For the first time, we can officially say the Coachella Valley Firebirds next game will be at home. However, they may want to carry some of the road magic they showed Friday night into that home debut.
The Firebirds dominated the San Diego Gulls to the tune of an 8-1 victory. It was the largest margin of victory in franchise history and came in their 22nd consecutive game played away from their Acrisure Arena home.
A testament to the team’s skill and mettle, the Firebirds finished that long stretch, which included four games in Seattle that were considered “home games,” with a 14-5-3 record and are currently in third place in the Pacific Division.
In Friday’s drubbing of the Gulls, it was Mr. October, Jesper Froden leading the way. Froden, who was the AHL player of the month in October, had a hat trick in the win, scoring a goal in each period.
He was joined in the goal column by Max McCormick who scored his 10th goal of the year on a short-handed goal, Austin Pgoanski (4th goal of the year), Luke Henman (2nd), John Hayden (8th) and Carsen Twarynksi (5th). Defenseman Ryker Evans was in a very sharing mood, dishing out three assists in the win. Joey Daccord finished the game with 17 saves to record the victory in net.
The Firebirds, an affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, at long last will make their Acrisure Arena debut Sunday. The puck drops at 6 p.m. against the Tucson Roadrunners (Coyotes). There will be a free fan fest at the arena with games and fun for the whole family on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday leading up to the game starting at 2 p.m.