Preview: Firebirds Host the North Bay Battalion Friday Night
|North Bay Battalion (5-8-2-0) at Flint Firebirds (6-8-1-0)|
|Date | Time||Friday, Nov. 3 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||– Mickey Redmond Night (Info.)
– First 2,000 fans through the door receive a free Mickey Redmond Autograph card to get signed
– Mickey Redmond signing autographs from 6-7:30pm
|TV||– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 458 & Cogeco TV 489 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|
|Next Home Game||Saturday, Nov. 4 vs. Guelph (Buy Tickets)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich – The Flint Firebirds begin a two-game home-stand Friday night when the club faces-off against the North Bay Battalion. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center.
Friday marks the first-of-two games between Flint and North Bay this season. Last year, the Firebirds and Battalion split the season series with the home-team winning both games. The Firebirds fell to North Bay on Dec. 8 before winning the most recent game between the two clubs, 6-3 on Feb. 24 in Flint, Mich. All-time, North Bay has a 3-1 record against the Firebirds and are 1-1 at the Dort Federal Event Center.
On special teams, Flint is 12th out of 20 OHL teams on the power-play, scoring at 16.9%. The Firebirds have scored 12 goals with the man-advantage, which includes at least one power-play goal scored in 10 of their 15 games this season. Flint is operating at 69.2% when shorthanded. The Firebirds have scored four shorthanded goals in 11 games and are tied for fourth most shorthanded goals scored in the OHL this season. The Battalion are 14th in the OHL on the power-play converting at 15.9% and are 16th overall on the penalty-kill at 78.8%.
Firebirds & Battalion Connection:
The Flint Firebirds have five members on their team that have a previous history with the Battalion organization. The Brampton (Ont.) Battalion moved to the City of North Bay in the 2013 off-season. Head Coach Ryan Oulahen played for Brampton from 2002-05 before being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2003 NHL Draft. Oulahen than coached alongside current Battalion Head Coach, Stan Butler for six seasons, with Brampton from 2010-2013 and North Bay from 2013-2016 prior to taking the job in Flint during the 2016 off-season. Associate Coach Paul Flache played for Brampton from 1999-02 before being drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, in 2002. Flache was hired by the Firebirds this past off-season in the summer of 2017. Additionally, Firebirds forward Maurizio Colella was acquired in a trade with the Battalion on Jan. 6, 2017 and forward Max Kislinger was acquired on June 20. Goaltender Garrett Forrest was selected by North Bay in the 2013 OHL Draft and was acquired by the Firebirds on Aug. 22, 2016.
Friday is Mickey Redmond Night at the Firebirds’ game. A former Detroit Red Wing, two-time Stanley Cup Champion, 50-goal scorer, Hall-of-Famer and now analyst on FOX Sports Detroit for the Red Wings’ games, Redmond will be signing autographs on the Dort Federal Event Center concourse from 6-7:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a free Mickey Redmond autograph card to get signed by Redmond. The autograph session is available to all fans with a suggested $5 donation to the Firebirds Charitable Foundation. (Click here for more information)
Firebirds at World Under-17 Challenge:
Flint Firebirds Head Coach Ryan Oulahen has been selected as one of three head coach’s to lead Hockey Canada’s three teams at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Nov. 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Along with Coach Oulahen, Firebirds’ goaltender Luke Cavallin and forward Ethan Keppen were among the 66 players Hockey Canada chose to represent their nation. Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch is also involved as the Ontario area scout with Hockey Canada. Firebirds Head Coach Ryan Oulahen will lead Canada White, which Firebirds’ forward Ethan Keppen will also be on and Goaltender Luke Cavallin will tend the net for Canada Red. While Cavallin is gone, the Firebirds have called-up goaltender Evan Morrison from the St. Marys Lincolns of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). Morrison was selected by the Firebirds in the 15th-round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
A total of 23 OHL players were selected and are divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White and compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal. Oulahen, Cavallin and Keppen will be gone from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13 and will miss five games, returning back for the Nov. 15 home game against Sarnia. Fans can stay up-to-date on the schedule, roster, and stats by clicking here.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (6-8-1-0, 8th Western Conference):
Former Battalion skater Maurizio Colella currently leads the Firebirds in goals and points with 17 (8G, 9A) in 15 games played this season. Colella recorded a three-point night Wednesday in Saginaw, scoring once and adding two assists.
Ryan Moore is second on the Firebirds’ roster with 15 points (4G, 11A) in 13 games played and leads the Firebirds in helpers this season. Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) is third with 14 points (6G, 8A). Caamano scored Wednesday night against Saginaw.
Jake Durham is fifth on the Firebirds’ roster with 12 points (3G, 9A) after recording a goal and assist Wednesday night.
In net, Garrett Forrest has a 4.08 goals against average (GAA) and a .879 save percentage (SAV%). Luke Cavallin, made two relief appearances this weekend against the London Knights and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Cavallin stopped a total of 24 shots in those two games. While Cavallin is gone, the Firebirds have called-up goaltender Evan Morrison from the St. Marys Lincolns of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). Morrison was selected by the Firebirds in the 15th-round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
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, Evan Morrison and Jack Wismer are six first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea and Holmes were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft in June.
North Bay Battalion (5-8-2-0, 9th Eastern Conference):
Forward Justin Brazeau has points in six of the last seven games and scored all of the Battalions’ last three goals in the past two games. He comes to Flint on a three-game goal scoring streak. Brazeau leads the Battalion in points with 19 (11G, 8A) and is 13th among all OHL skaters this season. Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes) is second on the Battalion roster and leads North Bay in assists with nine this season. Dineen is averaging a point-per-game this season with 15 points (6G, 9A) in 15 games. Luke Burghardt is third on the Battalion roster with six goals and seven assists in 15 games. Burghardt was acquired in a trade with the Guelph Storm during the 2017 off-season.
In net, four different goaltenders have played for the Battalion this season Julian Sime, who was called up by North Bay on an emergency basis last season leads the way with 10 games played this campaign. He has a 3.59 GAA and a .876 SAV%. Matt Woroniuk has played the second most games with five this season and has a 4.22 GAA and a .843 SAV%.
NHL: Three players on the Battalion roster have been drafted by NHL teams consisting of Riley Bruce (Calgary Flames), Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes) and Brett McKenzie (Vancouver Canucks).
Eight notable Battalion alumni to play in the NHL are Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Cody Hodgson (Buffalo Sabres), Jay McClement (Carolina Hurricanes), Thomas McCollum (Detroit Red Wings), Jason Spezza (Ottawa/Dallas), Raffi Torres (Edmonton/San Jose) and Wojtek Wolski (Florida Panthers).
Friday evening’s contest against the North Bay Battalion 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.
Fridays game against the Battalion will also be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 458 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 489 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 Friday’s game, 64 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.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will return home this Saturday, Nov 4th against the Guelph Storm. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center. In the first game this season between Flint and Guelph, the Firebirds beat the Storm 7-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Flint.
Single game tickets for the Flint Firebirds 2017-18 season are $12 for Bronze, $16 for Silver, $20 for Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. For 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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