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Coachella Valley Scores Four Goals in Third Period to Take 1-0 Series Lead

PALM DESERT, CA (May 25, 2023) – The Coachella Valley Firebirds (@Firebirds), defeated the Milwaukee Admirals by the final score of 6-4. Max McCormick netted a hat trick to help his team take a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Max McCormick netted a hat trick to help his team take a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals May 25, 2023 by Craige Campbell / CoachellaValley.com


Tye Kartye scored on the powerplay to get the goal scoring started in the fourth round. Kartye ripped a wrist shot past Yaroslav Askarov for his third of the postseason, assisted by Ryker Evans and Joey Daccord.

Family Fun at the Acrisure Arena. We love our Firebirds Fans by Craige Campbell/ CoachellaValley.com


The Admirals responded just 30 seconds later on a Joakim Kemell redirection.



With his team shorthanded early in the second period, Jimmy Schuldt skated the puck into the offensive zone and wristed a shot past Askarov to put the Firebirds ahead at 5:38. The goal was Schuldt’s fourth of the playoffs and was assisted by Matt Tennyson and Alexander True.


Milwaukee evened the score at 7:50 on a Phil Tomasino tally.

Fans love watching other fans and themselves on the big screen at the Acrisure Arena during a playoff game vs. the Milwaukee Admirals March 25, 2023 by Craige Campbell / CoachellaValley.com


Milwaukee took their first lead of the game just 1:52 into the third period thanks to Michael McCarron.

3-3 and 4-3

The tying goal was scored by Max McCormick and was quickly followed up by an Andrew Poturalski snipe to make it 4-3. The two goals were scored just 47 seconds apart.


Captain McCormick gives post game interview, with Blake Arthur / KESQ and follows with auographs for fans Photos by Megan Ruth / meganruthsphotography.com

5-3 and 6-3

The Firebirds strung together two more goals in the third period to take a commanding 6-3 lead.

McCormick’s second goal of the game added insurance for Coachella Valley with the assist earned to Kole Lind extending the lead to 5-3. The Firebirds’ captain cashed in on an empty net to extend Coachella Valley’s lead to 6-3.


Jimmy Huntington tipped a shot past Joey Daccord to pull the Admirals back within two at 6-4 with 1:54 to play culminating an amazing 4 Firebirds 3rd Period Goals

Joey Daccord made 18 saves in the Firebirds’ fourth straight game one victory.

Joey Daccord made 18 saves in the Firebirds’ fourth straight game one victory. Coachella Valley’s powerplay finished 1-for-4 and the penalty kill went 3-3.

Read the game’s full box score HERE.

The Firebirds face the Admirals for game two of the Western Conference Finals this Saturday, May 27th at Acrisure Arena. Puck drop is set for 7pm PT.

Tickets are available for all home games of the Western Conference Finals. Fans are encouraged to wear white to all Round 4 home games and arrive early to cheer on the home team at Acrisure Arena! Tickets are on sale now with individual tickets starting at just $29 and group tickets (10 or more people) beginning at $25. Visit CVFirebirds.com to purchase and learn more information.

Season tickets for the Firebirds’ 2023-24 campaign are on sale now! For a full list of benefits and more information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2023-24 season, click HERE or call 760-835-8778.

One Valley. One Team. Rising Together. 

About the Coachella Valley Firebirds 

The Coachella Valley Firebirds are the AHL’s 32nd Franchise and the affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. The team is set to play its inaugural season in 2022-2023 at the Acrisure Arena. Visit www.cvfirebirds.com for the latest news and information. 

About Acrisure Arena  

America’s hottest music festival destination finally has the world-class arena it deserves. Opened December 2022, the Acrisure Arena provides the greater Palm Springs area of Southern California with a premiere 11,000+ capacity venue hosting the biggest artists and acts on the planet. Designed specifically for hockey and with optimal acoustics for concerts, the new arena provides top-tier hospitality, artist amenities, and all the benefits of a modern music and sports venue. In addition, the facility serves as the new home of the American Hockey League affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, the Coachella Valley Firebirds. 

The Acrisure Arena is a $300+ million project that is being 100% privately funded through outstanding partners Oak View Group, Seattle Kraken, and Live Nation. Learn more at AcrisureArena.com and follow Acrisure Arena on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

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