Preview: Firebirds Begin Three Game Road Trip in Oshawa Friday Night
|Flint Firebirds (12-23-3-0) at Oshawa Generals (19-18-3-0)|
|Date | Time||Friday, Jan. 12 | 7:35 p.m.|
|Location||Oshawa, Ont. | Tribute Communities Centre (capacity 6,125)|
|Tickets||Online | (877) 436-8811|
|TV||– Rogers TV channel 10 / 510 HD Live (Oshawa)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV ch. 464 & Cogeco TV ch. 495 Live (Ontario)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 7:00p|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Next Home Game||Wednesday, Jan. 17: Firebirds’ Fight Hunger|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Oshawa, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds begin a three-game road-trip Friday night when the club faces off against the Oshawa Generals. Puck drop is set for 7:35 p.m. at the Tribute Communities Centre (capacity 6,125).
Friday marks the first of two games between the two clubs this season. All-time, the Firebirds are 2-2 against the Generals. After posting back-to-back victories in the Firebirds’ inaugural season in 2015-16, the Generals claimed both victories last campaign.
In five games since returning from Christmas Break, the Firebirds have posted a 2-3 record with three games being decided by only one goal.
The Generals enter the contest with a 19-18-3-0 record and are currently third in the OHL’s East Division. The Firebirds stand fifth in the West Division with a record of 12-23-3-0. Oshawa’s last game was a loss on home ice to the Owen Sound Attack. Flint won their last game 4 – 3 in an overtime thriller on home ice against the Erie Otters.
On special teams, the Firebirds have been scoring at a 15.5% clip on the power-play overall. Flint’s penalty-kill comes into the game at 73.3%. The Generals penalty-kill unit finds success 75% of the time and are scoring on the man-advantage at a rate of 15.1%.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (12-23-3-0, 5th West Division):
Firebirds’ defenseman Jalen Smereck is a former Oshawa General. After being returned from the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, Smereck has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 16 games. Smereck has earned six points in the last five games.
Firebirds’ forwards Ty Dellandrea and Maurizio Colella are tied for the team lead in points on the Firebirds’ roster. Dellandrea has 28 points (13G, 15A) in 38 games while Maurizio Colella has 28 points (13G, 15A) in 37 games played this season. Jake Durham ranks third on the club, earning five goals and 14 assists for 19 points.
The newest member of the Firebirds is defenseman Riley McCourt. Flint acquired McCourt in a trade that sent Nicolas Mattinen to Hamilton earlier this week. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound blue-liner enters the contest earning three points in his last three-games with the Bulldogs.
Ethan Keppen and Jack Wismer are tied for rookie point-production on the Flint roster. Keppen has nine points (7G, 2A) in 33 games while Wismer as nine points (4G, 5A) in 37 games.
Between-the-pipes, Garrett Forrest has played in 29 games this season. He has a 4.72 goals-against average (GAA) and a .862 save percentage (SAV%). He has backstopped Flint to nine of 12 wins in net. Rookie goaltender Luke Cavallin has appeared in 13 games this season, including last Saturday’s shootout victory on home ice. He has a 4.40 GAA and a .857 SAV%. Cavallin was the highest selected goaltender in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft
NHL: The Firebirds have two players with NHL ties: 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. Busby, Dellandrea, Holmes, McCourt, Roberts and Wismer were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Oshawa Generals (19-18-3-0, 3rd East Division):
Jack Studnicka (Boston Bruins) leads the Generals in assists and points this season, recording 31 assists and 42 overall points in 40 games played. Second in scoring is Allan McShane with 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 40 games. Domenico Commisso sits third with 33 points.
In net, former Firebirds’ goaltender Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins) leads the team with a 3.08 GAA and a .901 SAV% over 25 games played. He has 13 wins and one shutout in that time. Backup Cole Ceci has made 17 appearances and has posted a 3.76 GAA and a .889 SAV% with five wins and one shutout. The third goaltender for Oshawa this season is Mario Peccia, who has two wins in eight appearances with a 3.59 GAA and an .887 SAV%.
NHL: Oshawa has three players with NHL ties, including Jack Studnicka (Boston Bruins), Matt Brassard (Vancouver Canucks) and goaltender Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins). Additionally, Serron Noel, Allan McShane, Renars Krastenbergs, and Mario Peccia we’re listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
184 of Oshawa’s alumni have played in the NHL, including Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros, John Tavares, Gord Murphy, Wayne Primeau, Cal Clutterbuck, Dan Hinote, Danny O’Shea, Boone Jenner, and Claude Julien.
Friday evening’s contest against the Oshawa Generals 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 7:00 p.m.
The game will also be televised live in Oshawa on channel 10 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 464 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 495 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 Friday’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.
Next Home Game:
The Flint Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center Wednesday, Jan. 17 to continue the Firebirds’ Fight Hunger month. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) vs. the Erie Otters. In partnership with the Foodbank of Eastern Michigan, fans can bring in five non-perishable food items to any Firebirds’ home game in the month of January to receive a complimentary sponsored silver level ticket, limit of four tickets per person. Wednesday’s game also marks the fifth “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.
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 ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email email@example.com.
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