Preview: Firebirds Wrap-Up Road-Trip in Ottawa Sunday Night
|Game 6 of 68: Flint Firebirds (3-2-0-0) at Ottawa 67’s (3-3-1-0)|
|Date | Time||Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Ottawa, Ont. | TD Place (capacity 9,500)|
|Tickets||Online | (613) 232-6767|
|TV||– Rogers TV ch. 22 / 510 HD Live (Ottawa)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 440 & Cogeco TV 481 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||Wednesday, Oct. 11 vs. Guelph (Tickets)|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Ottawa, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds wrap-up their eastern road trip-with when they face-off against the Ottawa 67’s Sunday night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at TD Place (capacity 9,500). This will be the second and final meeting between the two teams in the regular season. Flint beat Ottawa 5-4 in overtime last Saturday in the Firebirds home-opening game before 3,845 fans at the Dort Federal Event Center.
Flint posted a 2-0 record against Ottawa last season. All-time, the Firebirds are 4-1 against the 67’s and are 1-1 in Ottawa. The Firebirds have scored at least one power-play goal in four of the five games this season.
In week three of the 2017-18 CHL Top-10 Rankings, the Firebirds received an honorable mention which was a first in franchise history. The Firebirds set a franchise record for most shots on the road in Peterborough Thursday night. Flint recorded 47 shots, surpassing the previous 43.
Projected lines show six players with NHL ties are expected to play in Ottawa Sunday night, consisting of Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) in addition to Ottawa’s Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks), Travis Barron (Colorado Avalanche) and Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes).
The NHL Central Scouting released the October “Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft that listed three Firebird’s including forwards Ty Dellandrea and Hunter Holmes and defenseman Dennis Busby.
On special teams, the Firebirds’ power-play is eighth out of 20 OHL teams, clicking at 20.7% while the penalty-kill is operating at 78.6%. The 67’s are 11th in the OHL on the man advantage at 17.9% and are 9th on the penalty-kill at 86.8%.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (3-2-0-0, 7th Western Conference):
Ryan Moore, the Firebirds leading scorer last campaign, scored his first goal of the season Friday against the Kingston Frontenac’s and in three games this year, is a point-per-game player with one goal and two assists. Moore was seventh in the OHL last season, scoring 31 goals and recording 90 points.
Rookie defenseman Marcus Gretz registered his first career-point with an assist in the game against Kingston. The Firebirds drafted the rearguard from Macomb, Mich. in the second-round (23rd-overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft.
Forward Max Kislinger scored his first goal as a member of the Flint Firebirds in the game against the Kingston Frontenacs. Kislinger, who hails from Farchant, Germany, is playing in his third OHL season. Kislinger was drafted in the first round (48th-overall) of the CHL Import Draft in 2015 and played with the Battalion the previous two years. Kislinger has one goal and two assists in five games played.
Ty Dellandrea, a top prospect for the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft, scored once against the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night and now leads the Firebird’s in goals (4) and points (6). The goal also ran his point-scoring streak to three games and he has only failed to hit the score sheet once in five games played. Two of his four goals have been game-winning goals, including the overtime-winner in the Firebird’s home opening victory over the Ottawa 67’s with two seconds remaining in the extra frame.
Luke Cavallin played in his first career OHL game against Kingston and came up with 30 saves. Cavallin was selected in the second round (28th-overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft, 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 Entry Draft in June 2018.
Ottawa 67’s (3-3-1-0, 7th Eastern Conference):
Ottawa’s Austin Keating leads the 67’s in goals (5) and points (7) in seven games played. Northville, Michigan native Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Shark) is scoring at almost a point per game with 4 goals and 6 points in seven games. He recorded back-to-back goals on home-ice against Peterborough Friday. Ty Felhaber, a former Saginaw Spirit forward is tied for second on the 67’s roster with six points (3G, 3A).
Between the pipes, both Olivier Lafreniere and Olivier Tremblay have nearly spilt the duties this season with similar results. Lafreniere has played in five games with a 5.17 goals against average including a .842 save percentage while Tremblay has appeared in four games and has a 5.27 goals against average and a .805 save percentage.
The 67’s have three players drafted by NHL teams which include Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks), Travis Barron (Colorado Avalanche) and Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes).
Nine notable Ottawa 67’s to play in the NHL are Bryan Bickell, Logan Couture, Kris Draper, Trais Konecny, Petr Mrazek, Darren Pang, Denis Potvin, Tyler Toffoli, Kevin Weekes.
Sunday evening’s contest against the Ottawa 67’s 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. 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 Ottawa on channel 22 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 440 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 481 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.
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