (37-23-2-2) at Flint Firebirds (19-40-3-2)
Date | Time Saturday, Mar. 10 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
Promotions Firefighter Appreciation Night
Whaley Children Center’s Night
Billet/Host Family Appreciation Night
TV – Rogers TV ch. 13 / 510 HD (London)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers ch. 440 & Cogeco ch. 481 (Ontario)
– Firebirds’ Broadcast Coverage
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
Media Notes Packet Here (Coming Soon)
Next Home Game Wednesday, Mar. 14: College Night
Social Media @FlintFirebirds   | Facebook  | Instagram 

Flint, Mich. – Following a two game road trip, the Flint Firebirds return back to home ice Saturday night for a battle with the London Knights. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.

Flint enters the contest having won three of their last five contests, and five of the past 10 on home ice. The Firebirds rank fifth in the West Division with a season record of 19-40-3-2. At home, Flint has posted a 13-17-1-0 record. After dropping the first two meetings in London, Flint returned home and won 3 – 2 in a shootout on Maurizio Colella’s goal in front of a sold out crowd of more than 4,000 fans in Flint. Saturday will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between these two clubs.

London enters the contest on a five-game winning streak, including last night’s 6 – 3 victory over the Erie Otters at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont. For the season, the Knights hold a record of 37-23-2-2 and rank second in the Midwest Division. In the 10-team Western Conference, London ranks fourth. This season, London holds a road record of 19-11-0-1.

With the man-advantage, the Firebirds are converting at 17.0% on the power-play and rank 17th, while the Knights are at 18.3%, ranking 14th. Flint’s penalty-kill has been successful 73.4% of the time, while London is finding success at the league’s fourth-best rate of 81.7%.

 

Promotions:
Saturday marks the Firebirds’ annual firefighter and host family appreciation night, sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union. The contest with the Knights features a $5 discounted silver level ticket for all firefighter personnel with valid ID at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office.

In addition, the Firebirds are teaming up with the Whaley Children’s Center (WCC) for a donation drive where fans can bring in five or more personal hygiene items to receive a complimentary Silver Level ticket, sponsored by Landaal Packaging & View Newspaper Group in Mich. and Oasis Outsourcing in Sarasota, Fla, while supplies last. Whaley’s has a great need for a variety of personal hygiene products including shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, feminine products, ethnic hair care, hair detangler, deodorant, towels, wash clothes, hair ties, underwear, socks, Nair, sunscreen, bug spray and facial cleansing clothes.

Firebirds’ players host families will be honored and recognized prior to puck drop Saturday night. The players come to Flint from all over the world, near and far, from Detroit and Ashburn, Virginia to Toronto, Ontario, Moscow, Russia and Farchant, Germany. Host families provide the Firebirds with with amazing support and accommodations all season long.

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 (19-40-3-2, 5th West Division):
Maurizio Colella leads the team in points with 59 in 63 games played. His 37 assists are the most on the squad. Colella is riding a four-game point streak, having earned three goals and four assists in that time. Ty Dellandrea leads the team with 26 goals on the season and ranks second in overall points with 58 in 63 games. He is also carrying a four-game point streak into Saturday’s tilt, with three goals and five helpers in that span. Connor Roberts sits third on the squad with 18 goals and 16 helpers for 34 total points. Roberts has posted two multi-point games in the last four contests.

From the blue-line, defenseman Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) leads all defenders on the squad with 31 points in 42 games with Flint this season. In last Saturday’s contest against Sudbury, Jalen recorded his 100th career OHL point. Riley McCourt leads all Flint rookies in points with 22 in the campaign.

In net, Garrett Forrest carries a 4.75 goals-against average (GAA) and a save percentage of .865 (SAV%). Forrest has appeared in 43 games and earned 12 wins, including last Saturday night’s 3 – 2 home win over the Wolves. Luke Cavallin has a 4.10 GAA and a .876 SAV% in 28 appearances. Luke now has seven wins in his rookie season as the league’s highest-drafted goaltender from the 2017 OHL Draft. Luke has also played the second most amount of games among rookies in the OHL with 27, one less then Owen Sound’s Mac Guzda who has played 28.

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

London Knights (37-23-2-2, 2nd Midwest Division):
The Knights are led on the scoresheet by defenseman Evan Bouchard. He has 23 goals and 83 total points in 63 games this season. His 60 assists rank him fourth in OHL. Bouchard is riding a four-game point streak (2G, 5A). Nathan Dunkley ranks second on the squad with 21 goals and 33 helpers for 54 points in 56 games played. Alex Formenton (Ottawa Senators) sits third with 43 total points in 44 games.

London has one player with local ties to the Flint area. Dalton Duhart, son of former Flint General’s enforcer Jim Duhart, hails from Grand Blanc, Mich. The six-foot, 180-pound left-handed center was the 47th overall pick in this year’s OHL Priority Selection by London. Thus far in his rookie season, Duhart has three goals and two assists in 34 games played for the Knights.

Between the pipes, Joseph Raaymakers has appeared in 44 games and earned 28 wins. He boasts the league’s fifth-best save percentage (SAV%) at .911, the league’s fourth-best goals-against average (GAA) at 2.80, and he is tied for the third-most shutouts with three. Jordan Kooy has appeared in 22 games and earned nine wins. He has a 2.94 GAA and a .906 SAV% with one shutout.

29 notable London Knights alumni to play in the NHL are David Bolland, John Carlson, Dino Ciccarelli, Michael Del Zotto, Max Domi, Sam Gagner, Bo Horvat, Michael Hutchinson, Nazem Kadri, Patrick Kane, Chris Kelly, Sergi Kostitsyn, Oli Maatta, Mitch Marner, Patrick Maroon, Steve Mason, Marc Methot, Vladislav Namestnikov, Rick Nash, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Smith, John Tavares, Chris Tierney, Jarred Tinordi, Matthew Tkachuk, Austin Watson, Dennis Wideman and Nikita Zadorov.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’s contest against the London Knights 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.

Saturday’s game against the Knights will also be televised live in London on channel 13 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 440 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 481 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 Saturday’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 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 2017-18 season.

 

Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Saturday evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features chicken parmesan, meatballs, pot roast, spaghetti with meat sauce, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, garden salad, dinner rolls with butter and assorted desserts. Saturday’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.

 

For more information:

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

 

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