Shane Wright’s Three-Point Night Leads Coachella Valley to Win Over Calgary
The Firebirds defeated the Calgary Wranglers on Friday night by the final score of 4-3. Shane Wright recorded his second three-point in his last three games as Coachella Valley moved into a third-place tie in the Pacific Division.
Calgary scored the first goal of the game on Pride Night, presented by Silvercrest. Jonathan Aspirot beat Ales Stezka to put the Wranglers on top at 7:36 of the opening frame. Coachella Valley killed off a four-minute double minor penalty to begin the second period and answered to tie the game. Connor Carrick launched a shot past Oscar Dansk for his tenth of the season with the assists belonging to Peetro Seppala and Shane Wright.
The Firebirds took their first lead of the game 1:19 later on a powerplay goal from Andrew Poturalski. The goal came just 11 seconds into the man-advantage as Cale Fleury found Poturalski at the blue line. The goal was Poturalski’s seventh of the season and Wright earned his second assist of the game.
Ville Petman and Cameron Hughes each scored in the first 8:04 of the third period. Marian Studenic assisted on both goals to help the Firebirds extend their lead to 4-1. The Wranglers found the back of the net twice to pull within one, but Stezka came up big on a chance inside the final minute to keep his team ahead.
With the win, the Firebirds are now 21-12-3-1 on the season and earn their 45th and 46th points of the season, moving them into a third-place tie with the Ontario Reign. Coachella Valley outshot Calgary 35-28 and was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill while going 1-for-6 on the powerplay.
See the game’s full box score HERE.
“We thank the Coachella Valley Firebirds for their strong commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone. Pride Night brings the LGBTQ+ and ally community together to support the Firebirds and celebrate the beautiful diversity that strengthens our community. The Firebirds’ support of Greater Palm Springs Pride tonight will help create safe and affirming opportunities for youth to participate in activities related to Pride throughout the year, ” said Ron deHarte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride.
The Firebirds hit the road for four-straight games beginning tomorrow against the Ontario Reign. Puck drop is set for 6pm PT at Toyota Arena. Coachella Valley returns home to face the Calgary Wranglers on Thursday, January 31st for Fuego Bobblehead Night! Don’t out on this great giveaway! 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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