PLAYOFF PREVIEW; Firebirds (7) vs Greyhounds (2)
Western Conference Quarter-Final Series
Flint Firebirds (7) vs Soo Greyhounds (2)
Separated by twenty-eight points in the Western Conference standings, the Soo Greyhounds (48-16-3-1, 100 points) and Flint Firebirds (32-28-3-5, 72 points) will meet in their opening round best-of-seven playoff series starting on Thursday Night (full schedule below).
It’s the first time the Hounds will meet their division rival since it’s move to Flint prior to the start of the 2015-16 season from Plymouth.
(the Hounds and Whalers met in 2010 where the Whalers won the series in five games).
This year the divsion rivals met six (6) times during the regular season, evenly splitting the season series with the visiting team coming out on top every game.
The Hounds were 3-1-1-1 overall against Flint.
Here’s some numbers from their head-to-head match-ups in the regular season;
Goals For – 25 | Goals Against – 21
Shots For – 173 | Shots Against – 197
Power Play – 6 for 29 (20.7%) | Penalty Kill – 22 for 26 (84.6%)
DOWN THE STRETCH
While the Greyhounds finished and clinched their third West Division title in four year’s (Angelo Bumbacco Trophy), Flint struggled heading into the post-season.
The Hounds were 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Flint heads into the post season winless in their last 7 games (0-4-2-1) and were 3-4-2-1 in their last 10.
POST-SEASON BETWEEN THE PIPES
One similarity between the two teams is the lack of playoff experience between the pipes.
Between the four goalies on the Hounds and Firebirds, there is just 40 minutes of playoff experience.
Back in his rookie season with the Hounds (2015), JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS relieved BRANDON HALVERSON for third period action in a pair of games (Saginaw/Guelph) that were in full control by the Hounds.
The Chatham, ON faced, and stopped, an even eight shots in both appearances.
THREE OF THE TOP 15
While the Erie Otter’s Alex DeBrincat posted the league-leading 127 points this regular season, there are three players in this series in the Top 15.
Flint’s Ryan Moore (39-51-90) finished in 7th while teammate Kole Sherwood (33-52-85) rounded out the top 10.
Greyhounds’ BOBBY MACINTYRE’S 80-point season (28-52-80) pegged him as the 14th highest offense in the OHL.
REGULAR SEASON SCORING – TOP 3
• Bobby MacIntyre (28-52-80); 24 PP Pts; 4 SHG; 7 GWG
• Zach Senyshyn (42-23-65); 262 SOG; 16 PP Pts; 10 GWG
• Boris Katchouk (35-29-64); 10 PP Pts; 7 SHG; 6 GWG
• Ryan Moore (39-51-90); 21 PP Pts; 3 SHG; 1 GWG
• Kole Sherwood (33-52-85); 19 PP Pts; 292 SOG; 6 GWG
• Nicholas Caamano (35-29-64); 16 PP Pts; 4 SHG; 4 GWG
PLAYOFF SERIES SCHEDULE (Best-of-seven series)
GAME 1 – Thursday, March 23 @ SSM (7:07)
GAME 2- Saturday, March 25 @ SSM (7:07)
GAME 3 – Monday, March 27 @ FLNT (7:00)
GAME 4 – Wednesday, March 29 @ FLNT (7:00)
*GAME 5 – Friday, March 31 @ SSM (7:07)
*GAME 6 – Sunday, April 2 @ FLNT (4:00)
*GAME 7 – Tuesday, April 4 @ SSM (7:07)
* denotes “if necessary”
INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS
First Round Price Freeze
Great seats are available now for both Game 1 & 2 directly at the Essar Centre Box Office, online (CLICK HERE), or over the phone (1-866-775-9422).
There has been a price freeze heading into the opening round of the playoffs (per ticket, including tax):
• Adult: $23.00
• Student/Senior: $19.50
• Child: $12.00
Be sure to secure your seats in advance and come enjoy some spectacular playoff hockey!
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
Season Ticket Holders who did not opt into the playoff package will have their seats held up until 48 hours before each game (unless otherwise stipulated).
Should the 48 hour window not be available, we will both send out a newsletter and post the information on soogreyhounds.com. It is the onus of our season ticket holders to stay informed with the information provided.
Season Ticket Holders purchasing on a Game-by-Game basis will have the following deadlines to purchase their Season Ticket locations.
• Game 1 Release Deadline: Tuesday March 21 at 5:30PM
• Game 2 Release Deadline: Thursday March 23 at 7:07PM
After deadlines have been passed, all unpurchased seats will be released for resale to the general public. Once season seat locations have been released and purchased, we do not have the ability to reacquire your seat for that game.
For more information on Season Ticket Holder playoff options and pricing, visit our website (CLICK HERE).
If you purchased the playoff ticket package, your seats have already been secured for the entire 2017 Playoff run. You will be charged on a round by round basis and run no risk of having your seats released.
PLAYOFF SEASON TICKET HOLDER DISCOUNT @ HOUND POUND
We are excited to announce that 2016-2017 Season Ticket Holders will receive 30% off regular priced merchandise at all playoff home games.
The discount is only offered and valid during the game when the Hound Pound is open from 6:00pm until the 10 minute-mark of the 3rd period.
Season Ticket Holders must provide their 2016-2017 VIP Card and that days game ticket in order to receive the discount.
Every minute of the action this series will be covered LIVE on Rock 101.
Fans can tune into the action one-half hour prior to the opening face-off on 101.3 FM or via the online stream HERE.
Additionally, HOME games will be broadcast on ShawTV starting at 7 PM.
A complete tv schedule can be viewed HERE.