Preview: Firebirds & Spitfires Battle for Sunday Matinee in Windsor
|Game 28: Flint Firebirds (8-17-2-0) at Windsor Spitfires (15-10-1-0)|
|Date | Time||Sunday, Dec. 3 | 2:05 p.m.|
|Location||Windsor, Ont. | WFCU Centre (capacity 6,450)|
|Tickets||Online | (519) 254-5000|
|TV||– Cogeco TV channel 11 / 700 HD Live (Windsor)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV ch. 437 & Cogeco TV ch. 478 Live (Ontario)
|Video Stream||OHL Live|
|Radio||WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 1:30p|
|Radio (Mobile)||US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad|
|Next Home Game||Friday, Dec. 15 vs. Saginaw (Buy Tickets)|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Windsor, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds play their third game of a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon against West Division rival Windsor Spitfires. Puck drop is set for 2:05 p.m. (ET) at the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Centre.
Flint arrives in Windsor ranked fifth in the West Division with a record of 8-17-2-0. The Firebirds have played two consecutive days already this weekend, winning over Hamilton on Friday 4-3 and falling to Niagara 6-4 last night. The Spitfires sit third in the West Division with a 15-10-1-0 record after shutting out the Oshawa Generals on home-ice Saturday night 3-0. It will be the second of six games between the Firebirds and Spitfires this season, and the first of three meeting’s in Windsor. Earlier this season Windsor claimed a 6-1 victory in Flint. The Spitfires are 8-5-1-0 at home 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.
On special teams the Firebirds are operating at 14.8% on the power-play. After successfully killing off all eight short-handed situations the past two nights, Flint has improved to 71.3% on the penalty-kill. Windsor’s’s power-play is ranked first in the OHL, scoring 26.6% of the time. Their penalty-kill is operating at 82.1% overall, and is ranked second-best on home ice.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (8-17-2-0, 5th West Division):
Maurizio Colella leads the Firebirds in points with 19 (8G, 11A). Ty Dellandrea and Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) are currently tied for second with 18 points each. Dellandrea has recorded eight goals and 11 assists. After recording two goals and an assist last night against the Niagara IceDogs, Nicholas Mattinen also has 18 points (5G, 13A). Mattinen leads all defensemen on the team in goals, assists and points and has notched eight points in his last eight games. Jack Wismer scored his first-career OHL goal Saturday and picked up an assist as well, leading to four points in the past two games.
Between-the-pipes, Garrett Forrest has played in 23 of 27 games, including back-to-back starts the past two nights. Forrest has a 4.70 goals against average (GAA) and a .864 save percentage (SAV%). Forrest has backstopped Flint to all eight wins in net this season. Rookie goaltender Luke Cavallin received a couple of starts last week against both the Saginaw Spirit and the Kingston Frontenacs and has appeared in eight games this season with a 5.54 goals against average (GAA) and a .842 save percentage (SAV%). Cavallin was the highest selected goaltender in the 2017 OHL Priority Draft.
NHL: The Firebirds have three players with NHL ties consisting of Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes). Additionally, Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn, Evan Morrison, Connor Roberts and Jack Wismer are seven first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea, Holmes, Roberts, and Wismer were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Windsor Spitfires (15-10-1-0, 3rd West Division):
The Spitfires are led by Aaron Luchuk, who is currently tied for first in the OHL in goals (22) and sits second in points (43). He enters Sunday’s game riding a six-game point-streak, tallying six goals and four assists in that span. Logan Brown, the 2016 first-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, is tied for second in points, registering 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in just 13 games played. Cole Purbo also has 21 points (7G, 13A) in 26 games played.
In net, Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks) is third in the OHL both with 15 wins nd goals-against average, 2.56. He has the second-best save percentage a .919. Back-up netminder Brock Baier has appeared in three games and holds a 6.22 GAA and a .800 SAV%.
NHL: Windsor has three players with NHL ties including Logan Brown (Ottowa Senators), Sean Day (New York Rangers) and Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks). Forward Igor Larionov hails from Detroit, and is the son of the former NHL star and Detroit Red Wing of the same name. Additionally, the Spitfires have two players listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft: Connor Corcoran and Matthew MacDougall.
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.
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. 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 1:30 p.m.
Sunday’s game against the Spitfires will also be televised live in Windsor on channel 11 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 437 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 478 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.
Next Home Game:
Flint returns home to the Dort Federal Event Center on Friday, Dec. 15. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. against in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit for game four of the I-75 Divide Cup, presented by Coors Light.
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. For ticket information, flex tickets or group outings, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or 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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