Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds return back to Flint for the first of five consecutive contests on home ice over the next two weeks. The homestand begins Saturday, when the red-hot Ottawa 67’s visit Flint for the only time of the season. Puck drop for the matinee event is set for 3 p.m. at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.
Ottawa’s team was established during Canada’s centennial year of 1967. They are three-time OHL champions, and have appeared in the Memorial Cup five times, winning twice in 1984 and 1999. Entering Saturday’s match with the Firebirds, Ottawa has won nine of their last 10 games. They sit at the top of the 20-team OHL standings currently, and rank second in the 60-team CHL.
Last night, Ottawa was idle after posting a 1-0 victory in Windsor Thursday (Highlights), while the London Knights secured a 6-2 victory on home-ice against Flint in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,036 (Highlights).
Saturday marks the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season, and the only game in Flint. In three prior meetings at the Dort Federal Event Center, the Firebirds are a perfect 3-0-0-0. Last season, both meetings required overtime between Flint and Ottawa. Flint won 5-4 on home ice in overtime, before falling 4-3 on the road in Ottawa. All time, the Firebirds’ record is 4-1-1-0 against the 67’s.
On special teams, the 67’s have the league’s 18th-best road power play, converting on 3.8% of their chances. Flint ranks 17th in the OHL with the man advantage on home ice, scoring 9.7% of the time. Ottawa kills penalties at a 72.4% clip in away games, the OHL’s 19th-best. The Firebirds thwart opponents’ power-play chances at a rate of 62.9% in home games.
The Flint Firebirds encourage active youth lifestyles and look forward to showcasing the diversity of youth sports in Genesee County and its surrounding areas. To show support for youth sports, the Firebirds are offering free admission to all athletes K-12 wearing their team jersey with a paid adult ticket (1 free child per adult). Additionally, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free drawstring bag, compliments of PFCU.
The Firebirds would also like to offer sports teams, organizations, or associations the chance to promote their program at a Flint Firebirds home game. The offer includes 15 Silver Level tickets & 1 complimentary concourse table for $150.00 (total value $490). If a concourse table is not needed, the Firebirds are offering a special group rate of $10 Silver Level tickets for groups of 10 or more.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (0-15-1-0, 5th West Division):
Flint captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) leads all Firebirds in offensive production with 14 points in 16 games played. Last night, he scored Flint’s first goal, extending his current point streak to six games. First-year forward Jacob Winterton has six goals, which is the most among Flint players. With three assists on the season, he ranks second in total points with nine in 16 games. Ethan Keppen and Eric Uba each have five goals and eight total points to tie for the third-best offensive production through 16 contests. Uba scored his second goal in as many games last night in London, Ont. in Flint’s defeat to the Knights.
Fedor Gordeev leads the defenseman with seven points in 12 games played on the season.
In net, Emanuel Vella holds a 5.63 goals-against average (GAA) and a .852 save percentage (SAV%) in 11 appearances. After making 35 saves on 41 shots last night, Luke Cavallin has a 6.07 GAA and a .845 SAV% across 11 appearances.
NHL: The Firebirds have three players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, five other Firebirds’ players attended NHL Camps this past off-season: Hunter Holmes (Philadelphia Flyers), Riley McCourt (Dallas Stars), Hakon Nilsen (New York Islanders), Connor Roberts (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Emanuel Vella (New York Islanders). In addition, netminder Luke Cavallin, forward Ethan Keppen and defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok were named to NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft, released Oct 1.
Ottawa 67’s (13-3-1-0, 1st East Division):
There is a two-way tie at the top of the rankings in Ottawa’s offensive production. Tye Felhaber has 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points. Felhaber ranks fourth in the OHL in total points, second in goals and leads the entire league in ‘first goals,’ with eight. Austen Keating also has 26 points, stemming from four goals and a league-leading 22 assists on the season thus far. He is tied for first in the OHL in plus/minus ranking, at a current +18. First-year forward Marco Rossi is on a point-per-game pace, with 9 goals and 9 assists in 18 games played. Northville, Mich native led the 67’s with 76 points in 68 games last season and is a NHL draft pick of the San Jose Sharks. This year, he has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 15 games.
The top-scoring defenseman is Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes), with eight points in 17 matches.
Between the pipes, Cedrick Andree has made 13 appearances, posting 11 victories and one shutout. Only one other netminder has won 11 games this season in the 20-team OHL. He has a 2.39 goals-against average (GAA), which is the best in the OHL currently. He also holds a .912 save percentage (SAV%), which ranks ninth-best among goaltenders with five or more games played. First-year goalie Will Cranley has appeared in five games, and holds a 3.28 GAA with a .889 SAV% and two wins.
NHL: The 67’s have five players with NHL ties on their current roster, consisting of Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks), Mitchell Hoelscher (New Jersey Devils), Kody Clark (Washington Capitals), Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes) and Kevin Bahl (Arizona Coyotes). In addition, Graeme Clarke was listed on NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft, released Oct 1.
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.
Saturday afternoon’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. 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 2:30 p.m.
The game will also be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 447 for both Rogers TV and 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, 65 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 season.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Saturday afternoon’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features swedish meatballs, barbecue chicken, julienne potatoes, candied carrots, pasta marsala, green beans, garden salad and dinner rolls with butter. The menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $18 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet, $12 for one trip, $6 for children 12 and under or $5 for an individual garden salad. Dinner RSVP’s are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club