It seemed like many of the Firebirds spent a lot of time in the penalty box Thursday night, Dec. 14. In fact, the Firebirds played three-on-five a couple of times during the game, just to change things up from four-on-five.

It seemed like many of the Firebirds spent a lot of time in the penalty box Thursday night, Dec. 14.  In fact, the Firebirds played three-on-five a couple of times during the game, just to change things up from four-on-five.  But it didn’t hurt them.  The Firebird girls beat the Jamestown Bluejays 3-1, at the Burdick Arena.

The ‘Jays went on the board in the first quarter.  Firebird goalie Molly Black did a great job all game of defending the goal and smothering shots, but an especially good job on those shorthanded power plays.  The Firebirds did a good job of controlling the puck and the speed of the game.  Sometimes play got heavy for Black in the goal, but for the most part, again even during three-on-five power plays, the Firebirds managed to keep the play on the ‘Jays’s side of the ice.

The second period began with Firebird players spending four out of the first seven minutes in the penalty box.  Finally at full strength, Hannah Houle picked up the loose puck and pulled away to put the puck past ‘Jays’s goalie Erin Anderson at 5:01, to tie the game at one each.  The Firebirds spent most of the second period moving the puck around the ‘Jays’s zone keeping Anderson busy.

The Bluejays came into the third period much more aggressive and put Black to the test.  She got fired on a lot, and gloved, deflected, and smothered the puck.  The Firebirds worked the puck back to the Bluejay zone and at 6:48, Kaylie Klemetsrud snuck around the back of the net and hooked a goal past Anderson for the Firebird lead.

The Bluejays pulled Anderson and just as Klemetsrud picked the puck from the Firebird end and Anderson was reaching the bench, Klemetsrud put the puck between two ‘Jays from the blue line into the empty net.  

The Firebirds held on to beat the Bluejays 3-1.