Preview: Firebirds Battle the Ottawa 67’s in Flint Tonight
|Game 3 of 68: Flint Firebirds (2-0-0-0) vs. Ottawa 67’s (2-2-0-0)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Sep. 30 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)|
|Tickets||Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580|
|Promotions||– Opening Night
– Rally Towels (Dort Federal Credit Union)
– Magnet Schedules (Little Caesars)
|TV||– Rogers TV ch. 22 / 510 HD Live (Ottawa)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 468 & Cogeco TV 468 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||Wednesday, Oct. 11 vs. Guelph (Tickets)|
|Media Notes Packet||Here|
|Social Media||@FlintFirebirds | Facebook | Instagram|
Flint, Mich. – After starting the season posting two-consecutive road wins last weekend, the undefeated Flint Firebirds return home to the Dort Federal Event Center tonight for the club’s third-annual Opening Night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and great seats are still available.
The Flint Firebirds enter Saturday night’s game with a 2-0 record, while the Ottawa 67’s are 2-2 after falling 4-0 in Saginaw on Friday night.
Projected lines show six players with NHL ties are expected to play in Flint Saturday night, consisting of Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) in addition to Ottawa’s Travis Barron (Colorado Avalanche), Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks) and Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes). Saturday will mark Firebirds’ forward Ryan Moore’s first game with the Firebirds of the 2017-18 regular-season, since returning from participating with the New York Rangers in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.
Last season, the Firebirds posted a 2-0 record over Ottawa, winning 5-4 on home-ice on Oct. 2 before exploding for an 8-6 victory in Ottawa on Oct. 30. All-time, the Firebirds are 3-1-0-0 against Ottawa and are 2-0 while playing in Flint, Mich.
On special teams, the Firebirds’ power-play is fifth out of 20 teams in the OHL, clicking at 27.3% while the penalty-kill is operating at 72.7%. The Ottawa 67’s are third in the OHL on the man-advantage at 33.3% and are eighth on the penalty kill at 88.9%.
Players to Watch
Flint Firebirds (2-0-0-0, 4th Western Conference):
Flint’s Ryan Moore finished seventh in the entire OHL with 90 points (39G, 51A) a season ago. Fresh off competing with the New York Rangers, the Troy, Mich. native will make his 2017-18 regular season debut in a Firebirds’ uniform Saturday night.
Nick Caamano was drafted out of the Flint Firebirds’ organization in June 2016, eventually signing with the Stars in April 2017. In his first NHL pre-season game with the Dallas Stars against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, Sep. 18, Caamano scored his first NHL pre-season goal. Caamano then recorded three assists with the Firebirds in his first game back in the OHL against Kitchener on Friday, Sep. 22.
Defenseman Nicholas Mattinen was acquired in a trade with the London Knights on Monday, Sep. 18. In his first game with the Firebirds, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ draft pick notched two assists in Kitchener, before lighting-the-lamp while short-handed in Owen Sound.
Ty Dellandrea, a top-prospect for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft in June, had two goals including the game-winning goal on Friday night in Kitchener. He was the Firebirds’ first-round selection (5th overall) in the 2016 OHL Draft.
In net, the Firebirds return overage goaltender Garrett Forrest. Forrest holds a 2-0-0-0 record, including a 2.88 goals against average (GAA) and a .924 save percentage (SAV%). The Firebirds also have rookie netminder Luke Cavallin who was selected in the second-round (28th overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, making him the highest picked goaltender in the OHL Draft.
NHL: The Firebirds currently have three players that have been drafted by NHL teams consisting of Nicholas Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Nicolas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs). Caamano was signed by the Stars in April of 2017. Two other Flint Firebirds’ competed in NHL camps this fall, Luke Kirwan (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ryan Moore (New York Rangers). Dennis Busby, Ty Dellandrea, Hunter Holmes, Ryan Littlejohn and Jack Wismer are five first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2018.
Ottawa 67’s (2-2-0-0, 6th Eastern Conference):
Ottawa’s Austen Keating leads the 67’s with five points (3G, 2A) in four games played this season. He was second on the 67’s roster last season with 63 points (22G, 41A) in 67 games.
Sasha Chmelevski, a native of Northville, Mich., which is approximately one hour south of the Dort Federal Event Center, was fourth on Ottawa’s roster with 43 points (21G, 22A) in 58 games last year. This season, he is third on the 67’s roster with two goals and one assist in four games.
Between-the-pipes, Olivier Lafreniere is 2-1-0-0 with a 4.56 GAA and a .856 SAV%. Olivier Tremblay is 0-1-0-0 with a 12.98 GAA, along with a .647 SAV%.
NHL: Ottawa’s Travis Barron (Colorado Avalanche), Sasha Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks) and Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes) have been drafted by NHL clubs.
15 notable Ottawa 67’s alumni to play in the NHL are Bryan Bickell, Bill Clement, Logan Couture, Adam Creighton, Kris Draper, Travis Konecny, Guy Larose, John McFarland, Sean Monahan, Petr Mrazek, Darren Pang, Denis Potvin, Warren Rychel, Tyler Toffoli and Kevin Weekes.
Saturday evening’s contest against the Ottawa 67’s 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 and Manny Paiva will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the game will be televised live in Ottawa on channel 22 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 468 for both Rogers TV and Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Fans can also watch the game live online at www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app.
Upcoming Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center for their second home-game in Flint of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. The game marks the first of seven “College Nights” this season, featuring $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all fans in attendance. Additionally, all college students with valid identification will also receive $2 off admission.
Fans can purchase tickets either in-person at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at ticketmaster.com here.
For season 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.
Increased Security at Firebirds’ Home Games:
The Flint Firebirds Hockey Club in conjunction with the Dort Federal Event Center and DM Burr Security Services announced Friday the introduction of new security procedures for guests attending Firebirds’ games. In an effort to deliver a smooth and thorough patron screening experience, security bag-checks will be performed at all entrances of the Dort Federal Event Center.
Beginning tonight, September 30th, fans are encouraged to arrive early to provide enough time to enter the building for the Firebirds’ puck drop scheduled at 7 p.m. All bags must be inspected, regardless of size. The Dort Federal Event Center prohibits items such as bags and briefcases larger than a small purse or hand bag. Hard-sided bags of any kind are also prohibited.
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