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Preview: Firebirds head to Saginaw Friday for preseason contest

Ben Hoffman
Flint Firebirds at Saginaw Spirit
Date | Time  Friday, Sep. 13 | 7:05 p.m.
Location  Saginaw, Mich. | Dow Event Center (capacity 5,527)
Tickets  (989) 497-7747
TV – None (preseason)
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Video Stream – None (preseason)
Radio – None (preseason)
Radio (Mobile) – None (preseason)
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Next Home Game  Saturday, Sep. 14 vs. Saginaw:  (Details)
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Saginaw, Mich. – The Firebirds (2-0) will play their first of two back-two-back preseason games against the Spirit (2-1) on the road Friday evening. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Dow Event Center (capacity 5,500) in Saginaw.

Friday marks the third of four preseason games for Flint this exhibition season. The Firebirds posted a 7-5 road victory in Guelph on Saturday, Aug. 31, scoring four unanswered goals to rally for the victory. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) recorded four assists, Brennan Othmann tallied a three-point night (2G, 1A), Riley McCourt scored twice and Evan Morrison made 26 saves on 31 shots to lead the Firebirds.

On Wednesday, the club travelled to Windsor and outscored the Spitfires 3 – 2 while missing 10 players, with 7 gone to NHL Training camps. Brennan Othmann recorded two assists, Jake Durham, Jack Phibbs and Connor Roberts each scored for Flint. Luke Cavallin made 20 saves on 22 shots and Evan Morrison made all six saves on six shots.

Saginaw is 2-1-0-0 in the preseason this year. They fell 8 – 5 to the Petes in Peterborough in their first exhibition contest on Aug. 30 before posting victories over the Kitchener Rangers and North Bay Battalion.

Newly signed forward Zacharie Giroux (read moreand goaltender Peyton Grainer (read more) are expected to make their OHL preseason debuts Friday night.

Flint finished preseason action last year with a 2-3-0-0 record. All-time, Flint is 7-12-0-0 in exhibition games. The Firebirds and Spirit have met seven times in the preseason over the last four years, and Flint has won three of them. On the road in exhibition contests between these rivals, Flint’s record is 1-3-0-0.

In the regular season, all-time, Flint is 10-20-0-2 versus the Spirit and 4-12-0-0 at the Dow Event Center. The last time Flint was in Saginaw was on Feb. 13. Riley McCourt and Jake Durham scored for the ‘Birds that evening, and both of them are expected to play Friday after returning from NHL camps earlier this week.

The Firebirds had a record nine players attend NHL training camps ahead of the 2019-20 OHL campaign: Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Jake Durham (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida Panthers), Riley McCourt (Boston Bruins), Cody Morgan (Detroit Red Wings), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Arizona Coyotes) and Anthony Popovich (Detroit Red Wings).

 

Broadcast Coverage:
There will be no live radio or television coverage for Friday 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 Flint Firebirds will host their in-state rival, the Saginaw Spirit, in the Firebirds’ only home exhibition game of the 2019 Pre-Season this Saturday, September 14th. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Firebirds’ official practice facility, Flint Iceland Arenas on Elms Rd. in Clayton Township. Tickets are free for all Firebirds’ season ticket holders. Parking is free for all fans. General admission seating is $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or at Iceland Arena’s. 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: Ben Hoffman / Saginaw Spirit

 

For more information:

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

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