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Preview: Firebirds Face-Off in Owen Sound Saturday Night

Danen Williams / Flint Firebirds
Flint Firebirds at Owen Sound Attack
Date | Time Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:30 p.m.
Location Owen Sound, Ont. | Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (capacity 3,300)
Tickets Online | (519) 371-7452
TV – Rogers TV ch. 53 / 510 HD Live (Owen Sound)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 466 & Cogeco TV 496 Live (Ontario)
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Radio WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 7:30p
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Owen Sound, Ont. – The Firebirds are set to play the second of back-to-back road games Saturday night when they face-off against the Owen Sound Attack. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (capacity 3,500) in Owen Sound.

Saturday marks the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season, and the first of two in Owen Sound. All-time, the Firebirds are 2-10-0-0 versus the Attack, although five of their twelve meetings have been decided by a single goal. In Owen Sound Flint is 1-5-0-0.

Most recently, the Firebirds fell to the Guelph Storm on Friday night. In the contest, Riley McCourt lit the lamp in his first game with his club after missing 18 due to injury. C.J. Clarke picked up his second goal in the past three games. The Attack had Friday night off. In their last contest, Owen Sound fell 4-3 in overtime against the Petes in Peterborough. Prior to that they were winners of three straight. The Attack is currently the fourth-place team in the OHL’s Western Conference with a 12-7-1-2 record.

On special teams, the Attack has the OHL’s fourth-best power play on home ice, converting on 28.0% of their opportunities. The Firebirds scored their first power-play goal on the road last night and are now converting on 4.2% of their chances. Owen Sound has killed 88.1% of their penalties successfully at home, which ranks fifth in the league. Flint has killed penalties at a rate of 76.7% on the road, which is 13th best in the OHL.

 

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (2-19-1-0, 5th West Division):
The Port Perry (Ontario) connection continues to top the stat sheet for Flint. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) leads the ‘Birds in offensive production. He had his 11-game point streak (6G, 11A) snapped last night in Guelph. In total, he has 22 points in 22 games for the year. Jake Durham also saw his seven-game point streak end last night. In total, Durham has a team-high 11 goals and another eight assists for 19 points in 22 games. Ethan Keppen ranks third on the squad with seven goals and six assists for 13 total points.

From the blue line, Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) has the highest points total among the defensemen. He has one goal and 10 assists for 11 total points in 18 games played. Newcomer Vladislav Kolyachonok has eight points in 10 games since joining the Flint defense. On Thursday, Kolyachonok was upgraded to an ‘A’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list for November, projecting him to be a potential first round NHL Draft pick.

Luke Cavallin backstopped Flint to their first two wins in back-to-back starts last week. Last night, he played the majority of the game in Guelph, stopping 25 of 30 shots. For the season, he has a 5.38 GAA and a .859 SAV% across 15 appearances. Veteran netminder Emanuel Vella holds a 5.88 goals-against average (GAA) and a .854 save percentage (SAV%) in 14 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: 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 November’s NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list, released on Thursday.

Owen Sound Attack (12-7-1-2, 2nd Midwest Division):
Fifth-year center Kevin Hancock paces the field on the Attack’s roster. He ranks fifth in the OHL in goals scored with 17, third in the league in assists with 22, and sits in a two-way tie for the overall lead in points with 39. Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens) ranks second with 17 goals, 16 assists, and 33 total points in 20 games played. Suzuki’s five game-winning goals are the most by any player in the league to date. Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings) is also averaging more than a point per game with 11 goals and 13 assists in 22 games.

Brady Lyle leads all rearguards for the Attack with three goals and nine assists in 22 games this season. First-year center Griffin Wilson tops the newcomers to Owen Sound’s roster with three goals and five assists on the campaign.

Between the pipes, Mack Guzda has appeared in 17 games, picking up nine wins. He is the only goaltender in the OHL with two shutouts on the season thus far. Guzda has a goals-against average (GAA) of 3.23 and .888 save percentage (SAV%). Port Huron, Mich. native Andrew MacLean carries a 4.27 GAA with a .889 SAV% through seven appearances. Daws has two wins on the campaign.

NHL: Owen Sound has six players with NHL ties, consisting of Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers), Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings), Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens), Sean Durzi (Toronto Maple Leafs), Trenton Borque (St. Louis Blues) and Markus Phillips (Los Angeles Kings). Additionally, Mack Guzda was named to November’s NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list, released on Thursday.

The list of notable Attack alumni to play in the NHL includes Wayne Simmonds, Mark Giordano, Bobby Ryan, Josh Bailey, Joel Ward, Brad Richardson, Andrej Sekera, Trevor Lewis, Andrew Shaw, Cody Ceci, Brian McGrattan, and Paul Bissonnette.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’s contest 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 with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be televised live in Owen Sound on channel 53 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. It will also be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 466 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 496 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 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.

 

Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will return home to the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center this Wednesday, Nov. 21, when the club hosts the Kitchener Rangers for another ‘Winning Wednesday.’ 

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.

 

For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
dominic@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 519-9347

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