Preview: Firebirds Host Windsor Spitfires Sunday at 4pm
|Windsor Spitfires (6-4-1-0) at Flint Firebirds (6-3-1-0)|
|Date | Time||Sunday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||– Family 4 Pack, $120 value for $76 (Dort Federal Credit Union)
– 4 Silver Level Tickets
– 4 Hot Dogs
– 4 Sodas
– 2 Game Programs
– 2 Game Pucks
– Kids Free Day (Aquafina):
– All kids 12 and under receive free game ticket with adult purchase
|TV||– Cogeco TV ch. 11 / 700 HD Live (Windsor)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 454 & Cogeco TV 484 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|
|Next Home Game||Saturday, Oct. 28 (Trick-or-Treat at the Rink)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich – The Flint Firebirds wrap-up a five-game home stand Sunday afternoon against the Windsor Spitfires. Puck drop is set for 4pm at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.
After recording a 7-3 victory over the Peterborough Petes Saturday night, the Firebirds are 4-1 on home-ice this season and have won three of their last four games. Windsor has dropped their last two games, including a 5-1 loss to Peterborough on Thursday night. The Spitfires are 3-1 on the road this season. Last campaign, Flint posted at 2-3-1-0 record against the defending CHL Memorial Cup champions, with both wins coming on home-ice at the Dort Federal Event Center.
Players To Watch
Flint Firebirds (6-3-1-0, 5th Western Conference):
Flint’s Maurizio Colella is on a six-game point streak, including a five-game goal-streak. Colella is tied for the Firebirds’ lead in points with 14 (7G, 7A) in 10 games. Ryan Moore also has 14 points and is in the midst of a six-game point-streak, notching four goals and eight assists in that time. Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) has four points (1G, 3) in his last two games. Ty Dellandrea is currently on a four-game point-streak and has recorded at least one point in eight of the 10 games this season. Hunter Holmes is averaging a point-per-game through the last five.
With goaltender Garrett Forrest’s 28-save effort last night, he now holds a 2.91 goals against average (GAA) which is ninth-best in the OHL and a .915 save-percentage (SAV%).
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 five first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018.
Windsor Spitfires (6-4-1-0, 6th Western Conference):
Windsor is led up front by Aaron Luchuk who is eighth in the OHL with 16 points (9G, 7A) in 11 games. Luchuk has earned points in 10 of the Spitfires’ 11 games this season and is on a four-game point-streak. Austin McEneny has nine assists in 10 games. Sean Day is currently on a three-game point-streak.
Windsor’s Michael DiPietro has the OHL’s best GAA allowing 2.03, including a .937 SAV%.
Two players on the Spitfires’ roster have been drafted by NHL teams consisting of Sean Day (New York Rangers) and Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks).
19 notable Spitfires’ alumni to play in the NHL are Bryan Bickell, Jack Campbell, Matt Cooke, Peter DeBoer, Steve Downie, Ryan Ellis, Cam Fowler, Adam Graves, Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Ed Jovanovski, Claude Julien, Michael Leighton, Eddie Mio, Michal Neuvirth, Steve Ott, Richard Panik, Joel Quenneville and Jason Spezza.
Fans can take advantage of the “Firebirds Family 4 Pack” sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union for every Sunday home game. The package features 4 Silver Level reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 2 game programs and 2 game pucks, a value of $120 for $76. Fans are encouraged to purchase this package in advance to avoid box office lines. Sunday also marks the Firebirds first KIDS FREE day 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 this package in advance by visiting the Box Office or by contacting Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Windsor Spitfires 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. Pregame coverage with Dominic Hennig will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 3:30 p.m. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Windsor on channel 11 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 454 both Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 484 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.
Photo Credit: Amanda Ray
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