Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds are set to face the Owen Sound Attack in their second-to-last home game of the season this Wednesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Mich.
Wednesday marks the fourth and final game between the Firebirds and the Attack this season. In the first meeting between these clubs on Sept 23, the Firebirds earned a 4-3 shootout victory in Owen Sound. Maurizio Colella scored the shootout-winning goal. The Attack got redemption in Flint on Nov. 19, posting a 6-4 win. In December, Owen Sound recorded a 5 – 4 victory over Flint to steal a 2 – 1 lead in the season series. Wednesday, the Firebirds are looking to even the series in the final match.
Flint enters the contest having won three of their past five games. Most recently, the Firebirds fell to the London Knights 4 – 3 on an unfortunate bounce that resulted in the late go-ahead goal Saturday night in front of a near capacity crowd of 3,930 fans at the Dort Federal Event Center. Overall, Flint holds a season record of 19-41-3-2. On home ice, the Firebirds are 13-18-1-0 this season.
Owen Sound has also won three of their last five games, that being their last three straight. For the season, the Attack hold a record of 35-22-3-5 and rank third in the Midwest Division. In the 10-team Western Conference, Owen Sound ranks fifth. The Attack are fighting for home-ice advantage in the OHL Playoffs. They are two points behind the London Knights, who they will face regardless in the first round. This season, Owen Sound holds a road record of 15-14-3-0.
On special teams, Owen Sound has the 10th-best power-play in the OHL, scoring 20.9% of the time. Flint is 17th in the OHL with a 17.2% rate of success on the man-advantage. The attack are 10th on the penalty-kill at 79.7% while the Firebirds are killing penalties at a 73.6% clip.
Wednesday marks the Firebirds’ inaugural “All Credit Unions Night” sponsored by ELGA Credit Union, Financial Plus Credit Union, Flint Area School Employees Credit Union, SageLink Credit Union, Security Credit Union and Dort Federal Credit Union.
All fans with a Credit Union debit or credit card (or proof of membership) can buy one ticket and get one ticket free for all price levels at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office. Wednesday is also a ‘double redemption’ game for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you’ve missed any games this season, you can redeem your unused season ticket(s) to get two for one tickets on Wednesday or in advance at the box office.
Wednesday also marks the final “College Night” of the 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. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.
The Flint Firebirds, the Ontario Hockey League and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Windsor Essex County Branch are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. A CMHA-run kiosk along with Genesee Health System Customer Services, Communication and Public Relations Manager Renee Keswick will be available for discussion on the arena concourse so fans can learn more about mental health. Pictures featuring Flint Firebirds players promoting the importance of mental health, including public address announcements and video board messages will be played throughout the event.
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 (19-41-3-2, 5th West Division):
Maurizio Colella leads the team in points with 60 in 64 games played. His 37 assists are the most on the squad. Colella is riding a five-game point streak, having earned four goals and four assists in that time. Ty Dellandrea leads the team with 27 goals on the season and ranks second in overall points with 59 in 64 games. He is also carrying a five-game point streak into Wednesday’s tilt, with four goals and five helpers in that span. Owen Sound native Connor Roberts sits third on the squad with 18 goals and 16 helpers for 34 total points. Roberts has 27 points in 41 games since joining the Firebirds mid-season. Hunter Holmes has been on fire as well, scoring four goals in his last four games.
From the blue-line, defenseman Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) leads all defenders on the squad with 32 points in 43 games with Flint this season. He enters Wednesday’s game on a two-game point streak, and has earned points in four of the past five games. Riley McCourt leads all Flint rookies in points with 22 in the campaign.
In net, Garrett Forrest carries a 4.75 goals-against average (GAA) and a save percentage of .865 (SAV%). Forrest has appeared in 43 games and has earned 12 wins. Luke Cavallin has a 4.10 GAA and a .875 SAV% in 29 appearances. Luke now has seven wins in his rookie season as the league’s highest-selected goaltender from the 2017 OHL Draft. Luke has also played the second-most games among rookies in the OHL with 29, one less then Owen Sound’s Mac Guzda who has played 30.
NHL: The Firebirds have two players with NHL ties consisting of Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn, Riley McCourt, Connor Roberts and Jack Wismer are eight first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018.
Owen Sound Attack (35-22-3-5, 3rd Midwest Division):
The Attack are led up front by Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights) who is fourth in the OHL in scoring with 93 points in 61 games this season. He is three shy of his career-high that was set in 65 games last campaign. His 57 assists rank him fifth in the league. Suzuki is riding a five-game point streak with three goals and four assists in that span. Kevin Hancock ranks second for Owen Sound with 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 total points in 50 games played. Third on the scoresheet for the Attack is Aidan Dudas with 60 points in 65 games. Maksim Sushko ranks fourth in total points, but leads the entire league in short-handed goals with six. Sushko, a sophomore in the OHL, was signed to an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers this Tuesday (Mar 13).
Between the pipes, netminder Olivier Lafreniere has appeared in 37 games and earned 17 wins with one shutout. He has a 3.69 goals-against average (GAA) and a .873 save percentage (SAV%). Rookie goaltender Mack Guzda leads all rookies in games played with 30 this season and has 14 wins. Guzda has a 3.20 GAA and a .879 SAV%.
NHL: Seven players on the Owen Sound Attack roster have NHL ties consisting of Trenton Bourque (St. Louis Blues), Jacob Friend (Los Angeles Kings), Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver Canucks), Brett McKenzie (Vancouver Canucks), Markus Phillips (Los Angeles Kings), Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights).
16 notable Owen Sound Attack alumni to play in the NHL are Sean Avery, Kirk Maltby, Wayne Primeau, Kevin Weekes, Paul Bissonnette, Mark Giordano, Trevor Lewis, Brian McGrattan, Andrew Shaw, Brad Richardson, Stefan Ruzicka, Cody Ceci, Bobby Ryan, Andrej Sekera, Wayne Simmonds and Joel Ward.
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.
Wednesday’s game against the Attack will also be televised live in Owen Sound on channel 53 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 437 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 478 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 Saturday’s game, 65 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.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Wednesday evening’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features turkey with gravy, creamy chicken pasta, swedish meatballs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, garden salad, dinner rolls with butter and assorted desserts.. Wednesday’s menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $15 per person. Dinner RSVPs are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club