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Preview: Firebirds meet Attack in Owen Sound Saturday

Flint Firebirds (4-1-0-0) at Owen Sound Attack (2-2-0-1)
Date | Time Saturday, Oct. 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Location Owen Sound, Ont. | Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (capacity 3,500)
Tickets Online | (519) 371-7452
TV – Rogers TV ch. 53 / 510 HD Live (Owen Sound)
– OHL Action Pak: Rogers TV 470 & Cogeco TV 470 Live (Ontario)
– Broadcast Coverage
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Radio WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 7:00p
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Next Home Game Saturday, Oct. 12: Pink Out Night
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Owen Sound, Ont. – After posting their fourth-consecutive victory, the Firebirds traveled to Owen Sound Friday night to face the Attack in a Saturday night tilt. Puck drop is set 7:30 p.m. (ET) at the J.D. McArthur Arena inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (cap. 3,500).

Flint enters Friday’s contest on a four-game winning streak, which is a new franchise record. Most recently, Flint visited the defending champion Guelph Storm and skated away with a 4 – 3 overtime victory. After falling behind 2 – 0, the ‘Birds fought back and scored three straight goals. Evgeniy Oksentyuk was first to light the lamp, extending his point streak to five games. Connor Roberts tied the contest and Jake Durham put Flint in the lead with his fifth goal in five games. The Storm tied it with under two minutes left in regulation after pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. In the ensuing overtime, Riley McCourt sealed the victory with the game-winner at 2:56 of the extra frame.

The Attack also played Friday night, surrendering a 6 – 4 defeat to the Rangers in Kitchener. Owen Sound ranks fourth in the Midwest Division with a record of 2-2-0-1. Deni Goure, Kaleb Pearson, Daylon Grouix and Barret Kirwin scored for the Attack and netminder Mack Guzda made 31 saves on 37 shots.

Saturday night marks the first of four regular-season meetings between these clubs this campaign, and the first of two in Owen Sound. All-time, Flint holds a record of 4-12-0-0 against the Attack. In road games, the Firebirds are 1-7-0-0. Last season, Flint went 2-2-0-0 in series, with a 0-2-0-0 record away from home.

The last time these two teams met was March 6 in Flint when the Firebirds earned a 6 – 4 victory on home ice. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) recorded a goal and two assists to lead Flint on the scoresheet. Evan Vierling, Riley McCourt and Kyle Harris each recorded two points. Luke Cavallin turned aside 31 of 35 shots to earn the victory in net.

On special teams this season, the Firebirds are killing penalties at a rate of 73.9%, which is 10th-best in the OHL. Owen Sound’s penalty-killers rank 11th at 73.7% efficiency through five games. With the man-advantage, the Attack rank first in the league, converting at a rate of 45.5%.  and Firebirds sit tied for 15th, each scoring at a 17.6% clip.

  

Players to Watch

Flint Firebirds (4-1-0-0, T-2nd West Division):
Owen Sound native Connor Roberts returns to his hometown on a five-game point-streak and is tied for second the Firebirds’ roster in points. Newcomer Evgeniy Oksentyuk leads the ‘Birds on the scoresheet with eight points (3G, 5A) through five games and also has at least a point in all five games this season. Evan Vierling is tied with Roberts for second with seven points. Vierling has one goal and a team-high six helpers. Veteran forward Jake Durham leads the ‘Birds in goals-scored with five.

Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida Panthers) leads the defensive unit with a goal and four assists through five games. Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes) has three helpers for three points, ranking second among the rearguards on the squad.

Between the pipes, Anthony Popovich has appeared in four of Flint’s five games this season. Along with three victories, he’s posted the OHL’s sixth-best goals against average (GAA) at 2.90 and the seventh-best save-percentage (SAV%) of .908. Luke Cavallin made his first appearance in last Sunday’s 8 – 5 victory over the visiting Sarnia Sting. He holds a 5.00 GAA and a SAV% of .875.

NHL: The Firebirds have four players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks), and Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida Panthers). In addition, Jake Durham (Columbus Blue Jackets), Riley McCourt (Boston Bruins), Cody Morgan (Detroit Red Wings), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Arizona Coyotes) and Anthony Popovich (Detroit Red Wings) were invited to NHL Training Camps this year.

Owen Sound Attack (2-2-0-1, 4th Midwest Division):
Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings) and Sergey Popov lead the Attack in scoring, each with seven points in five games. Both players have lit the lamp once and earned six assists. Daylon Grouix leads Owen Sound in goals-scored with four tallies, and has two helpers for six total points.

Rearguards Brady Lyle and Carter Robertson are tied with five points each. Both defensemen have two goals and three assists. Ethan Burroughs tops the freshman class with five points (1G, 4A).

In goal, Mack Guzda has played in four of the Attack’s five games. He carries a 3.18 goals-against average (GAA) and a .885 save-percentage (SAV%) and is credited with one win. Rookie netminder Nick Chenard has played in one contest this season, making 37 saves on 39 shots for a victory. Chenard has a GAA of 2.00 and a SAV% of .949.

NHL: Aidan Dudas (Los Angeles Kings) is the lone player with NHL ties on the Owen Sound roster. In addition, Brady Lyle (Arizona Coyotes), Andrew Perrott (Boston Bruins), Sergey Popov (Winnipeg Jets), and Carter Robertson (Toronto Maple Leafs) were invited to NHL camps as free agents.

The list of notable Owen Sound alumni to play in the NHL includes Sean Avery, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Giordano, Bobby Ryan, Kirk Maltby, Josh Bailey, Joel Ward, Wayne Primeau, Brad Richardson, Andrej Sekera, Trevor Lewis, Andrew Shaw, Cody Ceci, Brian McGrattan, Kevin Weekes, and Paul Bissonnette.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’s contest against the Owen Sound Attack 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 and Andy Clark will provide color commentary on the Flint Firebirds Hockey Radio Network. Pregame coverage will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 7 p.m.

The game will be televised live in the Owen Sound area on channel 53 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers and across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 470 for both Rogers TV and 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, 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.

All Flint Firebirds home and away games throughout the 2019-20 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, $149.99 for all 68 home and away Firebirds games and $179.99 for all 1,360 OHL games throughout the 2019-20 season.

 

Next Home Game:
The Firebirds return to Flint to host the Peterborough Petes on Saturday, October 12th. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

For the fifth-straight year, the Firebirds are teaming up with the McLaren Flint Foundation to raise money to help in the fight against breast cancer. Because the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness, the Firebirds are asking all fans to wear pink to the game. Fans can bid on game worn Flint Firebirds’ player jerseys in a live auction that will take place immediately following the game. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research through the McLaren Flint Foundation. Additionally, the first 400 women will receive a free Pink Carnation courtesy of Bentley Florist. The Firebirds will also have Pink Out merchandise at the Firebirds’ merchandise store, The Birds Nest, inside the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 for Bronze, $16 for Silver, $20 for Gold and $26 for VIP seating (Seating Chart). All seats are reserved / assigned seating. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (810) 744-0580, in-person at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.

 

For more information:

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

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