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Preview: Firebirds Battle with Ottawa in Flint Today at 4 p.m.

After posting a  7-4 victory over the Sarnia Sting Saturday night and improving to 3-0 in Flint, the Firebirds host the Ottawa 67’s today, Sunday, Oct. 2. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the newly renovated Dort Federal Event Center in Flint and great seat locations are available.

Sunday is Dort Federal Credit Union Family Day. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive free thunderstix in addition to a bounce house, balloon twisters and face painters. It’s also kids weekend in Flint! Sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union and Pepsi, all children 12 and under receive a complimentary ticket with a purchased adult ticket.

Single game tickets for the Flint Firebirds 2016-17 season are $12 for Bronze, $15 for Silver, $19 for Gold and $25 for VIP seating. Prices are unchanged from last season and all seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets online here at ticketmaster.com or for more information, contact Matt Dewire at tickets@flintfirebirds.com.

The Firebirds (3-1-0) and the 67’s (2-2-0) meet for the first time this campaign after splitting the two-game series last season. The Firebirds recorded a 7-4 victory in Flint on Oct. 16 before the 67’s evened the series with a 4-1 victory in Ottawa on Jan. 17.

Players to Watch:

Flint:
Flint is coming off of a 7-4 victory against the Sarnia Sting, improving the Firebirds’ record to 3-0 on home ice. Nicholas Caamano now leads the OHL in points after recording five points, scoring twice and adding two assists last night. Additionally, Caamano extended his point streak to four games along with rookie Ty Dellandrea and Ryan Moore. Recently acquired Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets) added two goals in his first game with Flint, Luke Kirwan (Detroit Red Wings) recorded one goal and one assist and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) tallied three assists in their first game back from their respective NHL teams. It was also Connor Hicks’ first game back from NHL main camp with the Red Wings, starting in his first game in Flint and earning a win after making 35 saves on 39 shots.

NHL: Firebirds’ forward Nick Caamano was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the most recent NHL Entry Draft in June 2016 and forward Kole Sherwood signed a three-year NHL contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets in July of 2015. Captain Alex Peters was also drafted by the Stars in 2014. Samuel Duchesne, Jake Durham, Fedor Gordeev and Jack Phibbs are first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2017. Flint’s Jalen Smereck played a NHL preseason game with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, Sept. 26. Connor Hicks (Detroit Red Wings), Luke Kirwan (Detroit Red Wings) and Everett Clark (St. Louis Blues) also attended NHL training camps this fall.

Ottawa:
Ottawa won their second game of the season last night, 6-3 in Saginaw after dropping their previous two games. The 67’s have two of the top-ten scorers in the league with Artur Tyanulin (third) and Austen Keating (sixth). Tyanulin has two goals and seven assists in four games and Keating has two goals and six assists in four games. Leo Lazarev and Olivier Lafreniere have both played between-the-pipes for Ottawa this season. Lazarev has one win in three games, a save percentage of .837 and a goals against average of 5.70. Lafreniere earned the victory in Saginaw last night, making 39 saves on the Spirit’s 42 shots. Lafreniere has a 2.56 GAA and a .930 SAV% in two games played this season.

NHL: Ottawa’s Travis Barron (Colorado) and Jacob Middleton (Los Angeles) have been drafted by NHL clubs. Drake Rymsha attended the Boston Bruins rookie camp while Barron, Stepan Falkovsky (Calgary), Middleton (San Jose) and Dante Salituro (Columbus) attended NHL Main Camps.

Broadcast Coverage:
Sunday’s contest against the Ottawa 67’s can be heard live at www.wtrxsports.com or on the Sports Xtra 1330 Radio app here. Pregame coverage with Dominic Hennig will begin at 3:30 p.m.  Additionally, the game will be televised live in Ottawa on channel 22 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 368 for cable TV subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live App.

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