It was a workout for the goalies tonight, Thursday, Dec.13. Jamestown Bluejays goalie Erin Anderson beat back 28 of 30 shots, and the Firebirds Molly Black stopped 24 out of 25. The Firebirds defense made the difference on the night.

It was a workout for the goalies tonight, Thursday, Dec.13.  Jamestown Bluejays goalie Erin Anderson beat back 28 of 30 shots, and the Firebirds Molly Black stopped 24 out of 25.  The Firebirds defense made the difference on the night.

The Firebirds offense was aggressive and a lot of the play was on the Bluejays side of the ice.  They gave Anderson a challenge in the first period putting nine shots on goal. With 6:46 left in the period the Bluejays got their first of nine powerplays, but got only two good shots at Black.  The Firebirds defense did a great job of stick checking near the crease and clearing the puck out of their zone.

The Firebirds came really close to scoring in the first and rang two shots off the outside of the Bluejays goal.  The period ended zero-zero, with the Firebirds still shorthanded.

The second started with 23 seconds left on a Bluejays powerplay, but at the 13:12 mark the Firebirds had two more sitting in the box, and the Bluejays had a huge opportunity with a five on three powerplay.  Firebirds head coach Rob McIvor called for time and was quite animated conversing with his players on the Firebirds sideline.

The Firebirds defense held again, and beat back the Bluejays.  Black knocked down some good shots by the Bluejays.  The Firebirds then controlled the flow of the game and the puck but couldn’t get it past Anderson.

The Bluejays got another powerplay at the six minute mark, but evened the ice one minute into the powerplay by putting one of their own in the penalty box.  The Firebirds got to full strength and with five seconds left on their powerplay got the puck past Anderson.  Elle Black tipped it back to Kaylie Klemetsrud who put the puck past Anderson’s outstretched pad.

The Firebirds gave the Bluejays yet another powerplay to start a period.  Two minutes into the third it was five on four, Bluejays.  Then, just like in the second period, with time on the first penalty another Firebirds went into the box, for a five on three Bluejays powerplay.  At 9:50 they gave the Bluejays a third powerplay.  And again the defense held.

The Bluejays tied the game when the Firebirds were at full strength at 7:17.  Abby Soulis got through the Firebirds defense and went one-on-one with Molly Black and lifted the puck over her glove.

The teams played hard, and the Firebirds attacked, but regulation ran out and it was into an eight minute overtime.

Fourteen seconds into O/T, and the Bluejays were down a player, tripping, and the Firebirds had a powerplay.  Twenty-five seconds later and Klemetsrud passed to Elle Black in front of the net and Black got the puck past Anderson for the win.

The Firebirds had 18 minutes of penalties to the Bluejays 10, and the Bluejays had over 15 minutes in powerplays to the Firebirds eight minutes.  Steller defense tonight by the Firebirds girls.  Going into tonight’s game the Firebirds were in sixth place Fargo Davies, and Jamestown was in ninth.