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Coachella Valley Moves to 10-1-0-0 on the Road After Win in Abbotsford

The Firebirds defeated the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday night by the final score of 4-2. Max McCormick, Jaycob Megna, Ville Ottavainen, and Luke Henman scored in the victory to move Coachella Valley to a 10-1-0-0 road record this season.

Coachella Valley opened the scoring in the opening period on a nifty feed from Andrew Poturalski to Max McCormick. Poturalski maneuvered past the Canucks’ blueline and found McCormick in the slot to give the Firebirds a 1-0 lead. Cale Fleury earned the secondary assist on the captain’s ninth goal of the season. Abbotsford tied the game 25 seconds later on a Linus Karlsson goal and took the lead on a powerplay goal from Sheldon Dries at 17:23.

The second period belonged to the Firebirds, scoring three times and outshooting the Canucks 18-1. Jaycob Megna tied the game with his first goal with Coachella Valley at 5:46 of the middle frame, followed by a go-ahead by Ville Ottavainen for his second of the season. Luke Henman extended the team’s lead with a wrist shot from the circle to make it 4-2 at 14:07.

The Firebirds held off the Canucks in the third period to win the game and move to 10-1-0-0 on the road this season and 12-7-1 overall.

Chris Driedger stopped 22 of the 24 shots he saw while Nikita Tolopilo stopped 31 of 35.

The Firebirds powerplay went 0-for-2 and the penalty kill finished the night 3-for-4.

See the game’s full box score HERE.


The Firebirds rematch against the Canucks on Wednesday night back at Acrisure Arena. Puck drop is set for 7pm PT. Head to Ticketmaster to lock in your seat before it’s too late. Don’t forget to purchase parking in advance online at ParkWhiz.

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