Saginaw, Mich. – The Firebirds are set to go to the Saginaw Spirit once more Saturday with one other installment of the I-75 Divide Cup, introduced by Coors Gentle. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (ET) on the Dow Occasion Middle.
These groups have met 9 instances to this point this season, and Flint has the 5-4 sequence lead at this level. The in-state rivals will meet a complete of 12 instances this season. The primary crew to win seven video games claims the coveted I-75 Divide Cup trophy. Ought to the golf equipment every win six of the video games, the aim differential shall decide the winner. Presently, the Firebirds are plus-6 in scoring versus the Spirit, which means a sixth win might safe the sequence victory.
The final time these groups met was January 5 in Saginaw, when the Firebirds skated to a 4-1 victory. That evening, Luke Cavallin stole the present, making 31 saves on 32 pictures and incomes ‘First Star’ honors for his efforts. Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers) recorded a two-point evening (1 G, 1 A), and Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks) scored his first OHL aim of the season in his first sport again from American Hockey League (AHL). Tag Bertuzzi and Amadeus Lombardi scored Flint’s different two objectives within the victory, and Nick Wong netted the lone tally for Saginaw.
Main the way in which for Flint by means of 9 conferences with Saginaw are first-year ahead Coulson Pitre and veteran ahead Riley Piercey, every with eight factors in 9 video games. Pitre has 4 objectives and 4 assists, and Piercey has two tallies and 6 helpers, although he’s solely performed in six tilts versus the up-north rivals. Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers) is third with seven whole factors (3 G, 4 A) within the sequence. For Saginaw, Grand Blanc, Mich. native Dalton Duhart (2 G, 7 A) and Dean Loukus (4 G, 5 A) are tied with 9 factors every. Rookie Matyas Sapovaliv has 5 objectives and three assists versus Flint, and Josh Bloom (Buffalo Sabres) has three objectives plus 4 helpers within the rivalry this yr.
The Firebirds enter Saturday’s contest in third place within the West Division with a report of 16-12-0-2. The Spirit presently rank fourth within the West, with a 13-15-1-0 report. On the highway this yr, the Firebirds have a formidable report of 9-4-0-1. Saginaw’s house report is 5-9-0-0. The Birds have picked up 11 factors of their previous ten video games with a 5-4-0-1 report. The Spirit earned six factors of their final ten, going 3-7-0-0 in that span.
All-time, Flint carries a report of 19-26-0-3 towards Saginaw, with an away report of 11-14-0-0 within the sequence. Saturday marks the tenth of 12 whole conferences between the golf equipment this season, and the fifth of six to be performed in Saginaw. Up to now, the Spirit have received one of many 4 video games performed on the Dow Occasion Middle.
On particular groups, Flint ranks fifteenth on the ability play, changing at an 18.1% fee. The Spirit rank nineteenth, scoring at a 14.5% clip. These groups maintain the highest two of the penalty-kill (PK) charges within the 20-team OHL, nonetheless. The Birds are within the primary spot on the PK, holding their opposition scoreless 85.6% of the time. Saginaw’s PK ranks an in depth second with an 85.3% success fee.
Gamers to Watch:
Flint Firebirds (16-12-0-2, third West Division):
Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers) tops the scoresheet for Flint, now with 42 factors (23 G, 19 A) in 28 video games. He’s tied for third in objectives scored within the OHL, and he ranks tenth general in whole factors. Othmann can also be tied for the second-most shorthanded tallies within the league, with three. Riley Piercey holds the second spot in scoring, and now has eleven objectives and 17 helpers in 25 contests. Piercey rides a four-game point-streak into Saturday’s tilt (5 A) as does OA ahead Tag Bertuzzi (3 G, 1 A). Amadeus Lombardi ranks third for the Firebirds with 13 objectives and 14 assists by means of 29 video games performed.
Flint’s high defender Tyler Deline ranks contained in the top-ten rearguards within the OHL in a number of classes, together with assists (seventh), factors (T-Ninth), and power-play assists (third). Deline’s scored thrice and chipped in 20 assists for his membership this season, with 13 of these assists approaching the ability play.
Flint’s high rookie on the scoresheet is Coulson Pitre with 12 objectives and 12 assists by means of 24 video games performed. Pitre sits first atop the listing of OHL rookies at 1.00 factors per sport, and he’s tied for second for objectives scored by a first-year participant.
In web, Luke Cavallin has appeared in 22 video games up to now, which is tied for sixth-most by any netminder within the OHL. He has 12 wins, that are the fifth-most within the league. He carries a goals-against common (GAA) of three.40 and his save proportion (SV%) is .901. Rookie netminder Ian Michelone has now performed in eight video games and has 4 victories. He carries a GAA of 4.03 and a SV% of .889. To this point, Michelone is the one lively OHL rookie goaltender with a shutout this season.
NHL: The Firebirds have 4 gamers on their roster with NHL ties consisting of Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks), Braeden Kressler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Dmitry Kuzmin (Winnipeg Jets), and Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers). Additionally, Gavin Hayes and Simon Slavicek had been not too long ago named to the 2022 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings.
Regardless of Flint enjoying in simply 5 OHL seasons up to now, Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes / Detroit Purple Wings), Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets), and Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) are three former Firebirds to play within the NHL. Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers) and Firebirds’ alumni Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit Purple Wings) and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) have all performed in NHL pre-season contests. In whole, the crew has produced 21 signed or drafted gamers into the NHL.
Saginaw Spirit (13-15-1-0, 4th West Division):
Josh Bloom (Buffalo Sabres) stays atop the leaderboard for the Spirit with 30 factors (15 G, 15 A) by means of 28 video games. Bloom sits approach atop the league’s leaderboard for shorthanded objectives with six this season. No different OHL participant has greater than three. Rookie Matyas Sapovaliv, who is among the highest-rated rookies within the league, ranks second for Saginaw in scoring. Sapovaliv has ten objectives, that are the sixth-most amongst rookies, in addition to 15 assists. His 25 whole factors are tied for second amongst rookies, and he’s tied for fourth in assists and third in power-play tallies among the many league’s freshman class. Saginaw’s high defenseman is Pavel Mintyukov, who ranks third on the membership in whole factors. His six objectives are tied for sixth-most amongst defenders within the OHL, and his 22 whole factors are tied for eighth-most within the rearguard membership.
Between the pipes, Tristan Lennox (New York Islanders) has appeared in 14 video games and earned 5 victories. He carries a 2.92 goals-against common (GAA), which is the eighth-best amongst all goaltenders with 10 or extra appearances this season. His save proportion (SV%) is .892. Shelby Township, Mich. native Andrew Oke has performed in 15 contests, selecting up seven victories. Oke carries a 4.21 GAA with a SV% of .852.
NHL: The Spirit have two gamers with NHL ties, consisting of Josh Bloom (Buffalo Sabres) and Tristan Lennox (New York Islanders). Moreover, ahead Matyas Sapovaliv, rearguards Pavel Mintyukov and Roberto Mancini, and goaltender Andrew Oke had been all named to the 2022 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings.
12 notable Spirit alumni to play within the NHL are Cody Bass, Paul Bissonnette, T.J. Brodie, Matt Corrente, Filip Hronek, Jan Mursak, Jamie Oleksiak, Dalton Prout, Tom Pyatt, Brandon Saad, Chris Thorburn and Vincent Trocheck.
Saturday night’s contest towards the Saginaw Spirit might be heard dwell on the radio all through Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, on-line at www.us103.com, or by downloading the US 103 app here. Jack Sznewajs will name the play-by-play motion on the Firebirds Hockey Community (FHN). Pregame protection will start previous to puck drop at 6:45 p.m. (ET) Saturday night.
The sport may also be televised dwell throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Motion Pak on channel 469 (4469 HD) for each Rogers TV and Cogeco TV cable subscribers. OHL followers with cable tv in Ontario can add the OHL Motion Pak to their tv plan to catch the Firebirds in motion, house or away all season lengthy.
Additionally, all Flint Firebirds’ house and away video games all through the 2021-22 common season might be watched wherever on the earth on-line on https://watch.chl.ca/ohl. CHL TV is the league’s new and improved video streaming platform that delivers high-quality dwell and on-demand protection of all common season and playoff video games yearly. The associated fee is $6.99 for 24-hour entry, $24.99 for month-to-month entry, $109.99 for all-access to the 2021-22 Firebirds and OHL season, or $159.99 for all-access to your entire 2021-22 CHL season.
Subsequent Up: The Firebirds’ highway journey continues as they proceed to navigate across the Ontario authorities’s laws. They head to Windsor to faceoff towards the Spitfires Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. earlier than taking over the Guelph Storm on the Sleeman Centre at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18th. Keep up-to-date with all scheduling modifications at flintfirebirds.com and by following the Firebirds on social media.
Story: Brandon Mills/flintfirebirds.com
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