Flint, Mich. – With only three home games remaining this season, the Firebirds return to the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center to host the Owen Sound Attack this Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. (ET). Wednesday marks the final Winning Wednesday game of the season and the Firebirds’ senior citizen night.
The two teams will meet Wednesday for the fourth and final meeting of the season. All-time, the Firebirds are 3-12-0-0 against Owen Sound and are 2-5-0-0 vs. the Attack in Flint.
This season, the Firebirds hold a 1-2-0-0 overall record against Owen Sound. The Firebirds came up short in the first two away games in the series, both by a final score of 5 – 2. In the most recent meeting on Feb. 16, the Firebirds erased a 2-0 deficit to comeback and earn a 3-2 overtime victory over the Attack. Jake Durham scored the overtime winner 17 seconds into the extra frame. Ethan Keppen and Eric Uba scored the two regulation goals for the Firebirds. Emanuel Vella earned the victory between the pipes, making 27 saves on 29 shots.
The Attack enter Wednesday’s contest with a record of 28-28-4-2. They rank fourth in the Midwest Division and sixth in the 10-team Western Conference. Flint sits fifth in the West Division and 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 12-45-5-0.
On special teams, Owen Sound has the 15th-best power play in the 20-team OHL, scoring 18.5% of the time. The Firebirds are 19th operating at 15.0% clip. The Attack rank 12th-best on the penalty-kill at 77.6% and Flint is 19th at 68.8%.
This week’s ‘Winning Wednesday’ features $2 Beers, $2 Hot Dogs and $2 Pop Corn. Additionally, every fan in attendance will receive a ‘Winning Scratch Card’ with multiple different prizes including a grand prize winner. After six home Wednesday games this season, fans now have the chance to pick from a team-signed Firebirds’ jersey, a night in a Firebirds’ luxury suite next season, or a 20-game flex pack for next season. Already selected by fans this season were a 40-inch smart TV, an Xbox One and a Chromebook. Also, every time the Firebirds win at home on a Wednesday, each fan in attendance receives a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game. Since it is the Firebirds’ last Wednesday home game, fans can redeem their ticket at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office for the upcoming Saturday, Mar. 9 game.
Wednesday will also be Senior Citizen Night where fans that are the age of 55 and older receive a buy one ticket, get one free, with the purchase of a regular priced ticket. Season ticket holders that are above the age of 55 can also show their ticket at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office to get an additional ticket to Wednesday night’s game.
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 (12-45-5-0, 5th West Division):
Ty Dellandrea continues to lead the way for the Firebirds. He has the most assists (37) and total points (57) on the team through 54 games played. Jake Durham has the most goals (35) and the second-most points (55) through 62 games. Durham has four points (2G, 2A) in the past three games. Ethan Keppen ranks third on the Firebirds’ roster with 53 total points (25G, 28A) in 62 games this season and has five points in his last five games (1G, 4A). Since joining Flint mid-season, Cody Morgan has eight goals and 15 helpers for 23 points in 24 games-played, and six points in his past five games.
Riley McCourt tops Flint’s defensive troops in goals-scored (6), and now has 29 points in 44 games. Blue-liner Vladislav Kolyachonok tops the freshman class of Firebirds with 27 points (4G, 23A) in 48 games-played.
In net, Luke Cavallin has compiled a 5.48 GAA and a .859 SAV% across 33 appearances. Cavallin has earned five victories between the pipes. Emanuel Vella holds a 4.84 goals-against average (GAA) and a .875 save percentage (SAV%) in 39 appearances. Vella has backstopped the Firebirds to six of their 12 wins this season.
NHL: The Firebirds have two players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes) and Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars). In addition, Luke Cavallin, Kyle Harris, Ethan Keppen, Vladislav Kolyachonok, Eric Uba, Cody Morgan, Emmet Pierce and Jacob Winterton are eight first-time eligible skaters for the upcoming NHL Draft in June. Cavallin, Keppen, Kolyachonok and Uba were among the 50 OHL Players in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft.
Despite Flint playing in just their fourth season in the OHL, Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes) and Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets) are two former Firebirds to play in the NHL. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit Red Wings) and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) have played in NHL pre-season contests.
Owen Sound Attack (28-28-4-2, 4th Midwest Division):
Third-year center Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings) leads the Attack with 24 goals and 31 assists in 62 games. He has five points in his last three contests (1G, 4A). Adam McMaster played for the North Bay Battalion until the holiday break in December. He now ranks second for Owen Sound with 47 total points (15G, 32A) through 63 games-played. Rounding out the top three in offensive production on the post-trade-deadline Owen Sound roster is the Belarusian Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers). He has scored 16 times and added 28 helpers through 56 contests. Of note, Carter Robertson and Cade Robinson are each on three-game point streaks.
Brady Lyle leads all defenseman for the Attack with nine goals and 26 assists in 62 games this season. The first-year players on the squad are led by Griffin Wilson with four goals and nine assists on the campaign.
Between-the-pipes, Knoxville, Tenn. native Mack Guzda has appeared in 44 games, picking up 17 wins and two shutouts. Guzda has a goals-against average (GAA) of 3.57 and a .880 save percentage (SAV%). Port Huron, Mich. native Andrew MacLean carries a 4.30 GAA with a .871 SAV% through 29 appearances. He has 11 wins and one shutout on the campaign.
NHL: Owen Sound has three players with NHL ties consisting of Trenton Borque (St. Louis Blues), Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings) and Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers). Additionally, netminders Mack Guzda and Andrew MacLean were both named the 2019 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings.
The list of notable Owen Sound alumni to play in the NHL includes Sean Avery, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Giordano, Bobby Ryan, Kirk Maltby, Josh Bailey, Joel Ward, Wayne Primeau, Brad Richardson, Andrej Sekera, Trevor Lewis, Andrew Shaw, Cody Ceci, Brian McGrattan, Kevin Weekes, and Paul Bissonnette.
Wednesday evening’s contest against the Owen Sound Attack 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.
The game will also be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 455 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 485 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 Wednesday’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.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Wednesday’s evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features voodoo pasta with chicken, Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, cheesy broccoli, garden salad, dinner rolls with butter and assorted desserts. Wednesday’s menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $12 per person. Dinner RSVPs are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at email@example.com.
Next Home Game:
Saturday, the Firebirds host the Windsor Spitfires at 7 p.m. (ET) for Overager Night, Whaley Night and Scout Night. The Firebirds’ two “Overagers,” Hakon Nilsen and Emanuel Vella will be honored prior to the game. In the OHL, an overager is a player that begins the season at 20 years of age. A team is only allowed to have three overage players on their roster after the trade deadline in January, which is their final allowed season in the OHL. Also, all scouts in attendance receive the Firebirds’ official ‘scout patch.’
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, presented by Genesee Packaging, Inc. and Landaal Packaging and sponsored by Corrigan Moving Systems and Big John Steak & Onion. Proceeds from the Firebirds’ gameday 50-50 raffle will be donated to WCC.
The Whaley Children’s Center is a private agency that focuses on caring for children and families in crisis and has a great need for a variety of personal hygiene products including antibiotic cream, band-aids, chapstick, children’s chewable Motrin/Tylenol/Pepto-Bismol, disposable cleaning wipes, ethnic hair care products, feminine hygiene products, first aid kits, hair brushes, heat packs, laundry soap & scent boosters, liquid body wash, lotion (hypoallergenic), Nair, paper towel, overnight pads, toilet paper, undergarments, twin XL bedding, etc.
Photo Credit: Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds
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