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Preview: Firebirds begin preseason in Guelph Saturday

Garrett FitzGerald
Flint Firebirds at Guelph Storm
Date | Time Saturday, Aug. 31 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Guelph, Ont. | Sleeman Centre (capacity 4,715)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (519) 837-9690
TV – None (preseason)
Video Stream – None (preseason)
Radio – None (preseason)
Radio (Mobile) – None (preseason)
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Next Home Game Saturday, Sep. 14: Saginaw (Iceland Arenas)
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Guelph, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds will begin their first of four preseason games when the club faces-off against the Guelph Storm Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Sleeman Centre (capacity 4,715) in Guelph.

Flint finished preseason action last year with a 2-3-0-0 record. All-time, Flint is 5-12-0-0 in preseason games. In the past four years, Guelph is 10-9-0-0 in preseason action and finished last year’s preseason with a 3-1-0-0 record.

In the regular season, all-time, the Firebirds are 8-5-3-0 against the Storm. In away contests, Flint holds a record of 4-3-1-0 versus Guelph. The last time Flint was in Guelph was on Feb. 18. where the Storm earned a 5-4 victory in front of a sell out crowd of 4,726 fans. Cody Morgan recorded his first-career OHL hat trick, scoring three goals in the contest, Ethan Keppen recorded a three-point game and Dennis Busby and Jack Wismer earned two point games.

Guelph began their preseason last night on the road in Mississauga. The Storm were shutout 4-0. Owen Bennett made 19 saves on 22 shots and Tanner Wickware made 15 saves on 16 shots.

 

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (0-0-0-0, 1st West Division):
With the start of preseason, players to watch tonight are four incoming first-year players Jack Harper, Braeden Kressler, Brennan Othmann and Evgeniy Oksentyuk. Othmann was selected by the Firebirds in the first-round, 2nd overall, of the 2019 OHL Draft. Kressler was picked in the second-round. Belarus native Oksentyuk was tabbed in the first-round of the CHL Import Draft and defenseman Jack Harper was picked in the seventh-round of the 2018 OHL Draft.

Veteran players to watch before departing to NHL Training Camp’s are Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks) and Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida Panthers).

Dellandrea is the Firebirds leading returning scorer from a season ago. He posted 63 points (22G, 41A) in 60 games. The leading returning defenseman is Riley McCourt who notched 32 points (6G, 26A) in 47 games.

Guelph Storm (0-1-0-0, 5th Midwest Division):
Guelph’s top three picks from the 2019 OHL Draft committed to the storm: Danny Zhilkin (first-round, 14th overall), Jacob Maillet (second-Round), and Mark Sikic (third-round). Liam Hawel is Guelph’s leading returning point-getter from last season. He recorded 78 points (37G, 41A) in 66 games a season ago.

Cam Hillis (Montreal Canadiens) is the lone player on Guelph’s roster with NHL ties.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
There will be no live radio or television coverage for Saturday evening’s contest. However, throughout the regular season, all 68 games 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 with pre-game coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to puck drop.

65 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2019-20 season are also scheduled to be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak. 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.

All Flint Firebirds home and away games throughout the 2019-20 regular 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 2019-20 season.

 

Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will play one home preseason game against their in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit, on Saturday, Sep. 14. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the official practice facility of the Firebirds, Iceland Arenas. Flint’s regular season home opening night is on Saturday, Sep. 28 when the club hosts the Niagara IceDogs at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

Photo Credit: Garrett FitzGerald

 

For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
dominic@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 519-9347

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