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Coachella Valley Extends Points Streak to 13 with Final Minute Goal from McCormick

The Coachella Valley Firebirds defeated the Texas Stars on Saturday Night at Acrisure Arena by the final score of 4-2. Ryan Winterton scored the game’s first goal while Andrew Poturalski, Max McCormick, and Cameron Hughes each scored in the game’s final five minutes to seal the victory and earn the Firebirds their 13th straight game with a point. 

Ryan Winterton notched his 21st of the season at 15:58 of the opening period. Marian Studenic and Cale Fleury picked up the assists as Winterton ripped a shot under the crossbar to make it 1-0. Texas tied the game with 1:47 left in the first.

Coachella Valley outshot Texas 14-9 in the second period but the Stars were the only team to strike. Matej Blumel’s 26th of the year gave the visitors the lead at the 14:44 mark of the middle frame. 

As the game moved in to the final five minutes, Andrew Poturalski drove to the Texas net and made a power move to beat goaltender Remi Poirier to tie it at two. The goal was Poturalski’s 13th of the season and was assisted by Marian Studenic and Jimmy Schuldt. 

With the game tied inside the last minute, Kole Lind took a wrist shot from the blue line that was redirected by Max McCormick, giving Coachella Valley the lead with 53 seconds left. Schuldt earned his second assist of the game on McCormick’s team-leading 27th goal of the year. Cameron Hughes scored 14 seconds later to make it 4-2. It was the shortest time between two goals in Firebirds’ history (previous was :25 on January 22, 2023, vs. San Diego).

The win moves Coachella Valley’s record to 38-13-5-4 and gives them points in 23 of their last 24 games. There were no penalties called in the game.

The Firebirds outshot the Stars 45-23. Chris Driedger made 21 saves on 23 shots to earn his 18th win of the season.

For the game’s full box score, click HERE.


After a week on the road, the Firebirds return home to face the San Jose Barracuda on Thursday, April 4th. 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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