Flint, Mich. – The Firebirds play host to West Division rival Sarnia Sting this Wednesday morning for the club’s second-annual “School Day Game.” Puck drop is set for 11 a.m. (ET) at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.
Wednesday’s contest marks the fourth of eight meetings between the two clubs this season, and the second of four in Flint. Most recently, the Firebirds earned their first point of the season in a 6-5 overtime defeat to Sarnia on home-ice on Oct. 27. Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Ethan Keppen and Connor Roberts recorded multi-point games and netminder Luke Cavallin made 38 saves on 43 shots.
All-time, Flint holds a 13-13-1-0 record against the Sting and a 7-5-1-0 record on home ice in the series.
Most recently, the Ottawa 67’s earned a 7-4 victory over Flint on Saturday, Nov. 3. Sarnia has earned three victories in their past five games but fell to Windsor on the road Saturday 5-2.
On special teams, Sarnia has the 17th-best power-play in the 20-team OHL, converting on 12.1% of their chances. Flint is operating at 7.1% while on the man-advantage. While shorthanded, Sarnia ranks 13th, successfully killing 79.7% of their penalties while the Firebirds are 20th at 66.7%.
More than 2,000 students are expected from over 20 different area schools throughout Flint & Genesee County in partnership with the Crim Fitness Foundation, Mass Transit Authority (MTA), McDonald’s of Michigan, Positivity Project, SodexoMAGIC and United Way. There will be educational messages ranging from leadership to perseverance displayed throughout the event on the video board from Firebirds’ Associate Coach Darcy Findlay, captain Ty Dellandrea, goaltender Emanuel Vella and City of Flint Fire Department Quartermaster Rico Phillips.
This game also marks the second ‘Winning Wednesday’ game this season. The Firebirds are offering amazing deals for all Wednesday home games, featuring $2 Hot Dogs and $2 Popcorn. Also, every time the Firebirds win at home on a Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game.
Single game tickets for all Firebirds games are $12 Bronze, $16 Silver, $20 Gold and $26 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 Event Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com here.
Players to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (0-16-1-0, 5th West Division):
Flint captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) leads all Firebirds in offensive production with a point-per-game average. On Sunday he recorded a goal and two assists against the Ottawa 67’s, extending his current point-streak to seven games (4G, 8A). For the season, Dellandrea has 17 points in 17 games played. First-year forward Jacob Winterton and assistant captain Jake Durham are each tied with 10 points. Winterton is tied for the team-lead in goals-scored, with six. Durham also scored once and added two helpers on Sunday.
Fedor Gordeev leads the defenseman with seven points in 13 games played on the season.
In net, Emanuel Vella holds a 5.77 goals-against average (GAA) and a .853 save percentage (SAV%) in 12 appearances. Luke Cavallin has a 6.07 GAA and a .845 SAV% across 11 appearances.
NHL: The Firebirds have three players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, five other Firebirds’ players attended NHL Camps this past off-season: Hunter Holmes (Philadelphia Flyers), Riley McCourt (Dallas Stars), Hakon Nilsen (New York Islanders), Connor Roberts (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Emanuel Vella (New York Islanders). In addition, netminder Luke Cavallin, forward Ethan Keppen and defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok were named to NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft, released Oct 1.
Sarnia Sting (7-7-2-0, 4th West Division):
Hugo Leufvenius leads Sarnia in points through 16 games with eight goals and 11 assists. Adam Ruzicka (Calgary Flames) ranks second with 16 points (3G, 13A) in 16 games. Anthony Salinitri (Philadelphia Flyers) and Ryan McGregor (Toronto Maple Leafs) are each tied with 14 points.
Defenseman Mitch Elliot, who hails from Grosse Pointe, Mich., leads all blue-liners on the club with 13 points in 15 games this season. First-year forward Jacob Perreault, the Sting’s first-round pick from this year’s draft, has 11 points in 14 games. Perreault also ranks second on the Sting in goals-scored, with seven.
In net, Aiden Hughes and Ethan Langevein have each made nine appearances. Langevin has four wins and carries a 3.11 goals-against average (GAA) and a .883 save percentage (SAV%). Hughes has three wins, along with a 4.08 GAA and a SAV% of .871.
NHL: The Sting feature three players with NHL ties, including Ryan McGregor (Toronto Maple Leafs), Adam Ruzicka (Calgary Flames) and Anthony Salinitri (Philadelphia Flyers). Theo Calvas and Mitch Eliot both attended the Carolina Hurricanes camp. Forward Jamieson Rees was also listed on the NHL Central Scouting’s North American ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming NHL Draft, released Oct 1.
13 notable Sting’s alumni to play in the NHL are Reid Boucher, Eric Boulton, Daniel Carcillo, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Galchenyuk, Matt Martin, Connor Murphy, Dalton Prout, Brett Ritchie, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Spooner, Nail Yakupov and Pavel Zacha.
Wednesday morning’s contest against the Sarnia Sting 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 10:30 a.m.
The game will also be televised live in Sarnia on YourTV channel 6 / 700 (HD) for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 448 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 Friday’s game, 65 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 season.
Blue Line Club Menu:
Presented by Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe, Wednesday morning’s menu for the Blue Line Club features scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, waffles and fresh fruit. The menu is available to all sponsors and season ticket holders for $10 per person. Breakfast RSVP’s are encouraged by emailing Karla Turner at email@example.com.
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club