Preview: Firebirds Host Sault Ste. Marie for Military Appreciation Game Saturday Afternoon
|Soo Greyhounds (14-3-2-0) at Flint Firebirds (6-10-2-0)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Nov. 11 | 3:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||Military Appreciation Night|
|TV||– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 450 & Cogeco TV 494 Live (Ontario)|
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 2:30p|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Next Home Game||Wednesday, Nov. 15 – 11am (School Day Game)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds are back on home-ice this afternoon, Saturday, Nov. 11, for the club’s third-annual “Military Appreciation Game.” Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds enter the contest with 13-4-2-0 record, sitting 2nd in the West Division. Flint stands 5th in the West Division with a 6-10-2-0 record. Saturday will be the 2nd of 6 games between the two clubs this season, with Sault Ste. Marie claiming the first victory. Last campaign, the Firebirds split the season series with the Greyhounds, 3-3.
Flint comes into the game missing a few key components, namely head coach Ryan Oulahen, who, along with forward Ethan Keppen and goaltender Luke Cavallin, are representing two of Hockey Canada’s three teams at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. In the quarter-finals Thursday night, Oulahen and Keppen posted a 5-1 victory for Canada White over Finland and Luke Cavallin backstopped Canada Red to a 4-3 win over Canada Black (Results).
Saturday is the club’s third-annual “Military Appreciation” game. Complimentary Silver Level tickets are available for all veterans and active duty military personnel. The first 2,500 fans through the door will also receive a free official team calendar poster, courtesy of The View Newspapers, Commercial Graphics, Northgate Packaging, DM Burr Group and Little Caesars. Additionally, there will be a silent auction of 10 player autographed military themed Firebirds’ jerseys on the concourse throughout the game with all proceeds benefiting Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. BSMA is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces
There will also be a special military discount for Firebirds’ spirit wear at the merchandise store throughout the game. Brigadier General, Michael A. Stone of the Michigan Army National Guard will conduct the ceremonial puck drop along with local World War II veteran, 91 year old Jeriel Ponder of the U.S. Navy. Additionally, fans will see a live ‘swearing in’ ceremony on the ice during the first intermission, a Color Guard ceremony prior to puck drop, and an on-ice shoot-out during the second intermission between four of the local military service branch representatives. Military vehicles will be on display and a special Firebirds’ military t-shirt will be available for sale at the merchandise store.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (6-10-2-0, 5th West Division):
Maurizio Colella currently leads the Firebirds in goals and points with 17 (8G, 9A) in 18 games played this season. Nick Caamano is tied for second on the Firebirds’ roster with 17 points (8G, 9A). Ryan Moorehas tallied 17 points (4G, 13A) in 16 games played and leads the Firebirds in helpers this season.
In net, Garrett Forrest has a 4.37 goals against average (GAA) and a .871 save percentage (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, Evan Morrison and Jack Wismer are six first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea and Holmes were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft in June.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (13-4-2-0, 2nd West Division):
Boris Katchouk currently leads the Greyhounds in scoring with leage’s second-best total of 18 goals and 9 assists, for a total of 27 points. Katchouk is tied for the OHL lead in short-handed goals, with 3 on the season. Morgan Frost is second on the team with 9 goals and 15 assists for a total of 24 points.
In goal, Matthew Villalta is ranked #3 in the OHL with a 2.40 goals against average and has a .915 SAV%
The Greyhounds have seven players that have NHL ties as well, including Noah Carroll (Carolina Hurricanes), Morgan Frost (Philadelphia Flyers), Tim Gettinger (New York Rangers), Boris Katchouk (Tampa Bay Lightning), Jack Kopacka (Anaheim Ducks), Connor Timmins (Colorado Avalanche) and Matthew Vilalta (Los Angeles Kings).
25 notable Greyhound’s alumni to play in the NHL are Jeff Beukeboom, Bob Boughner, Jeff Carter, Dan Clouthier, Paul Coffey, Trevor Daley, Ray Emery, Adam Foote, Ron Francis, Wayne Gretzky, Craig Hartsburg, Ric Jackman, Dustin Jeffrey, Tyler Kennedy, Denny Lambert, Greg Millen, Ted Nolan, Nathan Perrott, Bob Probert, Wayne Simmons, Brad Staubitz, Steve Sullivan, Joe Thornton, Rick Tocchet, John Vanbiesbrouk, and Josef Vasick.
Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 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 2:30 p.m.
Saturday’s game against the Greyhounds will also be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 450 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 494 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, 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.
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