Preview: Firebirds Face Off in Owen Sound Wednesday Night
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The Flint Firebirds Hockey Club will make their first trip of the 2015-16 inaugural campaign over the border for a Wednesday evening match-up against the Owen Sound Attack at 7 p.m. (ET). Both teams enter the contest 2-0 after the Firebirds posted back-to-back victories over the Saginaw Spirit while the Attack earned each of their two victories in overtime.
Radio & TV Coverage
Fans unable to attend the game in Owen Sound can listen live in Flint and Mid-Michigan on 1330 AM WTRX Sports Radio including worldwide online on the iHeartRadio App here. Dominic Hennig will call the play-by-play action all season long on the Flint Firebirds Hockey Radio Network with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to puck drop.
In addition, 66 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2015-16 season will be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pack. OHL fans with Rogers Cable in Ontario can add the OHL Action Pak to their television plan to catch the Firebirds in action, home or away all season long. Wednesday night’s game will also be televised live in Owen Sound on Rogers TV channel 53.
All Flint Firebirds home and away games throughout the 2015-16 season can be watched anywhere in the world online on OHL Live and 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 2015-16 season.
Players to Watch:
Zach Bowman has backstopped Flint to a 2-0-0-0 record to start the season including one shutout, a goals-against-average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .966.
Will Bitten and Mathieu Henderson each have a goal and two helpers for three points in the first two games of the season while Vili Saarijärvi compiled three assists in the two contests.
There are five players on the Flint Firebirds roster that are drafted in the National Hockey League. Alex Nedeljkovic and Josh Wesley were both selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft. In the same draft, the New Jersey Devils tabbed Connor Chatham while Alex Peters was chosen by the Dallas Stars. Most recently, Vili Saarijärvi was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings this past June in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Bryson Cianfrone has recorded one goal and two assists for three points in two games while Jaden Lindo has scored twice.
The Attack have six players on their roster that skated in NHL Training Camps earlier this month consisting of Liam Dunda (St. Louis), Jaden Lindo (Pittsburgh), Michael McNiven (Montreal), Jarrett Meyer (Detroit), Thomas Schemitsch (Florida) and Damir Sharipzyanov (Los Angeles).
OHL & CHL Recognition
Goaltender Zack Bowman was named both the first Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week and Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the 2015-16 regular season for the week ending Sept. 27 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .966.
O Captain! My Captain!
Alex Peters (Dallas ’14) has been selected as the first captain in Flint Firebirds franchise history. Cullen Mercer, Zack Pittman and Connor Sills make up the three alternate captains for the Flint Firebirds as the club embarks on their inaugural campaign in the Ontario Hockey League.
Special Teams on Fire
The Firebirds are operating at an impressive 33% on the man-advantage in the early stages of the season. In the Firebirds 3-0 victory in game one, Flint was 1-for-3 on the power-play while also tallying a short-handed and an even strength goal. Flint scored both of their goals with the man-advantage on Saturday night posting a 2-for-6 success rate in the home opener. Flint has not given up a goal while down a man yet, operating at 100% on the penalty kill.
Successful Opening Night
Saturday, Sept. 26 was one for the history books for Flint & Genesee County and hockey fans alike. The capacity crowd of more than 4,000 Flint Firbirds fans were sent home happy after having the opportunity to watch almost everything that a hockey game has to offer: A lead, a deficit, a quality hockey fight, a comeback, a 3-on-3 overtime, a shootout, a home team victory and a postgame stick salute from the players. It was a night that many will never forget.
Time to Hit the Road
After Flint’s successful opening night at the Dort Federal Event Center on Saturday, the Firebirds look ahead to a four-game road stand. Along with Flint’s game in Owen Sound on Wednesday, the Firebirds will then play the Erie Otters (Penn.) on Saturday before facing-off in Mississauga against the Steelheads on Sunday afternoon. Finally, Flint will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Wednesday, Oct. 7 to take on the Greyhounds.
Next Home Games
The Firebirds will return home to the Dort Federal Event Saturday on Saturday, Oct. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop against the Sarnia Sting. A matinee contest follows on Sunday Oct. 11 as the Firebirds take on the Peterborough Petes at 5 p.m. in Flint. Tickets are $12 for bronze, $15 for silver and $19 for corporate/gold seating and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com here, by visiting the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by phone at (810) 744-0580.
Great season seat locations are still available! For more information, call the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office at (810) 744-0580 or email Grizz Houghten at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shane Stout at email@example.com.
Group Ticket Packages
New group ticket packages are available for your needs. Whether you’re entertaining corporate clients, celebrating a special occasion, having a fun night out with the family and friends or rewarding employees…we have a fun, easy and affordable plan for you. It’s more than a ticket, it’s an experience! Contact Shane Stout to book your group outing today: (810) 742-2004 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flint Firebirds Hockey Radio Coach’s Show
Join the Voice of the Firebirds Dominic Hennig and Head Coach John Gruden from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday night on 1330 WTRX Sports Radio and around the world online on the iHeartRadio App here. Hennig and Gruden recap the previous week of events, preview the upcoming games on the ice and take your phone calls, emails and tweets! Tune in each Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on 1330 AM WTRX Sports Radio.
Stop by the Flint Firebirds Merchandise Store at the Dort Federal Event Center, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to stock up on the best Firebirds’ gear around. Jerseys, shirts, hats, hoodies, game pucks, mouse pads and other accessories and collectables are available at the Flint Firebirds Merchandise Store.
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