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Preview: Firebirds Host Owen Sound Sunday Afternoon
Rena Laverty
Owen Sound Attack (11-7-0-2) at Flint Firebirds (7-12-2-0)
Date | Time Sunday, Nov. 19 | 4:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
Promotions Family 4 Pack
– Kids 12 & Under in Free (w/ Paid Adult)
TV – Rogers TV ch. 53 / 510 HD Live (Owen Sound)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 465 & Cogeco TV 496 Live (Ontario)
Video Stream OHL Live
Radio WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 3:30p
Radio (Mobile) US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad
Live Stats Here
Next Home Game Wednesday, Nov. 22:
– (College Night: $2 Beers & $2 Hot Dogs)
– Stuff-the-Truck C&L Ward/Catholic Charities
Media Notes Packet Here 
Social Media @FlintFirebirds   | Facebook  | Instagram 

Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds return back to action this afternoon, Sunday Nov. 19 vs the Owen Sound attack. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center.

The game will mark the second-of-four meetings between the Firebirds and the Attack and first-of-two in Flint. Flint earned a 4-3 shootout victory in Owen Sound on Sep. 23. Firebirds’ netminder Garrett Forrest made 43 saves on 46 shots and was named the game’s second star. This time, the Attack come to Flint with a 5-5-0-0 record on the road while the Firebirds are now 5-6-1-0 in Flint. Overall, Owen Sound ranks second in the OHL’s Midwest Division with a season record of 11-6-0-2. Flint currently stands fifth in the West Division with a record of 7-12-2-0.

On special teams, the Attack is ranked sixth in the OHL on the power-play, converting at 23.8%. Flint is scoring at 15.4% on the man-advantage. After successfully killing all five penalties this past Wednesday against the OHL’s third-best power-play ran by the Sarnia Sting and four out of five against the Erie Otters last night, Flint’s penalty-kill is operating at 71% while Owen Sound is 79.2% when shorthanded.

Promotions:
Sunday is a “Firebirds Family 4 Pack” Game. Sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union. At every Sunday home game, the four pack features 4 Silver Level reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 2 game programs and 2 game pucks, a value of $120 for $76. Also, all Sunday’s are ‘Firebirds KIDS FREE days,’ compliments of Aquafina. All kids 12-under will receive a free game ticket with adult purchase. This promotion is valid for all price levels. Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance by visiting the Box Office or by contacting Dominic Gutierrez at domg@flintfirebirds.com. Special offers are not combinable with other discounts or offers.

Sunday is also considered ‘double redemption’ games 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 2 tickets for every one season ticket presented at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.

Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.comFor ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or domg@flintfirebirds.com. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email karla@flintfirebirds.com.

 

Players to Watch

Flint Firebirds (7-12-2-0, 5th Western Division):
Both Ty Dellandrea and Nick Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) have recorded four points (1G, 3A) in the last two games.

Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) leads the Firebirds in points this season with 20 points in 21 games. He has scored 11 goals, including his first career hat trick on Wednesday, and added nine assists. Ryan Moore is second on the team with 19 points in 19 games. He has six goals and 13 helpers. Maurizio Colella sits third in points with 18. Colella has recorded eight goals and ten assists in 21 games played this season.

In net, Garrett Forrest enters the contest with a 4.50 goals against average (GAA) and a save percentage of .869%. Forrest has appeared in 18 games in the OHL this season. Luke Cavallin has a 5.32 GAA and .856 SAV%.

NHL: The Firebirds have three players that have been drafted by NHL teams consisting of Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn and Jack Wismer are six first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea, Wismer, and Holmes were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.

Owen Sound Attack (11-7-0-2, 2nd Midwest Division):
The Attack are led by Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights) who is third in the OHL with 34 points (11G, 23A) in 20 games played this season. Suzuki has six points in the last four games. Sean Durzi ranks second on the visiting team and is fifth in the OHL with 34 points (11, 23A). Durzi has at least one point in 16 of the 20 games this season. Kevin Hancock has contributed 10 goals and 18 assists for a total of 28 points in 20 games.

In goal, the Owen Sound team features former Flint Firebird netminder Zack Bowman (2015-2016 season), who has made 15 appearances this season. He enters the game with a 3.75 goals against average, and an 86.6% save percentage. In the 2013 OHL entry draft, Bowman was selected by the Plymouth Whalers, the team that later relocated to Flint, MI and became the Flint Firebirds organization.

NHL: Owen Sound features six players with ties to NHL teams. This list includes forwards Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver Canucks), Maksim Sushko (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights). Three of their defensemen have been drafted as well, including Trenton Bourque (St. Louis Blues), Jacob Friend (Los Angeles Kings) and Markus Phillips (Los Angeles Kings). Aidan Dudas, Sean Durzi, Kevin Hancock, Brady Lyle, and Matthew Struthers of the Attack were also listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft in June.

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.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Sunday afternoon’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 3:30 p.m.

Sunday’s game against the Attack will also be televised live in Owen Sound on channel 53/510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 465 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 Sunday’s game, 64 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 King’s Catering, this afternoon’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features pepper steak, baked chicken, green beans, corn, rice, biscuits, pudding, banana nut bread and pumpkin pie. The all-you-can-eat menu is available to all VIP, Corporate and Gold season ticket holders including sponsors for $15 or kids 12 & under for $10.

 

Next Home Game:
The Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center this Wednesday, Nov. 22 against in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit. Wednesday’s game marks the second “College Night” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. All college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.

Additionally, the Firebirds have partnered with C&L Ward for the fourth-annual “Stuff the Truck” drive, where fans can bring in food, toiletries and winter wear to benefit the Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties. Fans can bring in either five non-perishable food items, three bath towels, one blanket or one coat to Catholic Charities Center for Hope, C&L Ward Store in Davison, North End Soup Kitchen or the Firebirds Merchandise Store at the Dort Federal Event Center to receive a free ticket to this Wednesday’s game vs. Saginaw. For more information, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or domg@flintfirebirds.com.

Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 / Bronze, $16 / Silver, $20 / Gold and $26 for VIP seating. All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email karla@flintfirebirds.com.

Photo Credit: Rena Laverty

For more information:

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

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