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Preview: Firebirds Begin Six Games in Nine Days Friday in Sarnia

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Flint Firebirds at Sarnia Sting
Date | Time Friday, Nov. 30 | 7:05 p.m.
Location Sarnia, Ont. | Progressive Auto Sales Arena (capacity 5,500)
Tickets Online | (519) 541-1717 ext. 1
TV – Cogeco TV channel 6 / 700 HD Live (Sarnia)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 445 & Cogeco TV 445 Live (Ontario)
Video Stream OHL Live
Radio WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 6:30p
Radio (Mobile) US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad
Live Stats Here
Next Home Game Saturday, Dec. 1 vs. Erie (Teddy Bear Toss)
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Sarnia, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds travel to Sarnia for a Friday night battle with division rival Sarnia Sting. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena (capacity 5,500). Friday night’s game begins six games in nine days for the Firebirds, four of which are on the road.

Friday night’s contest marks the fifth of eight meetings between the two clubs this season, and the third of four in Sarnia. Most recently, the Firebirds earned their first win of the season, posting a 7-4 victory on Nov. 7 in front of more than 3,500 fans at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. Jake Durham recorded his first-career hat trick scoring three times, Eric Uba logged three points and Ethan Keppen, Kyle Harris and Hakon Nilsen all found twine in the contest. In goal, Luke Cavallin earned the victory making 23 saves on 27 shots.

This season, Flint holds a 1-2-1-0 record versus the Sting. Last season, the Firebirds went 3-5-0-0 with Sarnia. All-time, Flint holds a 14-13-1-0 record in the series and a 6-8-0-0 record in road games. In total, five games between these teams have gone to overtime, with the Firebirds emerging victorious in four of them.

On special teams, Sarnia has the 14th-best power-play on home ice, converting on 19.2% of their chances. Flint is operating at 14.1% while on the man-advantage and have scored at least one power play goal in 10 of their past 14 games. While shorthanded, Sarnia has the seventh-best penalty kill, successfully killing 81.4% of their penalties. The Firebirds are 20th, killing penalties at a 63.9% clip. 

 

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (3-22-1-0, 5th West Division):
Assistant captain Jake Durham holds the edge in goals-scored and total points for the ‘Birds. Through 26 games played, Durham has 15 tallies and eight helpers for 23 total points. He has six multi-point games on the season thus far. Flint captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) averages a point-per-game average. In 22 contests, he has eight goals and 14 assists. Eric Uba continues to climb the rankings, now with nine goals and nine assists in 26 games. Uba recorded a three-point night including two goals Saturday in Windsor. Jacob Winterton continues to lead all first-year players with six goals and five assists in 26 games.

Fedor Gordeev leads the defensive unit with two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 22 games played on the season. First-year defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok has picked up 10 points in 14 games since joining the Firebirds after the season had started.

In net, Emanuel Vella holds a 5.33 goals-against average (GAA) and a .867 save percentage (SAV%) in 17 appearances. Vella has backstopped Flint to one win this season. Luke Cavallin has compiled a 5.51 GAA and a .854 SAV% across 16 appearances. He has picked up two wins and one overtime defeat between the pipes.

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 this past off-season: 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 for the upcoming NHL Draft.

Sarnia Sting (11-12-2-2, 4th West Division):
Hugo Leufvenius has scored goals in nine consecutive games and leads Sarnia in points through 27 games with 18 goals and 14 assists. Leufvenius is on a 10-game point streak. Sean Josling is on a six-game point streak. Defenseman Mitch Eliot, who hails from Grosse Pointe, Mich., ranks second in offensive production and has points in nine of his last games. He has seven goals and a team-high 19 assists through 26 games played. Adam Ruzicka (Calgary Flames) and Ryan McGregor (Toronto Maple Leafs) are each tied with 25 points each. Ruzicka has played one fewer game than McGregor.

Anthony Salinitri (Philadelphia Flyers) was in the top-three all season before his trade to the Oshawa Generals on Wednesday this week.

First-year forward Jacob Perreault, the Sting’s first-round pick from this year’s draft, has 17 points in 22 games. Perreault also sits tied for second on the Sting in goals-scored, with nine.

In net, Aiden Hughes and Ethan Langevin have each made 15 appearances. Langevin has five wins and carries a 3.62 goals-against average (GAA) and a .873 save percentage (SAV%). Hughes has six wins, along with a 4.07 GAA and a SAV% of .874.

NHL: The Sting have two players with NHL ties, including Ryan McGregor (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Adam Ruzicka (Calgary Flames). Forward Jamieson Rees was also listed on the November NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft.

13 notable Sting’s alumni to play in the NHL are Reid Boucher, Eric Boulton, Daniel Carcillo, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Galchenyuk, Matt Martin, Connor Murphy, Dalton Prout, Brett Ritchie, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Spooner, Nail Yakupov and Pavel Zacha.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Friday evening’s contest against the Sarnia Sting 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 in Sarnia on YourTV channel 6 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 445 for both Rogers TV and 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 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 return home Saturday night to host the Erie Otters for Flint’s fourth-annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss.’  Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears or stuffed animals to the game and after the Firebirds score their first goal, fans can launch them onto the ice. The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the various local charities throughout Flint & Genesee County. Last year, the Firebirds donated more than 1,000 stuffed animals to the local charities. Fans are asked to bring and throw their stuffed animals in bags so that they stay dry and safe for the kids.

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 Credit Union Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.

Photo Credit: Metcalfe Photography

 

For more information:

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

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