Preview: Firebirds Host Erie Otters For Ladies Night Saturday
|Erie Otters (8-10-2-1) at Flint Firebirds (7-11-2-0)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|TV||– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 453 & Cogeco TV 472 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|
|Next Home Game||Sunday, Nov. 19 (4-Pack & Family Day)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, MI – The Flint Firebirds return back to action Saturday night against the reigning OHL Champions, Erie (Penn.) Otters. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Event Center.
Saturday marks the first-of-four games between Flint and Erie this season and first-of-two on home-ice in Flint. The Otters come to Flint with a 1-7-1-1 record on the road while the Firebirds are 5-5-1-0 in Flint. All-time, the Firebirds are 2-3-1-2 against Erie and are 1-2-1-0 in Flint. Last season, two of the four games between the two clubs went to overtime, with one contest requiring a shootout before it was settled.
In the last three games between Flint and Erie, the winning team scored exactly four goals.
Also, in the 68-game OHL regular season, Erie has recorded at least 50 wins in their past four-consecutive seasons. The Otters’ are recently most known for producing forward Connor McDavid. McDavid was selected as the first-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He played for Erie from 2012-15 and is currently on the cover of the EA Sports NHL 18 video game for PlayStation and Xbox. In 82 NHL games last season, McDavid recorded 100 points (30G, 70A) for Edmonton. McDavid could be playing for Erie as an overager this season. In regards to talent in the OHL, 26.4% of all players on NHL opening day rosters are alumni of the OHL, which is more than any other league in the world.
On special teams, Flint is converting at 15.1% on the power-play while Erie is at 17.4%. After successfully killing all five penalties Wednesday against the OHL’s third-best power-play ran by the Sarnia Sting, Flint’s penalty-kill is 70.8% while Erie is 75%.
Both Friday and Saturday’s contests are considered ‘double redemption’ games for all season ticket holders and sponsors: If you’ve missed any games this season, you can redeem your unused season ticket(s) to get 2 tickets for every one season ticket presented at the Dort Federal Event Center box office.
Saturday is Ladies Night, featuring BOGO tickets in all price levels for all ladies in attendance. Also, the first 500 ladies will receive a free Firebirds’ branded stemless wine glass. There will be a special women’s expo on the concourse throughout the game and many drink specials including $2 beers for all women 21+ in attendance.
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 email@example.com. To book a private suite, please contact Karla Turner at (810) 744-0580 ext. 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (7-11-2-0, 5th West Division):
Nick Caamano leads the Firebirds in points this season with 19 in 20 games. He has scored 11 goals, including his first-career OHL hat-trick this past Wednesday, and has added nine assists. Ryan Moore is second on the team with 19 points in just 18 games. He has six goals and 13 helpers. Maurizio Colella sits third in points with 18. Colella has recorded eight goals and 10 assists in 20 games played this season.
In net, Garrett Forrest enters the contest with a 4.50 goals against average. He has a save percentage of .869%. Forrest has appeared in 18 games, tied for the third-most among goaltenders in the OHL this season. Luke Cavallin has a 5.73 GAA and a .844 SAV% in 4 games played this season.
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 and Jack Wismer are five first time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June 2018. Busby, Dellandrea, Holmes and Wismer were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Erie Otters (8-10-2-1, 5th Midwest Division):
The Otters are led by Taylor Raddysh who has 29 points on the season. He has scored 9 goals and is averaging an assist per game, with 20 helpers in 20 games. Kyle Maksimovich is second on the Erie squad with 28 points in 21 games played. He has scored 11 times and assisted on 17 tallies. Third on the team is Ivan Lodnia with 12 goals and 10 helpers in 20 games played.
In goal, the Otters have used both of their netminders almost equally. In 14 appearances, Troy Timpano leads the team with an .873% SAV% and a GAA of 3.47. Goaltender Anand Oberoi has posted a 4.57 GAA and a SAV% of .851% in 10 games played this far.
NHL: Erie has 3 players with NHL ties as well, including Taylor Raddysh (Tampa Bay Lightning), Ivan Ladnia (Minnesota Wild), and Jordan Sambrook (Detroit Red Wings). Forward Maxim Golod of the Otters was also listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft in June.
10 notable Otters of their 38 alumni that played in the NHL are Brad Boyes, Chris Campoli, Carlo Colaiacovo, Alex DeBrincat, Connor McDavid, Ryan O’Reilly, Nick Palmieri, Michael Rupp, Dylan Strome, and Jason Ward.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by King’s Catering, tonight’s dinner menu for the Blue Line Club features ribs, rib tips, fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, broccoli normandy, potato salad, cole slaw, banana nut bread and rolls, including assorted desserts.
Saturday evening’s contest against the Erie Otters 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.
Saturday’s game against the Otters will also be televised live province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 453 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 472 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 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.
Next Home Game:
The Firebirds host the Owen Sound Attack Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Sunday marks another “Firebirds Family 4 Pack Game.” Sponsored by Dort Federal Credit Union. At every Sunday home game, the four pack features 4 Silver Level reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 2 game programs and 2 game pucks, a value of $120 for $76. Also, all Sunday’s are ‘Firebirds KIDS FREE days,’ 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 in advance by visiting the Box Office or by contacting Dominic Gutierrez at email@example.com. Special offers are not combinable with other discounts or offers.
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