Dansk looked sharp in the opening frame stopping all 16 shots he faced.
1-0 at the break.
It got physical in the second period, as Alex Gallant dropped the mitts with Ian McKinnon for a spirited scrap at 7:10.
The Firebirds would tie the game moments later at the 9:19 mark, when Connor Carrick hammered a one-timer past Dansk. 1-1.
At 10:27, Lucas Ciona squared off for a quick tilt with Jimmy Schuldt which resulted in Firebirds’ powerplay.
On the ensuing advantage, Andrew Poturalski walked into a wrist-shot at the top of the circle to give the Firebirds the lead. (10:38).
2-1 after 40 minutes.
Coachella Valley extended their lead at 3:43 of the third period.
While shorthanded, Marian Studenic forced a turnover in the Firebirds’ end and rushed up the ice on a partial 2-on-0, faking the shot and passing across to Ville Petman, who tapped the puck into the open net. 3-1.
Later, Cameron Hughes pounced on a loose puck in front and slipped it past Dansk. 4-1.
Calgary would cut into the lead at 10:27 off a smooth backhand pass from William Stromgren to Kuznetsov, who snapped the puck through the five-hole of Stezka. 4-2.