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The Firebirds Return to Flint This Weekend as They Wrap-Up Exhibition Play

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Date | Time Friday, Oct. 1 | 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 | 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Iceland Arenas Flint, Mich. | Iceland Arenas Flint, Mich. | Iceland Arenas
Tickets -Free for Season Ticket Holders
-$10 Cash Tickets at the Door
-Free for Season Ticket Holders
-$10 Cash Tickets at the Door
-Free for Season Ticket Holders
-$10 Cash Tickets at the Door
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Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds will return to home ice for the first time in nearly 600 days this weekend at Flint Iceland Arenas. The Firebirds welcome both the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit in town for the teams’ second and final Exhibition Weekend. The three teams will each play two games this weekend and all will be open to the public. Tickets are free for all Firebirds’ season ticket holders. Parking is free for all fans. General admission seating is $10 (cash only) and can only be purchased at the door before each game.

Game 1 this weekend will be between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 will be between the Erie Otters and Flint Firebirds Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Game 3 will see the I-75 Divide Cup rivalry re-ignite as the Flint Firebirds will take on the Saginaw Spirit Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

These three teams met two weeks ago for a similarly styled weekend in Erie. The Otters bested the Firebirds in Game 1, 10-2. Zacharie Giroux added a pair of third-period goals for the Firebirds. Flint then shook off the rust the following day, beating the rival Spirit 5-2 and outshooting them 31-18 in the process. Luke Cavallin made his first start of the exhibition season, stopping 16 of 18 shots he faced. Newly acquired Coulson Pitre added a pair of goals and Amadeus Lombardi had a goal and assist giving him four points (1 G, 3 A) in the two exhibition games. The Otters and Spirit took the ice the next day and saw Erie sweep the weekend as they defeated the Spirit 7-4.

The Firebirds (1-1-0) are led by Amadeus Lombardi and his four points in two games. Behind him, Samuel Assinewai, Zacharie Giroux, Gavin Hayes and Coulson Pitre all have two points apiece. The Firebirds will be without 2021 NHL 1st rounder Brennan Othmann (NY Rangers) and Braeden Kressler (Toronto), who are still at their respective NHL camps. Dmitri Kuzmin (Winnipeg) has been returned to Flint and is expected to make his Firebirds debut this weekend.

The Otters (3-0-0) come into the weekend boasting the OHL’s leading scorer in the preseason, Noah Sedore, who has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in just three games. Additionally, Brendan Sellan (3 G, 3 A) and Elias Cohen (2 G, 3 A) lead the way up front for Erie. The Otters will also welcome back Connor Lockhart (Vancouver), Daniel D’Amato (Vegas) and Colby Saganiuk (Toronto) back from NHL camps.

The Spirit (1-2-0) have been led by 2021 Priority Selection 1st-round pick Luke McNamara (2 G, 2 A) so far in the preseason. Dalton Duhart, Dean Loukus and Nick Wong all come into the weekend with 1 G and 2 A apiece. Saginaw will welcome back Josh Bloom (Buffalo) and Mitchell Smith (Colorado) from NHL camps this weekend while still without T-Bone Codd (Detroit) and goaltender Tristan Lennox (NY Islanders).

Home Opener: The Firebirds will open the regular season Saturday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Dort Financial Center as they welcome back the Erie Otters to kick off the 2021-22 season. Tickets are on sale HERE: ETix

Broadcast Coverage:
There will be no live radio or television coverage for this weekend’s exhibition games. 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. Jack Sznewajs will call the play-by-play action with pre-game coverage prior to puck drop.

Also, all Flint Firebirds’ home and away games throughout the 2021-22 regular season can be watched anywhere in the world online on https://watch.chl.ca/ohl. CHL TV is the league’s new and improved 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 for 24-hour access, $24.99 for monthly access, $109.99 for all-access to the 2021-22 Firebirds and OHL season, or $159.99 for all-access to the entire 2021-22 CHL season.

For more information, contact:
Jack Sznewajs
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
jack@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 519-9347 ext. 223

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