TCHL: Firebird finally heats up

In TCHL action at the Cominco Arena, Firebird rallied in the third period to win its first game of the season on Sunday.

In Trail Commercial Hockey League action at the Cominco Arena, Firebird rallied in the third period to win its first game of the season on Sunday, by serving up a 5-3 loss to the Arlington.

Eric Hill took a pass from Trevor Fennell and pumped in his second goal of the night 1:13 into the final frame to break a 3-3 tie, while goalie Mike Kooznetsoff shut the door the rest of the way to put Firebird firmly in the win column.

Firebird jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Hill and Craig Clare, and made it 3-0 when Fennell converted a neat feed from Hill to give the combustible avian a seemingly comfortable lead at 14:33 of the second.

However, the Big A stormed back scoring three straight goals from Jake Vlanich, Kris Kent, and Darryl Zol in less than five minutes to knot the game at 3-3. But that’s as close as they’d get as Hill’s winner decided it and Al Berglund would make it 5-3 with just 12 seconds remaining to ice it for Firebird.

In other action Sunday, Re/Max squeezed out a 5-4 victory over OK Tire, to increase its lead in the TCHL.

The implacable Cohen Rutherglen netted what proved to be the winning goal at 12:54 of the second frame to give the realtors a 5-3 lead, which held up despite a late third-period marker by the Tire’s Troy Palmer.

The Tire grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Darrin Kissock settled a pass from Shawn Venturini and wired home a shot.

But Re/Max came back scoring three straight on goals by Graham Proulx, Rutherglen and Gabe Gaudet to take a 3-1 lead.

Palmer would cut the lead to one late in the first, but Devyn Hill restored the two-point spread, before Shane Drake struck again for the Tire.

Despite the loss, the Tire moved into a tie for second place with Arlington by virtue of a close 2-1 victory over the Allstars on Thursday.

Tonight’s action will see Firebird take on OK Tire at 7:15 p.m. and Arlington face off against the Allstars at 8:30 p.m. On Friday  Re/Max plays Firebird at 8:15 p.m..